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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are all very accessible and know what they're talking about.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a wide range of people here of all ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and views.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is widely advertised and easily accessible.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't really eat off campus, so I have no idea what options there are.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police are very prevalent on campus and willing to assist you.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Temple police are very visible and usually deter most things before they start. However late at night they tend to slack a bit and occasionally something crazy happens.

2 College Junior

Academics: Most of the professors just are; neither good nor bad. A select few stand out as great, but unfortunately there are also just as many really bad ones. Registration is a bitch and doesn't make sense; required courses for some majors have one or two listings with maybe 25 seats and they fill up fast. They can really screw you over.

3 College Junior

Academics: I was Journalism for two years and switched to Media Studies and Production. I enjoyed both programs and have learned a lot. There are a few classes that seem a little out of place however. Also, advising for the school of communications is total hell.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: It's campus food, and all that entails. They try to do healthy stuff but it's hard to find under a sea of fried this and that, pizza, super sugary cereal and really poorly made pasta.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Philly is a beer town so there's plenty of tap brews to try. A few places specialize in great spirits; expect to pay though.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I received financial aid but overall I can say that the financial aid office is the absolute worst part about this school. You can call all day and no one will pick up, wait in person for 2 hours, and someone still might not be able to help you. They also sat on my Parent Plus loan so long they screwed it up and told me my Sophomore year I owed them Sophomore and Freshman tuition. It was only after we threatened a lawyer did they try to fix the situation.

2 College Junior

Weather: Either cold or muggy, there is no in between. Also if it's spring, expect at least once a week for it to be a typhoon outside.

3 College Junior

Administration: School can be very strict with visitations and the like. Attendance is a class to class basis. The local police are going after underage drinking HARD this semester.

College Junior

Drug Safety: Kids drink and if you aren't it might be hard to find stuff to do on a friday night unless you're in a club of some kind. Drug wise most students smoke pot, but no one really pressures you if you don't.

2 College Junior

Campus Quality: It's very high school feeling; people aren't really willing to meet new people and tend to stick to their cliques. The academic programs are actually ok; there are a few classes that are either just very outdated or taught poorly but overall I enjoy my program. However, we're working on programs that no one in the work place really uses. Don't be fooled; if you're an MSP major, no one really uses Final Cut. Most major companies use Avid.

2 College Junior

Local Area: Philadelphia isn't as bad as people make it out to be, but if you're on a budget or under 21, good luck trying to find something exciting to do. Some of the best areas of the city are Chinatown, Old City, and if you're into bars Fishtown.

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really want to like Temple. I don't hate it, I don't hate the friends I've made, and I don't hate my program. But Temple administration has screwed me over multiple times, from financial aid to messing up my course schedule. Beyond that, it still feels a lot like high school. If that's something you like, that's fine. I just don't think Temple is for me.

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1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus isn't great. The dorms are old and not very well maintained, and there isn't much of a sense of community. Off campus housing isn't much better either; usually a very dingy place with sky high prices.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: In the immediate area around Temple there's a few cheap pizza places and Chinese takeout; the food trucks on campus are awesome but they close shop early. If you want something around campus late at night, you're out of luck. The city itself of course has a variety of options though.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: No one really cares for greek life on campus; that's not to say most people hate greeks; we just don't care beyond the parties they throw, and those are usually pretty crappy.

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1 College Junior

Campus Quality: Our library is quite nice though I feel like it's very small for a college library. Most of the students are commuters so there isn't much of going on in the way of student life

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Transportation is no issue. The campus is blocks away from quality restaurants.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Temple is very diverse. Students from all corners of the globe interact and share their experiences here.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy being part of the pre pharmacy program. Its challenging but also rewarding.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: The University is very useful in linking students to jobs. Interested potential employees can attach their resumes and send it via email.

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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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