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Reviews 4150 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, my experience at Temple University is amazing. It is so diverse and so is the food options. On the weekends there is a night life at the city, which can be reached by either a subway or bus. I would not choose a new school because I have conformed to the teaching styles as well as the whole experience.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Although there are plenty of options for on campus housing, there are not so many off-campus housing which are in a safe neighborhood and a close walking distance to campus classes. The more farther off-campus you go, the more unsafe it is. Off-campus housing, such as Kardon is probably the best option. It is cheaper than dorming, and spacious. It is also close to classes as well. Bringing cars to Temple is not a good idea, due to the crime rate.

5 College Freshman

Technology: The Tech Center – Temple University is known for one of the top tech centers in the United States. With many types of computers it consists of and its all day and night availability, it is considered beneficial for students. The tech center includes plenty of printers, along with high speed internet for easy access.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people don't live on campus after they're done their Freshman year. On campus housing for Freshman isn't that great, unless you get lucky like I did and got to live in upperclassmen housing. Most people rent houses or apartments after their Freshman year or commute from home. Parking is crappy, it's not a safe area. Parking in the Liacourous garage costs $14 a day.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: You're in Philly – To be perfectly honest, campus is safe, and being off-campus is not. Especially not at night. But you'll be fine if you just pay attention and don't do things that you shouldn't. Also, campus is dead on the weekends, all there is to do is party.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This is probably said a lot about Temple, but the student population at Temple is very diverse. All races, ethnicities, religions, cultures.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: School Poicies Are Fair – The policies on campus allow for students to have fun, however allow for all students to feel a sense of safety and protection.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greeks are very active on campus. Many non-greeks aspire to join these organizations.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Temple Police do a good job of making students feel sae and secure.

4 College Senior

Administration: There are many extensive fines for drinking alchol in the dorm, or being at a party drunk when you are underage. Student have been kicked out, sent to Temple Court, and or had to pay over at 2,000 fine

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys & Girls – There are more females than males on this campus. Temple University is Diversity Unioversity so their are a many different people there. Most people are from the DMV area or the TRI state area

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Health& Saftey – The Campus is very lit up and we have Temple Police and Philadelphia Police patrolling the campus. When something does happen on campus an TU Alert is sent right to my phone. They habe police on bikes that patrol campus as well. Many measures to esnrue saftey

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain AND WIND – IT'S AWFUL WHEN IT RAINS-TALL BUILDINGS CREATE WINDS THAT JUST PUSH THE RAIN SIDEWAYS.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: considering the school calls itself a commuter school, parking is absolutely awful. The police give out tickets when u r outside unloading groceries/stuff from home. But, there's NO PArking!!!

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Environmental Action – Temple university advertises itself as a school that supports eco-friendly practices, they even ask students to take a "sustainability pledge" and have a "sustainability week." However, the school participates in an unfortunate relationship with an company that finances an environmentally destructive practice that negatively impacts the health and economy of communities in parts of the country. Some members of the student body have are protesting this relationship and asking Temple to consider the student and faculty's voices, and our right to pay for a school that supports causes we support. Temple itself seems to be generally supportive of sustainability, and it's students are dedicated enough to challenge the school they love to stand by their statements.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Practical Buildings – Temple's main campus is designed in a fairly straight forward manner with a practical mind set. Though some of the architecture is quite pleasing to the eye, most of it is designed for functionality. There are many trees around campus and decorative flowers that also bring the campus to life somewhat. The only issue is that some of the buildings are rather old, and the heating and cooling systems not always entirely reliable. Even then, it is to a minor degree, and still quite usable. This is evidence to me that money is spent in the interest of education, rather than aesthetics, which is how I feel it should be.

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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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