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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: North Philly is a dangerous area obviously, but the Temple area is perfectly safe. It's lit up all the time and there's cops everywhere. Temple itself has its own police force. Personally, I've never felt unsafe and I venture off campus all the time. Just don't be dumb and walk around alone at night with headphones in and waving your iPhone around.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football sucks, basketball is amazing, but there's always a ton of school spirit. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we're all pissed about the seven sports being cut, though. So there's some negative attitude toward athletics currently. Basketball is definitely our pride and joy though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are fine for freshman year, you should never expect much. Some buildings are somewhat old, but they're not horrible. Morgan is really, really nice. I live in Johnson and I love it. Yeah, the communal bathrooms can get nasty, but it's not that bad. I love J&H because it's way more social than other dorms. On-campus housing is way too overpriced, but hey it's college.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Living in the dorms, security has random checks where they check everybody's bag when they come in. As for RA's, it depends, but I think for the most part they care more about your safety than busting you. My RA has partied with my (underage) floormates haha. They're pretty strict when it comes to weed though. At the beginning of the semester, parties got busted before midnight every night, but now they barely get busted.

4 College Freshman

Technology: We have one of the largest computer labs, but it can get crowded. There's also a couple computers available in every dorm building, along with printers. Bringing your own printer isn't a necessity, but it's definitely nice. I do most of my school work in my room, and when the printers downstairs don't work (which is pretty frequent) our own printer has been extremely handy since it's usually late and I don't want to walk to the tech in the cold.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are always parties at frats, and then random off campus houses throw parties. For the most part I've never had an issue finding a party, and I've never had to pay to get into a party. Guys always have to though. There's also a bar on campus, which is very popular among upperclassmen. Obviously, parties aren't for everyone and unfortunately there's not much else going on during the weekends, but I have friends that don't go out and still have fun.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Philly! There are so many possibilities in the city for everyone. A lot of people visit other schools too, like Drexel, UPenn, or West Chester, which is always fun. It's also very simple to hop on a bus or train and go to NYC.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think the mix of amazing academics, decent athletics, city life, and the traditional college experience is what makes Temple so amazing. You really have a sense of community for such a large school, and it prepares you for the real world since you're living in Philadelphia.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Mostly everyone lives off campus after freshman year. If not, they live in Temple Towers or Morgan, but then you still have to deal with RA's and being checked for alcohol all the time (at least at Morgan, idk about Temple Towers). There's a ton of off campus housing not affiliated with Temple, but meant only for Temple students. Prices are very reasonable and it's totally worth it for the independence. Since we are in North Philly, most places emphasize security which is nice, but you also have to be aware where you're living. I would suggest not living past Diamond.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The new Morgan food court and Cosi have improved on campus dining a lot. J&H is nice since it's buffet style - mainly freshmen eat there. The SAC is my personal favorite, you can pick and choose from different restaurants and they have an EINSTEINS. Bagel love. Morgan is nice, but you can only get food from one place, not combine different things from different places. Cosi is delicious but is constantly busy and the line is always insane. The only thing that sucks is that barely anything is open on the weekends, especially Sunday. But there's plenty of off-campus dining.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Advertising isn't a hugely common major here, but Temple has some of the best curriculum for it. So far I've had extremely experienced and knowledgeable professors and I've learned soooooo much about advertising as a career. We have a club and an on campus advertising agency with real clients, and there's a lot of internship opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Gen eds are annoying, but required at Temple. I think they're good because they force you take classes you wouldn't normally have chosen and it really expands your knowledge. There are some amazing professors at Temple, but some pretty horrible ones too - it's like that at any school. RATEMYPROFESSOR IS YOUR FRIEND.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The athletic centers and gyms are top notch, I'm at the SAC every day and it's very nice. Liacouras as a whole is beautiful and there's constantly something going on.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love Temple, you won't be disappointed if you go here.

1 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, but I know some commuters who drive and I hear it's awful. One time my friend missed an entire class just because they were looking for a spot the entire time.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally, I am not Greek mostly because I was never interested in it, but the sororities at Temple are basically non-existent. Frats are very prominent as there is some sort of frat at the founder's circle everyday fundraising. They also throw parties every weekend. ATO, Kappa Sig, and AEPI are some of the best ones.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is always something to do if you go to school at Temple

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love being on campus, it is so nice for a school in the city

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Going to a school in the city is hands down the best decision i have ever made

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the newest dorm and it's huge and I love it as well as the people down the hall, but it is a bit pricey

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on campus as well as off campus. but straying a few more blocks off campus alone where the temple police don't travel to may not be the best idea, especially if you're a woman. Remember, you are in North Philly

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are definitely a lot of places to go, but using a meal plan on the weekends is a pain because johnson is the only caeteria open as well as a few places in morgan

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are definitely tons of parties to drink at but it isn't hard to find any other drug

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are so many people to choose from on campus, you will find a perfect match whether you are looking for a one-time hook up or a relationship

5 College Freshman

Transportation: In the city, transportation could not be easier. Trains, busses, and taxis are all over campus

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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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