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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Just either accept or denied award letter awards

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food trucks have many different Cultural Foods

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options year-round and they are all relatively close to campus. Price varies. Newer, remodeled housing that is close to campus costs a lot more than older, slightly beat up housing a little further from campus. The ideal radius for student housing is Diamond to Oxford 18th to 10th streets. Safety is not guaranteed. Be smart and do not travel too far or alone. Parking is hard to come by close to your house. You will probably have to go a few blocks away. There is a beer distributor close to most housing. Classes are easily accessible from off-campus housing. Landlords are hit-or-miss, just depends. Temple offers off-campus housing and helps students find it. You do not have to go through Temple to get off-campus housing. Utilities (except PECO) are reasonable.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is nothing really surrounding Temple campus food-wise. There is basically Qdoba, Chipotle, Pizza, Chinese, and Wendy's. If you want anything else, you will have to venture into North Philadelphia, which is not necessarily the smartest idea. Variety is very average, but between off- and on-campus dining, there enough options. Most places off campus accept Diamond Dollars. Although most do not offer student discounts, there are frequent coupons and deals. Overall cost is pretty cheap.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The school has strict safety policies in place for obvious reasons. Front desk security is tight to prevent random people who do not go to Temple from walking into any building. Bag checks are to prevent drinking in the dorm. Guest policy is to keep track of people and prevent dorm residents from throwing parties inside the dorms. That does not mean that you cannot do anything inside the dorms. It is very possible to sneak stuff in. Some RAs are pretty lenient when it comes to noise.

Academic strictness just depends on the professor. All of them are very clear about plagiarism, as to be expected. Some do not care about attendance, some really do.

The administration is not really restrictive if you know how to work around it and make friends with security, RAs, and professors.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Although I do not often go to parties, I have plenty of friends who go. Frats have parties Thurs, Fri, and Sat and sometimes during the week for special occasions. You can always find a random house party off campus on the weekends. Some people have parties in their dorms, but those have to be pretty small for discreetness and space sake. House basement shows are also great parties on Fri and Sat. Some parties that are highly publicized get busted, so it is smart to avoid huge parties. There are a few bars around campus, but I have never been. If people go overboard and party every weekend, all weekend and cannot keep up with schoolwork, their grades suffer. Overall, Temple party scene is pretty good. It is not too out-of-control (contrasted with other schools I have visited), and most students can keep their grades and student experiences in check.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Temple's financial aid awards do not always make sense. If you get more aid from the state, Temple will reduce its grant, so you are receiving the same amount of aid, just from a different source. Honors students get a range of scholarships, usually covering half-tuition. Need-based aid is hard to come by. The Busar's Office, which handles financial aid, is usually a mess during important times (i.e. registration and when the FAFSA come out). They often lose or mix-up paperwork. Overall, the financial aid system could be more organized and helpful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The best food on campus is from the food trucks, of which there is a wide variety. Other food places are a bit limited, but campus has all the basics. Dining halls are okay, not the best. Staff is also hit-or-miss. Lower Morgan has the best food for a meal plan. The Einstein's at the SAC take meal plans, which is great. Only J&H stays open past 8, and that food is typical low-quality dining hall food. It would be great if other dining halls stayed open later. The wall also has a nice variety of good food, but most places also close at 8. Diamond Dollars are accepted almost everywhere except food trucks.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The process to register for housing is a bit tricky, mostly because the website is hard to navigate and outdated. Housing fills up quickly, but that is to be expected. The Honors Living Learning Community is located in the second-most expensive residence hall, which is unfortunate for students who may have to choose between cost and community. The actual insides of the dorms are pretty nice. None are too small -- some are actually huge -- and are all relatively clean. Maintenance is swamped all year, however, so broken things are not likely to get fixed in a timely manner if they are not emergencies. Building security is pretty tight, and the guest policy is heavily enforced. Outside of the dorms are brightly lit. All residence halls are close to at least one dining hall and are also all close to all class buildings. Overall, on-campus housing has both good and bad aspects, but the good just outweigh the bad.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I do like my majors, They are very interesting and the future classes sound very interesting and i can not wait to take them!

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Some of the Gen eds i don't agree with and there is not enough availability of classes for a school this size.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Its pretty much like any other college, you have the frats and sororities and clubs. I think they should modernize the older buildings like Anderson, Gladfelter, and Weiss to be more like the SERC building

3 College Freshman

Local Area: I do love Philly and I don't live far so I visit Philly a lot, but it does have it's negatives like parking and safety (too many areas are becoming very dangerous!) Philly sports are great, (even though the teams have their ups and downs).

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is their own person, its a pretty acceptable school.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I do love it here, the atmosphere is great! and this semester i am starting to enjoy my classes! Just a few things to fix, but that is every college!

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: First semester was rough, my advisor really confused me with picking class and i picked classes that i didn't even want to take and it was a mess. Then they couldn't get what class i need to take right, they kept saying i need this class but changing their minds and saying no its this one. Then they seem not to know which class fulfills what. One told me human bio fulfills both psych science and science and tech gen ed, when really that was bio 1.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think its ok, don't know much about sexual assault

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't really participate in it but you see it and hear people talk about it.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I mean I see underage kids walk into 1940 completely wasted and no one ever stops them. You ALWAYS smell weed! and nothing is being done. It's loud a lot after quiet hours and none of the RAs do anything.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is such a headache, you have to wait forever to even talk to anybody and when you do they seemed to not know what they are doing! I hate dealing with the financial aid issues!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The staff are rude and take there time. Sometimes they would be too busy on the phone, playing with their hair or conversing with each other about non work related things. They shouldn't have time periods and they should roll over or do something about the left over meals. Offer more alfredo stuff!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The cost is a bit high and it seems like the RAs don't do much, but other than that I like it. It's a headache with the housing process! and the Dining plan is required, which I don't agree with.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's great because of the freedom but you have to pick the right place and be careful, a lot of north philadelphia is not safe.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Depends on where you go and what time. If its 1-3am, enjoy terrible Chinese places.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Police will show up at parties to make sure there's no actual problems but they won't shut the party down. Underage drinking and weed isn't their issue. North Philadelphia has more important problems the police have to deal with.

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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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