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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The things that set Temple apart are it's ethnic diversity, it's location, and amount of activities in the area.

4 College Junior

Technology: Good Access – There are a lot of computer labs, some are MAC labs and some are PC. There is wifi all over campus and it is fairly quick. I like to have my own computer, just because it is invaluable and available 100% of the time.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Great Campus Safety – I was told that there are more police officers on Temple campus than the whole city of Philadelphia. Make sure to take advantage of The Owl Loop is you live off campus. The Owl Loop will take you to your doorstep at any hour of the night to ensure you return home safely.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Be Patient! The financial aid process at Temple is very time consuming. There is a long sequence of paperwork and a lot of people you have to talk to. It seems that people are constantly sending you to the next person because they do not want to deal with it. I guess that is what comes along with a school of 40,000 students. But I was offered a decent package so I cannot complain too much. Make sure to follow all deadlines and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The Pros and Cons of Being in a Large Urban School – Temple University is a school of nearly 40,000 students. Because of this, you do feel very small within the campus. Making friends is a little hard, especially because I am a transfer student. People have their sets of friends and relationships established so it is hard to break in. However, Temple is a school of opportunity. I was able to study in Los Angeles for a semester and obtain a life-changing internship and do incredible networking. Temple is very unique in the fact that it is placed directly in the city of Philadelphia. There is a diverse student population, as well as professor population.
The one true con is the crime rate in the local area. North Philadelphia is a dangerous part of town, but Temple has police constantly around campus to ensure safety. I am happy with my college decision, a great bang for your buck.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Considering that Temple University is in an urban setting, public transportation is much more available to students than suburban or rural schools. There is a subway that heads north and south right on the main strip of campus. There are multiple bus stops by campus as well. There is an even a bus called The Owl Loop, which drives local off-campus living students to their place all throughout the night so they do not have to roam the city at night. There are also taxis that constantly run up and down Broad Street. The Broad Street subway line also goes down to Center City where a student can catch a train to the suburbs.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Get With the Greeks – Temple doesnt have a large number of Greek organizations that are not for academics

Sororities cant have houses cause its illegal in PA to have more than a certain amount of women living in a house cause its considered a brothel. Sorority girls are always together and get along great from what I notice. The girls always hold fundraising events

Frats have the houses, and dont always have parties, but when they do theyre pretty fun. Frat guys live at the frats after their freshman year; some do, some dont. They have MANY fundraisers going all the time.

The Greeks, especially the guys, can be very cocky though and think theyre better than the non-greeks even though theres no reason to think that. can get annoying, but its not that bad

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: ALL Freshman Dorms – If you wanna socialize, live in 1940, Peabody, J&H, or White Hall.
White Hall, 1940, and 1300 are the suites and 1300 is the nicest one thats on Cecil B Moore where all the nice shops are and the subway too, but no one socializes much and its far from the other dorms. 1940 is in the middle of campus. White Hall is near mcdonalds, the subway, and other food places, but its right next to the more dangerous street. its a very social dorm and its nice.

J&H is huge and its easy and great to socialize, the rooms are not too bad, especially the corner room. It has 11 floors so live in the first 6 if you can. washer and dryer every other floor, and a big community feel. its ideal cause the dining hall is right underneath too. youre screwed if the elevators broken/theres a fire alarm and you live far, and the elevator can get full and can make you late to class. Peabody is closer to liacouras walk and is not a suite, but its in a good area. Most art kids live here, but the walls are paper thin. Good community feel too, I here everyones friends with each other, and theres only 4 floors.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great, but Pricy – Temple is such a great university. They have SO many classes you could take, SO many clubs you could join, SO many events you could do, and SO many other great things. There is a party life here, but there isn't any peer pressure. Which is great for those minds that are a bit weaker. :3 Temple

(My only complaint is that if your an out of state resident, be prepared to cry as they take your whole life out of your pocket. It good here, but so pricy!)

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They're Fair – Temple is fairly fair when it comes to their policies. Don't do anything wrong, the you won't be fined, or worse, expelled from housing. [BTW: If security,or housing staff sees or smells, drugs or alcohol coming from your room, and they collect evidence, you're fined $250. So don' do it]

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing in the area surrounding temple is fine-to-good. The rent is around $350 (if you look hard and early enough) to $650. There are housing fairs often, so its not hard to find off campus living. However, the range i gave is for OFF-campus housing. There are four other "student" housing complexes that are considered off-campus (no affiliation with temple), but they are just like nicer versions of dorms. They are: University Village, Oxford Village, and Beech, and Kardon. The rents about $700-824 + utilities depending on your choice. The funny thing is, these choices are STILL cheaper than Temple housing (but that's not to say they suck, they're fantastic).

