Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Percent Women: 51%
In state: $14,696 ($25,434 with room & board)
Out of state: $24,722 ($35,460 with room & board)
*There are many merit based and/or need based scholarships offered by the university and within each school.
Most Popular Majors: Business, Marketing, Communication, Journalism, Visual and Performing Arts, Psychology, Health Professions, Biology and Education
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 64%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Temple’s website at www.temple.edu/admissions.
Why Choose Temple?
"So I could be around the city and stay close to home!""I chose Temple because it was the only school in Philadelphia that offered Photojournalism as a course of study."
"It is affordable, has the programs I desire, isn't too big or too small, and is very diverse. Overall, Temple just seemed like it had the perfect combination of everything I was looking for in a school."
"The students and staff were welcoming. Each staff and faculty member working on campus had a smile on their face. Temple's facilities were also astonishing. The computer lab in the tech center was so up to date but still easy to use and manage. Everything was easy access to and the urban location was a huge bonus."
"As soon as I visited, I felt that I could be myself without feeling judged or pressured by others. Coming from a very large and diverse high school, it was important for me to find a school that had a similar dynamic. Temple allowed me to embrace myself, while growing and learning from an eclectic group of peers."
"I love being a student here because everyone is so different yet we all have something that makes us owls that you can't quite put your finger on. I feel like we are very progressive and forward in our thinking."
"My favorite parts have been the interesting classes that I have taken."
"My favorite part of being a student at Temple is the massive amount of school spirit everyone holds. Every student and alumni is proud to be 'Temple Made'."
"There's always something happening and there's never a dull moment on campus which I absolutely love."
"You will never get hungry here! There are so many options."
"I think campus safety needs to be improved, particularly the response to crimes that have been committed against Temple students. I think the victims need more support and I think that administration could communicate better with students."
"I think the worst part of Temple is the amount of cigarette smokers. Whether you are on your way to class or the dining hall, it is nearly impossible to avoid getting hit by a wave of cigarette smoke."
"While Temple is a great, diverse school, the students do not help out the community as much as they should. We are living right next to people who have called North Philadelphia their home since they were born and we do not respect that."
"There aren't a lot of issues that I have with Temple but I think their housing process could be better. It's hard to get housing if you're not a freshman therefore a lot of people have to live off campus. I love my apartment that's off campus but the walk is pretty far and living off campus can be a lot more dangerous than living on campus."
"A lot of students have to stay in college longer than 4 years."
New Collegiette on Campus"I think being a first year student at Temple was so exciting! I was met with so many new opportunities and everyone here is so welcoming and open-minded. I made many upperclassmen friends immediately and they have been really helpful in my college career.""Freshman year was my best year! I met a lot of new friends. I began to get involved on campus and I love all of my classes. most of the upperclassman embraced me so it wasn't hard getting to know them at all.""It was really hard to get to know people and I didn't feel like I had a lot of opportunities to make new friends. But I have heard other people's first years here were great so I guess it just depends on where you are. Orientation was great though; very informative and I met a lot of awesome people.""Temple welcomes all incoming freshman a week before classes begins with a series of events that make up Welcome Week. All types of organizations and students are out around campus and make it easy for new freshman to find things that interest them and get involved right away. During this week a lot of the freshman and upperclassmen end up mixing because of the free concert or performer they have at the end of Welcome Week. On campus, our classes almost always are mixed between classes so you get to meet and work with a ton of different people.""It's scary to get adjusted, but fun once you learn the ropes and figure out how to balance being a student. Orientation was hard, and it was definitely hard getting to know upperclassmen, but I got to do that after a while."
All About Academics
"The workload in my major (journalism) is tough, but not overwhelming. You have to really be dedicated and know this is what you want to do. I've never had an issue with advising; however, registration and fulfilling requirements can be frustrating, because some classes only have limited seats at limited times."
"I would say some of the most popular majors are in the School of Media and Communication and Fox School of Business. My workload varies, because I am involved in a lot of extracurricular activities."
"I have had issues trying to get in touch with an advisor. I don't even know who my advisor is, or if I have a specific one I'm assigned to. Even walk-ins are hard to get, because they have specific time slots of the day set aside for people with certain amounts of credit hours."
"Some of the most popular majors include Business, Kinesiology, and other science related majors. My major is Criminal Justice, and the workload is pretty fair. I am required to take an array of Liberal Arts courses which emphasize critical thinking and writing."
"Classes vary here, but I would say to explore your options and pick classes that interest you since we have so many to choose from. Just don't take Science of Sound."
Learn From The Best
"My absolute all-time favorite professor would be the Photo professor, Dr. Trayes. I've had him for all four years of school at Temple and he's been teaching the course since he established the program in the 60s. Through him I have had so many amazing opportunities for internships and have learned so much. I would have to say though my second favorite is George Miller. He's amazing."
"Advising is what you make of it. Find an advisor you like and stick to them."
"My favorite professors are Laurence Stains and Meredith Broussard! Their helpful and informative, and, in Larry's case, hilarious."
"Some of the best classes I've taken so far are Writing for Journalism, Urban Dynamics, Political Science, and Macroeconomics."
Interests & Involvement
"Temple offers many clubs tailored to students' academic and personal interests. I have definitely benefited by taking part in extracurricular activities at Temple."
