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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Diverse, Intelligent, Awesome – Temple wants you to succeed, and has a variety of resources to ensure this right at your fingertips. They have a variety of events and organizations catered to help students with finding jobs, internships/scholarships, studying abroad, and tutoring, advising, health and well-being...you name they have it. Depending on your degree program, your email is a constant source of information about these events and programs, it all just depends on you and what you make of it.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: All Backgrounds Coming Together – This campus is very diverse and accepting of a variety of backgrounds. It's amazing :)

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Relatively Safe in a Bad Neighborhood – Generally, it's where the campus is located that is a problem. Even so, with the high amount of campus police patrol, email and text alerts regarding safety, as long as you do not leave campus or act careless, you'll be perfectly fine.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I haven't seen anyone who is really my type, but guys are OK here. I haven't seen many guys actually on campus that I would talk to.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: My Review – The location of the school is definitely a benefit. However, if you don't want to take the Broad Street Line or any other form of transportation, there isn't much to directly off campus. Housing is definitely an issue! I am a freshman living off campus (in Temple-owned Student Housing), so I feel like I miss out on many on-campus events, as well as welcome week, which is somewhat of a big deal for freshman. Temple admits more freshman than they can house AND do not guarantee housing for any student that aren't freshy's or sophomores if I am correct. But other than that, I think its a pretty ok school. Def visit before you come here so you get a feel.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: It's Pretty Good. Most of what security does involves picking kids who are already drunk or high or whatever off of street corners after they've passed out. Officially there's an incredibly strong series of strict policies against drinking and drugs or whatever, but in reality it doesn't exist.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Temple offers you that typical College Experience with a much more diverse twist in a inner-city setting! I've been in love with this school since I began. Just being on campus will make you feel right at home. Grab a bite in the SAC or head over to the tech center to get some work done. You'll never feel like an outsider at this school.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Temple U is a melting pot of EVERYTHING. Race, culture, beliefs, poor kids, rich kids, in between kids, gay, straight, bi, transgender, republicans, hipsters-- you NAME IT, temple not only has it, but also has a club or activity supporting it.

2 College Junior

Local Area: Locals NOT Friendly! The issue with locals in the Temple U area is that many of them are low-income based and/or have been living in their neighborhoods for decades. The influx of temple U students in the North Philadelphia area is seen as a threat to them. They dislike college students. There have been many incidents where locals and Temple students get into altercations. Just know where to go and where not to go. Too many blocks off campus at the wrong time of night could result in a mugging.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Terrible. Avoid the bursars office. They choose who to work with. Its all abbout money. Have your parent with you.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school itself is good... but the university is very selective in who they decide to help. I went to the bursar office for financial help paying my tution with no avail. But someone else was allowed help y the office

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe around campus and in certain ares of campus....

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I haven't been to any games thus far but there are so many options...football games are always fun, but there are field hockey games, soccer games, rugby and other things to do. Also, there's a ton of club and rec level sports to choose from. People have pride, though not as much as another school, but everyone usually has a good time when they go to the games.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's alright, there's always a variety. As for the actual meals (that you get at J&H or the SAC), theres a pretty good variety, but it could always be better. I'm getting bored with the food here. There are a lot of other options though, such as lots of food trucks and a few restaurants around.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There's so much to do in Philadelphia, you just have to want to go out and do them. There are museums, concerts, sports games, etc, so you can always find something to do.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is very convienent and easily accesable. You can get almost anywhere in the city by using it.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is very limited at Temple. If you want to park in a garage it is also very costly. It is frequent to get parking tickets and it is hard to find spots to park.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Tech Center – The tech center is a fantastic place to get all of your work done. There is always a computer available for use and it is a great place to study. For group projects this is one of the best places on campus. You can reserve a break out room (with a computer) and all work together in a quiet room.

3 College Junior

Academics: You Make the Most of Your Education. Professors are good for the most part. Some professors can be very outdated in terms of technology. Registration has improved over the years. Some of the core cirriculum classes were not helpful at all. Financially- Temple is horrible. You can never reach anyone in the office and there have been a ton of mistakes on my account. The Social Work program has proven to be excellent, and many of the professors are very passionate. Overall, it is my opinion that you make the most of your own education.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Broad Street Dining – A great variety of stores available; the most recent addition has been a grocery store!

