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3 College Senior

Academics: Strat Dept – The current Strat Dept. offers students three different concentrations to choose from. I chose the public relations track. All the professors are friendly and I feel that I learn a great deal from the required courses. However I wish the department offered more help with preparing us for the real world. Compared to students in other schools I do not feel as prepared to enter to work force. I also wish the deptartment would offer more courses in social media, sports pr, and event pr.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: PPA Is CRAZY!!!! In order to get a parking permit for Temple you have to pay quite alot, then again it is worht it because the Philadelphia Parking Association have really strict rules, and they do not mess around. You will get caught and ticketed, which is much worse than paying for a permit.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I See No Problem – The police on campus are former City of Philadelphia police. They do a good job at preventing and combating crime, but they also are not overly strict about drinking and smoking. Much like city police, they do not worry themselves with little disobediences and rather focus on more important problems such as underage drinking at big parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great Dorms, No Space – Temple is in the city so space is limited, it has a huge student population, however. They only guarentee/allow lower classmen housing, but I did not get it either year. There are some really nice apartment style dorms, but it is extremely hard to get them.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There Are Options – There's the regional rail train, septa subway, trolly, buses, etc. Or, my favorite...biking/walking. In general I think septa is over-priced.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There Are Options – Apartments are expensive and the neighborhood is unsafe, but with some research you can usually find a good deal. The more people you get to live with you the better.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The TECH Center – The only thing unique about Temple University is its awesome TECH Center. There are computers galore. Best place to work on campus too. Don't get caught eating though or those consultants will get you.

1 College Freshman

Administration: Absolutely Ridiculous – Residence Life is where the problem is. I was kicked out of my dorm and charged with assault for accidentally spilling a drink on someone. The Disciplinary Committee do not take both sides seriously, and the cops follow suit. Whatever you do, do not get involved with a personal altercation. However alcohol they are easy on because there is too much of it to contain.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Drabby, Lame People – Most people at Temple walk around in sweats. Only at night do you see people dress up. Even dressy, isn't that dressy. LAME!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not Enough Housing – Temple is trying really hard to accommodate all students, but it's just a tough area. Housing isn't guaranteed any year, but many students live in dorms for their freshman year. After freshman year, most students live in off campus apartments (there are a few on campus ones, but it's much better to just be off). The prices are pretty high, but only students are allowed to live there and event though they're considered , they're very close.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food at Temple is generally okay. It gets old after a while, but most people don't even get a meal plan after their freshman year.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Dorm Party Lifestyle. I am not usually one to go out to a party, maybe once a month I will. However I do stay in and have a group of friends who I hang out with and we spend a lot of our time listening to music and watching movies.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: None Close to Campus, a Subway Ride Away. There are only a few fast-food restaurants within a few blocks of campus. However, if you hop in the subway you can go downtown in Philadelphia and have a great off campus dining experience.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe Campus in an Unsafe Neighborhood. The campus at night has a very safe feel to it. There are plenty of campus police, along with some Philadelphia police. Campus is completely lit up at night and I feel safe walking alone on it, however a few blocks off of campus you should never walk alone. There is nothing Temple can do about it's unsafe location, except to educate their students to be safe when walking at night off campus.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall if I had to choose a college again I would consider Temple. The diversity alone at the school is a huge selling point. But there are downsides about TU that I don't like. My biggest gripe has to be with the administration and the campus employees who on average have some of the worst attitudes ever. Not every Temple employee is a &%$# there are truly some gems here who will go beyond to help you, but they are in the minority. Everything at Temple involves a long wait, and then someone who seeing someone who seems agitated that you are seeking assistance from them. The academics are ok some professors really care others are blah. But the best part about Temple is the city itself. If it weren't for Philly I would have decided to transfer long ago instead of waiting until after this year to leave. Temple is good school but it just ain't for me.

3 College Freshman

Weather: There are four seasons in Philly. In the beginning of the school year its blazing hot with stifling humidity, then the fall comes with cooler relief. The winter is freezing and its snows, but the administration rarely closes school because of the snow. We had our own "Snowgate" this past winter with the administration deciding to open school when the city was basically shutdown. Then spring comes and so does the rain; seems like its been raining everyday.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball Most Popular – The basketball team at Temple receives the most attendance of any sport followed by the Football team.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Love the New Gym – I love the new gym that was built at the Avenue. But as with anything at Temple its always crowded and sometime you have to wait for a machine.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is popular, but not very well announced if anybody was interested.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Pain the the You-Know-What – Its nearly impossible to get through on the phone to sort through any sort of financial aid issues - which there always will be - so you're forced to go to the financial services office and wait for 45 minutes along with all the other miserable students in the waiting room, only to talk to a financial aid worker with an attitude.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Temple's location is what makes it an interesting place to go to school. Once you step foot off campus its quite the experience, and sometimes you have to really be sure to have your guard up. But being so close to Center City Philadelphia has got to be one of the greatest things ever; not only are there opportunities to go to concerts, eat at cool restaurants and bars, but being near the city has been tremendous for students looking for internships and real world experience.

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4 College Senior

Academics: So Many Majors – At Temple University, there are so many different majors to search from. Most of the Professors I have had were very helpful, and most of the work we had to do was very hands-on. The registration process was could definitely be worked on. Staying online until midnight on a certain day is sort of annoying. If it were at noon on Saturdays that would be perfect. I feel very prepared to graduate come May.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Club Tech – Lots of computers at the Tech Center, sometimes its difficult to find an open computer but for the most part the amount suffices. Around finals time you have to arrive at the crack of dawn to get a computer, but I'm sure its like that at any school.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Location plays a huge party to the Philly scene. One thing that makes Temple unique is its location. It literally take 10-15 minutes to get anywhere you want to go. Art Museum, Old city, the Gallery. Its terrific. There is so much to do here that no one is ever bored on a Friday night.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: In Philadelphia there are many options for transportation. The subway, taxi, regional rail, Temple shuttle, bus, or walking. It does not cost much fr anything and you can basically get to where ever you want to go in 10 minuted or so on the subway. Every form of transportation is right here on campus and it goes everywhere. Many students commute which is not bad but when students travel home for breaks it is very convenient to take the subway to a bus station or a train and just go home. Convenience is the key at Temple.

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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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