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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

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.

3 College Senior

Weather: It really depends on the weather patterns for that year. Because Temple is on the East coast, the weather varies all of the time. Last winter, for example, was generally pretty warm for an East-coast winter. This winter, though, has been absolutely dreadful and has snowed so many times that the school had to close or delay class multiple times.

However, the weather is generally very doable. Late Spring and early Fall are definitely the greatest times to be on campus because the weather is perfect.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: It's really easy to take the subway into center city, and even cabs are reasonably priced if you're going with a few people.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I didn't receive much aid or scholarships from Temple, but was able to get outside aid. It was kind of a pain to get it sorted out at the Financial Aid office though.

3 College Senior

Administration: The security squad at Temple could be better. While there are a lot of them, they do not really do much. They just watch everyone and hang out in 7/11. During my freshmen year, they used to ignore this one group of students who smoked marijuana on the same bench on campus every weekend. I can't say I am particularly happy with them, but then again I've never seen them in action.

Visitation in the dorms is extremely annoying. You can have up to three visitors in your room, but if you go anywhere (or even sign in another guest), your guests HAVE to go with you or you will get reprimanded. The security at the front desks of the dorms can be rude, slow and impatient and they do not really have much consideration for the students, but I assume that is a different discussion. Also, that was my experience and perception of them. Some students enjoy their dorm security officers and even build relationships with them.

Other than dorms and security, Temple is very lenient (except with plagiarism and student conduct) and the school really wants the students to express their creativity and freedom.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Personally, I am not a big fan of the crazy nightlife. However, if you like to party and get crazy, Temple is the place to be on the weekends. Often I hear about people from my hometown coming up to Temple to go to a party. Many of my friends have housing near campus and they often host their own parties. Certain fraternities and sports houses are known for their parties. They are generally a big hit and attract hundreds of party-goers each weekend.

Regarding bars and clubs, Temple's main campus is approximately 20 minutes from Center City by subway/bus, so it is easy (and generally pretty safe) to go into the city. There are tons of bars and a few clubs to attend.

The underage nightlife is alright. I wouldn't say it's more fun than going to a club, but the fraternities are open to everyone and Temple hosts small events like Free Food and Fun Fridays and movie nights at the Reel.

Temple is a dry campus, even though we have a bar (Maxi's) on campus. I don't really know how that makes sense...

2 College Senior

Scholarships: I could not apply for financial aid because my family did not meet the standards; however, I hear it is a terrible process and the Bursar's office is a nightmare. While I am glad I never had to worry about this, I also wish I could receive financial aid because the amount of money I have put into my education is immense. It is also slightly unfair that I am not eligible to receive any money.

3 College Senior

Technology: We have multiple labs throughout campus. The biggest lab is known as the Tech Center. There are hundreds of computers in there that are always working quickly and well. They offer Dell and Mac desktops and they are all equipped with the latest software for every application. The only problem I ever have with the Tech Center, and various others computer labs, is finding a vacant computer. Because there are 40,000 students at Temple, finding a free computer can be tricky if you go at the wrong time.

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.

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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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