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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.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't that many options for off campus dining. It seems that the only options tend to be chinese food, pizza (and food related to it), and fast food. The food does not seem to be that expensive for students. It is convenient that students are able to use their "diamond dollars" (Temple's currency system for students) at some restaurants.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid dept is really bad. When you call to speak to someone, you have to be on hold for at least 2 hours. When documents are faxed, it takes forever for it to be updated in the system. The process really needs to be improved

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is not that great. It is a meal and when you are away from home, it works

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Life on Campus – The life on campus is very lively. When I visited the campus,I felt that this was the college for me. I felt like I fit in and I was very comfortable. The library is a great place to study.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good Fit for Me – i was looking for a large diverse school in a major city that is affordable and temple did not disappoint. mens basketball games and free/ 10$ concerts are awesome

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: its there if you want it, but Greek life isn't that big of a deal here

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Right on Broad Street – Sooo many attractions are a 5-20 minute subway ride away.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Melting Pot of America in Philly – The diversity of Temple University is amazing. Even though one may believe that there are only African-Americans who attend Temple they are mistakenly wrong. I can attest to many different ethnic groups who walk on campus. When I enter the SAC on Temple's campus I see many students of Asian descent, at Bell Tower I see many of Middle Eastern descent, amongst people who are African, Caribbean and many others. So for those who doubt the TRUE diversity of DIVERSITY UNIVERSITY, please open your eyes and witness the true beauty of Temple's campus. Also just because it is an inner city University does not mean that all of the students are the stereotypical African-American inner city student.
So come on down to Temple where any and all ethnics are possible!!!!

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer rooms are large with a lot of computers in them. It is crowded sometimes depending on the time of the day. The speed is very high and printing is also great

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The faculty and staff at Temple University are very friendly and are willing to help out all the time. It is located down town not too far from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where there are musuems, water fountain, library etc

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Music Lovers, Come Here! Being in a city can be very hectic and chaotic, but on the weekends, it is perfect. There is always something going on, especially music gigs. There are some well-known clubs and venues in Philly that both local and "big-time" bands enjoy playing at. Never hesitate to get out and enjoy some live entertainment! My personal favorite is Union Transfer, on Spring Garden.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Not as Diverse as We'd Like. There is a large mix of ethnicity that enrolls and attends this school. However, we are a city school, and most students are African-American.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: More Variety! The main dining hall could use more variety within it's selected food. Chicken is almost always a main dish, and the staff assumes everyone loves mushrooms, as they tend to be mixed in with the food. Also, in the student center's food court, more registers could be open, as well as more tables to dine at.

1 College Senior

Health & Safety: I LIVED ON CAMPUS AND OFF FOR WHILE AND I PREFER TO LIVE ON CAMPUS. OFF CAMPUS IS NOT SAFE

5 College Senior

Academics: My major has an a some program with helpful professors who worked in the industry!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Dorm Parties Are Better – Although TU has great on campus security, off campus is scary at night. The best bet is to stay in the dorm if you want to throw a party. Its safer and cheaper than paying for cabs. There are plenty of on campus students to have fun with.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Temple is in the process of renovating a large part of their campus. They have completed the new sports recreation center and the new Architecture building (my major). They are in the process of more projects, probably some that the students do not even know about. For their existing buildings, the facilities are great. The student center amazing. With hundreds of computers and different areas designated to certain majors (such as music), a computer is never too far away. The library is also astounding with its great staff and large variety.

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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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