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Reviews 3845 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A Complete Joke – On campus housing is a complete joke! I went through "hell" last year as a freshman trying to choose housing. For one, the school doesn't allow you to choose housing until your deposit is paid in full. Secondly, you most likely will not get to pick housing with any of your friends. J and H are terrible, do not live in those dorms. Also I heard Peabody was not very nice at all. If you get the opportunity live in either Temple Towers or 1940 the best residence halls. You have to stay on top of housing and for most students you may or may not get housing. The whole system is so messed up regarding on campus housing.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Choices Are Limited – You would think being at such a large institution of study there would be a wide range of select cafeterias and eateries to choose from that is so not the case at Temple. There are only two dining facilities. Yes, everyone thinks they are amazing until it gets old. If you're a person who enjoys variety in your meals you will not find it on campus. The best place for dining is in Center City. North Philadelphia has a few little food joints that are suprisingly delicious; however, they are few and far between.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Could Be So Much Better – Temple University is an extremely diverse institution of study, however; it could be so much better. Although there is a large range of different ethnic groups; most of the students who are classified in those groups do not necessarily come from those international countries. Many of them are Americans just like the rest of us who live in the neighboring states of PA, NJ, NY, and MD. There is not nearly as much diversity as one might think. The African American population as a whole is dwindling at the school as well. The few minority based organizations on campus are just not up too part. If you are looking for complete diversity; you will not find it at Temple. Not in my book!

4 College Junior

Majors: Once you are accepted into the university, it is up to you if you need to register for certain class because it is easy. You can take time and decide when you want to declare major but it is recommend to do it during end of sophomore year.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't go to party at all but I do hear and see the aftermath of what happens after party. Nightlife around temple is okay but not safe.

4 College Junior

Technology: The computer in las are updated to most recent desktop, we have dell and Mac computer available and the printing money of $21 is given to each student every semester. The wireless strength is great and works fine

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: We are currently building new recretional center and it is a beautiful building that will have latest equipment. Library is great but could be better. It is the center of our university since every student goes there. The space apcould be bigger and more desktop would be helpful. The student center is great and looks great inside and out but the sofas and chair needs to be pdated. The tech center and computer lab is great so no c,plain there.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The City – Local atmosphere is ok. You have to travel (cab, septa) to get to the good spots around Center City and South Street.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Best: 1940 (easiest walks to classes)
Worst: The Edge and Peabody

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining and Food Options – There are definitely a lot of food options and trucks to choose from however with there being only two dining halls, the food gets a little repetitive if you are using your meal plan.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: There's Rain When the Sun Doesn't Shine – It has only snowed once at Temple, and most of it immediately turned to slush. Other than that it rains, which kinda makes it a pretty dreary day. It usually doesn't affect any big events. If it does, there's usually a rain date and it may not always be sunny, but the rain doesn't start until late. When the sun is out, it's a beautiful day, usually hot and kinda humid though. It's best to enjoy it while one can.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: All Greeks Have Their Moments – We have all seen and heard that Greeks are good for parties. Here at Temple, they have been known and seen doing only a few other things. At major public events, they have been seen stepping or displaying their tables to recruit members. Also on special nights they may host certain events, mostly to recruit. However, Temple lets other groups have their moment in the spot light as well. A lot of time is spent on athletic events here or even the band or dancers. It's true Greeks get there own housing, but they are usually treated normally still by other members of the school community.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Always a Place to Work – The registration process is a very competitive one. You must wake up before seven and to prepare your computer to register. Once seven hits you must beat hundreds of students for the classes you want. it's recommended that you prepare a schedule and a back up ahead of time. Most of the professors are very nice and interested in helping all of their students. The cirrculum itself is pretty basic; it's usually based on papers, presentations, and group work. The campus is very large and popular study places can get packed quickly. However, there is always a place on campus to meet people to work or study. These places can be outside in one of the gardens or inside the restaurants that have tables. Also many of the buildings that contain classes have study lounges and computer labs on particular floors to study during class hours.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Livliest Part of Philadelphia – Temple University is one that definately wants you to get out and experience the city around you. It embrances its rich culture and history, as well as dedicates many groups and Greeks to giving back to the neighborhood. It brings people in using many events such as exciting concerts, street fairs, and on campus celebrations. These opportuinities allows you the little bit of fun you deserve after you finish with your studies. Still Temple prides itself in helping the students suceed in not just academics, but the future of the students as well. That's why it is very important to study hard and do well here. With all of that said, this is why I choose Temple. It gives students the opportunity to succeed and live a better life in the future.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: More Organizational Planning Required – I am currently a liberal arts student. This particular college has relatively interesting topics and many are willing to help you as needed as long as you are genuinely interested in learning. However schedules are always tenative, and when they miss a day updates don't always occur with many teachers, until a bit later. The career advisors are very nice people and do their jobs well. They help greatly when it comes to your future and your career. It is because of them that I have decided to switch into the College oh Health Professions and Social Work. I have seen many things in the process of transferring. There has been a lot of miscommuniation and misprints on public information for students. Also there has been many issues with allotment of students versus they amount of spaces available. This usually happens in classrooms, meetings, and internships. It is for that reason that I would advise that you use your advisors generously and plan your schedule wisely.

