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Reviews 4150 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Temple is highly diverse, we've got a little bit of everything.

3 College Junior

Majors: Transfer Students, Check Curriculum Requirements Ahead of Time – I started my serious academic carrer at community college of philadelphia where I enrolled in a dual admissions program to Temple University. What I did not look into was my specific majors requirements simple the gen Ed requirements. When I attended my first semester at TU I found myself playing catch up. I transferred in a total of 68 credits but only about 40 counted toward my major and graduation requirements. Summer classes reduces the academic gap and also puts transfer students in the fast track to graduating.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Food Trucks – This is going to sound shallow, but one of the most unique things about Temple is its food. While the food trucks are not necessarily affiliated with Temple, they are certainly a constant presence to campus life and its students. Without them the campus would be very bare, its dining options very short and disappointing. But thanks to the diverse food trucks serving food of various cultures from Albanian to Middle Eastern, Italian to Thai, you will find all kinds of food you could ever imagine. There is even a truck that specializes in making Crepes! And it's the one hot-spot for students all around. Mention "crepes" and students will know where you're headed and why.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Temple University was automatically my top choice when applying to colleges, because of its diversity. Generally the Caucasian population is still high, however there are people of many races, countries, and backgrounds all over the campus. There are various ethnic student organizations such as HSO (Haitian Student Org), SEAL (African Student Org), PSA (Pakistani Student Association), etc. Temple Also always hosts a different event every Friday evening honoring and presenting a specific culture, such as Palestinian, Italian, African, etc., providing music, food, dance, and other customs for students to enjoy.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The library at Temple University has been a home away from home for many colleagues, for multiple reasons. The main floor, while louder than the typical library setting, it provides a social sphere for many students to hold study sessions, or simply to hang out. The upper floors of the library provide a great quiet study space for many students, which also include private study rooms for 3+ students available by reservation. It is a wonderful place to be.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol Are Cool Here – Everyone smokes and drinks and its chill that everyone just can do that and hang out.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Very Average Across the Board – Nothing spectacular at all at Temple, but definitely an above average school

2 College Freshman

Parking: Not Very Good – It's Philadelphia. It's not very good. I think it speaks for itself.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Not Too Bad, Not Too Good. Definitely uncomfortable at certain points of the year, but never unbearable.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Not for Me I Guess – Student body and locals just don't mesh together, leaving both in an awkward position. Not a comfortable place at all.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Temple is in a very poor neighborhood of North Philadelphia. Houses are not too expensive depending on location so it all comes down to weighing your options in regards to location/safety and pricing. The closer to campus the more expensive it is of course but the safer one feels.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is easily accessible around campus. Train and buses come pretty frequently and are inexpensive. Only downfall is that trains shut off at 12am.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The Tech Center has so many computers, although they are mostly filled up during finals. There's plenty of places to go with a laptop because of the wi-fi. Printing is sometimes difficult to do, so having your own printer is probably the best idea. Dorm wireless is not always great, though.

5 College Junior

Academics: Wide Variety of Options – I got into Temple University to be an architecture student and the curriculum there is amazing. I love being part of a program that has shown promising progression and growth in a few short years and continues to grow to become a global name. Classes are challenging but the rigor and discipline embedded in the program have helped in my development not only as a student, but as a human being and member of my community.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Just Enough to Keep Me Entertained – Temple is a few subway stops from Center City, Philadelphia where there is a countless amount of shopping venues and art supply stores for those that need cheap arts and crafts supplies such as myself (Architecture student). The stadiums are located at the opposite direction on the subway. You can enjoy various Temple Football games there, watch the Phillies maybe win the world series again, or watch the Flyers play. The point is there is a number of activities that someone can choose from.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Have You Seen So Many Options Before? Savory Crapes, Vietnamese Noodles, Middle Eastern Kebab, Fame's Famous Pizzas, Sushi Truck, COOKIES!, and everything else your taste buds desire you can find at Temple University. Plus they're not expensive at all, even for a college student. We know how tough it can be sometimes.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Philadelphia Row Homes: "Not Too Shabby" – The past few years, Temple University's growth flooded the housing industry with opportunities to gain profit. Everywhere you turn, new row homes are filling the once empty lots of North Philadelphia and one thing's for sure, the availability of new homes is unlike ever before. Temple University has teamed up with private contractors and property owners to link students with landlords. From my experience in two off campus apartments dealing with three different landlords, I can honestly say that it is 'not too shabby.' Rent usually range from $500 to $800 (utilities, cable, and electric/gas sometimes not included) depending on the space you are searching for. Most of the newly built homes are walking distance from campus and most people in Philadelphia have a bicycle. The only issue is that it can get dangerous sometimes in North Philly if you are not careful, but the University provides services for safe transport home, especially at nighttime.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Temple isn't too far from center city, and Philadelphia's transportation network is highly efficient. Only negative thing is that Temple is surrounded by bad neighborhoods, although it doesn't make too much of a difference personally.

4 College Junior

Majors: It Is Not There Falt. Temple is a good college and it is not there falt that the current situation with teachers is in the state that it is in. Most students are hopeful things will turn around. Temple has also offered students AOD classes to help students go into other areas.

4 College Junior

Technology: I Think the Computer Systems Work Well, They Just Need to Be Dusted Off More Often. The nice thing is if the Tech room is ober flowing you can go to the library and use the computers there, which are the ones' that need some dusting off. (A)

5 College Junior

Athletics: We love Temple Athletics! Everyone makes a point to go to the football and basketball games, but there is also a large fan base for other sports such as volleyball, field hockey, and baseball as well! Our school is a division 1 school and sports play a large rule in school pride. There are many gyms on campus, as well as a new facility on Cecil B. Moore. They are easily accessible and very convenient to go to in between classes. They are open to all Temple students!

3 College Junior

Local Area: Never a Dull Moment – The city of Philadelphia has so much to offer! There is never a dull moment. Because of the amount of history ingrained through the streets, every stop on the Septa has something new to explore. There are countless museums and attractions just minutes from main campus! They are always very easily accessible and reasonably priced. There are so many places to shop as well, especially on South Street and Walnut Street! Also, Penn's Landing has unlimited cultural events during the spring and summer.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Bitter Sweet – My experience at Temple has been bitter sweet. The best memories are those that I made with close friends. Student activity events on campus, as well as many sporting events are what made my four years at Temple truly come alive! The only poor thing I must say is that the advising department is not engaged in their job. Aside from that, my heart goes out to Temple. It will definitely be hard walking away from such an amazing University.

1 College Junior

Health & Safety: Street Smart – Temple University is located in the heart of North Philadelphia. It is not neighbored by the safest environment, however personally, I have never been in a situation where I was threatened. Many students have had less than average experiences, and often times we have received e-mails from campus security informing us of robberies or burglaries, but this is always going to come with living in a major city. Recently, Temple has started a security bike system. The security guards are now riding through the streets of North Philadelphia around student off-campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not Many, but Convenient – There are not many places to eat at that are off-campus. Most restaurant that are good are in the city.

Restaurants around campus are known for a certain something, and nothing else.

McDonalds, Wendys, Ritas, and Qdoba are cheap and familiar. Temple Star which is on Diamond St has DELICIOUS pizza rolls that are very cheap, everything else on the menu isnt that great though. Ugotmunchies is right across J&H and has great fried oreos and other fat foods (like cheese fries) for when you got the munchies. The Drought Horse is a restaurant/bar where you can take you family when they visit on weekends. City View Pizza has decent pizza (better than J&H pizza)

Theres not many places that are good, but anything will be better than any food that is covered under your meal plan. And these places are also satisfying when you have late-night cravings


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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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