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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Towards the end of the semester, I got REALLY tired of campus food. I live at 1300 so the most convenient places to eat were either Morgan or the SAC. The food at downstairs Morgan (which is food court style) and the SAC are usually really greasy and I got tired of the food at upstairs Morgan. Cosi's is a bit farther away and I'd make the walk there for dinner if I was desperate. The last time I ate at J&H was during Welcome Week so my friends and I went to eat there for ice cream during the last week of the semester and we found it not as bad as everyone made it out to be.

Since my diamond dollars supply was low by the end of the semester, I couldn't use it for food but if you have it, it definitely opens up your options for food. You can use diamond dollars at 7-11, Qdoba, Chipotle, etc.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I've had a lot of fun so far at the parties here at Temple. I think the best parties are frat parties mostly because I usually dig the music more. But I've been to fun house parties as well. That being said, the party scene can get boring because they're almost all the same. Hot basement, sticky floors, jungle juice and beer from kegs, people having almost-sex on the walls and the dance floor... If you like dancing, you can still get the most out of any party. When Temple parties get boring, there's always clubs in the city that admit minors on certain days of the week like Eye Candy (yes, it's a gay club). And you can always party at all the other schools located in Philly.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Me and my crew were typical freshman in the beginnings of the semester and we went out a lot on the weekends. I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are always security people on bikes around and they don't fuss with you unless you're acting like a complete idiot. Even though I have never felt particularly threatened on campus, we've already had many serious crimes on and near campus. We get reports on these incidents by text message. There's really not much you can do to prevent crime, so these incidents don't really deter me from going out and living my life. Just be smart.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a CIS major and it was pretty easy getting into my program. There was no special application process or anything.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not that involved in Temple's athletics so I can't really respond much on this aspect. I've only been to the homecoming game and it was fun but I feel like the turn out wasn't as great as it could have been. Living in the honors dorm may affect how I perceive the athletics scene, but I think there is a lot of support for our teams.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in 1300 in the Honors Living Learning Community and I love it. I got lucky in that I got a room with very cool people who are easy to live with. And I made friends with a lot of great people in the Honors program. My experience with housing may be different than most because I was essentially guaranteed a room in one of the better dorms before applying for housing. So for me, it was easy in that aspect. 1300 is not more than 10 minutes away from any of my classes and it is very close to the subway station.

The dorm itself is very beautiful on the outside and in many of the locations on the inside. But I noticed that there are a lot of mysterious stains in the hallways. But I think the maintenance people are really on point because I know the students here create so much mess almost everyday.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I've only had one incident in which I almost had to deal with administration. It involved illegal drugs however, I was never punished for it. In my dorm, kids are usually able to get away with almost anything (pre-gaming, drugs, noisiness). No one is checking up on you every day, every hour. That being said, the campus does have a policy against alcohol and illegal drugs and I think they are reasonable. If you need your fix, there's places to get it done without getting in trouble with the school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a poor college student, I haven't explored many of the places that I can eat that are off-campus. But I mean, it is Philly. There are so many options for food like just the other day, I ordered delicious Indian food and it was delivered to my dorm. The variety of options are great. The only problem is that the prices of some of these places can be a bit too high. Like, I paid $16 for the Indian food. And it made me sad.

There are cheaper options though.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: They have a program offering students full scholarships here.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Honors program is very prevalent and makes a huge impact on the experience.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is very diverse here-- anyone can be satisfied because anything from house and backyard parties to indoor concerts are thrown.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety off-campus is more of an issue; on campus it's very safe and even girls can walk on their own throughout campus at night without being threatened.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sororities don't officially have their own houses in Pennsylvania due to being considered "brothels", which heavily impacts their role in Greek life here. Most of the frats are alright; they're really only good for being the backup option or last stop of the night for people who go out on the weekends due to how small, cramped, and unclean they are.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being in a city, there are plenty of places to go anywhere-- most noticeably are the Chinese fastfoods (great for a late night), Jimmy John's, Dunkin' Donuts, or one of the pizza places.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Situated right in Philadelphia, Temple University is the closest a school can get to the center of the city retaining its own shape of a campus, distinct from NYU in New York City. However, the few streets surrounding Temple before reaching Center City are considered dangerous after night; students shouldn't travel alone far off-campus without bringing a friend or two.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: They are not very good

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There are alot of malls, places to shop, casinos

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Like being in control of your own life. An experience ill never forget.

4 College Student

Local Area: Maybe its just me, but I love city life. I am an owl myself, and so nightlife is great here.

2 College Student

Party Scene: If you want to see a real party come to my parents restaurant hosting. You'll re-question everything you ever called a 'party'.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Not bad, feel pretty secure.

3 College Student

Campus Food: Chinese stores are everywhere; they seem to be the 'fast' and 'convinient' food. Then there's fast food places.Everywhere. Then you got the food trucks, with tacos that are made under a minute questioning how on earth they got the meat ready that fast. Anyhow, if your lucky, you can find a tiny veggie store, but you have to cook yourself so you swear to god hoping you have time, buy the veggies, and cook them in your dorm. But if you ever feel like eating greasy food, they got that.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I ate home-made food all my life. My daily meals consisted off boiled vegetables, rice, buckwheat always accompianed with an entry of fish or some sort of chicken and a spring salad. Now, I have to change that menu. First, a salad is more expensive then a burger. Trying to keep up with healthy options, i cannot seem to find a place where there is actual boiled vegetables that dont add a bunch of other fattening foods into it. "Freshman15" is the real deal

4 College Student

Athletics: Our school is absolutely great. Although we are on a budget, still, we have the most team spirit and sports became the talisman in our school. Not just the fans, but even the staff and school participate and it creates this glowing school spirit. I would say the events of any sport in our school are recognized and acknowledged as a big part of what makes our school so great. It's very lively and extremely fun to watch and participate.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Don't really have any concerns with safety. Coming to a city university, it's just a matter of keeping your wits about you and sticking together in groups.

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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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