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5 College Senior

Majors: I like being part of the Sport and Recreational program at Temple. The make sure that when we leave school that we are professionally ready. The program demands so much from the students. We are involved in so many activities off campus and connected to some many professional organizations in the area.

5 College Senior

Majors: I completed my Jr. Internship at Temple recreation. It was a great experience. The staff made sure that I learned about recreation and not just there to complete my hours. Even though there was no pay I was dedicated to coming there on a daily bases. I did some marketing, and also managing some recreational events.

3 College Senior

Weather: Temple is close to New Jersey so we get coastal weather. The streets are narrow and it is hard to plow the snow.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Temple is in one of the largest cities in the country. There is always some place to go.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The train is a simple 20 minute ride. It's fast, quiet, and convenient but fares are highly expensive, especially for students who need to get to school daily.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The city has a variety of restaurants to choose from. There are plenty of ethnic dining options as well as a Chinatown conveniently located nearby.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Admission is fairly easy for anyone to get into at Temple. Students have average SAT scores

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I currently have not experienced an internship yet but I would like to sometime in the near future. It would provide good work experience and help me find what kind of job I may be looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Temple is located right in the heart of Philadelphia. There are always events or activities going on in the city, which is only a train ride away.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school does not offer enough financial assistance, the faculty are not wee-trained enough or well-mannered enough (mostly). The Japan location adds language immersion but I would not suggest it for a person with very limited funds (there are ~$1,500 mandatory dorms for the first semester) or someone who does not want the headache or struggling while on your own in a foreign-language environment. Not enough classes of differing hours are offered per semester, making a needed impossible to get unless a different needed class is cancelled. Classrooms are allowed to become far too noisy and inconsiderate actions or comments are either not noticed or not penalized (even if the professor is nice and an effective teacher, it is a stressful learning environment).

2 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity, so perhaps that would give it a high score. But from the angle of the quality that comes from the diversity, I rate it low. There are many people who behave loudly and wildly as if they want attention. Many of those people have brightly colored clothing and tattoos. Some people - with or without being the loudest people in class or seeming desperate to be noticed - say offensive comments about someone's hair type, hair length, or hair style (happened to me) and perhaps assume that someone is uncool or unlikeable because they are shy or quiet/considerate during class. Loud class clowns seem to be a majority or at least a moderate and encouraged category here. It is quite discouraging and inconsiderate in a paid learning environment of many people. I have been asked/hassled about why I am quiet. But I was more considerate than to reply "Why are you loud??" I was taught to be quiet and considerate in class and I don't care to make friends with ill-mannered, bold people.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The library is usually quiet, but it is very small and only in one room on one level, so noise can easily be heard when its present. I have not heard of any Temple University outings or traditions. The few activities that I have heard of are less about the college and more about the surrounding area: volunteering to clean up trash from the streets, post violation notices on bikes, observe a Japanese tradition or ceremony. There is a student lounge room but the furniture is of bad quality (old or perhaps used roughly) and it is usually loud to the degree that having a conversation would be difficult and - at least for me - studying would be impossible.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid was only a small hassle due to a new regulation which caused my account to be reviewed and my awards delayed and a rude/hot-tempered financial aid advisor. I am low-income and my GPA is above a 3.0, but I was not offered even a small scholarship or grant from Temple University. The 1 single scholarship application opportunity that was only open to student who already completed more credits than I completed at Temple's campus (I hot confirmation from an employee)...so that was a little frustrating.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a tasty Chinese restaurant and a ramen restaurant within a 3-minute walk. However, the portions are too large fir me to finish and the price for a simple dish is around $7 (¥700). There are very few ramen style options. the Chinese restaurant had more varied dishes but not in the manner of desserts or drinks. Most dishes were meat or rice-based...not vegetable-based. It is far too expensive to be a weekly meal on my limited budget. I have never seen (although I can't read much Japanese) or been told (usually almost no English is spoken or understood) of any student discounts at restaurants or cafe's. The 7-11 has pretty tasty meals for around $2.50 (¥230), so I usually opt for that if I am too hungry to wait until I get home by train.

