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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Its pretty much like any other college, you have the frats and sororities and clubs. I think they should modernize the older buildings like Anderson, Gladfelter, and Weiss to be more like the SERC building

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Temple is constantly building and upgrading facilities

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love everything about this school.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I think the facilities provided to use by Temple are great and are extremely useful to us students.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus has a lot of places for recreation. There aren't a lot of places to just hang out outside.

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The student recreation center is expanding. The University is constantly buying nearby land in an attempt to solve the housing problem. There are numerous facilities already available, including basketball courts, weight rooms, and swimming pools, where students can enjoy numerous recreational activities. There are also racquetball and handball courts spread throughout campus. These gyms also offer classes such as yoga, Pilates, and aerobics. Best of all, they are never crowded.

Thankfully, some dorms on campus have a game room or a fitness center, for which there is no charge. Ladies and gentlemen, on the less traditional side, there is a nail and unisex salon on campus. If you’re against using the washers and dryers at the dorms based on the cost, you can always become friends with an upperclassman student and do your laundry at his or her house.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
330 acres
Student Centers
Howard Gittis Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Paley Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bell Tower
  • Howard Gittis Student Center
  • Liacouras Walk
  • Paley Library
  • Speakman Hall
Bar on Campus
  • Draught Horse
  • Maxi's Pizza Subs & Bar
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Saxbys
  • Starbucks
Movie Theater on Campus
  • The Pearl Theatre
  • The Reel
"Green" Initiatives
All of the water fountains on campus have filters and separate spouts for water bottles.
School Slang
  • 1300: A dorm that has never been given a name
  • The Atrium: A place where parties are held on North Broad Street
  • BTMM: This is a major in the School of Communications that stands for "Broadcast Television and Mass Media."
  • Caf: The cafeteria located at Johnson and Hardwick
  • Diamond Dollars: Credit on your ID that can purchase food, books, and other stuff on campus
  • IBC: A gym and exercise facility
  • IH: "Intellectual heritage"; mandatory classes rumored to be very difficult to pass
  • J&H: Johnson and Hardwick Hall Dining Facility
  • JPRA: This is a major in the School of Communications that stands for "Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising."
  • Listserv: Community email service usually used by majors or organizations; students can receive useful information, as well as a lot of junk email.
  • Lunch truck: Any of the trucks on campus which serve food; the most popular ones are given names, or else they are referred by which building they are in front of.
  • MCPB: This is an organization that plans events for students; the acronym stands for the Main Campus Program Board.
  • New Res: The dorm also known as "Park Mall"
  • Orchid Room: A place where parties are held on North Broad Street
  • Plaza: Plaza Pizza
  • The Sac: Student Activities Center
  • SCAT: School of Communications and Theater
  • TSG: Temple Student Government
  • TUFF: Temple University Fitness Facility
  • Bill Cosby speaking at commencement: All graduates look forward to seeing funnyman Bill Cosby speak at their graduation. He's never a disappointment, and it's an awesome way to end your time at Temple.
  • Block Parties: Twice a year, areas of campus turn into a giant outdoor party, (e.g., the block parties). The parties consist of food, music, games, and tons of fun.
  • CafĂ© jams: The student-run radio station will play music while you dine at the cafeteria. They usually will promote an event that is coming up on campus, as well.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming is a week-long annual event held in October, traditionally used to celebrate the return of the football team, but it is now more geared toward promoting school spirit. Organizations, clubs, and schools set up booths outside the Bell Tower area. There are games, food, and outdoor activities. Other events include a football game, a comedy show, a party, and a skating or bowling party.
  • Probates: If you can find out about them in time, you can see the new Greeks cross. For a viewer, it is a show to watch some good stepping; for the Greeks, it's more of a rite of passage.
  • Program Board Fair: Interested in joining one of Temple's most popular and largest organizations? Main Campus Program Board has a fair to recruit new members. This is a good way for freshmen to meet a lot of people and get involved. Members can also get hookups at parties and other events thrown by the organization.
  • Spirit of Philadelphia: Voted one of Temple's best events, cruising along the Delaware River on the Spirit of Philadelphia is an excellent-not to mention cheap-way to spend an evening. Students can dress up-or not-and party all night on the cruise ship. The party is about $10 for the cruise, transportation to and from the boat, and finger foods.
  • Spring Fling: The Spring Fling is annual event held in April, which has a similar setup to Homecoming. There are week-long events, and booths are set up outside the Bell Tower. There is also usually a party or a dance at the end.
  • Taste of Philly: One of the first events of the semester, Taste of Philly gives students the opportunity to get acquainted with the different dishes Philly has to offer. During the event, the student center is filled with sample foods from different restaurants. Grab a ticket and get it punched to receive the different samples, ranging from Indian cuisine to pizza to Buffalo wings.
Urban Legends
  • Basketball coach John Chaney (who retired as of 2006) may look like an owl, but he is not one, nor is he a cross-breed of one.
  • Many believe that Temple is a five-year university, but it is not. It is possible to graduate within four years.
  • Successful people attend Temple, but never graduate.
  • Temple girls are easy.
  • Yes, the Liacouras Center was once named the Apollo.
Favorite Things To Do
The Bell Tower is the center of campus, and throughout the year, it is the site of events such as Spring Fling and Fall Fest, which create both networking and social opportunities. In addition to that, on campus, you can do everything from go to the movies at the Reel to attend an open mic night in the Underground. You can catch a play on campus at Tomlinson Theater, see a movie at Tuttleman for a dollar, play pool or video games at the game room, catch your favorite daytime talk show or soap opera in the TV rooms, hit the gym for a quick workout, or attend an event or lecture hosted by different student organizations.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Temple News
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Any kind of student organization you can imagine is available at Temple.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 163 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 42 responses

  • 16% Bell Tower
  • 16% Liacouras Walk
  • 16% Howard Gittis Student Center
  • 14% Tech Center
  • 11% Morgan dining court
  • 10% Paley Library
  • 4% Tyler School of Art
  • 4% Johnson and hardwick residence hall
  • 2% Alter Hall
  • 2% Annenberg Atrium
  • 2% Speakman Hall
  • 1% Skate park
  • 1% SERC
  • 1% Beury Beach
  • 1% Anderson and Gladfelter courtyard balcony

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 18% Eat at New Food Trucks
  • 16% Tech Center
  • 11% Work out at IBC
  • 10% Eat at morgan
  • 10% Working in Campus Lawnchairs
  • 7% Maxis
  • 6% People watching
  • 6% Be in the social Circles
  • 6% Play basketball at Pearson
  • 6% Rock wall
  • 3% Free Food Fridays
  • 2% Hang out at the skate park

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 38 responses

  • 20% Taste of Philly
  • 19% Homecoming
  • 18% Block Parties
  • 15% Spirit of Philadelphia
  • 13% Spring Fling
  • 9% Bill Cosby speaking at commencement
  • 3% Probates
  • 3% Program Board Fair
  • 2% Café jams

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 29 responses

  • 33% Work-study
  • 17% Anywhere that pays a decent amount
  • 16% Owl Ambassador
  • 16% Bookstore
  • 9% Teaching assistant
  • 7% Bartending
  • 3% Tutor

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 48% Bill Cosby graduated from temple
  • 39% Founder buried right on campus
  • 7% Free why-phy
  • 5% Haunted Peabody laundry room
  • 2% Andrew Hussie graduated from temple

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 24 responses

  • 29% Food services
  • 24% 7-Eleven
  • 24% Maintenance
  • 22% Working for senile professors

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 47 responses

  • 45% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 40% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 15% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 173 responses

  • 52% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 34% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 166 responses

  • 32% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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