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4 College Freshman

Majors: My Major – I think I will enjoy my specific career program at Temple. Although it may be difficult and I may face many challenges, I am willing to work through them with steadfastness, hard work, and help if needed. I was always interested in the sciences and medicine so being a pharmacist would be ideal for me and could open up other doors in many other scientific fields.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Confident in Education – Temple is a very good school. Perhaps one of the best schools in the city of Philadelphia. Temple also owns many buildings and is building upon its repuation and status. Also, because there is a hospital, I believe that the education is ideal and very good. That is why the cmpus is large an many people come to Philadelphia just to attend the school.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: &Quot;Not Sure&Quot – I am not sure about this question and I probably will not be sure because I decided not to stay on campus because I have conerns about campus safety.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are food carts and restaurants around Temple. Although the area is not the best, the food around the area is good and edible.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It! The academics aren't too hard but you learn a lot, the social life is amazing, and the overall feel of Temple is just perfect.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I Made More Enemies in Pre-School – There's every type of person at temple, but it's easy to make friends with anyone. the girls are hot, and by hot I mean the cream of the crop. Most of the guys here like sports and stuff, we're all pretty similar one way or another. Most people dress kind of preppy with the Abercrombie and Fitch style.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Eh... It'll Due – The food is great at first, but it will keep you in the bathroom. After awhile you'll get tired of it. But there is fast food options around campus like Wendy's, McDonalds, and Crown Fried Chicken. Also there's too 7-11's on campus which is way more practical than it first appears. So as long as you have money you should be good.
PS. Get a premium meal plan

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Simple and Fast – All I had to do was put down what I wanted to major in, and then sign up for classes. It was that easy. My only bit of advice would be to have a general idea of how you want your schedule to be beforehand. It makes signing up so much easier

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The scene here is just as it was in high school, or even what you see in movies today. There are the jocks, the drama kids, the goths, and everything else. A good thing about college though, at least from my personal experience, is that these social clicks are not so strict and can easily be broken.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Large Variety – There are several, and I mean several, places around campus for a person to eat at. You may get tired after awhile but that depends on your individual tastes

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are mad expensive considering they aren't in the greatest shape but if you try hard and look in advance, you can deff find something.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: the most annoying thing is signing guests in and out. they are super strict about it. you have to be by your guest at all times. as for alcohol and drugs, they do random bag checks and there are punishments for those things

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a Bio major. Intro to Bio 1 is the worst class you'll ever take. Try to get transfer credit before entering since this is a required class for all pre health majors. Chemistry 2 also sucks if you take the wrong professor. The other science classes are generally fair. If you are in Honors, don't take Honors Chem unless you're strong in that subject.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Learn How to Use the Subway! Important things like the grocery store and 711 stores are all within walking distance. Even the gym and the movie theater in addition to all your classes. BUTTT all the funnn stuff is outside. If you wanna have a good time, you're going to need to learn how to take the subway.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Science Classes – The Honors classes here are generally good and are much easier than the non honors classes; however, beware of Intro to Biology 1- honors or not, this class absolutely sucks. The Biology department is extremely unorganized. This class is required for many pre- health majors so try to get transfer credit before entering college. Besides Biology, the classes are pretty good.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Cool Little Shops – The streets of temple are really neat. Makes me feel like I'm on the board walk at the beach, with all the neat little shops.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Create Your Own Night Life – Freshman year, my friends and I would put our heads together and go to the parties that we heard about. A lot of the parties I went to were cast parties (I'm a theater major) and my friends and I didn't go to frats a lot. Even for these kinds of house parties, my friends and I would pay. I've heard good things about the 18 and over clubs but the best ideas are probably house parties. One of the best parties my friends and I went to was a party at Penn. We got into the frat for free and had a great time. We paid for a cab back but it was easy to flag and we had gone to the party with a friend of our friend's so it was really nice. Explore other schools' parties too. I found that you have to be creative and use your resources (parties you've heard about through friends) to find good parties.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Dorm Life and Other Safety Information – Overally, Temple is very safety-conscious. I constantly see police around campus, even several miles off-campus. There are security guards in all dorm buildings and they are very serious about. With more security comes less freedom which means bag checks starting on Fridays and guest cards that permit 3 guests to be signed into your building at a time. Their guest policies are very strict and a lot of people keep their room doors locked because in my dorm building (Johnson and Hardwick Halls) there were fifty girls on my floor, and I knew most but not all of the girls. I found these policies to be annoying and too strict but also appreciate how seriously Temple takes safety. I would say to be extremely careful with your belongings. I left my laptop in an academic building and found that it had been stolen the next day. It's an urban campus so be careful with belongings. However, security is very impressive.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The city of Philadelphia is so wonderful to be so close to. Temple is located in North Philly, which can be a little shady, but I don't sense any animosity toward students from the residents. On the weekends, my friends and I might go to see a movie in the city, go out to eat or go to the art museum. There are definitely many opportunities for students in the city and you get great student coupon books at the beginning of the year that really make trips into the city special and inexpensive. Start using those books early in the year so you can take advantage of all that they offer! North Philly has a quieter and more outskirt-of-the-city feel which is nice. Center City Philly is only a 10-minute subway ride away so it's nice to have that convenience. As far as safety goes, I always see police on bikes patroling all around campus so I do feel safe most of the time.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not the Best in My Book – I choose Temple by default because I wanted to get away from home, and it was the next best thing to the school I really wanted to attend. All I can say is stay prayed up and go where God wants you to go for school. My overall experience at Temple was negative from dorm life to academics to friendships to city life. However, there are a ton of people who love Temple. Truly go where you feel you'll get the most out of your college experience!

