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5 College Freshman

Academics: The Fox School of Business is one of the most well endowed colleges on campus. The professors are incredibly dedicated, and there are innumerable resources for students in every business major. The Center for Student Professional Development is another great resource which helps students find internships and develop resumes, among other things. The workload is high, but I enjoy the challenge

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4 College Freshman

Academics: As a member of two honors programs, one through the university and one through the Fox School of Business, I can say that I have been very well challenged, and I enjoy the challenges and opportunities the school has to offer

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are pretty nice in general, I have a long distance serious relationship with a guy at home though, so I don't really pay attention to the dating scene at all

3 College Freshman

Technology: The only complaint I have is with the slow wireless on campus

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The subway and trains will take you almost anywhere around the city, and they are very reliable and frequent. The only downside is that the school does not provide any sort of discount or free public transit deals like schools in other cities do

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The school itself is smack dab in the middle of the ghetto, there is nowhere to walk off campus unless it is to house parties. There are also very few parks near campus, not very pretty at all. I value scenery a lot and near the school there is little to no scenery. However, if you take the subway ten minutes into center city, there are a lot of nice restaurants, cafes, shopping, and other attractions that make up for the ugly area around campus

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College Freshman

Majors: For the School of Media and Communication, there's no additional application or qualifications.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Temple is known for its diversity. There's a huge mix of all different types of people. Unfortunately, I have noticed that people tend to only hang out with people of their same race/ethnicity.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Very distinct seasons. Very cold and snowy winter, but beautiful spring and fall. Hate the summer though, super hot and humid.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I've heard horror stories about financial aid, but personally I have had a very easy experience. I received a large grant and scholarship, and loans. I've never had any issues. If you have at least a 3.5 in high school and a good SAT/ACT score, you will definitely receive some sort of scholarship, since last year they started awarding automatic merit scholarships. That's one of the main reasons why I ended up going here, because otherwise I wouldn't have been able to afford the out-of-state tuition.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Subway and regional rail stops on campus. Public transportation is very convenient.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's not like Temple is an extremely attractive school, but you can definitely find some cuties. Lots of hipsters and frat bros. Mostly everyone is looking for casual hook-ups, but I know plenty of people who have gotten in a relationship after arriving to college.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I can't be completely objective since I partake in party behavior and activities, but from my standpoint most people drink. But I've also been in a drinking atmosphere where certain people don't drink and aren't treated any differently.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a million restaurants in the city and there's also a good amount extremely close to campus. There's also endless choices of cheap, delicious, delivery options.

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.

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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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