2 College Junior

Administration: I have attended several colleges and many colleges have faults, but some professors here blatantly neglect to enforce the rules. Perhaps they want to stay on the students' "good side"...I am not sure. I have seen photos being taken with banned devices (phones, etc.). Being used to a strict school environment and being someone with strong morals and adherence to laws, this annoys me. Also, I do not want to be in a stranger's photo or video without my consent. Classes are usually (but not with all professors) allowed to be loud even while the teacher is instructing and we are not doing group work. People pretty often say (or laugh at/to a degree encourage) sexist, sexual, or racial jokes and it makes the classroom very uncomfortable/moderately unpleasant for me. This is a big part of why I am transferring. Also, it can be easy to get a bad grade with some professors because they take off points for reasons not at all described in the assignment instructions. It is not exactly strictness, but pickiness. My Japanese classes were strict regarding the rule of getting zero points for a fully translated sentence if the sentence is missing a tiny symbol (called a "dot" in Japan but it is not circular ---> " ). This strictness causes a lack of distinction between someone who knows zero Japanese and someone who simply made a tiny error but could fully speak the sentence in Japanese. The degree on penalty seems very unfair to me and has been disheartening. I was told that the rule began a few semesters ago.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot in Tokyo. It is usually only a minor hassle. Occasionally, there are hurricane conditions which cause a school closure. The winter is perhaps colder than the U.S.A. Mid-Atlantic region norm, but with less snow. Both the rain and cold weather prompt me to stay indoors. Mandatory commuting to campus requires walking or biking to a metro station, which is less convenient than on-campus housing on bad-weather days.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: At Temple's Tokyo Japan campus. There is a well-know Roppongi/drinking district. I have only gone there once for nightlife purposes. There is a cover charge for admission at some bars but it sometimes includes one free drink. I have heard of drinks being tainted so that customers can be robbed while unconscious, but that did not happen to me at "i-darts Tokyo". I have not heard of any on-campus parties. This campus location does not have dorms on-campus but rather in various locations around Tokyo. Alcohol was forbidden in my dorm but the administration complained or beer cans being found indoors and conducted room inspects after those incidents.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not seen drugs or alcohol on campus. I have also not seen or heard of the college administration attempting to discourage its use. Many professors and students make jokes about the student body getting drunk on the weekends, however, I have never been a partier or a drinker or cared to pretend that getting drunk was super-cool.

5 College Senior

Local Area: I mean, it's Philly! The area around the school is mostly residential and somewhat run-down/sketchy due to socioeconomic issues, but as long as you're respectful (pick up your trash, no loud parties on a Tuesday, etc) the locals can be very friendly. A quick subway/bus/regional rail/bike ride (or a 30-40 min walk, if you're into that) takes you into the heart of the city, where there are more restaurants, cultural sites, events, and stores than you could explore in your whole time here. We also have the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and the Union, and Temple will sometimes run promotions to get students to the games. I'm definitely hoping to live here after graduation as many other students do--although most of us move into slightly safer areas, the rent isn't as crazy as other big cities.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I'm a vegetarian, and I've never had a problem finding something tasty and fairly healthy to eat. Food trucks are the best thing ever and there's an incredible variety. Although they're technically parked on campus, they're run by individuals and have nothing to do with the school, so I'm counting them. There's also a farmer's market in the spring & fall, and a grocery store that sells some premade stuff too. As far as fast food, there's Qdoba, Subway, Dunkin, Wendy's, McDonalds, Insomnia Cookies, and tons of pizza and chinese places (some open till 3am!). There are a couple cheap breakfast/lunch diners hidden away too. Many places take "Diamond Dollars," which can come with your meal plan or be bought separately.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Temple has its own force of real Philly police officers (no "campus cops" here) who I've found to be generally pleasant and helpful. There are also security officers who patrol on bikes, and of course the quintessential college blue light poles where you can call for help. On campus areas are super safe and feel it. Obviously don't leave your stuff unattended in common areas though, not everyone in the world has morals. When going off campus, definitely walk with a buddy, but as long as you use common sense and don't walk with headphones in or while waving your phone around you should be fine.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Look for places on Craigslist! Landlords dominate the area (remember to read your lease thoroughly) but you can find plenty of cheap places. The off campus options promoted by the school are nice but more expensive. Sometimes you can even find a place with a driveway/parking lot. Living closer to campus is safer of course, but Temple has an awesome overnight shuttle that will take you right to your doorstep for free. Anyway, I've never had a problem (as a female) walking places at night, though I try to walk in groups/with a friend as often as possible.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: We have so many options for dining on campus. There is so many places to choose from, you never get sick of eating on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most off-campus dining accepts Diamond Dollars (Temple's currency) which is very convenient to students.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have a new program called The Walking Escort. If you feel unsafe and don't want to walk alone, you can text a number and a bike cop will come to you and escort you home. We also have bussed called TUr and Owl Loop that pick you up every 30 minutes and drive you to your dorm/housing.

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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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