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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I came to Temple as a transfer student and I am so glad that I did. Philadelphia is an awesome place with so much to do. I also think since Temple is so diverse it's a place to get out of your comfort zone and experience something new. What really drew me to Temple was their internships and opportunities they offer. You know that if you come to Temple your going to get a great education and have a lot of fun along the way.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on Temple's campus can be a tough one not to mention the locals love to break into your car to steal things. There are parking garages/safe parking options but it does come with a hefty cost. Other than that, you can take your chances parking on any of the side streets just make sure you dont leave your i-pod or valuables hanging out for people to see.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The student body loves to get involved in the sports at Temple. The football team plays at the Eagles stadium which is pretty cool so students love to go to the games and cheer them on. Not to mention the Temple football team has gotten better over the years so students are more proud to be a Temple Owl fan. Basketball is huge at our school so many students attend those games. As far as atheltic facilities they are excellent. There are two well-kept gyms with a variety of classes and machines to use.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Temple has an extremely strict drug and alcohol policy on campus, but off campus anything goes. Weed and alcohol are extremely popular and many of the people who smoke pot are interested in psychedelics. Mushrooms, LSD, and even DMT are available is pretty sizable quantities. Being in north philly, whatever else you could want but shouldn't (coke, pills, and heroin) are available from what bassically feels like street vendors a maximum of seven blocks from school, usually closer. People that want these things know this and take advantage (its never safe don't do it) and the people that don't will never know it goes on. I give drug safety a C- because The school itself holds it as a very high priority, i've just never been many other places where heroin is a short walk away.

4 College Junior

Administration: Not Strict – I would say our police are quite lax with drinking. The University usually just gives you a fine if you are caught with alcohol in the dorms.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There really aren't many places to eat off campus nearby. There are a few sandwich shops and 2 Chinese restaurants. That is about it.

4 College Junior

Academics: Fox School of Business – I have found all my my professors so far to be very experienced in their fields of study.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather doesn't really affect anything at Temple. Occasionally in the winter when it snows, classes will be cancelled, but other than that the weather doesn't affect our campus.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs, mainly alcohol, is prevelant at Temple but doesn't really cause a lot of problems; as long as people drink responsibly, the campus police are pretty lenient. As far as other drugs, such as marijuana and adderall, they aren't hard to find either. Peer pressure on campus isn't as high as it is on other college campuses because there's such a diverse student body and a city atmosphere. Being in the city, it's easier to find more activities to do other than just drink, whereas at a school like Penn State or West Virginia University there is nothing else to do but drink.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The nightlife at Temple is pretty decent. There are usually multiple parties going on throughout the weekends, and there is always at least one frat who has a party on Fridays and/or Saturdays. The bar scene on campus is not that great, being that there are only three bars to choose from. Transportation to and from parties is not a problem because things are always in walking distance; however, getting back to campus from nightlife in Center City, Old City, or Manayunk can be tough at times because the subways and other public transit close around 12:30 or 1.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is fine. No problems. Even if it rains, the classes are close.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation is very convenient. There are subways, busses, and trains. The cost is average, not expensive at all. People may go either local or long-distance. The subways are for local use.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: They are fun. They are very good for social activity.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A Huge Difficulty – My only issue with the financial aid department is that there is no chance of them getting back to you in a timely manner and they are just plain rude. Also, when you try to call them on the phone you have to listen to all the changes in their phone service which has been the same since 2009.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer Lab/ Facility – The computers are fairly good. They are missing a few vital programs, but they are pretty specific to my major. the Computer facility itself is big, but not big enough and it is typically too loud to want to spend much time there. The building could also use a few windows.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Ignores the City – Typically the facilities on campus are old and outdated. they also do little to impact the surrounding enviornment. They seem to ignore the city their in. The library is nice, but too dark to study in and the Tech Center is huge, but considering the size of temple university there are still not enough computers, not to mention it it typically very loud.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: I don't see any major drug use at Temple so that is a good thing.

3 College Student

Greek Life: There are tons of Greek life at Temple. Personally the Greek life has affected me a lot more because a large number of my friends are active or connected to them in some way. Frat/Sorority parties can be fun but sometimes the whole idea of Greek life is completely overwhelming and a lot of times they are a bigger deal than they should be. The whole idea of having a group of people together while excluding everyone else unless you have membership in a group makes Greek life pretty trivial. I feel like in Greek life a lot of Greeks lose their uniqueness and instead just become part of a group and nothing but a number. Sometimes, it's not like that but I do see this happen.

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4 College Student

Campus Food: Campus Foods – There are lots of places to find food on campus and as a college student that is extremely useful.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Some officers do not know what they are doing. I constantly get the run around. Whenever I go in for an appointment I get a different person every time and each one tells me a different thing. Luckily, I knew a friend that worked at the Financial Aid office and he knew exactly what forms I needed to fill out and how I can go about getting the most money. As a result, I made sure I requested him every time!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Graphic Lab Area Needs to Increase – The computers are great, but there are not enough computers in the Graphic Lounge area. As an art major, I tend to use a lot of adobe programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) which require a fast processor for optimize performance. The number of art majors is growing and there simply isn't enough space.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The Farther the Better – Once you hop on a subway or catch a bus to a different part of Philly, the city can be a lot of fun. However, this certainly adds up (subway/bus/cab fare, etc.), and the part of Philly that Temple is located in can be very dangerous and there's really not much to do.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love It! If you want a school with a lot of cultural experiences, a strong staff of business professionals and the taste of being in the city I would recommend coming to Temple. You get the feel of what it is like to live in the middle of the city right along Broad Street. But if you are looking for that typical "college" feel with lots of grass and ivy and boys in khakis throwing frisbees you should look somewhere else. We have concrete and spray paint artists hanging out on our campus.

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2 College Senior

Athletics: Winning Isn't Everything Right? We have a strong basketball team (both men and woman), our football team is on the rise, and I think our fencing team is decent?, but other than that Temple isn't really known for its athletic abilities. As a student-athlete I would say that the administration needs to step up their game, and coaching staff is sub-par. Need more recruits!!

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3 College Senior

Diversity: A Taste of the City – Temple gives students a pretty good variation of different types of students, from race to religion. The school is like a little clip of what the City of Philadelphia has to offer on a much smaller scale. If you are interested in multi-cultural experiences, events, and programs Temple is full of them. We are located in a very liberal city, and this reflects strongly in the teaching I have experienced. If you are an ultra-conservative republican, you will probably not want to major in anything in the College of Liberal Arts, School of Communications, or any other creative types of programs. Even the business and econ. departments are on the liberal side.

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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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