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Reviews 3827 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its Okay – the dorms are okay, they cost about the same as in state tuition though, so its a little more pricey than off campus living. theyre an okay size, pretty clean, the worst part is having to pay for the stuff that idiots vandalize. all the dorms are in a good location and getting housing is easy as a freshman or sophomore but theres pretty much nothing available after that.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Process Could Be Improved – I recieved a good amount of financial aid for multiple reasons, but out admissions office could make the process more smooth. I got charged for things that I should not have been charged for and sometimes the people on the phone were not helpful in any way.

4 College Student

Weather: Campus is not that hard to navigate in the bad weather. However, classes do get canceled often because of the commuters.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Close to Campus – Let's face it. Temple University is in a bad area of Philadelphia. However, the surrounding restaurants that are very close to campus are pretty decent. City View Pizza is one of the campus favorites. Most surrounding places are cheap in cost and available for delivery due to safety issues.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Need a Change – Financial Services is the worst, most tedius office at Temple University. They are not helpful, it feels like they don't want students to get aid, and there is so much you have to go through that it's ridiculous. They don't give advances on aid and offer no help to students who need to pay their rent with a refund check, they don't care. You have to hound and hound the office to get anything done, and the people there act like you're the one inconveniencing them! Terrible, absolutely terrible.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Technologically Current – We have the biggest computer lab in the country, and all the places that have to do with technology (like the business building) are state-of-the-art. The tech center is open 24 hours which is awesome, but it does get a crazy/crowded during exam time. But to get away from the craziness of the Tech Center I just go to the Library, there are plenty of computers there and it's a calmer atmosphere. I have a laptop, and most people do but you don't really need one at Temple, there are computer labs in just about every building. And you can print in the residence halls, at the Tech Center, the Library, Tuttleman Learning Center, pretty much all over campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Very Nice – The (newer) residence halls are very nice, and there are food trucks all over campus. The gyms are newly renovated and fantastic. The campus is generally pleasant, the buildings are architecturally different which makes it interesting, and there's always something to do or see.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would have loved to stay on campus but i didn't receive enough aid. I received just enough to get by and I'm grateful for that but it wasn't as easy as I think it should have been. My awards letters were changed around a few times and I had to keep making ventures to the financial aid office so that they could explain to me why my bill kept changing. I did learn that I have to stay on top of my aid.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Music Education Voice Concentration – It's work. Honestly if you don't have a passion and genuine love for music, it's just not the major for you. The teachers in my college are very nice and always helpful and given. In fact, I have yet to come across a teacher that wasn't willing to help. It's a pleasant place to be. Go Boyer College of Music and Dance!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Depends on Your Crowd – Drugs are scattered everywhere, especially throughout a city. Depending on who you hang out with, what you do, and where you go, you can easily avoid the drug scene here.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Temple has an impressive athletic program with an infamous football and basketball team.

2 College Senior

Weather: Does Nothing – Temple will not care about weather conditions, classes almost never get canceled

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The food is pretty bad right outside of campus, only have chinese places and really bad pizza. It is really low quality food.

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.


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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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