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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few chain restaurants in the area. KFC, McDonalds, Subway Starbucks and Wendy's

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few off campus housing that isn't too far from the campus. The buildings are basically new construction. Since it's close to campus it makes for a safer environment.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys usually wear jeans and or sweats. The girls usually wear sweats. No one dresses up for class. There are plenty of things to do around campus which a lot of students participate in. The students really support the basketball and football team. The school spirit is very high.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school kept changing my financial aid, so I had to constantly make changes to my previous loan requests. It is still an ongoing process as well.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Everyone should know how Philly is by now, and Temple being in North Philly is a little bit rougher than the rest of the area. But I have never felt in danger while I am at school. There is so much to do, so many places to live, and the Philadelphia police system takes good care of any situation presented. All Philly sports teams are just a subway ride away, the subway can take you all over, and if you wanna get out of the big city for a little, SEPTA regional rail train can take you all over the suburbs and outskirts of Philadelphia. Locals around Temple is a hit or miss. They can be really nice, or they can care less about you and don't like that you're looking at them. But that is just like any urban, metropolitan environment. You have to have a good solid head on your shoulders to thrive and enjoy Philly at its full potential. You'll encounter mean strangers, bad drivers/parkers, crazy sports fans, and creepy homeless people, but if you go with the flow, then it's all part of the experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There is not much that I do not like about my experience with university housing. The only issues I ever had were: 1) Because Temple is such a massive campus, some resident halls are on one side of campus, and some on the other, making it either really easy or really hard to get to class depending on where you live. Also, the housing process/lottery is very aggravating. With a massive campus comes a massive amount of students, and most of them all want to live in the cool new res halls. Obviously that will not happen. My first year, I made the choice to join a Living Learning Community or LLC (aka a floor on certain res halls set aside for a group of students, kind of a club, some LLCs are major-oriented also), and I was part of one that was all about community service. I'm not getting into all of that, but if it wasn't for joining an LLC, I probably would have ended up with one of the old, kind of crappy res halls because my application took so long to be accepted. Now this past semester as I and my two friends were searching for on-campus housing for this coming sophomore year, one of my friends' housing deposits that saves her place to choose housing (like a housing lottery) was one of the first given out, and even then, we still did not receive the housing we wanted and resorted to living in an off-campus apartment. There are way too may students to expect to get your first choice of hpusing. My advice is to have some backup choices.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: First off, my initial application into Temple University went through two reviews of acceptance. Not only did I have to be accepted by Temple's standards, but my application had to be reviewed and accepted by Temple's Nursing department's standards. From there, I am required to pass all classes with a C or higher, and if I fail a class, I am required to make it up and pass it before I am able to move on in the program. So yes, I would say my major's application process and criteria was different and difficult. But as I have said before, it is all worth it. Aside from my application needing two acceptances, I also had to write an essay specific to my major. My tip for admission into the nursing program would to be have the best grades you could physically try to produce, and when it comes to the admissions essay to speak from the heart and with honesty. The nursing department is very serious and likes to be very blunt. There is no sugar coating things, they want to hear the truth. So during your essay, it is much better to be honest and write the essay like you were talking to someone than to try and be super proper and generic. It's all about telling the department who you are and what makes you unique and makes you your own, independent person. You got to stand out and make a name for yourself, and that starts with your admissions application and essay.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love our sports even if some of the teams are not the best. School spirit and fan involvement is abundant and constant, and the facilities are stellar. I love taking a break from academics to go to a sports game of any kind. The athletes in the school are very involved in other activities and allow everyone to be involved.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: My major and most of the other majors at Temple are nationally recognized for their caliber and their achievements. Temple's academic greatness is what made me decide on what school I wanted to attend. Teachers are great and helpful and willing to aid you with whatever you need regardless of the amount of students they teach.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a nursing student, everyone knows the amount of work that I constantly have. Everyone knows that the nursing students are always at work, there is no free time, and that our classes are some of the most difficult on campus. But it is also widely known that all the hard work that is done by us all pays off very well. Internships are offered to almost everyone starting sometimes during sophomore year and so on. Job placement help is great among my major, with many professors willingly networking with you and helping you get a job right out of school. My major is tough, and Temple's nursing program is one of the most rigorous in the state, but it is all worth it.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have good and bad opinions on financial aid. My mother being a single parent allows some good financial aid through the government, BUT it was realized that the more aid I received from the government, the less Temple provided to me in a grant from the university itself. I receive a pathetic amount of "grant" money from the university.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Aside from the PA law that states more than 7 women living together in the same house is deemed a brothel and illegal which prevents sororities from having legitimate chapter houses, Greek life is awesome. I am personally not in a sorority at the moment but I have been strongly considering one. Many of my friends are involved in Greek life and it is becoming something I am very interested in.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most of this is from what I've heard, mainly because I'm not old enough to drink yet nor am I old enough to even be in any of the bars after a certain time. I have no complaints about the nightlife because I love it.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Temple University is used as "diversity university", and one day on campus will allow anyone to affirm this nickname. Every kind of ethnicity and race you could imagine is presented on campus. It's great, I've met a lot of great new people and I'm glad Temple's diversity is so rich because I've been exposed to a number of different cultures, traditions, etc.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: There are not many complaints I have for how strict TU is with said subjects. I have witnessed many of these violations or issues be addressed with other students over the course of my freshman year, and I believe that Temple's campus police handle all situations very well, in an appropriate manner, and professionally. The university is very good with following through with consequences when a student does something against university policy, but they are also very fair with allowing students to plead a case or argue any accusations that may be held against them.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Honestly, it's not only because I am biased to my school, but also because Temple University is constantly in motion to improve everything they can. Only going into my sophomore year, I have already witnessed a brand new Science Research facility that is also considered a "green" building built right in front of my eyes during my freshman year, a new football stadium in the works of being developed, a new housing facility that was just built last year, and two new dining options all within my freshman year. Temple is always trying to better the area inside and out while simultaneously staying on top of new and ever-growing trends, technology, and advances in society. I could not be more proud of the school I go to, because I know and am able to witness first-hand the constant dedication to improve and grow that Temple exhibits.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you're in the dorms, it's pretty decent, you can feel at home and everything is in close proximity. If you're off-campus, it's slightly cheaper, but not everything is close to you.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is noticeable on campus, but you don't have to be in a fraternity or sorority to be friends with people. Non-Greeks can have their own social lives, but no one bothers each other.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There is diversity everywhere on campus, from ethnicity to economic background to religion to sexual orientation. It's seen everywhere but it's a good feeling because you and everyone else is unique.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: Everyone can get financial aid. But if you're trying to apply for scholarships, it's best to have high grades and activities because they do look at your GPA and what you're involved in.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There's crime every now and then, but not frequent. Personal safety can be seen all around campus, so you feel much more safer on campus instead of off campus.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's great diversity. Everyone is average, and it also depends on your own opinion on what you like/don't like. The social life is noticeable everywhere and usually everyone can get along if you're not acting like a douche or stuck up.

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics offered is a wide variety, so you can really explore all your options. If you do your best, you can easily pass all your classes. Professors are always willing to help any student in need, and they prepare you for your career choice.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Even though I am currently undeclared, I told my adviser and professors that I would like to be in the health professional field. There is a lot of workload, but that's for all majors, so working and studying hard is a must.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The whole campus is involved with any sports event, either playing it themselves or just spectators, the energy is awesome. The school spirit is definitely high in the sky and we show great support towards all our Temple teams.

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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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