4 College Senior

Technology: Mostly Accesible – Computers are mostly accessible except for the library itself. I's always filled but the best place is the Tech Center where there's always computers available

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The food is good at the beginning until you get really used to it and annoyed by it. There are limited choices and some days such as sundays there are literally one or two choices

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Difficult Process – I had a really hard time with the financial process here at temple. I actually did not recieve any aid last year and am hoping this year would be different. Piece of advice is that make sure you apply for fasfa before the deadline

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5 College Senior

Diversity: Very Diverse – I think temple university is one of the most diverse schools you can choose to go to. I love it here and i get to meet different people everyday. Most people are receptive of the different ethnic backgrounds including the teachers themselves. There is a place for you here despite your religion, sexual orientation, or beliefs:)

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Its a Great School for Financial Reasons – Temple university is one of the most affordable schools from a financial perspective. I was originally supposed to attend Drexel university but ended up here at temple. It is also a very diverse school so you will enjoy the experience of meeting different ethnic groups, allowing you to become more open minded and receptive to others.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Temple is highly diverse, we've got a little bit of everything.

3 College Junior

Majors: Transfer Students, Check Curriculum Requirements Ahead of Time – I started my serious academic carrer at community college of philadelphia where I enrolled in a dual admissions program to Temple University. What I did not look into was my specific majors requirements simple the gen Ed requirements. When I attended my first semester at TU I found myself playing catch up. I transferred in a total of 68 credits but only about 40 counted toward my major and graduation requirements. Summer classes reduces the academic gap and also puts transfer students in the fast track to graduating.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Food Trucks – This is going to sound shallow, but one of the most unique things about Temple is its food. While the food trucks are not necessarily affiliated with Temple, they are certainly a constant presence to campus life and its students. Without them the campus would be very bare, its dining options very short and disappointing. But thanks to the diverse food trucks serving food of various cultures from Albanian to Middle Eastern, Italian to Thai, you will find all kinds of food you could ever imagine. There is even a truck that specializes in making Crepes! And it's the one hot-spot for students all around. Mention "crepes" and students will know where you're headed and why.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Temple University was automatically my top choice when applying to colleges, because of its diversity. Generally the Caucasian population is still high, however there are people of many races, countries, and backgrounds all over the campus. There are various ethnic student organizations such as HSO (Haitian Student Org), SEAL (African Student Org), PSA (Pakistani Student Association), etc. Temple Also always hosts a different event every Friday evening honoring and presenting a specific culture, such as Palestinian, Italian, African, etc., providing music, food, dance, and other customs for students to enjoy.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The library at Temple University has been a home away from home for many colleagues, for multiple reasons. The main floor, while louder than the typical library setting, it provides a social sphere for many students to hold study sessions, or simply to hang out. The upper floors of the library provide a great quiet study space for many students, which also include private study rooms for 3+ students available by reservation. It is a wonderful place to be.

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Overall, Temple has its ups and downs, but students seem to love it all the same. On the downside, there can be some head-butts with tyrannical teachers, unfriendly cafeteria workers, and the always-frustrating financial aid office. Housing can cause an enormous hassle, and those commuting have to battle with parking or public transportation. Some people don’t feel as though they are prepared for the real world once they leave campus, but others say it’s been an incredible learning experience. Those students that love their experience at Temple all have their own reasons. Some love the atmosphere and found it to be a lot of fun. Others found it to be a great place to grow up and discover themselves. Lots of students take away more from living in a big city than they do from the University. But one thing it seems most students agree on is that the people at Temple University are what really make it a worthwhile experience.

In general, students coming to Temple have big expectations, from both the school and the city. Those that graduate either feel that Temple met their expectations, or if it didn’t, then it was their own fault for not pursuing more opportunities while they were there. Most students feel that Temple provides them with the opportunities that make their college experiences excellent—as long as they are willing to make use of them.

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