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Reviews 4015 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Local Area: It's Fun – Its a fun atmosphere, nice campus. Their are a lot of things to do which keeps things moving, like on campus bars, late night tech center is open. They have places where you can play sports, gym etc. Fun place

3 Niche User

Greek Life: It's There If You Look for It – There is definitely a Greek scene and if you want that then great, but it doesn't have an overbearing presence.

3 Niche User

Campus Housing: Not Enough – Campus housing is pretty convenient, but there's hardly enough to accommodate freshmen and you're only allowed to live on campus for two years. As far as the dorms themselves, they aren't palaces but they're not bad. White is in an awkward location and most buildings have mouse problems, but its nothing to worry about.

4 Niche User

Drug Safety: It's North Philly – I'd imagine that getting a hold of drugs is pretty easy here judging by the size of the stoner population. Also, its pretty common to stumble upon kids smoking whatever in dorms.

3 Niche User

Athletics: Steady Improvement – The school is putting a lot of money into their athletic facilities (there is a lot of construction going on) and the teams themselves. The football team is getting much better so it's not just about basketball anymore.

1 College Junior

Local Area: while on campus student are somewhat safe. But since there is not enough housing, students have to move into the area which is not the best place to be. Temple really needs to gain more control over the surrounding area.

3 Niche User

Campus Food: Food quality definitely goes down during the week. Its pretty good on Mondays and Tuesdays and barely edible on Sundays. So later in the week most students go to the "SAC" and get Burger King, Einstein Bros or a places called Charleston's that is similar to Boston Market.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I Can't Really Comment – I do what everyone should really do and just avoid doing anything that will get you into trouble. I rarely hear of people getting into trouble, but I wish that the academic probation standard was higher in order to get some of the nitwits out of here.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I don't necessarily consider this to be a positive, but there is plenty of diversity on campus. It is not all good, but it is what it is. Temple obviously accepts many students based on ethnicity.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Pretty Poor – I go through my classes with incredible ease. I haven't studied anything in my two years here and I have a 3.6 after having a 4.0 my first semester. I think the curriculum is a joke, the professors are not as good as they think they are (with a few exceptions), and the registration process is laughable. It is obvious that Temple accepts almost anyone who applies.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Not a Big Fan – I don't really like my school. I feel that my classes are too easy, my teachers are not as intelligent as I would like, and my own personal experience is rather unfavorable. I am almost completely detached from the school other than the classes that I attend. Temple was not my first choice to begin with, so I certainly would not choose it again. I would go to Penn State and pay the extra money like I should have done in the first place.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation in Philly is convenient and cost efficient. There is no need for it on campus, but there is a Temple-run bus that makes a trip to the other campuses several times a day. Long distance transportation is also good. Philly has an international airport and plenty of outgoing trains.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I Really Have No Idea – I've never been to a party on campus. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs around, especially on South Street, but I've never been to any of them. Transportation is great, though. There are buses, trains, and subways everywhere. I suggest using the trains whenever possible because they are by far the safest.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the apartments around campus are very nice. There is actually a new building a block and a half from campus that is brand new. Availability is nice, convenience is decent, cost is reasonable, but parking and safety are pretty bad. There are all kinds of students that have experienced a break in and/or robbery. I can't comment on landlords because I don't have one.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Plenty of Attractions – Temple has a few gyms and an athletic center. I've only been in the athletic center once, but it was nice. I've never been to any of the gyms, however, because I have my own membership elsewhere. There is a large student center with pool halls, a movie theater, and plenty of places to eat. There is one large library that is convenient enough for everybody. The campus looks good for the most part. Several of the buildings are brand new and they look good.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer Labs Are Abundant – There are many computer labs on campus. They're pretty convenient and I always use the printers. The network is rather quick and I rarely have issues. I have trouble connecting with my iPod Touch sometimes though. I suggest a personal computer, but there is little need for a printer. It is also cheaper to use the printers provided by the school.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't drive to campus, but the parking situation is pretty bad. Philly is a really big city so there is an obvious reason why, but there is also little need for a car. Public transportation is fairly convenient for wherever you want to go, and it is reasonably safe during the daytime and on weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I Really Have No Idea – I'm not involved in Temple's social environment enough to even be able to tell you what the fraternities and sororities on campus are. Actually, I can't even name one. As a general rule of thumb, however, I have less respect for anyone that is in a fraternity or sorority.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Bad Neighborhood and Everything That Come With It – There is a large amount of crime around campus. Not necessarily "on" campus, but around it. Every month or so there is a murder or something on campus. I don't ever feel unsafe because I'm never on campus after nightfall. The Temple Police do a good job of patrolling the area and they know where the bad parts are.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Don't Know or Care – I do not care at all about our sports team. I'm not a fan of college sports at all. Apparently our basketball team is good because people ask me about them all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I Don't Live on Campus – I don't live on campus, but, from my experience during orientation where all the students stayed in the dorms for 3 days, they're not very nice. Some of the other dorms are nicer, but I can't really give details.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small Campus in a Big City – Philadelphia is a great city for culture and nightlife. I have lived here my whole life and I know the city very well. There are plenty of sports teams to see as well as all of the other colleges in the area (Drexel, UPenn, Villanova, La Salle, etc.). Temple is not located in a good neighborhood, but Temple's own police force do a good job of patrolling the campus. As with any big city, there are plenty of places to shop. I love my home city, but I feel that moving to a college town like Penn State or Virginia Tech is a better environment for college.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Relaxing Student Center – The student center at Temple University are very comfortable for academics and social events.It provide its students with private launches in where students that commute can study, eat and even relax while waiting for their next class. Each launch is very private therefore students can make them into their one hour rooms.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Septa Is Great – Public Transportation is the best way to commute to Temple. The buses and trains come frequently. Septa offers a discount to Temple students.

1 College Junior

Parking: I commute to Temple and the majority of the time I have to park between six and seven blocks away. I dont mind walking except for when it's extremely cold or it's night time. I could pay to park in the parking lot however, I can not afford it. It can cost up to $700.00 for a year or $12 if you pay by day

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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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