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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.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The basketball team and the football team are pretty big at Temple. Many students go to the games and there is a lot of school spirit at those games. It's fun.
There are about three, more or less, gyms on campus and they are okay. I don't go to the gym often, but Temple seems to have good, solid facilities. They open early in the morning and close around 9 - 10 p.m.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle bus that runs regularly for people who commute or need to go to the Ambler campus. There is also another bus called OwlLoop or something like that that people can take around campus. A great part of the transportation around here is SEPTA. SEPTA goes almost everywhere in Philly. There is a Regional Railroad at Temple. buses, and subways. There are cars here, but you don't need them. Plus, there are chances people might mess with them. Parking fees are kind of expensive and most people seem to street park. Leave your car at home. Use the public transportation. It isn't the cleanest or filled with the nicest people but it will get you where you need to go.

College Sophomore

Majors: I just switched majors and have yet to take classes related to my major.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Temple is located in Philadelphia, and Philadelphia has pretty well-rounded weather. It snows when it is supposed to, rains when it is supposed to, and stays sunny when it is supposed to. However, the rain gets annoying. Buy rain boots. Also, Temple rarelycloses for weather reasons unless it is extremely bad weather, and there is a high chance of people tripping on ice and suing Temple or a major hurricane like Hurricane Sandy.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school spirit is nice and the amount of resources Temple has is vast from what I have noticed. Temple is trying to improve itself, and it is noticeable. Though, I wish they would stop building new dorms and apartments and go invest more into our education or at least education buildings....
The neighborhood can be dangerous. I am not a fan of urban schools so I would most likely choose to go to a more rural school. Plus, half my high school came to Temple.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of Chinese restaurants, pizza places, and a few other restaurants in the area. Many of them deliver until around 12 a.m.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Thanks to the addition of the Morgan cafeteria, food options have expanded and gotten a lot better. Still, the rest of campus food is mediocre, and you get sick of it after eating there for about a year. There are a lot of food trucks so switch between campus food and food trucks.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most dorms are pretty close to campus. Best dorms would have to be 1300 and Morgan Hall. The worst would have to be Peabody. Morgan Hall is pretty pricey, but the dorms are pretty nice and a TV, an uncomfortable couch, and a refrigerator comes with the dorm though. Both 1300 and Morgan have an eatery in the dorm building, which is always a plus. =]

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Some basic drugs are used but nothing too serious from what I've seen. It's a dry campus though.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's always fun to watch the games and cheer for the Temple Owl's.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I don't think that there is much to discuss, people are different. No person is the same as the other. And it is very accepted here. I don’t think I've ever witnessed any challenges with acceptance. Most people are pretty open minded

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It honestly depends on what fraternity or sorority you join. Each one is very different. I feel like most non-Greeks have the wrong interpretation or idea of Greeks and what it means to be a Greek. Yes, they throw parties but each sorority and fraternity take part in many community service and fund raising activities. And they also share a bond that goes beyond friendship ant dips into an extended family unit. Once you're in you're in and you will always be brothers and sisters with the members from your chapter.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I honestly love the campus, the diversity you find, as well as, the professors. It was a great experience living in the dorms, it's taught me alot about myself and how to live with others.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't own a car, but my I hear a mixture of complaints from friends, so I would say it's moderate.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Here at Temple University we are at the heart of Philadelphia, there are many easy and cheap forms of transportation. We have Temple police surrounding every corner to ensure safety. You can easily walk or take the sub to shops and restaurants. There's also a nearby supermarket if you prefer to cook. Movie theatre and entertainment is very easy to find. Also, we have two gyms and tracks for excersing. I personally like to go to the track at night to do a few laps.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: There were no problems getting into my major. There were plenty of spots.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The program is very large, and some of the class sizes are too big, but it is not a huge problem.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is a large student parking lot to use.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The area surrounding Temple is not so safe, but there are plenty of other places to live in Philadelphia that are fine.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Temple satisfies all of my academic needs.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a few good bars in the area.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life does not seem to interfere or affect my experience at Temple University at all. I know very little about the Greek life scene.

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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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