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5 College Senior

Academics: I came to this school specifically for the major. I do not know what more to say other than Temple has one of the strongest Communications programs I have seen and I am so glad I had the opportunity to go here. Most of the teachers have jobs (or own companies) outside of their teaching jobs, and they can constantly apply real-world situations to the classroom. The program, even though it has its minor faults, is very strong and constantly updated.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I hear some commuters say they wish they lived on campus, and I'm glad I did my first year. However, if I had to choose to live on or off, I would prefer off, which is where I am now. But, it is really great for college freshmen who do not necessarily know the area or what they want to do.

The dorms are where most of the students make their closest friends. The traditional dorms (Johnson & Hardwick) are slightly more social because those rooms are not suite-style like 1940, White or 1300, and they are not full apartments like Temple Towers or Morgan. I stayed in 1940, which I highly recommend if you are not a fan of traditional dorms, but I do not think it is as nice as some of the newer ones. Peabody, apparently, is in terrible shape, but it is a good dormitory for the Tyler art students. Everyone in that building has a lot of fun and does not regret living there.

Dorming at Temple, in general, is rather expensive, not to mention you have to have a minimum 10-meals-per-week meal plan, but it is better than living off-campus your first year. The surrounding neighborhoods on all sides are not ideal, and often dangerous, but if you live on campus, you have nothing to worry about.

The housing process is pretty cool as well. Temple lets the students choose where they live down to the bed space. You pick a building, then a floor, then a wing (if applicable), then a room, then the bed in that room. And everything is done completely online. You can even pick your roommates prior, if you want. It is confusing at first, but it proved to be a very beneficial process.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are plenty of parties to choose from any day of the week. We also have one bar on campus and others near by.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our football and basketball teams have not done well this year. Many students buy a wild cherry pass at the beginning of the school year which gives us tickets to every football game in the "wild cherry" section of the stadium. It also allows us to sit in the wild cherry section at basketball games and we get a T-shirt as well.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity you personally experience depends on whom you befriend.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off campus. It's cheaper than living in a dorm and there's no guest card rules to deal with. The school has off-campus housing fairs to help students find housing.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather this school year has been terrible. With all the snow we've been getting, we have missed several days of class. This is a good thing at first because I get a break, but with too many missed classes it becomes a hassle and the work begins to pile up. Temple keeps the sidewalks fairly clear but I don't go outside much on days like these.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, but I always make sure to travel with a friend or two at night. Campus security isn't on every corner so it's better to be safe than sorry.

3 College Junior

Administration: Obvious rules apply: no drugs or alcohol in the dorms. Even if you are 21 or over, you can't have alcohol in the dorms. The guest rules have changed and in the dorms, you cannot have more than one guest after midnight.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I got financial aid but there is almost always some confusion when it comes time to pay the bill. With the government shutdown, my financial aid was put on hold and took a long time to go through. I went into the office and was told the money was coming but I still had a balance on TUpay that I had to pay.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love my psychology major. The classes I take are very interesting and as I mentioned previously, there is no test to enter the college of liberal arts.

4 College Junior

Majors: Well I started off as an ed. major and the test I had to take over the summer was very difficult to pass, so I switched to psychology. There is no test to take and I really love my major now.

3 College Junior

Transportation: We have shuttle buses from main campus to Ambler. We also have a shuttle called the owl loop. When traveling home for vacation, the megabus station is easily accessible on the train

4 College Junior

Technology: The computers are great but I'd recommend students to have their own laptop because the campus computers fill up extremely fast during finals and also, when/if there is inclement weather, you can stay indoors and do your work on your own laptop.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is great when you're sick of eating on campus but it isn't the best quality food, neither is it very healthy.

3 College Junior

Majors: All of reading and getting info on your own.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not so much help with off campus housing.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: They are good for what they are.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't stay on campus so I can't really say but they seem to be okay I don't hear anything too bad about the housing for the most part.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is great because there a lot of options to choose from in the area like Q'Doba, City View, 7-Eleven, Koja Grille and a lot of other places.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: I'm from around the area so the atmosphere is pretty average to me but there are a lot of things to do on and off campus and there are 3 gyms in the area and there are always Temple Police patrolling the area. There's a supermarket in the area as well as other general stores for shopping and a movie theater on campus also.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is okay it's not a huge thing on campus so no one will be looked at differently if they aren't a Greek. The events that the Greeks attend are usually great especially homecoming and welcome week. I'm not sure about special housing for Greek Life but they do have hang out spots.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Being a Psychology major it's not hard at all to get into my program, the process is little to none at all. Changing your major can be kind of difficult so it's recommended to have an idea of what you want to major in before actually declaring your major upon acceptance.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am pretty satisfied with my program because the classes are really interesting and if I had the choice I wouldn't change it. I plan on being a Developmental Psychologist and so far my only concern is not graduating with a job but Temple has great resources for research ad internships to build your resume and get experience in your career field.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process can be frustrating because it opens at a certain time and you might want a class and it gets filled within seconds. Professors usually care if you show interest and effort.

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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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