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3 College Junior

Local Area: Cool Little Shops – The streets of temple are really neat. Makes me feel like I'm on the board walk at the beach, with all the neat little shops.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Create Your Own Night Life – Freshman year, my friends and I would put our heads together and go to the parties that we heard about. A lot of the parties I went to were cast parties (I'm a theater major) and my friends and I didn't go to frats a lot. Even for these kinds of house parties, my friends and I would pay. I've heard good things about the 18 and over clubs but the best ideas are probably house parties. One of the best parties my friends and I went to was a party at Penn. We got into the frat for free and had a great time. We paid for a cab back but it was easy to flag and we had gone to the party with a friend of our friend's so it was really nice. Explore other schools' parties too. I found that you have to be creative and use your resources (parties you've heard about through friends) to find good parties.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Dorm Life and Other Safety Information – Overally, Temple is very safety-conscious. I constantly see police around campus, even several miles off-campus. There are security guards in all dorm buildings and they are very serious about. With more security comes less freedom which means bag checks starting on Fridays and guest cards that permit 3 guests to be signed into your building at a time. Their guest policies are very strict and a lot of people keep their room doors locked because in my dorm building (Johnson and Hardwick Halls) there were fifty girls on my floor, and I knew most but not all of the girls. I found these policies to be annoying and too strict but also appreciate how seriously Temple takes safety. I would say to be extremely careful with your belongings. I left my laptop in an academic building and found that it had been stolen the next day. It's an urban campus so be careful with belongings. However, security is very impressive.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The city of Philadelphia is so wonderful to be so close to. Temple is located in North Philly, which can be a little shady, but I don't sense any animosity toward students from the residents. On the weekends, my friends and I might go to see a movie in the city, go out to eat or go to the art museum. There are definitely many opportunities for students in the city and you get great student coupon books at the beginning of the year that really make trips into the city special and inexpensive. Start using those books early in the year so you can take advantage of all that they offer! North Philly has a quieter and more outskirt-of-the-city feel which is nice. Center City Philly is only a 10-minute subway ride away so it's nice to have that convenience. As far as safety goes, I always see police on bikes patroling all around campus so I do feel safe most of the time.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not the Best in My Book – I choose Temple by default because I wanted to get away from home, and it was the next best thing to the school I really wanted to attend. All I can say is stay prayed up and go where God wants you to go for school. My overall experience at Temple was negative from dorm life to academics to friendships to city life. However, there are a ton of people who love Temple. Truly go where you feel you'll get the most out of your college experience!

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Divine Nine Is Not Prevalent – I turned down the opportunity to attend Howard University, a Historically Black University. I thought Temple had a decent Black Greek life. That is not true! The Black Greeks do absolutely nothing on campus. The entire Divine Nine is not present on campus. If you are looking for a "popping" Black Greek life you will not find it at Temple University.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A Waste of Time – The apartments available near campus are mostly located on dangerous blocks throughout the North Philadelphia neighborhood. The landlords prey on the college students because they know they do not have a choice in living off-campus. After freshman year, students are required to live off of campus. You can only live on campus for two years, unless you're a peer mentor or resident adviser. I toured over a million apartments with my friend last semester, and we found only one that was suitable and cost effective. The landlords will charge you anywhere from $1500.00 to $2200.00 just to sign the lease and move into the apartment. Oh and you will have to have roommates in any of the apartments you choose to live in around campus otherwise you'll be paying almost 3000.00 a month plus utilities. The apartments are not up to my standards, and I am personally not a fan of the off campus living around the university.

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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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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