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Temple University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessD Creativity/ InnovationD
Individual ValueF University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC FriendlinessC-
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeF
Surrounding CityC Extra CurricularsD
SafetyA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Afraid, Approachable, Broken Spirit, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Unhelpful

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He cares more about Excess Competition than the average student.
Date: Jan 15 2006
Major: Psychology (This Major's Salary over time)
I'm more resentful of my own decision to spend time at Temple than I am of the school itself—it serves its purpose: education factory. The school is filled with either thoughtful, lost and lonely kids, baseball cap fleece vests, or city-"emo"-hipsters too cool to be seen at school… too much red tape to make your own way through the administration, too much 'nobody left behind' to really be challenged or to stand out in class… and this all gives Temple the unavoidable smell of HIGH SCHOOL. If you were happy high school ended, think twice and ask some hard questions of Temple.

Classes are easy and muddled. Psych professor was an "eccentric" dinosaur who would moan lectures in a comical "presenting important information to middle school kids that could never understand" kind of way. Remember that American history teacher you had who threw chairs around just to scare kids? Same deal. My Calc 3 prof was confused, disconnected, disorganized, and spoke in the low ghostly volume of a heavy ketamine user.

The honors program is held together by socially awkward kids who are bound by their being so out-of-place at Temple, and the program is directed by a helpful-but-condescending mother-figure—a positive note, since she has administrative power to place students in desired classes, instead of being stopped by the system… but unfortunate that it's HER whim, in my personal experience.

Sciences professors do not speak English. Most math do, though.

Positive points—the availability of study abroad programs (campus in Tokyo), Dr. David Zitarelli of the math dept, the pianos available to anyone in the music building, the eastern European couple who own and dance in their coffee stand outside the library, the easy-target watered-down Christian debates under the belltower (a street preacher disappears every other year due to some sex scandal), and the availability and low price of delicious bacon-egg-n-cheeses at any hour of the early morning.

Go see for yourself, but my general suggestion is go somewhere else.

 
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responseI definitely agree with most of what you have to say here.

What I missed most abroad was the $2 egg and cheese long roll, salt pepper ketchup from the truck across from the Bagel Hut at the library.

But that's really where the fun ends. Lots of dumb Philly burb kids go to Temple. I'm not prejudiced against the accent, but most of them in due course prove themselves to be idiots.

I guess my biggest problem is that in CLA - especially the language departments there's just so much book work and red tape that makes learning difficult. The good professors are screwed and the dinosaurs get tenure.

Temple's campus is quite ugly and within the next 20 years they are going to replace all of the Brutalist concrete buildings with modern glassed-in cube things. I'm not sure if this will be much better, but at least you'll have more places to plug in your laptop.

Temple just really depends on the major I guess. If you get a good one you'll be happy and if you get a bad one you'll be miserable. I mean anyone who has graduated here since 2000 is part of the new era of what Temple is trying to become. It's still a commuter school and campus is just where you go for class, but they are trying to change it up. The only problem is, most people are smart enough to realize that Temple just wants their money, and they can actually live in a better part of the city for reasonable rent and just go to Temple for class.

I also might add that Honors did give me an edge in negotiating through red tape, but I don't think it really helped me out academically.

Last thing - Don't let them push you around. Classes aren't really closed until you go and talk to the professor and plead your case. There's always some guy whose ear you can bend for pity. And figure out your study abroad stuff before you leave, otherwise it will be a lot more work than it's worth.

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