4 College Senior

Technology: The computers seem to be updated every 5 years. Screens are huge and do well for student workers. As a filmmaker, I find that two screens are essential in the editing process.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The computers seem to be updated every 5 years. Screens are huge and do well for student workers. As a filmmaker, I find that two screens are essential in the editing process.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great Overall School With a Huge Variety of Opportunities – The main reasons I decided to go to Temple were the proximity to the city, the huge amount of students, and their honors program. I am so glad to have come here because even though it is a HUGE school and you don't really see the same people every day, there are ways that the professors and others make it a very intimate setting. There are so many clubs, sports, and just crazy and fun opportunities here that I would not be able to experience with a smaller school. Lectures can be quite big, but professor office hours are essential and the professors here generally seem to really care about you and what you want out of school. Grad school students generally do not teach lectures, but they do teach recitation classes and sometimes labs. The campus is so diverse and you will see and meet every kind of person you can think of. The school really strives to give you a ton of free and fun activities (free food and fun fridays for instance!) and the place you live might have activities as well. Temple students love to have fun, but I think the majority of them also really care about their work and want to do well in school. Academics are usually not taken lightly, and the library and tech center are open at odd hours to give students a place to study and do work. Weekends are NEVER dull with all the activities and also closeness to center city, old city, etc. Public transportation is really easy to figure out and find, and you can get almost anywhere around Philly with it. No need for a car! If there is something you would like to do, whether academic or leisure, Temple has it or is really close by!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From my experience, off-campus housing is really an easy process to find, look at, and rent. Temple has many housing fairs in the SAC throughout the year, where you can find housing opportunities through places such as Kardon, Oxford Village, University Village, and other farther away places. The off-campus housing can be extremely close to campus (Oxford Village, where I currently live, is just as far away from some of my classes as my dorm was last year) and there are plenty of options, especially if you do not want to rent an actual house yet! Houses for rent are available, however, and can be really close or farther away from campus. Oxford Village is a block off campus, but it is still in a well-lit area and mostly college students live on the blocks the apartments are on. The great thing about a place like Oxford Village is your apartment is fully furnished (aside from a television..they do give you a tv stand though!), EXTREMELY secure and safe (you have a front door that requires a swipe, your apartment door requires a key, and they have emergency buttons in each bedroom and speaker systems that go out to the front door if you have a visitor), and your roommates' rent is not on you if they do not pay. It is strictly on the individual to get your rent to the office each month. There are also no utility fees unless you go over, which I have yet to do. Also, we kind of get the dorm room feel because the office always has fun and exciting events and free things available! I would say the downside to living in Oxford would be you do not usually have your own bedroom and noise is sometimes an issue (as in any other dorm or apartment complex I am sure). The best thing about transitioning from a dorm room to an apartment is the kitchen! Believe me, you will get sick of the cafeteria food and your inability to have a home cooked meal.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Neuroscience and Psychology – I am a sophomore neuro-psych double major with a minor in Spanish. I was originally a biology major coming in, but found that to be really excessive, boring, and impossible (specifically, calc 1 and 2 were AWFUL!). I decided to unofficially change my major spring freshman year to psychology and I found it really interesting! Then, through talking with professors (this helps SO much. really-listen to people when they say your relationships with your professors are essential!) I decided to try out an introductory neuroscience class. I absolutely LOVE it! The biology department has a lot of really stuck up snobby smart kids, while the neuro department has some really interesting, cool, laid back kids. Also, I found that the neuroscience and psychology professors are really there to help you and enjoy talking to you, whereas some of the bio professors I had relly were not too much help. Neuroscience and psychology classes seem really imtimate to me, even when they are lectures! Questions are always welcomed in my classes. Workload is I would say average to slightly above average. Compared to biology workload, it is much easier and I still get to take an actual bio class! Chemistry requires a lot of studying and time, and I am assuming biology will too. By the way, biology majors don't get to actually take bio classes until completing chem 1! As for the Spanish department, I am in my first Spanish class at Temple and it is really easy and very light course work. Finally, I never really felt comfortable in the biology department environment (already said), but neuro/psych is so welcoming and extremely intellectual! The academic advisors in both neuro and psych were extremely helpful with promptly giving me information on research opportunities and internship programs.

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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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