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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Reasonable Apartments – It is definitely possible to find well priced apartments in the area around Temple. It is also a lot cheaper, and a very popular option, for students to rent entire houses with a big group as opposed to just renting an apartment. Most of the apartments and houses are walking distance from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: A Lot of Opportunities – Philadelphia is a great city that has a lot of things to offer. Although Temple is located in an area that is poorer than the rest of the city, the rest of Philadelphia is rich in culture. The art in Philadelphia is also really interesting; there is always a party or opening to go to downtown.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Temple University offers 169 majors in 27 areas of study. Thats more than most universities. This allows students to really hone in on what their careers interests are.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my experience at Temple so far. I am an out-of-state student from New Jersey who wanted a change from my suburban lifestyle. Temple provides the experience of living in a big city without the hustle and bustle of city life. The school has close to 30,000 undergraduates, but everyone becomes family. The people who come here could not be nicer. Your professors are some of the most experiences, well-traveled, and educated people around. You get your money's worth when you come here. Coming to Temple University was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Student Center > J&H – The all you can eat dining hall, J&H, is all right. It gets repetitive after the food week though. The Student Center's food is much better quality and still has a great selection. There aren't many great places to eat around campus other than Qdoba and The Drought Horse. However, there are TONS of food trucks around campus to get lunch. You have to buy a meal plan freshman year if you're living in a door. After that, I suggest just buying food at the food trucks or paying out-of-pocket at the Student Center.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not really familiar with drug usage although you can smell them sometimes in the dorm rooms but Temple University is more of a smoking cigarettes and drinking till you get wasted kind of school

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School Spirit – One major beauty about Philly is the amazing school pride from all the schools here. Temple University does not lack when it comes to school pride and school spirit. Football and basketball games are key ways to bring every students of all race and types out as one. My favorite moments of Temple were going to games and cheering on the teams.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are a lot to do on Temple University Main Campus. The locals are very convienient and school ids can be used to purchase groceries and food around campus. The transportations to and from campus is amazing. the subway, bus stops and regional rails are in walking distance from campus. Center city is a beautiful place to head out to during the weekends. Also try Ole City

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Depending on what type of crowd you like to hang with there is always something going on around campus you just have to know where to look

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The Academics are ok most of the times the professors are available to help you and if your not sure what you should be doing or what you want to do the academic advisers are real good.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: There's a computer lab on campus with macs and PCs and there are other small labs around campus the computers are up to date and the network is reliable.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Cars are not really needed at Temple because there are many other ways for transportation, like the subway or bus. If a student does want to bring their car though, I think that the price for parking is way to expensive. It is very dangerous to park anywhere other than the parking lots because Temple is in such a bad area. I think that Temple needs to provide more parking for students and visitors. Also many times if students park on the side of roads, they get tickets. This isn't fair because there is not many places to park.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports teams at Temple i would say are average because they aren't excellent but aren't horrible. I feel there needs to be more fan supports and school spirit at Temple because not many students go to the games.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys at Temple are average, some are good looking but some aren't. There is a wide range of groups of guys so that helps.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I Love Alter Hall – I feel very at home at Alter Hall although it's a very academic environment. I feel as though I'm in the business school, but at the same time I get to relax in the cafe with my friends. A great part about that cafe is that you meet a lot of people with different majors and this really allows you to learn a great deal about the opportunities at Fox. It's great. One of my favorite parts about Temple is that the students are very friendly and usually eager to help each other.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I commute every morning to Temple. It's usually a 50 minute trip and I don't mind it. It's very convenient for me, but it is expensive. A RR pass costs around $130 a month. Temple does offer a student discount pass, however, it's a single pass for the entire semester - no refunds. The reason why I do not purchase it is because I fear that my wallet can be stolen (not necessarily on Temple Campus). But transportation to and from Temple is great. You have cabs and the subway on Broad that will get you anywhere you need to go in the city.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Free – Temple is big on keeping a safe drug free school. There is a bar on campus But if your not 21 you are not allowed in, they do check! Like every school it is present just depends on who you hang with and what parties you attend that determine if you see it and how often

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is present but doesnt overwhelm the campus community. The shows and pagents are exciting and they are all friendly and sociable. Very involved and eager to volunteer whenever theres an opportunity.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Center City Crusine – Very convenient afforadle offering student discounts and a variety of traditional and non traditional restuarants and take outs. Great places to eat in Center City. Check out a restuarant called friday saturday sunday or eat at nineteen located on the 19th floor of a hotel!

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I've Heard Bad Things – Personally, my financial aid process went through smoothly, although I got less aid than I was anticipating. However, from almost every other student I've talked to, I've heard horror stories about lost paperwork, ridiculous waiting times, and financial aid officers who are ignorant and seem to want nothing to do with you. I'm apprehensive about the coming year; I hope I don't run into any problems.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Severe Punishments, Lenient Officials – While Temple has some very severe punishments for alcohol use on campus- even if you are 21- they also have a policy called Medical Amnesty, which means that if your friend is passed out drunk and needs medical attention, you won't get in trouble for calling the campus police or medical staff. Temple staff encourages students not to drink, but maintains a realistic outlook and more often cautions students to be smart while they drink and stay safe. Rules in the dorms really depend on your RA- mine, for example, lets us get away with just about anything, as long as we aren't too in his face about it.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse and Accepting – Temple University has a relatively high rate of both international students and students of all different ethnicities. I, personally, have only been at Temple for one semester, and I've already met a significant amount of people from all different cultures- Asian, African American, African, Arabic, European, and so on. Temple also has many clubs and groups supporting different sexual orientations, religions, political groups, and cultures, which helps to create a highly accepting atmosphere for all this diversity to flourish.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Philadelphia usually has GREAT weather and it is almost always warm and sunny. People are always seen hanging out in the center of campus playing instruments, doing homework, or hanging with friends. However, in the winter it is a totally different story. Philadelphia apparently does not have a plan for heavy snow, because it seems like every time even a few inches fall, classes are cancelled. Because it is not plowed a lot on campus, it can be slippery on the way to class and there are so many people walking, you can set yourself up for an embarrassing situation.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a VERY small part of Temple University. Only about 3% of students are in Greek Life. If you are in Greek Life, there will ALWAYS be a party to go to nearly every night, especially if you are in Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. Don't expect to join Phi Sigma Sigma and be able to attend any parties though. If you aren't in Greek Life it is no big deal, but if you are, almost all the greeks will know you since there are so few. Also, when pledging a fraternity or sorority, expect your grades to drop during the pledge process because it can be really intense.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: HUUUGE SPIRIT – although not going to a game isn't a crime, most of the football/basketball games on campus are attended by tonssss of students. the school has great spirit so students will wear their TU gear and stay for the whole game.

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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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