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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.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Tech Center (computer center) is very up to date with current technology. Hundreds of computers are available for use 24hrs a day during the week and most hours on weekends. Some of the buildings are new or recently updated, however many of the science related buildings appear to not have been updated for many years. The library supplies ample room for group studying and individual studying with relatively little distractions. The overall appearance of the campus is generally good, right now there are several buildings under construction.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Us at Tu – Temple is different then most schools i have seen because of the mass size of the enrollment and location, temple has to be the most diverse schools in the nation.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Temples campus is lined with food trucks just like most colleges. the food quality is above average and the prices are bumped up.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: So far I was given a $1000/year scholarship and just about enough loans to cover tuition. I'm hoping to get a little more to help with books and commuting

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: OH NO. I went to financial aid service office so many times to ask for help.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Besides Temple totally emptying my pockets every semester, it is a terrific school. Despite the larger number of students, Temple has a great staff and professors who try their best to assist each and every student with the best of their ability. Temple not offers students a great education during college but also helps to find internships and jobs for them after college.

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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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