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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I did have difficulties in my freshman year making friends. While Temple is diverse, I think it's slightly more difficult for African-American students to socially acclimate. There are a lot of students at Temple so it can probably be overwhelming for people from small towns. I think the school's proximity to downtown Philadelphia and its diversity and the unique experiences those two cultivate when combined create for a one of a kind atmosphere. If I were a high school senior again, I would choose Temple. I've also had an overall positive experience with professors. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach. Some are more intimidating than others, but they're all accessible.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are very diverse personalities on campus as the students are from different cities and cultural backgrounds. The personalities in general, are what's to be expected of most college students. There are a number of students that could easily be classified as stuck up or arrogant. There are students that are romantically involved with partners, but most people casually date or hook up with peers. Temple is also very embracing of the LGBT community. We celebrate National Coming Out Week every year with events and panels. Most people seem to make friends in their freshmen year with people that live in their hall. A lot of people whose hometown is somewhat nearby had friends from secondary school that attend Temple.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Temple Realty helps students find off campus housing. There is a pretty large area to choose from for off campus living depending on how important proximity to campus is for the student. The costs vary for apartments. Some of the off campus housing are in rather unsafe neighborhoods. There is also a facebook page dedicated to helping students find roommates and off campus housing as well as another website called TemplePads. Students find various ways to find off campus living whether it be through Temple Realty, TemplePads, the Facebook page, or Craigslist. There are also Off Campus Housing Fairs held throughout the year to inform students of off campus apartment complexes.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: variety of folks, geeks, nerds, partiers, and then those who just dont care

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Bar on campus, smoking on campus all the time, parties

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: May have to search, but not bad. lots of options

4 College Senior

Transportation: The subways run from Center City, free shuttle

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The University has really cracked down on underage drinking this year. They've always been clear about the alcohol and drug policy. They have system in place in which the consequences for violating these policies become more serious. The Resident Coordinators and Resident Assistants take these policies very seriously. They do have a Medical Amnesty policy which allows a student to seek medical help as a result of alcohol or drugs without worry of repercussion from the Student Conduct Board.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy the School of Media and Communications. I think they provide the services needed to do well in courses. One exception is the equipment office, because they are not equipped with enough cameras to service all of the students enrolled in courses that require them. There were times when some students weren't able to hand in projects on time because they did not have enough equipment. Otherwise, there are a lot of daily events that we are notified of pertaining to careers in our field that are educational and allow networking. We receive continued notice of internships via email from the chair of the department.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I did not have an internship through Temple University, I sought one independently. We do have an internship office where we can consult with someone about finding internships and receive assistance doing so. We also have a career center that helps us improve our resumes and interview skills.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Temple University is a public school so they cannot freely allocate much financial aid. I haven't had any major problems with the financial aid office thus far.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a lot of computer labs on campus. Some are in academic buildings so can't be accessed at certain times leaving the library which closes at 2 am and the tech center which is open 24/7 with the exception of weekends, holidays, and breaks. During midday, every computer lab is packed so there may be a slight wait for a computer. Overall, there's a decent availability.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Because of the location of the school, safety is obviously a concern for students and parents. The University makes a lot of strides to alleviate these concerns and have done very well doing so. You will not walk for more than 3 minutes without seeing a security guard in a neon yellow jacket biking along. There are emergency phones throughout campus. Between 5 pm and 6 am, there are shuttle buses that ride throughout campus to drop students off near their residences. They also have a bus service during these hours that drops students off at the address requested which is very convenient for those that live further from campus.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are many parties on campus, mainly Thursday through Saturday. There's a bar on campus and two other bars within walking distance of campus. If you're done with the college party scene, you can hop on the subway to center city where there's a plethora of bars, clubs, and restaurants to go to. Some parties are culturally diverse, but not all. Until you're 21, campus parties are the way to go!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: campus dining had huge varying points depending on the day you went, what time etc. it had its good days and plenty of bad ones. it kind made me miss the days of having a kitchen and cooking for myself when i was to lazy to cook. but the variety and the new places opened up last semester made up for some of its faults.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: i am a city kid at heart the atmosphere was perfect for me. being in the city gave me a good distance that there was always some event or activity i could do. there was our very convenient shopping plaza with a gym and movie theater that was extremely cheap. we were also close enough to the city to go do anything you can imagine, it was perfect for exploring if you once you were comfortable with the area