"There seems to be A LOT of organizations and clubs that students can join. However, it is difficult to find out about certain clubs. I'd like a more organized way of keeping tabs on all the clubs and events on campus, so I know what is available."
"There are so many different clubs, sports and organizations to get involved in. Everyone's involved in something. If you play a sport but feel like you aren't good enough to participate in the Division 1 team, there's a club sport for every Division 1 sport and more."
"There are tons of activities and clubs offered at Temple, it is a good part of being a diverse school.
"Temple has a lack of student involvement and school spirit when it comes to games, but I still think they are super fun."
"One of my favorite things about Temple is going to Lincoln Financial Field for Football games. It's so cool that our team plays in a professional stadium."
"I definitely recommend the Wild and Cherry pass for all Temple sports fans. It'll get you admission to every football and basketball game and a seat in the student section. If you don't have a Wild and Cherry pass you can still get in, but won't get a seat in the student section. That's where all the fun is."
"The basket ball games at Temple are really fun. Temple's official fan club, the Cherry Crusade, always makes the games entertaining and energetic."
" I'm pleased to say that a lot of women are given amazing opportunities on campus and off through Temple. Most organizations have women leading them too! Almost all the people I know doing amazing things on and off campus are all women, so I'm really proud to be a woman on Temple's campus."
"Being a female on Temple's campus isn't bad. Most of the guys are respectful and the only time it becomes a problem is if you're wandering off campus alone at night (which I wouldn't recommend) but besides that I've never felt scared here as a female."
"I think that there are a lot of strong-willed women on Temple's campus, and I would say the gender ratio is evenly split."
"I think it's good to be a female on Temple's campus. I have not noticed any strong gender divides. I see girls and guys hang out all the time."
Food & Drink
"The food on campus is pretty solid. I go to Morgan Hall a lot because there is a lot of variety there. It is more like a food court style. They have many options ranging from pizza to Mexican food. They just added an all you can eat section as well and you can use your meal plan for that."
"There should definitely be more meal options on campus with better quality food. My favorite place to eat on campus would probably be Morgan Hall's Mongolian Grille."
"While the food on campus isn’t the best, it’s quite tasty in comparison to other college cafeteria food. My favorite place on campus to eat is the Southside Diner at Morgan Hall because it’s open late and serves all your favorite foods, even breakfast all day."
"Food on campus is awesome - but not in the dining hall. Mostly food trucks and local vendors. My favorite place is the new Chipotle! and of course the Creperie."
"My favorite places to eat on campus are at the food trucks, though. We have a ton of them on campus so whatever you might be craving at the time is available to you! My favorite is Wingo Taco, right by Tyler and Annenberg."
"I like to go out in the city on weekends. I'd say Temple is a party school, but I wouldn't say anyones pressured, because it's really easy for most students to go home during the weekend or hang out and do something else. It's not in the middle of no where, so if you don't want to drink, you're not stuck with people whom are drinking."
"Personally, I love to go out on the weekends. When I was an underclassmen I was able to go out almost every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. But now as an upperclassmen, I am way too busy for that. However there is a large party scene here at school but we also provide things to do on campus on the weekends that doesn't involve partying."
"The Reel is a movie theatre in the Student Center which features two movies that are in between their theatre time and about to be released on DVD for only $2. Organizations also host Free Food Fun Friday events, these are held in the student center and are themed. Each FFFF features free food and lots of fun activities from 10 p.m-2 a.m."
"There's always something to do on the weekends, whether its a house party or a concert in the city. Being in Philadelphia means that you're never bored. If you're broke, you can go see a movie at The Reel located in the SAC, if you have extra cash, there's Philadelphia Restaurant Week where you get a four course meal for $35."
"There are a lot of parties on the weekends, and I would say that's generally what most people do. I think it would qualify as a party school, and the pressure to drink pretty much depends on who you hang out with."
"I love my dorm. Everyone is open-minded and friendly, which is why I'm happy to say I've met great people. However, Temple doesn't guarantee dorming if you're not a freshman, which has me living in an apartment off campus and dealing with very hesitant parents."
"The dorms on campus are all pretty nice, some are older than others but they're all good options. They're also very safe there are security guards who swipe your ID's and guests are only allowed into the building if they have a valid form of identification. There are also good off-campus housing options but they are usually expensive and you have to make sure you find housing in the right area, since there are bad ends of campus."
"Other than 1300, it seems like university housing is pretty basic. They are building more residence halls, so that is nice. I am not a big fan of the building I live in at the moment. I'm looking forward to seeing what the new buildings have to offer."
"I've lived in 3 different dorms. They were all fine, I like Temple Towers the best."
"There is always something to do in the heart of Philly, but if you prefer frat houses, there always seems to be a party going on."
"Nightlife is great, we are so close to center city and northern liberties that there are always places to go and people to see."
"Temple is well-known for its night life because although it can be dangerous at times, there are always students around at night and there are security guards at every corner. There are so many things to do from going to a movie at The Reel to grabbing pizza and watching a Phillies game at Maxi's. During the day on weekends you can usually find students outside if it's nice out or in the library or Tech Center doing homework. Or since there are 2 subway stops on campus a lot of students go into the city."
"The great thing about Temple is that Center City is just a few metro stops away. In that aspect, it's great. I am not one for parties so I can't comment on nightlife."
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