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Reviews 3844 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Freshman

Weather: Considering we just had a major snowstorm, and no classes were canceled, it seems to me that the people in charge of deciding when classes are canceled didn't bother to wake up....

the spring and fall are wonderful though :)

2 College Junior

Campus Quality: Going to college in Japan and living in Tokyo is a great experience, but TUJ does not quite live up to what you would expect from a major university.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: I had to "fight city hall" to get what I deserved. I received the run around numerous time and I had submitted everything on time.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Temple has a lot to offer in all areas of life. However, if you don't know to ask, you won't and you will miss something. Advocate and ask questions, even when you feel you are bothering someone. They are there to help you and sometimes they need reminding of that.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Is Cheaper! Living in a place off campus not only saves money, it also gives a student real life experience. Temple has many dorms available, however, they double your tuition costs when you choose one. The dorms come with many amenities of home, which does not give the student a sense of real life, when these extensions of home are not provided to you because you pay rent.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Plenty of Resources – I came to Temple not only for athletics but also because of their great Kinesiology department. They have a whole staff of highly qualified and helpful people and many on campus resources that really assist in my academic progress.

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5 College Senior

Parking: i have seen that the parking at temple university is very good and it is not as bad as others may think, also, since there are lots of people in philly, they make sure to provide you with sufficient parkng space.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: The nightlife at Temple university is great, though i have yet to attend the school, the cultures, and experiances that the outskirts of inner philadelphia bring are second to none. The amount, and variety of activities that you can partake in are exceptional, and also the eviorment, and food is great. Mix this all in with the great people of central philadelphia and you get the ultimate sanctuary.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Do not call the financial aid office on the phone. They will take forever. Go to Broad Street, enter the building where the financial aid office is, and wait 10 minutes to talk to someone in person. They will be much more helpful and friendly than the people they give you on the phone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I never lived in a dorm, as I transferred in from another university, but those who lived in the dorms seemed to like it.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You'll be fine during the day so long as you are within the confines of campus. This means that people who live in the dorms and people who commute don't have a whole lot to worry about. However, for those of us who live next to or a couple blocks off campus, certain precautions must be taken while walking home as Temple police only patrol the campus. Also, security is more lax than Temple admissions describes it to be. I see the guard boxes empty a lot of the time. I have heard that the blue boxes on campus have been deactivated due to drunk students pressing them. Also, in some of the academic buildings, no one asks you for ID. Anyone who looks like a student can just walk right in. This doesn't make me feel safe.

I would recommend the following precautions that I follow to stay safe: 1) Never go out after dark alone unless you're in a group. 2) Carry pepper spray in your coat pocket. 3) Carry as little cash and valuables on you as possible, in case you were to get mugged. 4) Don't listen to your iPod or look distracted - it makes you an easy target for crime. 5) Take advantage of Temple shuttle services after dark, such as OwlLoop (around campus) and TUr Door (to off campus homes in the area).

North Philly is an unsafe area. On or on you can find more information on campus safety and ways to stay safe around Temple's campus.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Personally, my financial aid process was not bad at all. I got a package I expected but I've had to make multiple visits to the office just to clear things up. Although I will say I think I am one of the lucky ones, I have heard horror stories of people dealing with financial aid here. I'm sure this is due solely on the fact that Temple is enormous, and it's not small feat to organize 27,000+ students.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Having your own computer on campus is really helpful, and Temple's wifi is surprisingly good. Although I don't know anyone who doesn't have a laptop, I can't imagine it would be too bad seeing as the enormous tech center is open 24/7. Although my roommate and I share our own printer, and it's extremely convenient, it's not at all necessary. Temple allots you a a huge amount of free printing, you just have to walk to a building with a printer.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Piece of Cake – My experience was fantastic. Temple was clear on all the deadlines plus my mom made an extreme effort to get to know a FA counselor who helped us both work through all the details. This FA counselor encouraged us to email or even call her anytime we had questions. We did and still do which has made the process smooth.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not Reasonable for Health Conscious – Food off campus by Temple is mostly fast food. it is difficult to actually GET to the eateries much less find healthy choices. The best option for the health conscious is The fresh Grocer grocery store on Broad Street...and a kitchenette in one's dorm to cook meals.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Easy Process – The financial process is extremely easy. All a student has to do is fill out the FAFSA and if you're lucky you're not selected for random verification. Fall aid normally gets completed two weeks into the semester. Spring aids gets completed during winter break.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is a dry campus, in other words students can not buy, carry or consume alcohol on campus. The school encourages students to do whatever they please sexually but if students choose to be sexually active they encourage students to use protection.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Fast Foods and Buffet – The school has multiple fast food places in the student center and others in the surrounding area. The food you get from the fast food places are typical things and sometimes at a cheaper price. There are also dinning halls which serve in a buffet style eating and the food is not what I would call great but you can survive off it.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Do Good in High School – Temple gives out the best financial aid to Pennsylvania residents only, so it's much better if you are from another state to have good high school grades and get merit based scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I came to Temple with the idea that there was very little Greek life. Unfortunately, that is not so. Many of the people here are in frats and sororities which leads to very mundane, stereotypical types of people in some instances.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very Diverse Students – Everyone at Temple is free to be who they are. No need to worry about what you wear or what you're major is, everyone is pretty excepting. There are the typical jock and frat guys, but also many artistic and film majors. Same goes for the girls. All stereotypes are filled.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Get Good Grades in Highschool and You'll Get a Scholarship – When you apply at Temple you're automatically put in to be reviewed for a scholarship. For reference, I had a 3.08GPA in high school, got a 1970 on the SAT's, and received a $7,000 a year scholarship. I didn't apply for financial aid but my roommate did and hasn't had any problems with it.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The subways in Philadelphia run north and south along the entire city, the only problem is getting east and west in certain areas (especially up north where Temple campus is). You have to take a cab because the area is too dangerous to walk through. The subways stop running at midnight but buses run all night for the same price. I would NOT recommend having a car because it's way too expensive to keep at school and parking on the streets is almost impossible, plus a lot of cars get broken into if they're not parked in the garage.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments: Cost= Good, Safety= Not So Much – Apartments off campus cost as much, if not less, than on campus housing. The problem with living off campus, especially right off campus, is that the area is not very safe and there's a decent amount of reports of apartments being broken into.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get offered very much financial aid, so I'm looking for a bunch of scholarships all the time. THe financial aid office is always backed up with students with some problem. THe few times I've gone there to talk to a financial aid counselor, I've waited for about 30-45 minutes.


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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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