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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.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Very Good! TU has the largest tech center out of every college in the country, so of course it's amazing! it only gets super crowded during finals, and only twice has the internet gone down, but not for more than half an hour.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not So Safe – TU is in the heart of philly, so of course there is going to be crime. but a lot of the off-campus housing is in bad parts of the neighborhood and bad parts of philly. also, there is an email sent out about once a week from temple that warns students about a recent robbery, shooting, or other dangers that happen around campus. i would definitely recommend carrying a knife when you're out by yourself, which you shouldn't be in the first place, but just in case.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Not Great – only stayed there freshman year. Don't stay at THE EDGE!

3 College Senior

Local Area: Fair School and a Nice Campus – Philadelphia is a very nice city. However, the Temple main campus is located in a slowly developing area (needless to say) very different from the city which is about 15 - 20 blocks away.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Access to public transportation locally and for frther travel are located all over campus and on Broad Street.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys here dress like they have just rolled out of bed, because most of them have! This does not make them bad people, just sloppy!

4 College Junior

Majors: Program: Fox School of Business – As long as you meet the proper requirements anyone can be admitted to the fox school of business. Must have a higher than a 2.5 I believe. If you are undeicded and wanted to be apart of the Fox School of Business you must attend an orientation. The entire orientation process is discussed with students before being admitted.

3 College Junior

Weather: I can adjust to any type of weather except for heavy snow. When it begins to snow at Temple it gives students like myself a hard time to get to school. Temple University barely closes during a snow storm, except for special occasions. However during the spring time everyone is outside enjoying the nice weather.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Venders outside of the campus are cheap and convenient. Cost may be higher than the average vender but it is cheaper than buying lunch or dinner from the campus dining area.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel so safe there. Because of Temple being situated in such a rough area, the campus is totally on alert. I have never felt unsafe. There are cops all over, the campus is well lit, and all of the residence halls and classrooms can only be entered with ID.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love TU! Temple is a great place to go to school. This a place where truly everyone can find their place. There are jocks, nerds, artsy kids, frat kids, etc. Being in the city of Philadelphia means there is always something to do. Yes, North Philly is not the safest place, but I personally have yet to encounter a dangerous situation. There is always a good party at an apartment or you can take the subway into center city.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Mostly Freshmen Live in the Dorms – Most students only live on campus for their freshmen year, and then live on off campus apartments. The freshmen dorms are pretty nice if you get into one of the better dorms like 1940 or 1300.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Non-University Supported Options Make Dinning – There are two dinning centers. J&H is a cafeteria with a nice selection of food. The SAC is a food court with so many great options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The best part about campus dinning is the food trucks all over campus, red tents, and the great restaurants in the area. The great thing is that most of these places select diamond dollars.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Very good! Temple had its own train and subway stop and there are bus stops right on campus.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The parking is hard to come by unless you want to park in an expensive Temple visitor lot.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Temple's campus is crawling with police, but that does help the fact that the campus is in the gehtto of North Philadelphia. Temple does its best to protect the students, but there are shootings every year. I only have felt afraid at night, but I have never been in real danger.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Right in the middle of North Philadelphia. Lots of White, Black, Asian, Indian, Etc. Students. Lots of religions and varying levels of religious observance and student groups for many races and religions. Lots of cultural Greek Organizations.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: If it's on campus it's easily walkable if in the city, most people subway there and cab back.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Great parties. There are frats and house parties. A lot of people have private parties in their apartments for friends only. Not a lot of parties in the dorms. Two bars on campus and easy access to the bars in the city via cabs and subway. Easy for underage people to get alcohol through older people, but all the bars card.

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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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