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Reviews 3874 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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


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.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Temple University's main campus is extremely diverse. There are students and faculty of every race,religion and background. As far as I know, the school is very sensitive to these differences, and I do not believe there is much of a challenge in regards to diversity. However, there does seem to be less economic diversity. Most of the people I've met on campus come from middle class or low income families, though I have met one or two students with a more privileged background. I do not know about diversity of sexual orientation on campus, whether there is much diversity in that regard I cannot say.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Pretty Good – J&H dinning hall always has the same food, but its normally pretty good. The SAC is good. Not alot of places to go off campus for food. They got better with the meal plans, and now let you have flex meals which is pretty nie.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: STHM is a very fun major. Alot of work outside of the classroom, but hopefully it will all pay off.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Temple isn't in the safest area in Philadelphia and there aren't many attractions in the area, but the subway and train station is basically on campus so it's easy to do fun things in center city, South Philly, or Old City. However, necessities are nearby or on campus, ex. grocery store, Rite Aid, 7-11, etc.

3 College Senior

Weather: When it rains on campus it usually gets very hectic. There are so many people at my University that walking with an umbrella can often times be more difficult than walking in the rain without.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The Upside to Living on Campus – Living in Johnson and Hardwick Halls, you get to meet a diversity of people that you would not get the chance to meet otherwise living off campus. You are living in such close proximity to each other, that it creates a bond that you stay with throughout your time spent at the University.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office is, honestly, a mess. My loans were almost not applied, it was near-impossible to contact and get a direct response, and when I finally got through on the phone, they had told me they were about three weeks behind on accepting loans. The scholarship I received was reasonable, but it was nowhere near the amount of other friends' scholarships at other schools.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Cars Are Not Necessary! Having a car on campus is not essential. Temple is in the city, so there are plenty of busses, trains, and subways to take into and out of the city. Cars should only be needed if absolutely necessary. It is hard to find parking along the street, so it is best to sign up for a parking pass. I don't know how expensive the fee is, but it's best to use a student parking lot rather than the parking garage.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: City-Life and Diversity Are Key Elements. The guys and girls at Temple vary slightly from one another. Temple is right in the city, so you won't find many country folk. Because of this, you might get the impression that people are in a rush and won't stop to talk to you, or are too "private." That's not always the case. The girls are always open to talk along the way or chat in a coffee shop, and the guys are very "boy-ish" and love to have fun and joke around or lounge in the rec rooms. Temple is a very diverse school, so the students here are also diverse and open to people of different backgrounds.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is easily accessible and can get you anywhere throughout the city. There is an oncampus shuttle that is very convenient.

3 College Junior

Parking: Students are able to buy a parking pass, however, it is very expensive. Being that Temple is in Philadelphia, public transportation is very accessible and is almost better than having a car. However, if you find it necessary to have a car on campus, there is street parking available, just make sure you are parking in an approved zone.

3 College Junior

Academics: Elementary Education – The program at Temple University has been reworked in the last two years in order to meet Pennsylvania's certification standards for education majors. As a result of this, the students have been misled and confused. Other than the confusion with the actual program itself, the professors are great and try to work with us through this transition as best as they can. I do really enjoy the school we are working with in order to complete our observation hours and practicums. I think the changes being made to the program will work out for the best, once all the kinks are ironed out.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Strict When They Want to Be – Temple Secuirity is pretty strict when they want to be. When it comes to the "safety" of the school in terms of people getting robbed at gun point and assaulted one may wonder where the school police is. However when it comes to parties and under age drinking Temple Police is EVERYWHERE. First time offenders are handed citations and have phone calls sent home. However this seldom happens, there is always something to do in terms of parties and other social events on campus just hang out in groups and go by word of mouth in terms of where to go.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The computer labs at the Temple University Tech Center and Paley Libraries are state of the art and well taken care of. I have yet to hear a complaint from anyone about computers not being available. There is also a computer loan program that the school implements in case one does not own a computer and needs to take the work home. The wifi access here at Temple is very reliable and can be accessed anywhere near campus. So if one does not mind doing work at the Tech Center or Library the need for a computer is not really a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our Football Team Is Really Great – I'm not sure about our other sports, but our football team is amazing and they work really hard to make us proud every year!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are such a wide variety of programs offered at Temple, both academic and extracurricular, it's a great place to be!

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Could Be More Diverse – On campus there is an average amount of diversity. You have your Caucasians, African Americans, Asians, Indians and whatnot but I feel as though there are more Caucasians and Asians on campus than any other race. I wish it was more diverse though because even though I'm Asian, in most cases I find myself to be either the only Asian or one of the few Asians in a predominantly Caucasian classroom.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Lunch Trucks – A lot of the food on campus are very expensive and if you don't have a meal plan, you'll most likely be buying food from the lunch trucks. There are not a lot of restaurants on campus but there is a plethora of lunch trucks which are all reasonably priced. I don't really eat at the dining hall so I don't know much about it but I get buy with the lunch truck. The crepe truck is amazing here.


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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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