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Reviews 4329 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Get It Done Quick and Then Blame the School – I am a planner, I planned out all my courses for the four years of school the day I decided on my major and received my admissions.

And with financial aid, one must not fool around or drag the process in any way - Plan Plan and Prepare. I personally got all my paperwork done the week I received my tax papers. Then I followed my application and if I was missing something, I just took my tax papers to the financial aid office and made sure all mistakes were fixed and as promised I would get the correct amount, if not more financial aid.
Temple does this awful thing were they cancel your classes if your tuition is not paid, this can really hurt you, especially if your classes are taken by someone else and there is no room for you to attend that class; therefore, I urge incoming freshman to complete their paperwork and prepare themselves for a rocky ride, that has a flat river bed at the end of it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Temple tries to be as diverse as possible. There are a good amount of students that are studying abroad at Temple and it is cool to connect with them since they have a different culture.

4 College Junior

Local Area: City Living – Temple is cool because you live fairly close to the city but still away from all the hassle of the city. Depending on who you are that may or may not be a good thing. However, there is plenty to do in the city that may interest you, as long as you know where to look. There are free music shows, plenty of great places to eat, and of course the sports complex.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The IBC is a great gym because it is fairly big, it has more hours of operation and has all the weights and machines in one place! It is the biggest of the two gyms that Temple has for undergraduate students. The downfall though is that both of Temple's gyms are both located on the south side of campus next to each other.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since Temple University is located in the city, the best way to get around is by train, subway, or bus. Temple also provides discounted passes for train and bus for people who commute which helps save money. Driving sometimes is not bad, but it can be hard to find parking.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Finding an Internship – As a psychology major, I do plan to find an internship before I graduate. My reason for this is to get me into the field and see what my options are in my career path. At Temple University, psychology students can participate in research labs to get hands on experience, and we can also conduct our own research experiment.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living in the North Philadelphia – Off-campus housing at Temple University is not hard to find. Most of the houses have been remodeled and have new appliances. The problem with the houses are that the closer to campus the houses are, the more expensive they are. Also, they are not furnished when the houses are closer. If you wanted something a little cheaper and furnished, then you would have to go a little bit further from campus. The problem with living farther from campus is that the area is bad and has a lot of violence.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe If You Think Smart – Temple is a nice school, just located in a bad area. Campus police are always located on campus, and they respond to call very quick. There are lots of lights at night. If you walk around campus and you are not being smart about your surroundings, then bad things may happen.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: F or a Depending on How You Look at It – Lots of drugs and alcohol. This is good or bad depending on your personal opinion on drugs and alcohol.

Also, the cops in Philly have way more serious things to worry about than you smoking pot, so it seems that you're less likely to get in trouble. A friend once told me that he actually saw a guy smoking pot while having a conversation with a police officer and he wasn't getting arrested or anything.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: It's a Public School, What Do You Expect? Apply as early as possible to Temple, even if it's your safety school because the best stuff goes out first. Do your FAFSA right away each year, too. You get more aid if you live on or off-campus then you do when you commute, which makes sense. I believe that aid preference also goes to in-state residents.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Temple has its own REAL police force, which is nice. There are cops absolutely everywhere on campus during the day. However, there is a to of crime directly surrounding Temple, and occasionally Temple students are involved.
Don't let your fear of not being safe stop you from going to Temple. You won't get shot unless you give someone a reason to shot you (i.e. if you're going to do drugs, make sure you pay your dealer), and if it's a random shooting, which isn't likely, then you were probably going to die anyway (i.e. everything happens for a reason).

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining Halls and Food Trucks – As a freshman if you get bored using your meal plan at the student center (the SAC) or J&H (a buffet-style cafeteria underneath dorms), there are a lot of food trucks around that accept cash and local restaurants that you can eat at. Having a lot of eating options is a huge benefit of going to a college in the city. Also, I rarely used my meal plan and a freshman, but one of my friends swears that they put laxatives in the food at J&H cafeteria, so watch out...
There's a grocery store really close to campus as well, it's called Fresh Grocer.

4 College Freshman

Majors: My Major – I think I will enjoy my specific career program at Temple. Although it may be difficult and I may face many challenges, I am willing to work through them with steadfastness, hard work, and help if needed. I was always interested in the sciences and medicine so being a pharmacist would be ideal for me and could open up other doors in many other scientific fields.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Confident in Education – Temple is a very good school. Perhaps one of the best schools in the city of Philadelphia. Temple also owns many buildings and is building upon its repuation and status. Also, because there is a hospital, I believe that the education is ideal and very good. That is why the cmpus is large an many people come to Philadelphia just to attend the school.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: &Quot;Not Sure&Quot – I am not sure about this question and I probably will not be sure because I decided not to stay on campus because I have conerns about campus safety.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are food carts and restaurants around Temple. Although the area is not the best, the food around the area is good and edible.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It! The academics aren't too hard but you learn a lot, the social life is amazing, and the overall feel of Temple is just perfect.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I Made More Enemies in Pre-School – There's every type of person at temple, but it's easy to make friends with anyone. the girls are hot, and by hot I mean the cream of the crop. Most of the guys here like sports and stuff, we're all pretty similar one way or another. Most people dress kind of preppy with the Abercrombie and Fitch style.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Eh... It'll Due – The food is great at first, but it will keep you in the bathroom. After awhile you'll get tired of it. But there is fast food options around campus like Wendy's, McDonalds, and Crown Fried Chicken. Also there's too 7-11's on campus which is way more practical than it first appears. So as long as you have money you should be good.
PS. Get a premium meal plan

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Simple and Fast – All I had to do was put down what I wanted to major in, and then sign up for classes. It was that easy. My only bit of advice would be to have a general idea of how you want your schedule to be beforehand. It makes signing up so much easier

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The scene here is just as it was in high school, or even what you see in movies today. There are the jocks, the drama kids, the goths, and everything else. A good thing about college though, at least from my personal experience, is that these social clicks are not so strict and can easily be broken.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Large Variety – There are several, and I mean several, places around campus for a person to eat at. You may get tired after awhile but that depends on your individual tastes

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are mad expensive considering they aren't in the greatest shape but if you try hard and look in advance, you can deff find something.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: the most annoying thing is signing guests in and out. they are super strict about it. you have to be by your guest at all times. as for alcohol and drugs, they do random bag checks and there are punishments for those things

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a Bio major. Intro to Bio 1 is the worst class you'll ever take. Try to get transfer credit before entering since this is a required class for all pre health majors. Chemistry 2 also sucks if you take the wrong professor. The other science classes are generally fair. If you are in Honors, don't take Honors Chem unless you're strong in that subject.

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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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