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Reviews 3834 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of guys and girls at Temple. They vary from hipsters, skaters, pretty boys, athletes & jocks to trendy asian girls and vintage chicks. The student body is so diverse that it is likely that you'll hear over 10 different languages spoken while walking throughout the campus and a various number of different races and ethnicities.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Temple's Football and Basketball seasons are so energetic and encompassing as a student. Attending and celebrating the sports events are a huge part of the awesome college experience at Temple.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Being located right in Philadelphia offers a wide range of activities to take place in to accommodate everyone's preference and style! Cabs and Subways are super cheap too!

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining halls offer a really good variety. There are the obvious staple meal options every night but there are also specials that change daily for each meal type! The one dining hall is more of a food court, than a cafeteria, which has great options and the convenience of taking your meal on the go! Temple has the most delicious food trucks lining every street through out campus that have such phenomenal freshly cooked food and can satisfy your every craving!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Hooter's Meal Options – Temple University provides a variety of meal options, through the use of credit card/debit card, cash, Temple Diamond Dollars, and Temple meal plan. The university has food trucks, Johnson and Hardwick Dining Hall, Howard Gittis Student Center Food Court, and other restaurants. However, the Howard Gittis Student Center tends to get bland after a while since you cannot find Italian food (such as pasta and gnocchi) anywhere in the foodcard. J&H is the international help-yourself buffet of salads, soups, vegetarian options, pizza, pastas, wraps, cereal, bakery, and even has a station for allergies.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sometimes, since we are in the middle of philly, it is not okay to be around willy nilly. You have to be aware of your surroundings, although temple university police are always on top of things. It is an open campus so anything can happen but you are always safe around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The strictness at temple university is one thing that parents love! Students have to be respectful and considerate and abide by all rules or else face the consequences. Drinking, or any other type of things that are prohibited will be given the appropriate amount of consequence.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Off campus housing around temple is the interest of most students that attend. Depending on what type of apartment you live in or complex relies on your safety. It is safer to be closer but usually, all students rarely have a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities at Temple are rather useful. Practically anything you need help with, it is here. The best part about our facilities is that there is great diversity, and people are very friendly so all people fit in.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student life on campus is actually awesome! The student center is always a place to make friends and the technology center is a place you may never want to leave. If you want to hang out the walk is the perfect place to sit down and eat. It is a college feel in a city campus! There's a bunch of fun things to do every day- you can always be involved! Come to Temple!

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: They go out of their way to look out for each other on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Temple has some of the best sports teams in the country.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: North Philadelphia is a pretty scary place to live, but Temple Police is really on top of things. We have one of the lowest on campus crime rates because of them.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public Transportation is really pretty good. There are a number of subway stops that are super close to campus and the trains come quite frequently.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are always parties going on at Temple, but they're usually a bust. All of the cool places to hang out are for 21+ and if you plan on going into Center City to do something, everything closes before 9 PM.

1 College Junior

Academics: I want to emphasize how horrible this school has been to me, a paying and hardworking student. The school is absolutely in the middle of the ghetto, where we get weekly emails from the security department explaining how students have been robbed, shot/ stabbed and stalked by the surrounding neighborhood scum. Make your way to the classrooms and you will find a condescending and arrogant faculty. Some courses have been tolerable but most have been absolutely horrible. On many occasions, I have heard my teachers be racist and degrading to students and other faculty alike. The school appears to be obsessed with profiting off of the students, where vending machines and on campus eateries are absolutely ridiculously priced. I would stay far away from this university. If you are looking for a good education without all the dangers and hassles that overwhelm Temple, look at Penn State Abington or Villanova. Again, stay far away from Temple. I have heard from alumni's that it is a decent school, but I can assure you that it is a dangerous and self-centered 'not for profit' institution with no interest in helping its students earn a legitimate degree that will help them succeed in life.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: North philly is sketchy, but temple police does a good job at taking care. It's expensive.

3 College Junior

Transportation: On campus transportation is ok. Transport between campuses is good.

4 College Senior

Academics: Temple is a very good school academically. It offers so many programs. I am a senior and I have only met one professor I had a real problem with

2 College Senior

Parking: I don't drive to campus because its very hard to find parking.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am currently a double major, majoring in both Social Work and Criminal Justice. I have two jobs, one on campus and one in center city. I still manage to get all my work done, even when getting home at 11pm from work.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: When it snows class is usually never cancelled. But for the most part the weather is good.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I like that there are a variety of different spots to go to but the quality of the food is sometimes not the best.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is really accessible around Temple. You have the regional rail, subway, bus and parking garages. Semester parking is expensive, but worth it if you don't want to take the public transportation late at night.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Always campus police around and I have never felt unsafe at night. Not the safest place to be around but the police presence makes me feel a little more comfortable.

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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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