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Reviews 4333 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Being a biology major at Temple University it is extremely difficult especially when it comes to the track you are on for graduate school. Each program is rigorous, and the professors expect so much more from you than you can handle at times. This keeps you alert but it does put pressure on you stopping you from doing well in other classes.The professors however are very smart and are willing to go above and beyond to help you learn and share their knowledge with you one on one. This major requires a lot of commitment.

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3 College Junior

Administration: They are so worried about everything else that they are not that strict.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: They're pretty good. Get a little dirty at sometimes though.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There is so much to do in center city that it is crazy!! It is also very safe and it has such a great night life.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Its awesome there never goes a minute where you do not see a police officer and they always notify us when something did happen

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Philadelphia weather - Balanced seasons - it is hot, cold, warm, cool, wet, and dry when you would expect it to be without any of them being extreme.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Finding parking in the day is a big hassle. Parking prices for Temple are too high. Ticketing seems low. Need for a car on campus - low to none.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pros - availability, cost, landlords

Cons - safety - the neighborhoods surrounding Temple are bad in 3 out of 4 directions

Convenience and parking are average

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Esposito Dining Hall- the best TUDining location, buffet style all-you-can-eat, decent food quality and variety but could be better (especially at night).

Walker Dining Hall- decent food quality, variety only ok, price cap per meal too low or each item is over-priced, tables don't get cleaned enough, closes too early, Pacific West indian food stand is lousy (replaced the excellent Mein Bowl)

Other locations- Poor value and variety, decent quality

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Temple University has one of the biggest and best equipped computer labs on the east coast. Functionality of the computer are well maintained. Seat capacity does get filled around exam times, usually it is not hard to find a spot.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am in a Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha, but it is not technically part of Greek life. However, Temple does have a pretty active Greek life and there are many options to students who are interested. Some of them do throw parties often, but the houses in which they are thrown are generally pretty run-down. However, many of our Greeks do a great deal of community outreach, in and out of the Philly area. Some Fraternities are labeled with drinking stigmas; some are not; some even have dry policies. It is the type of thing that you have to get information on each individual group. Non Greek students pay little attention to whether you are Greek or not.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Temple is technically a dry campus, but I don't actually understand how they get away with that distinction: there is a bar on the main stretch, Liacouras walk. The dorms etc. are obviously dry. There is a pretty heavy drinking scene off campus, as to be expected with many colleges. Drinkers tend to walk about late at night on weekends, which really isn't safe in the North Philly area. I can't that there is much peer pressure to drink or to drugs. Temple is really the type of school where you do what you want, and you hang out with who you want. There are so many different scenes here and you are free to pick and choose. However, there are many smokers, and there is a pretty big weed market. Temple is home to a pretty high number of potheads.

4 College Junior

Academics: As a music major, much of my curriculum is outside the coursework of an average Temple student. However, I can speak about the Gen Ed courses. They are for the most part excellent, and most of the teachers actually do show interest in the courses they teach. I have had very accessible, nice, and knowledgeable professors who have been able to guide me and provide extra effort to make sure that I could earn an A. There are some courses however, that I wish I did not have to take, and Gen Ed workload is pretty heavy considering that it is outside of your major. On a different note, Temple has recently upgraded their online registration process, and finding classes and registering is now extremely easy and intuitive.

4 College Junior

Academics: I am Music Education major at Temple, and could not be happier with my course of study. The teachers are extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and available to work with you. The curriculum is extremely well-rounded; I have taken extensive courses in Theory, History, Education, Technology, Conducting, etc. in both Classical and Jazz realms. Temple has many master classes, in which a renowned professional musician will come and work with the students personally. Recently we had composer Ola Gjeilo and Pianist Cyrus Chestnut teach and perform with us. Temple also guides you and gives you a student teaching placement during your last semester of study. I feel very prepared to move forward with my career.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman the Johnson and Hardwick halls give the best freshman experience with a very convenient dining hall downstairs. The newly built Morgan hall in suit style build is going to be an amazing housing option with a food court downstairs. Housing is not guaranteed after freshman year so most students get their own apartments.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: for me theres many gyms that are brand new, but theres only one library and not many hangouts at night other then parties because the streets are not safe. Theres not many traditions or green space being in the city.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Well, there is only a few place on campus that take meal plans. But food trucks and a wide variety of low cost restaurants on campus provide really good and assessable food.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only like 3 percent of students go greek. Pledging is non hazing and very easy compared to other schools. Many kids are in frats that you would never think would be a "frat guy". Girls who go greek aren't that hot compared to the rest of the student body.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Temple is located only 4 stops away from center city Philly. With that being said you can find every type of food in Philly as well as on campus with food trucks.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: At temple there is an extremely wide range of girl types. the school is huge and provides many options as far as other students. Students generally dress very urban.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Well our football program is really weak, combined with low turn outs to nearly every sport other then basketball makes Temple defiantly non A worthy. However all sports are D-1 and our basketball games are a lot of fun. Other then mens basketball don't expect much from the students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms and facilities are pretty good. The RAs RDs and Staff are very friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options have a huge variety of places to choose from. For convenience, most places deliver food directly to the dorms. One of my favorite places to eat at on the weekends is Qdoba because it is located right on the corner of Broad st. and Cecil B Moore ave. Another cool place to eat at is U-Got-Munchies because they offer a huge variety of delicious burgers and are usually open very late.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food is good once a week. Mostly just cafeteria quality.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As many may say, Temple comes with the non-stop commototion of crime surrounging it. However, these crimes that unfortunately occur are aways off-campus. This doesn't necessarily mean you are totally safe on-campus, because people in the surrounding areas are so close. To put students at ease, there are several bike cops that roam campus at all hours of the day. On a good note, i rarely feel unsafe even when walking alone at night on campus because campus is very lit, and there are cops at every corner almost. Also, when something alerting happens on or near campus, a TU alert is immediately sent out to all students, notifying them of the current situation. Overall, I think we are in good hands as students, and I do feel safe.


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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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