transferred to Temple University from West Chester University of PA
in order to gain experience working with children in an
urban environment. Overall, my experience was negative due to
extreme problems with administration. The student population and professors
were the only redeeming factors of this school. When
I transferred, Temple administrators gave me a lot of trouble
with course reciprocity from West Chester, even when the course
titles were identical or nearly identical. I eventually was
able to get a few additional courses transferred through a
meeting with the Dean of Education, but ultimately I lost
over 30 credits which is more than a year of
work. I still believe that they simply wanted me
to pay them $$$ for tuition and that was the
ONLY reason my courses were not transferred.
I was admitted and started my classes, I did enjoy
the course quality and student population. I found work
easily working with students in an urban setting, and my
experiences with that work are quite frankly what set me
up for success in the teaching field. The information
you get in class is helpful, but not always practical.
There should be more field experience for education majors!
I personally felt as well that Temple requires
too many “core classes"...it was a waste of time and
money. I was often thinking why I needed to
take classes that had no relation to what my professional
and personal goals were...but that is pretty standard for most
schools, so take it at face value I guess.
Ultimately, as I stated above, administrative errors were what
made my time at Temple regrettable. Advising is the
WORST problem at Temple, at least in the College of
Education. You get whichever advisor is available, and they
are incredibly disorganized because of the huge work load that
is placed on each advisor (at the time of my
attendance, there were only TWO advisors in the College of
Education). Each time I had to explain which classes
I had taken, and when I was getting near my
student teaching experience I was told I only needed one
more class. Once I finished that class, I was
told I NEEDED ANOTHER CLASS. Advisors are supposed to
support and guide you, but instead they let me down.
The school wanted me to take another semester for
the additional class, but I fought it hard because I
was already delayed in graduating. Eventually they agreed to
let me take it while student teaching...it was a challenge
but at least I am done now.
Prior to that
headache of an experience, another advisor told me I could
take my last methods the summer after student teaching.
I scheduled everything around that, until I was later told
that it was NOT an option. Her error cost
me a YEAR of my time as I had to
restructure my entire course load. What's worse is that
Temple told me I was “lying” about the fact that
my advisor ever told me that this was an option,
and wanted me to “prove” a verbal discussion that was
held privately. Talk about demeaning the people (students) who
are providing YOUR paycheck!
Luckily, I am very self-supporting and
I was able to fight and “deal with” the ill
advice and incorrect information provided by Temple. There are
other instances I could discuss here but I believe what
I have written gives you the picture.
Interestingly enough, whenever
you owe Temple tuition they are RIGHT on top of
it...perhaps that is the only area they are competent in
with administration and staff aside from professors...asking and reminding you
regarding your owed tuition. However, if you are relying
on student loans...good luck! Even to get into the
student loan department in the beginning of a semester is
a challenge, let alone getting the staff there to appropriately
and adequately handle your loans.
Maybe other majors
do not have such problems, but think carefully about attending
Temple. It is a huge school with many staff
and administrative problems, however, it is in an urban setting
which provides many wonderful opportunities for culture and socialization, and
the professors/student body are pretty wonderful as a whole (at
least in the College of Education).
side note, I did not live on campus during my
time at Temple (I was a non-traditional married student) but
I have heard that housing is pretty terrible and you
can only live “on-campus” until your Junior year. I
believe that will be changing soon, which would be good
because apartments in that area are horrendously expensive and not
exactly safe due to the geographic location of Temple (North
Please note that this review is for MAIN campus...I
also attended Ambler (I had to because of advising and
scheduling problems) and I believe Ambler does not have nearly
as many problems with staff and administration as main campus!