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Reviews 4076 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are some cute guys but since it's a huge school, you'll have options. The only drawback is some are already in a relationships...

5 College Senior

Administration: The Ugly Side of the City – Although things can get pretty sketchy just a block off Temple's campus, its better to know than not know. The strictness of campus life varies, but its normally pretty fair. If you are under 21 and are loud and proud about drinking underage, then you should submit yourself to any possible consequences, and most students do. However, this is not A+ because of all the underages given out, but because of the safety and immediate responses the police around here have for any and all incidents. Not only does the victim get aide instantly, but the entire University is informed quickly through text message then email, and its great just to stay aware and avoid walking down low lit streets. With bike cops always around, you feel safe and happy unless they are writing you some sort of citation for being irresponsible, and lets be serious, who isn't at some point?

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Age Is Nothing but a Number – Although night life in the city is viewed as most fun by 21 and older students, the night life is not just about being able to get into a club or a bar and buy drinks. The night life at Temple has been defined by its raging house parties, of all sorts, fraternity parties, which may not be free, but you meet a ton of new people, and different events constantly being promoted by outside groups that bus us to and from parties just so we can go. Although you may need a cab to get to the bars in the city, its most definitely worth it, and if you do not feel like paying a cab, walk around the block and you will find one of the three bars right on Temple's main streets! The Nightlife is for 21 and older in the city, but there is little to complain about if you are not 21 just a block away is a more than 7 blocks of houses with students ready to enjoy themselves.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Untrained Cheerleaders – Although Temple University may not be able to beat out Penn State in a football game, or win crazy championships that we can brag about for decades on t-shirts, but we definitely have one of the rowdiest, most loved student sections I have ever seen. Inside the arena or during the tailgates and at home, our students are repping Temple hard and although were all not part of the cheerleading team, everyone gets excited for a game just to throw around some cherry and white pom poms at a football game, or just a club soccer game. Temple brings it all, even if its not shown in the final score.

2 College Senior

Parking: Restricted parking Signs are hard to see. Parking can be difficult during the afternoon but not so hard in the morning before 7:00 AM

3 College Senior

Administration: Great for commuting. Many different diversity and socializing is great

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: No pay for rent, parking is free if you find parking outside of campus. Safety is bad

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not Bad for College Food. If you dont mix it up by going to the SAC and J&H evenly it can get reptitive. Also going to different places at the sac helps. Most of the time the food is at least average.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Just Don't Get Caught – Temple police is pretty lenient, unless they are called by security. They normally don't disturb the party life unless it gets out of control or the liquor board is present. Of course there are rules against underage drinking and possession of alcohol in dormitories. Now that's different; first time you get written up, second-fined, and third- lose housing. Best way to go about not getting caught be discreet and smart; don't broadcast your supply of alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Mostly a wireless campus you can virtually get internet access anywhere on campus. The tech center is 24/7 and the library is open until 2 Sn-Th and closes at 8 on Friday and Saturday. Each building also has at least one computer lab and printing access. Temple's network is very reliable and always being updated. You don't really need a personal computer or printer but good to have them during winter or rainy days when you don't feel like going out.

3 College Senior

Parking: No Real Need for Cars – Temple requires you to pay to park in their parking lots and now that they've demolished one parking lot, parking can be harder. The off street parking is usually fine, but there's a lot of construction going on at the moment. Unless you are commuting or have a job or internship, you don't really need a car. And even then it can be cheaper just to use public transportation.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms Not Guaranteed, Off-Campus Alright – Dorms at Temple have gotten a lot nicer, they have recently been renovating and building so many of the facilities for living are new. The cost is pretty good and the people are friendly. The dorms are right on the north and south boundaries of campus so if you have friends in a dorm on the other side of campus it's a little inconvenient, although it's only a 10-15 minute walk. The main problem with dorm housing is that it isn't guaranteed for freshmen, so some have to fend for themselves.
Living off campus isn't too bad either. Costs can be anywhere from 300-800 depending on the type of housing and whether you have utilities included. Average housing is at tops about 600 with utilities although there are places that will charge you more. Oxford village is nice to live in if you have a group of friends, but if you want to live alone or with your own room I'd go for Temple Town or one of the random small owners for the best deals.

4 College Senior

Technology: Wonderful Resources, Can Get Crowded – Computers at Temple can get very crowded right before and after classes and at crunch time. Although there can be some wait for printers, it usually isn't bad, and the number of resources that the tech center has more than makes up for any wait. Connecting to wireless on your personal computer is usually fine, though it can be dicey in certain places outdoors. While you don't need a personal printer, if you like to print slides out or want to print in color you should probably bring one because each side of a page costs a certain amount and you only have a predetermined amount to use per semester.

3 College Junior

Weather: Here at Temple Everything is within walking distance and when it rains you will get soaked, and when it snows don't count on getting a day off of school. Temple is notorious for never canceling class because of the weather.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Temple University has many new recreational facilites. The New gym and the IBC center are where students might go to work out in their spare time. We have a huge library smack in the center of campus. Also the Rec center is open to all students so one can play basketball, tennis and man more activities. There is so much to do on and off Campus that you will never be bored here.

1 College Junior

Health & Safety: Temple University community sees alot of crime. Many of the alerts are of non-temple students but still one must be smart when walking at night. There are blue light security systems all over and campus police ride all over off campus and on campus.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Busy and Exciting – The atmosphere at Temple University is always fun and exciting. It's just a subway or train ride away from Center City, Philadelphia, so there is always something to do! Center City has tons of shopping, museums, great restaurants, and even the Liberty Bell!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into my Electrical Engineering major wasn't hard at all. There's no special application process and it's great program that gets bigger every year.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are not that great, but we still had a great time. I enjoyed living off-campus in a house rented with four friends sophomore but we had a terrible experience with the landlord. Temple is building beautiful high-rise dorms but they won't be ready until 2013 so it will be a great option for students at that time.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There isn't any dicriminations in any organization. Everyone is very nice and it is lots of fun!

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student Center – Great game room, good food but lines can get long but its worth waiting, lots of quiet areas for reading, bookstore has everything you need!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Akways Crowded – Parking can be found but you need to come really early on campus. Paying for parking can be expensive. However, any city usually has parking problems so I do not blame temple.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The City Has a Variety of Options! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania does not dissapoint. The city has every possible resturant/diner/snack/etc... that you are craving! Also, prices are not high. Everything is resonably priced and quality does not dissapoint.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many fast food places are located within safe walking distance from campus. There are several different pizza places, bars, basic fast food restaurants, and a variety of Asian food places. There are also lunch trucks that supply a very diverse array of foods for students to choose from. The food is good from these trucks, and it is probably the cheapest food to buy.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Temple has its own police force, one of the largest. They take protecting the students seriously and try very hard to prevent crimes from occurring. They monitor the campus and up to several blocks off campus 24hours a day, 7 days a week. The campus is also supplied with emergency call boxes. Blue poles are located throughout the campus that students can use if they feel threatened or are being harassed/chased. The Temple police are able to locate which box was activated and they are able to follow the path a student is taking.


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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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