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love It Here – I love Temple University, its its own city within a huge city. The diversity here is great, I am always meeting new people from different ethnicity, genders, sexual orientation, backgrounds and lifestyles. The staff are easily available for office hours and there is always a great communication system via email. The campus is beautiful and when it gets nice out everyone goes out and lays on the beach (not an actual beach a vast amount of grass land that students lay on to read, relax, and enjoy each other). My experience here at Temple is amazing, I wouldn't trade my school for any other.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student Center – The student center here at Temple University is very convenient and accommodates a lot of student activities on a day to day basis. Also there are a lot of organizations held at the student center and a food court so its a great place to become social and meet new people.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: seems to be trending among freshman. i know a LOT of people that do LSD

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Great Sense of Community – a lot of people transfer here and tell me about schools they transferred out of or areas they lived in, and something they all have in common is that students never really felt a sense of connection... or students didnt take their work seriously. at temple you can actually approach anyone and start a conversation.... i do it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and i have yet to find someone who doesnt want to talk to me.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Liacouras Walk – everything you could ever need is on campus, which is awesome. the library, the gyms (there are 2 gyms, a student pavillion, and an outdoor track. there is an indoor track at one of the gyms), and many small businesses along liacouras walk - PNC, 7/11, Chinese food, indian food, hair salon, etc.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Center City – "first fridays" are the first friday of every month! artists get together and set up to sell their things. Campus Philly allows students to get into certain museums for free (which is great for me since it's a nice time killer once in a while). reading terminal has great food... All of this is in center city. Temple is just about 10 mintues by subway away. directly off campus, there isn't too much.. a few food joints, a gym, etc... you have to go into the city to find something interesting

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Although Temple is in a bad area of the city, the campus is beautiful and set aside from the near "ghetto". With the bike cops and campus safety, the locals do not bother the students. Off-campus housing is mainly students as well, and there are students everywhere. The campus is very college-like and when you're on it, you cannot tell you are in the middle of North Philadelphia. With a small and warming campus, all of my friends from different schools that have visited say that they are shocked and think campus is so nice!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Although Temple is in a bad area of the city, the campus is beautiful and set aside from the near "ghetto". With the bike cops and campus safety, the locals do not bother the students. Off-campus housing is mainly students as well, and there are students everywhere. The campus is very college-like and when you're on it, you cannot tell you are in the middle of North Philadelphia. With a small and warming campus, all of my friends from different schools that have visited say that they are shocked and think campus is so nice!

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4 College Freshman

Weather: This past year has been crazy when it comes to weather. We didn't receive any snow over winter and I can't remember the last time it really rained. However, the same times that it has rained it turned out to be fun. There would be a few people running to class in the rain, or others jumping in puddles, but my personal favorite was riding my bike through the rain! The weather really doesn't affect your campus experience unless you let it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Temple has two dinning halls; The Student Center, and J&H. The Student Center, or SACK, has a wide variety of food to choose from and is set up like a farmers market, so it's easy to get what you want. Johnson and Hardwick, or J&H for short, is the only buffet style dinning hall on campus. The food is mediocre, but they open early and close late, unlike other schools dining halls. All and all, Temple has a good dining program. I suggest keeping a small meal plan every year.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Overall, living on campus has gotten much better over the years. If for any reason you are not able to get into dorm housing there are other options. There are now private college communities sprouting up all around the surrounding area which leads to a variety of choices. It is wonderful to wake up in the morning and only have a short walk to class. I currently live in the University Village apartments and they are wonderful with a variety of amenities such as a gym, game room, and monthly community activities.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Overall, living on campus has gotten much better over the years. If for any reason you are not able to get into dorm housing there are other options. There are now private college communities sprouting up all around the surrounding area which leads to a variety of choices. It is wonderful to wake up in the morning and only have a short walk to class. I currently live in the University Village apartments and they are wonderful with a variety of amenities such as a gym, game room, and monthly community activities.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Temple is a very unique school in my personal opinion. I think that it is a very well rounded school and has a lot of unique components to it. It has great sports, a great social scene, a wide range of diversity within students and staff, and much more.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of styles at Temple University. Our campus is extremely diverse and one could tell simply by walking through campus on any given day. There are many interests among the students, therefore there are many opportunities to get involved.

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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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