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4 College Freshman

Administration: I only commute. I'm not sure what it's like living there.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love everything about this school.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Don't get me started. Temple is definitely an attractive campus. Walking down Liacouras Walk is always a great affair because of all the hot people I get to pass by. Not everyone dresses up for class so there's no pressure to look your best all the time. But there are people who are on point all day, every day. I'm a straight female so my eyes are usually on the guys. There's no "typical" attractive guy though there are "stereotypical" attractive guys, if that makes sense. Like, there's the European models, the athletes, the frat guys, the fashionable guys, the tortured artists, the music majors, the cute geeks, etc. There's someone for everyone.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I am African-American (my parents are African but I was born here) and before Temple, I have always gone to predominantly minority schools so going to Temple and being among a lot of white people was a culture shock for me. Even so, I haven't had any serious issues regarding my race since I've been here. But I'll admit that some of the friends I've made at Temple have said ignorant things about race and gender and these same friends are those who came from predominantly white areas.

Even though Temple is mostly white, it does boast a diverse population. I've been heavily immersed in the Indian culture because of the friends I've made here and I love it. I've also made a lot of gay/bisexual friends. I have never had such a diverse group of friends before I got here and it's amazing how much I've learned about the world just by living in Philadelphia.

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College Freshman

Academics: I have not been immersed in my major yet.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've had a great time at Temple so far. I feel like I'm overwhelmed with opportunities. My only issue is deciding what to do first.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not very informed about Greek life on campus. But it's not THAT big of a deal here. I've only been to a few frat parties and they've been fun. I may rush for a pre-med fraternity next year. But there's a great possibility that I won't.

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College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a full-tuition scholarship from Temple and that's pretty much what I've been surviving on.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Me and my friends go into the city all the time. I've explored Chinatown and the Gayborhood. I've thrift shopped and window shopped at many of the stores downtown. I've been to First Friday, an event on Second Street where artists come out and display their work. I've gone to OutFest. I've looked at the murals placed all around the city. I've eaten at a fancy restaurant. And I've made a fool out of myself so many times. It's fun being young and stupid in the city.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a CIS major/Pre-Med and took 15 credits my first semester but I have only taken one class in my major (a 100-person lecture-style into class) and two of the classes were Gen Chem and Gen Chem Lab. For the most part, I had pretty good professors. I used RateMyProfessor before choosing my classes so that helped. My hardest class was Honors General Chemistry which I would've probably done better in if I was a little more pro-active in my studies such as actually reading the assigned chapters, doing homework problems early, and going to office hours at least once or twice. The professor blessed at the end of the semester and somehow by 72% became a B so I wouldn't worry TOO much about that class.

My workload wasn't too bad. Homework is usually due a week after it is assigned and most of it is online. If you are a bad procrastinator like I am, you'll end up doing homework for 5 hours on Sunday. But usually, it never even gets that bad. Homework was never really a problem, just studying. I like studying where there's good scenery and not a lot of people so the tech center and the library have never been my go-to places but they are popular choice. In 1300, a good place to study is on the fifth floor study room (as long as you don't bring your friends). Starbucks is also a favorite place to study if you go at the right times. The new SERC building is also a good place to study if you know where to go.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Towards the end of the semester, I got REALLY tired of campus food. I live at 1300 so the most convenient places to eat were either Morgan or the SAC. The food at downstairs Morgan (which is food court style) and the SAC are usually really greasy and I got tired of the food at upstairs Morgan. Cosi's is a bit farther away and I'd make the walk there for dinner if I was desperate. The last time I ate at J&H was during Welcome Week so my friends and I went to eat there for ice cream during the last week of the semester and we found it not as bad as everyone made it out to be.

Since my diamond dollars supply was low by the end of the semester, I couldn't use it for food but if you have it, it definitely opens up your options for food. You can use diamond dollars at 7-11, Qdoba, Chipotle, etc.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any experience in off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I've had a lot of fun so far at the parties here at Temple. I think the best parties are frat parties mostly because I usually dig the music more. But I've been to fun house parties as well. That being said, the party scene can get boring because they're almost all the same. Hot basement, sticky floors, jungle juice and beer from kegs, people having almost-sex on the walls and the dance floor... If you like dancing, you can still get the most out of any party. When Temple parties get boring, there's always clubs in the city that admit minors on certain days of the week like Eye Candy (yes, it's a gay club). And you can always party at all the other schools located in Philly.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Me and my crew were typical freshman in the beginnings of the semester and we went out a lot on the weekends. I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are always security people on bikes around and they don't fuss with you unless you're acting like a complete idiot. Even though I have never felt particularly threatened on campus, we've already had many serious crimes on and near campus. We get reports on these incidents by text message. There's really not much you can do to prevent crime, so these incidents don't really deter me from going out and living my life. Just be smart.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a CIS major and it was pretty easy getting into my program. There was no special application process or anything.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not that involved in Temple's athletics so I can't really respond much on this aspect. I've only been to the homecoming game and it was fun but I feel like the turn out wasn't as great as it could have been. Living in the honors dorm may affect how I perceive the athletics scene, but I think there is a lot of support for our teams.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in 1300 in the Honors Living Learning Community and I love it. I got lucky in that I got a room with very cool people who are easy to live with. And I made friends with a lot of great people in the Honors program. My experience with housing may be different than most because I was essentially guaranteed a room in one of the better dorms before applying for housing. So for me, it was easy in that aspect. 1300 is not more than 10 minutes away from any of my classes and it is very close to the subway station.

The dorm itself is very beautiful on the outside and in many of the locations on the inside. But I noticed that there are a lot of mysterious stains in the hallways. But I think the maintenance people are really on point because I know the students here create so much mess almost everyday.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I've only had one incident in which I almost had to deal with administration. It involved illegal drugs however, I was never punished for it. In my dorm, kids are usually able to get away with almost anything (pre-gaming, drugs, noisiness). No one is checking up on you every day, every hour. That being said, the campus does have a policy against alcohol and illegal drugs and I think they are reasonable. If you need your fix, there's places to get it done without getting in trouble with the school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a poor college student, I haven't explored many of the places that I can eat that are off-campus. But I mean, it is Philly. There are so many options for food like just the other day, I ordered delicious Indian food and it was delivered to my dorm. The variety of options are great. The only problem is that the prices of some of these places can be a bit too high. Like, I paid $16 for the Indian food. And it made me sad.

There are cheaper options though.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: They have a program offering students full scholarships here.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Honors program is very prevalent and makes a huge impact on the experience.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is very diverse here-- anyone can be satisfied because anything from house and backyard parties to indoor concerts are thrown.

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College Freshman

Athletics: I don't take part in any.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's tons of options for off-campus housing; I currently live at the View which is a luxurious apartment building in association with Temple-- not a dorm, but it's located on campus minutes from classes.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety off-campus is more of an issue; on campus it's very safe and even girls can walk on their own throughout campus at night without being threatened.

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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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