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Reviews 4420 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Technology: Sometimes the computers go down due to server issues. During the winter, the computers are not as accessible. Most students use the computers to go on facebook and/or to listen to music so it's best to have your own laptop. During finals week the computers get filled up pretty fast. The smart thing to do is only use the computers when you really need them at certain times during the day except for club hours.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm Satisfied With My School as a Whole – As a whole I think Temple it a great school. There is constantly activities and events to get involved in you can never be bored unless you force yourself to be. I like the people. Everyone is nice. No drama. I wanted to go out-of-state when I first started my college search and I wish I would have been able to do that. However, being close to home has been extremely beneficial and it's nice to be in the city rather than the small suburb that I grew up in. Overall, I really enjoy being at Temple.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse but Not Enough – When I started my semester at Temple I expected there to be more diversity. I thought there would be more African-American students but there are not as many as I thought. However, it is a large jump in amount compared to my high school. I have met different people of different backgrounds but I wish it were slightly more diverse than it is.

3 College Senior

Administration: Varies Depending on the Officer – Some cops just kick everyone out of the party and tell people to go home, others will give offenses by randomly selecting people to ID.

3 College Junior

Diversity: A Little Bit of Everything – Temple is like a big melting pot of every type of person you could ever imagine. However, the majority are white.

4 College Junior

Academics: Always a Challenge – I (transferred) came to Temple looking for an academic challenge and I definitely got what I was looking for.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There is so much diversity in this school, more than I have seen at any other school. It is good because it gives people a chance to learn new things and meet new people that they would not normally meet

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great Experience – I have had a great experience at Temple University, the only issue sometimes can be the area that it is in. If you are on campus you are safe, but a lot of people are told that it is dangerous to step off of campus. But the teachers are all fantastic and really know what they are talking about, and the campus is easy to navigate your way around.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Safe Campus – Temple has a huge private police force. There are security booths all around campus. Temple provides a free shuttle from campus to the surrounding neighborhoods for students that live off-campus and do not want to walk home late at night. I always feel safe, even though there is crime sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Great Balance – Not too cold. The heat can be a bit much but I love the heat.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Who Run the World? Greeks – Greeks are a strong force but I would not say that they are the only ones. They do party but they also organize many events on campus. There is a good balance of Greeks and other organizations on the campus.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at Temple University can be complicated. Hence one should be sure to get there 30- 45 minutes before you first class begins.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's a City! I love that you don't need a car at Temple! You can safely walk most places (if it's not like 3am) and there's always taxis, buses, and the subway. How many schools have a subway stop on campus? It's super convenient!

4 College Senior

Technology: Club Tech – Everyone at Temple University goes to the Tech Center when they need to use a computer. There are numerous rooms and special ones that have Macs for design students. For the most part, there is always a computer available for people to use. I myself have not had any problems finding one there. They are a little old, so they are a bit slow, but they are not that bothersome. Sometimes there are problems with the printers and a lot of the times, there is a line to use them, but you can always go to the next closest section of printers to print your things out. The Tech Center is definitely the best place on Temple's Campus to go to if you need to use a computer.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Atmosphere Is Great! Philadelphia is a pretty big City, so there is lots to do! I visit different lounges that are pretty laid back and chill. There are also restaurants with live bands, which is great for those who love music. There is always something going on. I went to the 4th of July Concert located downtown Philly, with performances by The Roots, Common, Queen Latifah, The Jonas Brother, Lauryn Hill and others. It was great and the place was mobbed. That was pretty great!

3 College Junior

Party Scene: As far as Bars and Clubs, the nightlife is pretty much for 21 and over. If you are looking for a good time and is underage, you probably want to visit a house party. House parties have good music, and you can have a great time without having to be 21.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords Screw You Over – Be smart about off campus housing. If you want to live right next to campus, expect to pay way too much for not so great housing. Almost all landlords are trying to get as much money from you as possible, so keep that in mind. Generally the further south you go, the less sketchy the area is. Look for housing between Cecil and Girard if you want to stay close to campus, and try to avoid anything further west than 19th street. Make sure your housing has a good security system and try to find a house/apartment on a block that has a high student population.

1 College Junior

Local Area: Depends on How Far from Campus – The city of Philadelphia has a lot to offer, and if you're looking for something to do besides party you need to get out of North Philly, for the most part. The general area surrounding Temple is pretty bare, mostly just ghetto houses and locals. Anywhere south of Temple is a good place to start discovering new places to eat, concert venues, bars, etc.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Skip the Bars – Draught horse and Maxi's are ok if you can't find a party on a weekday and want to do more than drink at your house. If you're looking for a bar, go to Fairmount or Spring Garden or into center city and you'll find much better spots. Frats are generally really lame and crowded. There is a huge basement show scene at Temple and its really easy to find shows every weekend. It's also really easy to get pretty much anywhere from Temple; educate yourself on where all the buses go (and which ones run all night) and you'll save yourself money on cabs. There is a bus that runs down Broad street when the subway stops which is very convenient. When going to house parties make sure you're with a group of people and that you have people to walk home with.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Not Enough Housing – It is very hard to get housing after freshman year. Temple does not guarantee housing for upperclassmen, which can be tough because finding cheap housing off campus usually means living in a sketchy area. However, the on campus housing is pretty decent. Temple Towers has really nice apartments and by far the best place to live (for sophomores). All the dorms are pretty standard, 1940 is the best because of the suite style and location, although White hall and 1300 also have suite style living, they are further from the center of campus

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – When on campus, especially at night, I feel pretty safe. The campus is as bright as daytime at all hours of the night, and there are always security guys all over the place. As long as you are smart it is safe. Things do happen, but you just need to use your brain and be smart, wandering around by yourself is not a good idea at night. Off campus gets a little sketchy, depending on where you go. Just don't go anywhere alone and keep mace or something on you, know the safer routes to get to off campus places (stick to well lit, 2 way streets when possible)

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Scary Area, Not Enough Supervision from Police – Being in the city, you want to feel like the campus police are on top of their game. However, at Temple, you often see groups of campus police chatting on their bikes and not really paying attention. This is probably Temple's biggest flaw.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Always Things to Do in the City – Being a part of the city has so many advantages to the students, and it is so easy to get to any part of the city using SEPTA. The social scene is pretty good, and being such a large school, there are plenty of people to socialize with. Even so, you have to make an effort to make friends, so join clubs, get involved, and do things that you are interested in! Campus life is pretty good during the week, but pretty empty on weekends since a lot of students commute or live off campus. It doesn't mean that there's nothing going on, though! There are always things to do!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus may not be the most beautiful, but it is in a city setting and there is plenty to do on campus and off. The Student Center is pretty much the most popular "hangout" place, but there are other places to go, like the TECH center (amazing), Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Paley Library and more. In the early Fall and Spring, people usually hang out at the Bell Tower on Beury beach, on Liacouras Walk, and pretty much any grassy area on campus. The facilities are in really good shape, although some buildings are really easy to get lost in (Anderson and Ritter).

3 College Sophomore

Parking: No Experience – I have never had to deal with constantly parking at Temple except when my parents visit or drop me off at school. When parking next to my dorm there was never a big problems but every once and a while it would get full and we'd have to drive around to find parking.


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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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