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I don't have much bad to say aboutQuite BrightComputer Science
I don't have much bad to say about Temple.
I may not have liked all my professors but I respected all of them. Coursework seems standard, not that I know what the alternatives are. The Calculus courses might be harder than average.

The staff is usually helpful. I studied abroad in Japan for a semester and it all went pretty smoothly, despite my incompetence.

The area is bad but it's fine as long as you don't get too far off-campus.
It's probably easier to party here than other schools, but you really have to attend your classes regularly if you want to do well. I've seen a bunch of people just stop going to class and drop out because they were so behind on work.Overall, like I said, I think Temple is a pretty good school, though it's the only one I've been to so I don't have anything to compare it to.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2019
Education Quality: A-, Perceived Campus Safety: D
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This campus is amazing and continues to provideQuite BrightCivil Engineering
This campus is amazing and continues to provide me with an education that I find enjoyable and applicable as well. Safety is not an issue here and the campus police are everywhere (so are philly police); common sense is all it takes to be safe if you think it's a problem. Temple gives students the freedom to do whatever they want and that is something that most other colleges cannot match. Besides, the enforcers have bigger issues to deal with in the city than us. Their presence; however, is always known.
1st Year Male -- Class 1920
Scholastic Success: A+, Individual Value: B
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I am a freshman who is transferring afterQuite Bright
I am a freshman who is transferring after only one semester here at Temple. I am in the Global Studies major. I am from rural PA and I believe that Temple did everything they could to pull the wool over the eyes of prospective students about many things.

First, I want to speak about the positives of Temple.
1) Philadelphia is a cool city and there is something for everyone to do/see.
2) The students at Temple are mostly really nice people.
3) The academic side of Temple isn't bad really, I did learn some valuable things during my time here.

Now on to the negatives of Temple.
When I went to the "Experience Temple Day" I didn't know it then but I was being fed a huge crock of sh*t. All they talked about was how safe Temple was and how big the police force is. Bull. In my time here, I have witnessed the infamous riot of 200 juveniles on Broad St and the horse punching incident. I know multiple people who have been robbed. There have also been countless assaults of Temple students simply walking close to or on campus. I recall one girl who was beaten with a rock by Anderson Hall. Temple is not a safe campus. Yeah it is lit up but that didn't seem to help the armed robberies and reports of gun shots that plastered my phone from the TU alerts all semester long.

Next is the problem that would be easiest to solve. Temple has the worst bureaucracy in the world! I recall reading on this website about Temple's staff and faculty being terrible and boy are they right. I had a horrible time trying to get my bill paid and I would sit on hold with the financial aid office for HOURS. This isn't just in the faculty at Temple, it goes down to the RAs and residential life directors of the dorms. I had a problem with my roommate doing pills in my room and all he received was a slap on the wrist. My friend down the hall has a similar problem with his roommate and nothing was done. Temple punishes the victims in cases like these and nobody cares about you. Another example, my good friend had his guest card taken away because he had alcohol on Halloween night. OK, fine. Do the crime, do the time. He waits the 10 days for the violation then after the 10 days were up he went to retrieve his card back from the front desk. But, the card somehow disappeared in those 10 days. They couldn't find it anywhere. My friend was sent all over to different offices to try and find this card and nobody could find it. So, even with him asking every week he had to wait until December to get his card back.

With that being said, I am glad that I could experience life in North Philadelphia. I made a few really good friends here and I am grateful for that. Also I don't believe Temple is representative of all of Philly. I feel that if somehow magically Temple could be picked up and physically moved to south philly or really anywhere out of North Philly it would be exponentially better.

I truly feel that Temple was riding off of their good football season in 2015-16 to pull more students in and get their money. They know how to market well. I'm happy to leave and I look forward to not feeling unsafe in walking around outside.

1st Year Male -- Class 1920
Faculty Accessibility: A, University Resource Use/ spending: F
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