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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's very close and probably a lot cheaper than what you would pay for a dorm.

College Freshman

Majors: I've changed programs since applying and coming to school here, so I wouldn't be the best person to ask about this. However, my only advice to incoming students is that if then honestly have no idea what they want to do, stay in university studies, it's cheaper.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Being a university studies student, the specific program provides great tools and resources that help you find the right major. There are many advisers that will help you along the way, and it makes choosing a major a lot less scary.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Compared to other schools in the area, Temple is affordable and offers a lot of aid when needed.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many places to eat, but not enough money.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a lot of safety measures taken on campus that are effective.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They do a lot of charity work which is awesome, but I don't really know what else they do.

College Freshman

Party Scene: Haven't been to many of the parties on campus yet.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: it is great Iove mostly everything about philadelphia

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: they can sometime be very unreliable. you have to keep harassing them

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I think that I tis really good. there are a lot of security patrolling at all times

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: it is great , theres a lot of options

4 College Junior

Athletics: Our sports teams aren't the best. In fact TU cut 6 sports last year half way through the Fall semester without any forewarning. All this because TU said they couldn't afford it (having just spent $109 million on a new dorm, and claiming that 2013 - 2014 the best fundraising year they've ever had ($59 million I think). Also the sports they cut all combined equalled less than 5% of the total athletic fees. Football, basketball, etc cost 50x as much as Track, crew, softball, etc combined.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Yes Philadelphia is a great city downtown. There are a lot of things to do, events going on, new, old, cheap, expensive stores to shop in or just walk around the old city / downtown area. However, Temple University, is not located in that area. Its about 3 miles North of the "downtown" area. Only after coming here did I truly understand why my friend said when I told him about my acceptance "the only thing that sucks about Temple University is that it's located in Philadelphia." Temple University is ranked the 2nd most dangerous college in America. America's most dangerous top 5 streets are all in Northern Philadelphia. TU (Temple University) campus has so many cops, both on and off duty, local security guards, bike cops, plain clothes walking around, ID checks in every building, dorm, library, and security cameras pointing at every single square inch of campus that you feel like your walking around Fort Knox. However,... There are so many cops and security guards around that they see their presence as being deterrent enough and don't pay attention to ANYTHING going on around campus. If, when walking around campus, I see 20 cops on my way to class, roughly 2 of those 20 aren't on their cell phones or asleep.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Its hit or miss. Either you live in one of the brand new $100 million dollar dorms with all 2014 amenities (of which there are only 2), or you can live in any of the other dorms (of which there are 9). It was very clear the Temple University simply bought an old nursing home and turned it into a dormitory (Temple Towers). The "living room" in my suite was roughly 15' x 40' , the "dining room" was 20' x 45' and the bedroom (shared with another student) was 11' x 14'. It was so small that the door hit the bed and couldn't open all the way. I requested a loft kit in order to put my bed higher, then be able to fit my desk under it and open up some more space, was told "underclassmen aren't allowed to have loft kits because undergraduates are more prone to falling out of bed"...??? Also, 350 people per wing, 1 elevator, max capacity 4 people... Move in day = chaos with elevators so small couldn't fit mattresses inside.

Security is a joke, but I'll get to that in later segments.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love how Wendy's is so close!

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4 College Junior

Majors: It is like a community coming together to have fun during my program at school. I enjoy it because of the interactions I get to have with other fellow Temple owls.

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5 College Junior

Majors: A typical internship is enjoyable when you are around the right group of people. I have had internships where I work 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: The best parties take place at frat houses. The party scene has a positive impact on the student experience because most students do their work so that they can enjoy their selves on the weekends.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Our school spirit is pretty cool. A lot of students show support during sporting events.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Students are not allowed to have alcoholic beverages, even if they are over the age of 21. Students are also not allowed to have guests for more than three nights in a 7 day period. I wish there was not a limit.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The town/city my school is in is okay. There is crime around the neighborhood sometimes, but there could be crime everywhere. There are many activities to partake in inside of the city as well as outside, such as shopping, going skating, or going bowling.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is always busy. Never give up on receiving financial aid, no matter how stressful it might be. With hard work and dedication 7 times out of 10 financial aid will come your way.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security is always around 24/7. There are also emergency buttons you can press that are located all throughout campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is always a huge crowd for all varsity sporting events. They are a big part of the culture, and tons of fans attend.

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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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