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4 College Senior

Campus Food: There are many options for student dining. There are also many meal plans. After my first year, I dropped the meal plan. It was just as easy to eat in the economy and you learn where your favorite lunch wagons are located some even take your flex dollars.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia is a very big city. There are lots of places to eat. Near campus are a lot of food carts and pizza places. Some of the restaurants even accept "Diamond Dollars" - Temple money included in you meal plan.

5 College Senior

Academics: Temple offers an extensive list of majors. I am a kinesiology major which includes physical therapy, athletic trainers, pharmacists etc. I can even branch out to physician assistant. One major can evolve into another with very little effort. All majors have faculty advisors available to assist you. It is important to visit your advisor and stay on top of your requirements.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is a ton of opportunities to explore the surrounding areas of my school. Center city is a great example. There is a ton of shopping, museums, restaurants, etc. that you can check out during your free time. There are always people hanging around outside on campus which is really cool also.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all off-campus apartments are completely remodeled. Many are very close to campus which is convenient and it's very easy to find one. The only problem is that you need to be careful where you pick an apartment for safety reasons. Some areas in Philadelphia are not the greatest.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Many people live in off campus apartments and there are always parties you could go too. If you are 21 or older you can take the subway into the city and there are varies bars to go to

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Since Temple University is in the city, it is often hard to find parking on the street. I suggest you become a good parallel parker. I know there are parking lots but not positive about costs. However, the subway and train station is very close and a great way to get to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was hard to actually find out how much aid you will receive and the process is very time consuming. It is also hard to get in touch with someone from the financial aid office and have your questions answered. I would definitely suggest going in person for any question or concerns,

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The number of options for studying abroad is incredible. If there's a school you want to visit in another country, chances are good that you can study there through Temple. During the year campus life is pretty active and the social scene is good. There's also a lot to do since Temple is near the center of Philadelphia.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is pretty moderate here. In the winter there is snow, usually not enough to cancel classes and in the spring there's a lot of rain but again not enough to interfere with classes. But on the really beautiful days everyone can be found outside either on the walk or Beury Beach.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: First of all Temple is right in the center of Philadelphia so there are several clubs to choose from. However, to gain access to these places one must be 21 or older. With that said there are several parties to choose from that are held privately in off campus housing by students of the University. Those parties are pretty awesome and a lot cheaper than going into the city.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: To be honest the only Greek life I can accurately comment on is Black Greek life. There are currently seven active fraternities/sororities of the original divine nine on campus. They are all relatively friendly and approachable. The only time they are really relevant is during Meet the Greeks during the begining of the year and spring fling.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The facilities and aesthetics of Temple can be quite beautiful even given that it is not in the best of areas. The TECH center is a very modern building fully equipped with hundreds of computers and several conference rooms that you as a student can reserve for group work. The library is surprisingly expansive and has very knowledgeable staff. There are very nice places to dorm on campus and in fact two new dorms are being built. The student center and in particular the game room is a great place for students to just relax and hang out and the restaurants and food trucks in the area provide a great variety in things to eat. Campus events abound and there are convenient bulletins across campus highlighting these events. Overall Temple is great with their facilities.

4 College Senior

Majors: I found my research program to be very beneficial. I was payed approximately nine dollars an hour and found that the education I received was worth far more. The program even helped me to eventually decide that I want to go into research as a career.

3 College Senior

Majors: While I do like that Biology majors are introduced to a wide variety of topics, I would prefer a more streamlined option of being able to choose from several fields i.e. Ecology, Genetics/Genomics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, etc. This would allow for students to choose a concentration that best plays to their strengths as opposed to expecting every student to be equally skilled in every discipline within Biology.

4 College Senior

Majors: Admission to the Biology program happens to be the same as general admission. The major has several built in 'weed out' courses of a rigor that tends to separate those students who elected Biology simply for lack of a better idea. Therefore the program is willing to accept any Temple student and it becomes the responsibility of the student to keep up with the rigor of the curriculum.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I am a Biology major at Temple University and overall I believe that I am receiving a good education. I have entered the field of biomedical research and have found that I had a relatively good educational basis for the science my group does. My only major complaint is that the size of the classes tends to result in a black market of test sharing from previous semesters that makes the playing field uneven for students who do not have access to previous exams. The curves for Biology courses also tend to be tailored more for graduate and professional school than for the students. Otherwise Temple has a staff of competent biologists who have a wealth of knowledge to provide.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Its the city, some neighborhood just aren't safe and parking is at a premium. Naturally this doesn't add up to many good reviews.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: At Temple, the green space around the Bell tower is a literal, breath of fresh air. It is a good place to take a break between classes when the weather is nice, and the food trucks are only a few steps away. I am also impressed with the large bookstore.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid department is terrible. They are not nice people and the line is always busy. However receiving financial aid is fine.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Well the summers are very hot and humid and the winters are freezing cold. The fall and spring have comfortable days mostly. Rain is frequent.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Temple offers a shuttle and the subway is very close. If you live on campus no transportation is needed and everything you need is conveniently located within walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I don't mean to brag, but Temple is a pretty good looking campus. It's a big mix of people all from different backgrounds with different styles and interests. Everyone is pretty social and approachable all in all. Of course your going to run across a few stuck up people but that's just life. Huge selection of people to choose from if you are looking for a relationship or just trying to date a little.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is really great at Temple. Everything you really need is withing walking distance of campus including, hair salons, convenience stores, produce store, shops and even a movie theater. If you want to explore Philadelphia more Septa is right at your disposal. Taking the broad street line, located on the main street where campus is, you can go to Center City for some good eating and shopping, go to museums, concerts and so much more. If you are traveling farther from the Philadelphia area or trying to get home if you live out of state, Temple has its own train station that can take you where you need to go for reasonable prices to.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Because Temple is in the heart of Philly, and on one of the busiest streets in the area, it is very difficult to get parking. You will probably have to circle the block at least 3 times before you can find a spot to park on the street. Not to mention the parking meter people play no games. I have seen so many students get tickets and even get their cars towed. But if you pay for the parking garage its much better. Price is decent, your car is protected and no tickets. But honestly unless your commuting there is no need to have a car on campus. It is so easy to get around campus and Philly. Plus everything you really need is within walking distance anyway.

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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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