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4 College Freshman

Diversity: We're sometimes called 'Diversity University,' but diversity doesn't necessarily equate to tolerance. As a huge and diverse school, there's bound to be a few cases of intolerance, but for the most part [at least in public] everyone appears to be accepting. The LGBT community in particular has been given a lot of support, not just by the students but by the Administration as well.
As an urban university, Temple is of course rather liberal, but there is also an active College Republicans chapter, and you'll still encounter plenty of conservatives (if that's an issue).

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Temple's Student Financial Aid Services have a notorious reputation. That said, students will have to be aggressive when it comes to financial aid. I wouldn't recommend calling them unless it's your only option. Your best bet would be to come in to the office and wait [a while] to speak with them directly.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It sucks that classes don't always get cancelled, but the weather is bearable. It snows and rains sometimes, but then there are some good days when it's nice out.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: street parking is good at night, terrible during the day. You can also pay to park in a lot but it is really expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-camps housing is easy to find. There are various places students can find. There is also off-campus housing events on campus during the semester to help students with the process.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car, but based off what I heard, it's so hard to find parking and it is incredibly expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Subway is a 3-6 minute walk, train is 6-8 min walk, and the bus has stops outside most dorms. Transportation isn't bad, just annoying because of the price.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I still find it very clique-y here. It's typical college life and activities - parties on the weekends and not much else.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I'ts no Caifornia, but you get a pretty balanced mixture of seasonal weather. There hasn't been a lot of snow in the past few years, but at least it's not too rainy.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: If you are going to live off-campus, please move to another part of the city and make a 10 minute commute. It's dangerous and dismal in the immediate vicinity of Temple. Not to mention, another neighborhood like Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Fairmount, will have WAY more bars, cool places to go out, security, etc.

1 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There is no way around saying that Temple is right in the middle of a very low income area of Philly. In fact, it is bounded by housing projects on two sides, and there are often muggings and shootings in the vicinity of campus. Very few options to go out and eat or drink outside of campus, and it's a pretty dismal environment.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: You will find that a lot of cultural anthropology professors at Temple are knowledgeable and accessible. They are generally always available outside of class, but this is unfortunately because a lot of them do not do a lot of their own research outside of teaching. This means that there are less opportunities for students to distinguish themselves outside of the classroom through participation in a professor's research. There are several exceptions, however, including Dr. Jhala and several of the archaeology and bio anthro professors. My best advice to make a personal connection with a professor you like and let him or her open up doors for you.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The tech center, the student center and the liacourse walk is definitely the best part of campus. Everybody is in these places, you meet people all the time, and there is always something going on.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything is cool but all of those you need to look for and most likely find on your own.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is average it depends on your landlords and the monthly costs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Everything on campus is good and there is a big enough variety but sometimes it can get tiring.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I attend Temple University and I think the curriculum fulfills all the background knowledge you would need to be successful in the field of Kinesiology. The professors are very helpful and the academic advisers work with you to form the best schedule they can and make sure you graduate on time with good grades. There are also many internship opportunities, and the work seems like a lot but will definitely help you in the future.

4 College Student

Party Scene: I do not go out for "nightlife" much but Temple does have many options for those who like to go out. House parties, clubs, bars, etc. There is even bars right on campus so if you don't want to travel far, you don't have to! There are also other colleges in Philadelphia that you could go to, such as Drexel, Villanova, and Penn.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't big here at Temple. Most of us non-Greeks could agree that the Greeks come from a well off family, willing to pay for them to have friends. There's only a handle of known frats and sororities.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Be discrete, and you'll be alright. It's pretty hard to get into trouble here. But Temple University takes academics very seriously. Most majors, including my own require you to keep a certain GPA.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There's plenty of places to use a computer on campus. If you'd like peace and quiet the library is open until 2 am and is a great place to get work done. Otherwise the Tech Center is open 24 hours, is usually more crowded but had staff to help you with any questions. There's also a Starbucks in this building which is a plus. Printing on campus is pretty easy too. Personally, I enjoy having my own computer to enjoy the luxuries of the comfy couches in the facilities. Printing is easy, you can even set up your own laptop to print wirelessly.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's all about who you hangout with really. Almost everyone smokes here at Temple U. You'll catch a whiff of marijuana walking down the street occasionally. Drinking is pretty big here, and underage drinking is the least of the philadelphia police's worries.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus can be horrible at times. Area # 7 gets packed extremely fast and can seem a little expensive. The only good thing is that after three it is discounted. Also, forget about parking on the street because you will have to leave two hours before your first class!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: its cold and overcast a lot during the colder months, but by the end of spring into summer its nice and sunny.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Since you're in the city you're not going to need a car. The permits are expensive and good luck finding an open spot.

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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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