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5 College Freshman

Majors: My program is great. The classes are challenging, but there are people willing to help. I love this major. They also keep people involved with volunteer and job opportunities. The building is also relatively new, and it is so nice!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is so convenient as we have two subway entrances near campus and bus stops all over. There is also a train station close and lots of cabs.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Obviously the drinking age is 21, but many people partake in it. As long as students are responsible with it, there is not much of a problem because there are much larger problems to deal with in the area.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are a lot of computers and there is wireless internet almost everywhere. The labs just get crowded quickly so it is best if you have your own laptop.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams do so much to get students involved in the games/meets, and students love to watch.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The area this school is located in isn't the best, but it is very safe. There is also public transportation to almost anywhere in Philadelphia to go to many attractions.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something to do, whether it is on campus or in the city. There are also a variety of options to choose from for things to do, so everyone can always have fun.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process that I went through, compared to my friends, was basically the same. The people try to do what they can to give you the right amount of money and make everyone happy, while trying to be fair.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food options offer a variety of choices at almost any time of day or night. The prices are usually right for college students, and if the price is higher, the portion is usually bigger.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Don't see it too much on campus.

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3 College Student

Weather: It's isn't too bad but it can get real cold in the winter and hot in the summer and spring.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It works like this: the closer you live to campus, the more expensive it is. The farther you live from campus, the more dangerous it is.

The general, unspoken rule for Temple's off-campus housing is to stay as close to campus as possible. North Philadelphia is the not the ideal place to be walking around at night no matter where you are or who you're with. It is better to play it smart and take precautionary measures; stay within Temple's boundaries, walk with a group, avoid certain streets (you learn that from being here), carry pepper spray, etc.

There are a lot of options, though. Every year, off-campus housing affiliates throw themselves at you. I still get emails from other campus-affiliated housing even though I have been living off campus for two years.

It is more affordable to lease an apartment that is not associated with Temple, but Temple does have a few well-known affiliates (Oxford Village, Beech, Kardon, etc.)

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5 College Senior

Majors: I am so happy with the theater program and would absolutely do it all over again. I'm in my last semester and feel that Temple has really prepared me for a career in the theater. The faculty are almost all working theater professionals in Philadelphia, and there are tons of successful Temple alumni in the field.

College Senior

Majors: I've never done an internship during school, but I'm a theater major and have had opportunities to work with several theater companies in Philadelphia during my time here.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus at Temple. From what I gather it's really overpriced, but if you're going to be a freshman it's probably worth it to get used to college life and the area.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Temple is the number one school to attend if you are looking for diversity. Where I am from, diversity was always present; however, I have never seen such intense diversity until I attended Temple. Temple teaches students from all over the world. It is so inspiring because everyone is so proud of his/her background, orientation, religion, political affiliation, ethnicity, etc.

5 College Senior

Academics: Temple's academics are highly underrated. Like any school, you get out what you put in, but there are tons of opportunities for students to take great classes and work with some amazing professors.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: For college students, it is fine. For someone, like me, who has a lot of dietary restrictions, it is not always easy. If I were looking for food in Center City, I would be fine. Looking for food around campus is a little more difficult because it is mostly greasy fast-foods, therefore I generally eat at home or bring my lunch.

3 College Senior

Weather: Philadelphia weather is the most capricious weather ever. It can literally be 70 degrees one day and a blizzard the next.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You actually can't live on campus unless you're a freshman, sophomore, transfer, or RA so off-campus housing is what most people do. The neighborhood is terrible but if you're willing to spend a little extra you can get a nice apartment that's close to campus. Rent prices are too high throughout the neighborhood because of the proximity to Temple, so the farther away you go, the cheaper it gets. A lot of people move to different neighborhoods like South Philly and Northern Liberties.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is not the biggest aspect of Temple, but they are obviously everywhere. There is never pressure to join a chapter and no one generally cares whether you are in a house or not, unless you are part of Greek life. There are a lot of different chapters and some of the chapters focus solely on philanthropy; however, the most well-known Greek houses are those that host the most and craziest parties.

4 College Senior

Technology: In addition to a massive tech center, there's computers in most of the newer classroom buildings for students to use. You also get $20 in free printing every semester, and it's rare that you would use all of it.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Temple is surrounded by transportation; SEPTA, PATCO, buses, shuttles and taxis. There are so many ways to get to and from campus, whether you are going to New Jersey, Center City, other parts of Philadelphia, outside Philadelphia, etc. The subways are pretty gross because they are subways, but they are very convenient and always running.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football and basketball are really prominent, and Temple tends to pour money into athletics, so they have really nice facilities.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There isn't a huge Greek presence at Temple. I'm in an honorary fraternity and know basically nothing about any of the social frats/sororities.

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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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