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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, I feel okay at school. I don't hate it, or love it. Some of my favorite experiences is the learning I do in classes, and the feeling of accomplishment I attain when working in a computer lab. If I could do it all over, I'm not entirely sure if I would choose this school.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There are many police officers roaming the campus. Unfortunately, I have never personally seen police officers enforcing their strictness on others. For example, I have never physically seen a police officer yell at someone for using alcohol.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is absolutely horrible to go through. Every month, I receive an email from Temple, stating something is wrong. One month, my check bounced and I had to pay late fees and it inhibited my registration. The next month, my PHEAA grant was not given to me, and a financial hold was placed on my account. Another month, none of the process went through. In addition, Temple practically did not give me any aid. Some tips I have for getting financial aid, is to apply early, to account for any mishaps that may occur.

2 College Freshman

Majors: The particular school that I am in, is the University Studies school, the school for students who did not decide on a major yet. It is extremely difficult because we are constantly pressured to pick a major. We cannot graduate from the school of University Studies (undeclared), so it is extremely stressful to be in this program. The application process is just like any other program to get in. For admission, one must have acceptable grades, attendance, SAT scores, etc.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Since I am a undeclared major, there isn't really cliques to turn to. At school, I do not feel like I belong because I am not part of any crew, not with "science" and not with "liberal arts." In a way, I feel left out of the program. But one of the perks of being part of undecided, is that I am able to do more exploring to see what I want.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is usually a Greek crew around campus. If you are not very sociable, you will not know about Greek life. Only when you are a part of Greek life, is when you know more about their activities. They usually gather up at one place on campus (i.e. the "Bell Tower"), and advertise themselves.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is the same everywhere. However, it gets troublesome to get to school when it rains or snows. There are usually no delayed openings/closings when it snows. However, the snow gets shoveled so it's safe to travel to school. Not to mention, that the trees look breathtaking and utterly beautiful when there is snow on them.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There are many attractions around Temple University, because of it's location. Since Temple is near Center City, it is very convenient to go to many of Philadelphia's main attractions, such as: the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Franklin Institute, the Eastern State Penitentiary, the Please Touch Museum, Citizen's Bank Park, the Convention Center, Mutter Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Love Park, the Electric Factory, the Lincoln Financial Field, Chinatown, and even Reading Terminal Market. Although many Philadelphians do not look approachable, many are friendly around these attractions.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many food trucks outside of Temple University. There are usually at least 5 just on one street! The cost is extremely cheap and the food will appeal to anyone. There is chinese, indian, american, etc., cuisine. There are also vegan and vegetarian options. Aside from the food trucks, there are a number of fast food places, i.e. Checkers, McDonalds, and KFC.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a subway right near campus that will take you to anywhere in Philadelphia. There are also many buses available that will go straight to Center City. It is convenient if you reside in the Philadelphia area, and know it. The cost is also very cheap!

2 College Freshman

Parking: It is almost impossible to find a parking spot on the streets at Temple University. However, there is a parking lot closeby, though it is a few blocks away from campus. Unfortunately, the parking is extremely expensive.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Our campus includes a diverse body of many students

4 College Senior

Party Scene: There are many places to go in the night for a good time

3 College Senior

Parking: Since it's an urban area, the parking costs are high.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe in daylight but not safe during nighttime

4 College Senior

Campus Food: There are many places to go when your making a late-night run.

4 College Senior

Weather: The weather is usually the same in my home state so I should be fine.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are endless options of food to choose from.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Philadelphia is a great sports town it offers all the sports you can think of.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia is a great city. There are great restaurants, a good music and art scene, and historical places you can visit. I'm not too into the night life but I heard it's decent as well. There is a lot to do! The surrounding cities and towns are nice too and there are plenty of shopping areas.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Temple has the Tech Center and the library as well for computers. The Tech is opened 24/7 on school days and closes around 7:30 on weekends. The library closes at 2 a.m. on weekedays and around 5-7 p.m. on weekends. Both the Tech and library are opened 24/7 during finals. It can be difficult to find open computers at the library, but the Tech usually has seats open on normal school days. However, during finals, avoid both places. The computers are packed and it will take you a very long time to get an open computer, and even if you do, if you leave your seat for more than a few minutes or don't ask someone to watch over your stuff, you will most likely get your seat taken. At least, that's what I've heard from the people who went there. I avoid both places during finals and midterms as both places are very full and can get a bit noisy.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Visitation policies in dorms can get annoying. They are pretty strict about sticking to the policies. Three guests limitation, one guest overnight but must be over 18. Alcohol in dorms are also not allowed. It's a dry campus, but you can sneak them in and get away with it. There are bag checks over the weekend though.
Also, the attendance depends on the professor but the professors who do mandate attendance are pretty strict about it. You generally have around 4 absences from my experience.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've heard of robberies at people's homes and such, but it generally seems to be good. There are good housing options that are at a reasonable price. You pay much less and get much more room and freedom than you do at some dorms anyway...*coughMorgancough*

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There seems to be less crime in the area, but still, I get notices about shootings or robberies at least once a month it seems. As long as you don't venture outside of the campus area, you're generally safe. There are police officers everywhere and blue emergency light button things (whatever they're called) all around campus. I never really had to use them or call the cops so I'm not too knowledgeable in this area.
I haven't been to the student health center, but I heard it takes forever to see them and sometimes don't get medicine unless you ask for it.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Temple's Student Financial Aid Office sucks. I haven't had too many problems with it, but the few I have had were not pleasant. I have known people who have had major problems with it like getting billed for something they had no clue about. They never pick up their phones and reply to emails about ten days later. You have to physically go there to get your problem solved and on busy seasons like before bills are due, you have to wait about an hour to see someone.

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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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