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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Diversity in Students – At Temple the girls are very friendly and easy going. And the guys are relaxed and outgoing, but know when it's time to buckledown and study.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: A Lot of Echnology – Temple University has one of the most hi-tech facilities that I've ever seen. In every building there are computers and labs. There is a library, which has late hours, sand a tech center. You can always find a computer to use.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Wide Variety of Programs – I came to Temple University to be in the great Boyer music program, but I decided later that I wanted to switch to engineering. It's the diversity in the programs offered at Temple that gave me the option to be able to switch to another major, and still be recognized as a great program.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Some Very Smart and Some Pretend to Be Smart – The majority of the students at Temple University is great. They are bright and eagle to learn. Occasionally I run into students who are highly independent to whose who comes from safe environment. Diversity is the key word at Temple University.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Dangerous Around the Campus, but a Great City! Temple University offers great programs and has a strong police presence, but the area still remains to be unsafe place in the evening/night time. The school offers a taxi service at night. Nothing has happened to me, but often students receive emails from the police department regarding minor incidents to major accidents. You have to be cautious at all time, but the city of Philadelphia offers incredible cultural activities and events.

4 College Senior

Academics: Consistently ranked among the top programs in the US, Temple Department of Dance graduates have become leading artists educators and administrators in the community and beyond.

Past cross disciplinary efforts have included programs such as Anthropology, African American Studies, Women's Studies, American Studies and there is great interest in and commitment to future ties with other arts departments, in particular regarding interdisciplinary work.

The university has excellent resources including recreation center, technology center, writing center, etc. However, the department is underprivileged and not sufficiently fund to invite guest lecturers from outside.

1 College Junior

Parking: Backseat Driver – While I take Philly transit, I do have many friends that drive to school and they always have trouble parking. The lots cost too much and my friends always have to park off campus in bad neighborhoods.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Clubs and the Bars > Frats – The bar and club scene around the Temple area is good. There are many bars very close to campus, in fact, there is even a bar on campus. The clubs around the Temple area are great. I love that the clubs have such a great variety of techno and hip hop. Most of the DJs are very nice and the covers are not that expensive on most nights. I was not ever the biggest fan of frats or house parties so I did not mind waiting until I was 21 to hit the bars. However, I was hitting the clubs since I was 18 so nightlife was always there for me.

4 College Junior

Academics: So Much Guidance and So Many Activities – In my opinion, Temple has a vast variety of different majors that are all superb. I am enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts as a Psychology major and all I have had is good experiences. The advisors in CLA are so helpful and there are many tutoring facilities that help with any class you may be having trouble with. There are dozens of organizations to get involved with, and Temple helps teach students how to network for careers. I have just started to team up with a program on campus to help start clothing drives for rape victims so that they have clothes to wear after examinations. I believe networking is one of the best skills you can learn in college and Temple teaches it well.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are numerous transportation options. I commute and I either take the bus or the El and the Broad Street Line. There is an option for a student semester trans-pass that costs around $300, which I have been getting since freshman year. Without public transportation, I could not attend Temple University.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I Do Not Live Off-Campus. I do not live off-campus. Instead, I commute about 40 minutes away from Temple.

4 College Junior

Academics: Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass Media – I'm a broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media major, and Temple University has one of best communications program in the area. From Temple Update to TU TV, there are numerous ways for students to get related experience to their major.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Hardly Any Punishments – I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble at Temple University over drinking and drug use. Many of the RA's frowned upon the idea, but there were parties going on next door to my room and I don't think they were ever spoken to.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I honestly have not looked much into the Greek life on campus, but I do know that it exists and is pretty prevalent. Lots of students walk around representing their respective fraternity/sorority by wearing their clothes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A Great Overall Learning Experience – I came to Temple University because I heard great things about the English program. The campus is big, and there's always something to do if you're feeling bored. All of the professors I have had so far are incredibly knowledgeable in their respectable fields, as well as kind and understanding.

3 College Student

Academics: Temple University has many choices for their students. What is great about the campus is that you meet many people of different diversity, and they are willing to help by giving you advices like which course to take or which teachers are the best at lecturing on the subject. Not only is the curriculum excellent, but due to the location, there are a variety of store nearby so you would not be sitting in your dorm doing nothing on a weekend. There are many things to do on campus, and the security is great too, so if you are planning on staying on campus, you will feel safe.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Temple is known for being one of the most diverse schools. I think Temple should also be recognized as having very friendly students. I transferred from Temple two years ago and the first school I attended was very small and I thought I would know a lot of people, I came to Temple and met so many people. Everyone is very outgoing and helpful.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Football and basketball season are two of the most exciting times of the school year at Temple University. Although we never get that far in football, the school spirit is amazing. It is very fun to attend games, and it is one of those moments where you are proud to be a Temple Owl. As far as facilities and funding for the teams, Temple spends a lot of money on athletics.

4 College Junior

Academics: Temple University has a lot to offer. There are so many different majors to choose from. The campus is located in a great area very close to Center City Philadelphia. There are many job opportunities and learning opportunites due to this great location. Temple has many campus activities and offers a challenging curriculum to their students at a very affordable cost.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Like any school, the only way of getting a full scholarship is as an athlete, which is ridiculous. The only tip that I have for getting financial aid is to apply early.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Bad Location, but Safe – Although Temple is located in a dangerous location in Philadelphia, the police force is always on patrol. It is not unusual to see Temple police as well as Philadelphia police patrolling campus at 4 in the morning ensuring the student safety. When most enter Temple they worry about safety, but after only one year my view completely changed.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Fox School of Business – Being part of the Fox School is a privelege. The program just doesn't revolve around my major, which is accounting, but also includes all aspects of business including economics, management, business law, and various other topics. The facility is amazing, and even in my various lecture halls they make time for students to come see them about the curriculum. As one of the top 50 business schools in the United States, I feel that it will be beneficial when on the search for internships as well as jobs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs, Alc, Etc. Smoking pot and drinking are extremely popular at Temple, both with the partiers and the artsy crowd. However, pot and other drugs are pretty easy to avoid; alcohol is important to social life, so you might get a little lonely if you don't drink at all.

Enforcement policies and strictness really depend on your RA.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Vs. Off Campus – The best dorms on campus are 1300 and Temple Towers, without a doubt. They are in the best locations and are the nicest. Peabody is the worst; there are rats there!

Off-campus housing is the way to go though; there's a vibrant community of students off campus (in fact, that's where most people live; you probably only live on campus if you're a freshman).

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Temple is often looked down upon for being a state school, but I know I'm receiving a great education here. The classes are engaging and the professors are very helpful. I've really grown intellectually since coming to Temple, due to the relationships I've built with professors and other students (who are usually very interesting characters).

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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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