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Reviews 3889 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Student

Academics: There are many things to do at Temple and many activities to get involved in. Instead of sitting in your dorm and watching TV, why not go out and join new clubs or sports. Its worth a try and you will defiantly have fun while doing those activities.

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3 College Student

Guys & Girls: There are diverse groups of people at Temple University. After getting to know people you would be surprised of how many different cultures and races people actually are and who comes from where to go to school. It is very interesting to meet new people.

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3 College Student

Academics: Temple University is a very nice college and it is a friendly atmosphere. My major is Communication Science and Disorders and the advisors at Temple helped me sign up for classes and made sure I had everything to go to start my classes.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: The expectations are clearly outlined, yet there are always surprises that comes along when you begin classes.

3 College Freshman

Administration: With the exception of Spring Fling and major holiday weekends, security is pretty lenient. They are there mainly to protect you, and with that being said no one can disrupt 30,000 students from having fun on the weekends.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – I actually missed out on the typical freshman dorm experience, because staying in suite style dorms place freshman at a disadvantage socially. There isn't alot of social interaction in the 1300 Dorm Hall, but with a store in the basement and great conditions 1300 is definitely the best option for staying on campus for freshman. Staying at Johnson/Hardwick places you at a social advantage as far as meeting and interacting with freshman, especially girls. The disadvantages are the housekeeping conditions from Friday and Saturday night.

3 College Freshman

Weather: If the weather is at all rainy, you will immediately want to head inside. Philadelphia is a practical wind tunnel and with rain, it's just torture. However, snow isn't bad and when it's sunny, it's unimaginabley nice.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's Alright – Train, shuttle to Ambler and CC campus. Subway to most places in Philadelphia. Decent transportation, just not very clean.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Temple varies in where it's great and where it fails. For food, just avoid eating from the dining halls. It causes stomach problems. Financial aid office is very difficult to handle. Classes are alright, depending on what major you have and who your professor is.
Make sure if you live right off campus that it's a safe location.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: EXPENSIVE, BAD LANDLORDS, Unsafe – Off-campus housing is not great; occasionally you make a good find, but the nice houses are very expensive--definitely overpriced because the landlords know there are college students around who need housing--it is pretty tough to find something within very close vicinity to campus, and the area generally tends to feel pretty unsafe; though that is not necessarily true for all off campus housing, some of the options a few blocks from campus aren't too bad. The landlords vary; in my experience a lot of them do not keep up with the house, they neglect problems that are brought to their attention, and generally do not put a lot of work into their properties. as aforementioned, they overcharge as well. Housing definitely isn't scarce and it's easy to find, but its not cheap and sometimes pretty far off from the safety of campus. Temple offers some help; not tons, but there are resources for students looking for housing or roommates, which is nice--and they have an off-campus living fair.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Food Is Okay; Usually Expensive and Not Many Health Choices – I only really ate the food on campus freshman year, and here and there other years; in my experience it was generally unhealthy and pretty expensive.. over the year the school has gotten better about providing healthy options--the quality is not bad, but sometimes that is dependent on what you're getting and where you're eating .

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Temple has division one athletics so the facilities on campus are up to par. There are top class gyms tat are open to all students.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: City of Brotherley Love – Temple is in Philadelphia and the city is very large so there is always something to do. Theres a lot of job opportunities also since the school is located in such a large city

4 College Junior

Technology: One for All – Temple's tech center and library are great places for any student to use the computer to finish their homework or just to lounge. I've never had a problem finding a computer even with so many students on campus. Of course there's the usual traffic during mid-terms and finals, but even then, the computers are not too hard to get a hold of. Network reliability is great and if there is ever a problem, Temple's computer service is always there to help.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Urban Environment = Obvious Precautions – While on Temple campus, one student can feel very safe, there are surrounding factors that always need to be taken into consideration. Temple police are always there to make sure students are taken care of and remain safe. However, one cannot always feel too safe as the environment around main Campus is not the safest. One great thing is that there are a lot of shuttle buses that take students to where they need to go instead of them having to walk by themselves. The campus always has great lighting and there is always Temple safety on almost every corner.

3 College Junior

Academics: Helpful Professors/ Amazing Opportunities – Human Resource Management is full of amazing teachers with those who are always willing to help you succeed. They are always introducing you to opportunities that will help you along the way. Temple has newly introduced the People's First Certificate which in my case is very useful when added with my HRM degree. It will look great on my resume to have completed this and I will at the same time, become a better leader and student.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The good, the bad, and the ugly – Temple's got all kinds of girls. Some just make you say "whoa" while others make you say"eww"

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academic Review – Temple offers a wide variety of academic choices, with very competent professors. However, it can be frustrating, when trying to sign up for required courses,to find that there is no more space available - this can sometimes delay academic progress, because you need to wait until the next semester to proceed.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Do NOT Bring a Car – You don't need a car on campus, but if you were to bring one you will most likely have trouble finding parking. Public transportation is really close and really convenient and doesn't cost a lot.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not Too Bad – There are a couple places around to get food, but they are good. Theres also the regular fast food places like Checker's, Wendy's, McDonald's and Subway close to campus.

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.


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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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