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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.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are a few parking lots on campus which all fill up quickly. On street parking is not very reliable. If you're a commuter student, I highly just suggest taking public transportation. There's a lot of that with all of the subways and buses.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a lot of campus police and they can always be found all around campus. THe neighborhood where Temple is located isn't the best, but with common sense you can stay out of trouble. Don't wander out alone after dark and always let someone know where you are. THe campus police make it feel safer, even for those of us who have night classes.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Somewhat Confusing – The process was kind of confusing and took a while to undrsatnd what was happening but once I got hold of the situation things went smoother.

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!

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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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