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Reviews 3992 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: City Life – The coolest thing about Temple is how close it is to the city. The architecture around the campus is amazing and you are only 10-20 mintues away from Center City.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – I have seen every nationality, religion, race, etc. at Temple. Not only have I seen every one but each gfroup seems to be represented equally. Overall, Temple is a very diverse school and should be a nukber one choice of those who like diversity.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: A Down Right Shame – Temple Police needs to step their game up. People do not feel safe walking outside their dorms anymore. Many people are worried about getting shot.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: You can call for hours and never get a person. If you go there you wait for about an hour before someone assists you with any problems.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties every weekend. Cops are everywhere and know that kids are underage and never bother them unless there is a fight. Center City is 3 miles away and has great bars to party at although very expensive.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: SAC Dining – The mall like setup in the dining area of the Student Activites Center is actually just like the mall. All fast food, a little expensive, and little subpar. Easy to get tired of, but not too horrible nonetheless.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: temple is okay overall. i dont like to party (gasp!!) so the social scene is kind of terrible for me. overall i like fox and appreciate the networking opportunities. you can definitely gain a ton from going here if you take the time to do that. living in the city can be pretty rough if youre not used to it. the best thing is meeting people you can be true friends with for a long time, meet people from all over, and being able to make lasting relationships with great professors and employers. if i had to do it all over i might have chosen a similar school with students less concerned about getting drunk all the time, haha.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Diversity = Plenty of Fish in the Sea – well, the campus is so diverse youll find any type you are attracted to and anyone who is interested in anything you are. you dont really see too many relationships though. guys are relatively approachable in my opinion but people seem to say the girls seem really unapproachable.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: most excellent – the diversity at temple is great. there are people from all different countries, walks of life, states, heritages, so on, and with that you can learn so much from anyone you meet. you never know where they are going to be from, what languages they speak, where they live, what experiences they have had. everyone is really, really different and its a great thing to experience.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: well, it depends – temple boasts having the largest tech center blah blah blah .. which yeah, the tech center is big. but good luck finding a computer during busy hours. although i guess some people manage it. the computers have gotten better and faster recently. there are labs in a lot of buildings including the library so you do have your options. its possible to not have your own laptop here and make it by.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: be careful – this sort of goes along with local atmosphere since temple is just surrounded by a generally unsafe part of the city. you really just need to be careful and if you can afford it, get a place closer to campus. the health center is okay, the nurses are nice and vaccinations are easy to get.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: just be careful – its okay in that theres plenty to do whether you want to party go shopping get some food or geek it out. a bigger issue i have is that the crime rate is kind of horrible and you really need to watch out for yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: its okay. granted ive only completed the foundation courses. some of the classes make you work, and make you learn, and have smart professors who give a damn and make that class worth your while. and then other professors are completely useless and you wonder why they are teaching and how on earth they got the job. you definitely have to shoot for those better professors if you can to make your education worth your while.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pretty Good – getting financial aid is pretty easy, just fill out your fafsa and send it off. if you need more aid or have questions ive found the financial aid officers to be extremely helpful. jsut make sure you stay on top of signing and sending off ALL paperwork and make SURE it gets there. but theyll send you plenty of warning emails too. just make sure you read them!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its Okay – the dorms are okay, they cost about the same as in state tuition though, so its a little more pricey than off campus living. theyre an okay size, pretty clean, the worst part is having to pay for the stuff that idiots vandalize. all the dorms are in a good location and getting housing is easy as a freshman or sophomore but theres pretty much nothing available after that.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Process Could Be Improved – I recieved a good amount of financial aid for multiple reasons, but out admissions office could make the process more smooth. I got charged for things that I should not have been charged for and sometimes the people on the phone were not helpful in any way.

4 College Student

Weather: Campus is not that hard to navigate in the bad weather. However, classes do get canceled often because of the commuters.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Close to Campus – Let's face it. Temple University is in a bad area of Philadelphia. However, the surrounding restaurants that are very close to campus are pretty decent. City View Pizza is one of the campus favorites. Most surrounding places are cheap in cost and available for delivery due to safety issues.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Need a Change – Financial Services is the worst, most tedius office at Temple University. They are not helpful, it feels like they don't want students to get aid, and there is so much you have to go through that it's ridiculous. They don't give advances on aid and offer no help to students who need to pay their rent with a refund check, they don't care. You have to hound and hound the office to get anything done, and the people there act like you're the one inconveniencing them! Terrible, absolutely terrible.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Technologically Current – We have the biggest computer lab in the country, and all the places that have to do with technology (like the business building) are state-of-the-art. The tech center is open 24 hours which is awesome, but it does get a crazy/crowded during exam time. But to get away from the craziness of the Tech Center I just go to the Library, there are plenty of computers there and it's a calmer atmosphere. I have a laptop, and most people do but you don't really need one at Temple, there are computer labs in just about every building. And you can print in the residence halls, at the Tech Center, the Library, Tuttleman Learning Center, pretty much all over campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Very Nice – The (newer) residence halls are very nice, and there are food trucks all over campus. The gyms are newly renovated and fantastic. The campus is generally pleasant, the buildings are architecturally different which makes it interesting, and there's always something to do or see.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would have loved to stay on campus but i didn't receive enough aid. I received just enough to get by and I'm grateful for that but it wasn't as easy as I think it should have been. My awards letters were changed around a few times and I had to keep making ventures to the financial aid office so that they could explain to me why my bill kept changing. I did learn that I have to stay on top of my aid.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Music Education Voice Concentration – It's work. Honestly if you don't have a passion and genuine love for music, it's just not the major for you. The teachers in my college are very nice and always helpful and given. In fact, I have yet to come across a teacher that wasn't willing to help. It's a pleasant place to be. Go Boyer College of Music and Dance!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Depends on Your Crowd – Drugs are scattered everywhere, especially throughout a city. Depending on who you hang out with, what you do, and where you go, you can easily avoid the drug scene here.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Temple has an impressive athletic program with an infamous football and basketball team.

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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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