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus in my opinion was extremely safe. no matter where you were in some rotation without to much time passing you would see campus security walking , or riding a bike past you. they were extremely easy to engage. you could often even find them making joke or having a brief conversations with students they met before. me being a skater i remember there was one guard who would always come talk to us make sure everything was ok even joke and ask where all the ladies were since it was always a group of guys. i enjoyed the campus security

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life at temple is obviously relevant, that's where plenty of the students go to release stress and party. I personally had my fill of the within the first two weeks of school. after that you can get sick of it all really quick, it was nothing special. i tried them to form my own opinion on them from all the stories you hear in high school, and my answer came to my quick there ok, the Greek life just isn't for me personally.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Each time that I've used the transportation system through Temple, it was pretty easy. The best thing about it is that it's free and sometimes they'll drop you off in front of your building. As for public transportation, it can be a little bit pricey since it is $2.25 and $3.25 for a transfer. It makes more sense to buy tokens,but sometimes tokens run out quickly. As a whole, it's really easy to find things when you have to venture off campus and go to the city.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer availability isn't the greatest simply because there are so many students,and unfortunately many students spend their time on the computers not doing work at all. It's a little bit frustrating for students who don't have their own printers and have to print something out,but then there aren't any available computers. The wireless availability is fairly average since calls drop very often and sometimes it's hard to even accomplish assignments when the systems are constantly being fixed.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While there are a lot of isolated incidents off-campus, the overall violence does not seem to cross over to the main part of campus. I feel really safe since I often make trips late at night to grocery stores and to meet up with a group of people. The security guards are everywhere at all hours of the day,so it makes it easy for me to feel comfortable even at the latest hours of the evening. The Student Health Services is also very nice since it's quite conveniently placed in the center of campus. The staff is friendly and attentive. I always feel nervous going there because I am afraid that I will be judged, but then all of the anxieties go away because the staff makes me feel like everything will be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Temple University is quite diverse. I've met people from different countries, different areas of The United States, and every single one of those people had a different background. There's a very large African American community,which was very surprising to me. The Asian and Indian community are also quite large. While there aren't as many Hispanic students at Temple, there are still Hispanic students present on campus. People usually tend to hang with a diverse group, but at the same time there is a noticeable segregation between groups when it comes to parties (i.e. black parties,white parties,Asian parties,etc). Nevertheless, everyone seems to mingle quite well together and join each other at parties even if there is an unspoken racial line that people tentatively cross. The LGBTQ community is also very noticeable and there aren't many issues with them, at least on the surface level, from other students. It is a surprisingly liberal and progressive campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: As a whole, Temple University is a pretty great place to be. The professors here encourage you to expand your conventional ways of thinking, which reflects on your grades since they want you to participate in class and add interesting input into discussions. There aren't many things that are considered to be too taboo to say in class; the stranger, the better! For people living in residence halls, the guest policy is a bit strict considering only one person can be signed in past midnight and no more than one guest can be signed in within three consecutive days. The rules say that people cannot violate that rule or else their guest privileges will be taken away; however, I would say that the security guards at the front desks are understanding. The security guards will let you sometimes leave with your guest as long as you come straight back to the building or promise to be quick. On some occasions, they actually aren't too strict about marijuana and alcohol as long as you are accompanied by a group of friends in order to make sure you are safely in the building. All in all, I would say that Temple University is a relaxed place to be.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: everything is near by train, bus, city, shopping & food

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4 College Freshman

Academics: the student center will help!

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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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