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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many people drink/smoke, especially on weekends, and sneak alcohol into the dorms to party. However, the security workers sometimes do random bag checks, especially on/around weekends, at random times - so if you're going to do it, don't get caught!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: People at Temple have a lot of school spirit and take pride in our athletic teams. We play football at Lincoln Financial Field, otherwise known at the Philadelphia Eagles' Stadium, so that's pretty cool, but kind of a pain to get to - it's impossible to get on a shuttle and the subway is so crowded on game days and kind of a long ride. Most teams are subpar for Division I, though.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm very happy with the Advertising program at Temple. I think they make it easy to obtain the knowledge and in-field experience you need to get a job post-graduation.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Go into the office - they rarely return phone calls/emails, and if they do, they're not helpful.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Finding parking on the street is nearly impossible; you could drive around campus for a half hour and still not find a spot. Campus lots/garage are expensive to use.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The subway and train rates went up this year, which I'm pretty pissed about considering they were already expensive in the first place for college students. However, the train and subway are both fairly close to campus; they're easy to get to provided there is decent weather, and they'll take you right into the city.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I think people kind of overhype the parties here. There are decent house parties, but they're pretty much all the same. And frat parties are 99% of the time waaaay too crowded to enjoy yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Living off campus, it sucks walking to class in basically all types of weather except 65 degrees and sunny. It's either too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy, too name it, we've had that type of weather at some point or another.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You see far more cute guys living off-campus than on-campus. But overall, I would say Temple has a generally attractive population, in terms of both guys and girls. People seem to be more into hookups or are dating people from home/other schools. Lots of hipster/artsy types, and also lots of sporty types.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: All of the teachers I've had have taught me useful things, be it teachers for my major or not. However, the core curriculum, i.e. general education courses, is incredibly extensive and I think a bit far-fetched. Why should communications majors have to take two science classes? However, the options provided are fairly diverse for gen. eds.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Temple has a wonderful Advertising program. You take basic classes your first two years, then declare a specific track within the major (e.g. art direction, management, copywriting, research) by your junior year and take classes tailored to that area, so you get a good and broad sense of Advertising in general and a detailed look into the specific field in which you would like to work. The University also requires Advertising majors to complete an internship, which the Advertising department helps you find, which is a great résumé and overall experience builder.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Temple University is fantastic. It's close to the center of a major US city (Philadelphia), the school spirit is palpable, and I am proud to tell people I go to school here.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The places really close to campus aren't the greatest - typical fast food, but good for late night munchies. However, if you go a little farther into the city, there are a plethora of options, especially some great ethnic options.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The school has a ton of computers for student use in the library/tech center/classrooms/etc., but internet connection in dorms sucks.

3 College Freshman

Weather: I've lived in PA my whole life so I'm used to it but they haven't closed campus while I have been there for anything weather related. Just make sure to bring warm clothes in the winter and rain boots for all year round!

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus strictness is pretty average about most things, like they know you're in college and aren't going to tell on you for having fun or anything like that. However, they are really strict about having people in the dorm buildings. For example, I can't have my 16 year old sister spend the night because she isn't 18, even though she's my sister. They're so ridiculous with dorms.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The university financial aid office is a nightmare but I did receive a decent scholarship for my financial situation. If you are one hundred percent determined to go to Temple and receive financial aid I suggest doing well on your SATS and in classes to get the best academic scholarship you can. There are tons of work study positions though that even students who don't receive work study aid can apply for. Just don't expect any help.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Because we are in North Philadelphia, there are many local spots and if you want to take the short trip into Center City or venture to one of the other areas of Philadelphia it is so easy to find something you and everyone else will enjoy. There is literally endless options.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major and my school within the university because every professor and advisor and anyone who is connected to that school is really trying to help each student get themselves out there through internships, getting published and just connecting you with the right people. Being in Philadelphia also gives my school a leg up as it is the fifth largest communication hub in the US.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm pretty shy so making friends is hard but I've joined some clubs and I am trying to break out of my shell so I'm making some progress. I would also have found and stuck with a roommate and chose a different dorm building that forced me to be more social with the people I live with. That created a little bit of a setback from the get go but other than that I love Temple and don't think I would have gone anywhere else.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Being in a city there is little green space and I know that turns a lot of people away but we have very nice facilities with lots of space for students to work with up to date technology alone or with other students. Greek life is also really active with lots of different events that anyone can go to like the Greek Showcase where all of the sororities and fraternities group up to create performances and really go all out.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The access to the city and the encouragement of everyone on campus to go check out the city that we have the privilege to call home.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: One of the best places I have gone to is Pizza Plaza

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3 College Junior

Local Area: I don't live down there and I pretty much hang on campus so I don't do much.

4 College Junior

Academics: It is a lot of work but I enjoyed some of my volunteer experiences. MY best experience so far was volunteering and now interning at Norcom Community Center


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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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