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Divine Nine Is Not Prevalent – I turned down the opportunity to attend Howard University, a Historically Black University. I thought Temple had a decent Black Greek life. That is not true! The Black Greeks do absolutely nothing on campus. The entire Divine Nine is not present on campus. If you are looking for a "popping" Black Greek life you will not find it at Temple University.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A Waste of Time – The apartments available near campus are mostly located on dangerous blocks throughout the North Philadelphia neighborhood. The landlords prey on the college students because they know they do not have a choice in living off-campus. After freshman year, students are required to live off of campus. You can only live on campus for two years, unless you're a peer mentor or resident adviser. I toured over a million apartments with my friend last semester, and we found only one that was suitable and cost effective. The landlords will charge you anywhere from $1500.00 to $2200.00 just to sign the lease and move into the apartment. Oh and you will have to have roommates in any of the apartments you choose to live in around campus otherwise you'll be paying almost 3000.00 a month plus utilities. The apartments are not up to my standards, and I am personally not a fan of the off campus living around the university.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A Complete Joke – On campus housing is a complete joke! I went through "hell" last year as a freshman trying to choose housing. For one, the school doesn't allow you to choose housing until your deposit is paid in full. Secondly, you most likely will not get to pick housing with any of your friends. J and H are terrible, do not live in those dorms. Also I heard Peabody was not very nice at all. If you get the opportunity live in either Temple Towers or 1940 the best residence halls. You have to stay on top of housing and for most students you may or may not get housing. The whole system is so messed up regarding on campus housing.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Choices Are Limited – You would think being at such a large institution of study there would be a wide range of select cafeterias and eateries to choose from that is so not the case at Temple. There are only two dining facilities. Yes, everyone thinks they are amazing until it gets old. If you're a person who enjoys variety in your meals you will not find it on campus. The best place for dining is in Center City. North Philadelphia has a few little food joints that are suprisingly delicious; however, they are few and far between.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Could Be So Much Better – Temple University is an extremely diverse institution of study, however; it could be so much better. Although there is a large range of different ethnic groups; most of the students who are classified in those groups do not necessarily come from those international countries. Many of them are Americans just like the rest of us who live in the neighboring states of PA, NJ, NY, and MD. There is not nearly as much diversity as one might think. The African American population as a whole is dwindling at the school as well. The few minority based organizations on campus are just not up too part. If you are looking for complete diversity; you will not find it at Temple. Not in my book!

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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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