Temple University Reviews

  • 194 Reviews
  • Philadelphia (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,608
92% of 194 students said this degree improved their career prospects
94% of 194 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Gabriella Y.
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"Being at Temple was unfortunately a negative experience overall. I had read many reviews and was expecting the best but so many aspects of the school fell short. For one, safety is a huge concern. I dormed in Temple Towers. The building is full of gas appliances. We had 2 emergency evacuations in the middle of the night in our first 2 weeks of school alone. One during a storm where we ran in our pjs and underwear to another building. We get text alerts about shootings and robbings near campus every other day. Multiple shootings and robberies happened a block or two away from my dorm. It is too expensive to be a student at Temple as well. The tuition may be okay compared to other schools but the added costs of being a student in Philly and all the supplied you need for classes add uo. The student body is great and diverse but that is the only positive. My education was better at the community college I transfered from by far. The professors do not care much at Temple. It is very hit or miss. So many classes are taught by grad students, many of which seemed confused and were just trying their best obviously, but confused nonetheless. Finally, temple faculty and staff are some of the rudest I have ever had to work with. The housing department was always angry and did not want to help. They had hung up on me multiple times. My counselor was unhelpful when I needed help switching classes. I ended up figuring how to switch classes and what classes I still needed to take by myself. So overall, I would not recommend Temple, no matter the cost or experiences it can offer."
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2019
  • Degree: Music
"Positives: -Philadelphia is a culturally rich area -Temple has a great faculty, many of which are from the Philadelphia Orchestra -Good facilities -Overall high level of students Negatives: -Degree requirements are lacking a lot of essentials -No studio class -No junior recital -Required recital attendance is minimal, resulting in very poorly attended concerts -Chamber music is extremely disorganized and not taken seriously by students or faculty (you'll be happy to see your coach in the audience) -I have been to two other schools since that have had much more nurturing environments. For example, weekly studio class, chamber music class (in addition to regular coachings), and weekly departmental recitals (strings, winds, vocal, etc.). Attendance is required. These provide students with many organized opportunities to offer peer-to-peer feedback, and perform for an actual audience. Temple does not require any of this. Overall, it's a decent school that has all of the resources and potential to be a lot better."
Elizabeth Coffey
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2019
"I really enjoyed my time as an undergrad at Temple University. The professors I had were dedicated and seemed to be very knowledgeable on the topics they taught. Being in the honor's program allowed me a few benefits, such as higher quality instructors. While I feel like the school as a whole was good, it was evident that the university favored certain schools, such as Fox school of business, and provided them with better facilities and technology. I know that some facilities such as the library have been improved since I have graduated. In my department of Geography and Urban Studies, I wish there were a few changes. I do not feel like the importance of internships was conveyed enough, which put me at a disadvantage after graduation. Perhaps a mandatory internship class would be a helpful addition to the program. I also feel like importance of skills such as Geographic Information Systems was not emphasized enough, and again put me at a disadvantage when entering the work force. It seemed like every job I applied to listed this as a requirement. I think there could have been more assistance with financial aid, although I heard that it has improved since I graduated. The school offered a lot of opportunities to join clubs and provided networking opportunities. Overall, I would recommend both Temple University as a school, and the Geography and Urban Studies as a department. Overall, college is what you make of it and I think they give you the tools to succeed."
Stephen Benscoter
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Temple University is an amazing institution, filled with diversity, student life, and academics. Temple was not my first university. I was a transfer student from a smaller liberal arts college. When I arrived on campus, I immediately knew I was home. I worked with some of the most intellectually-engaging professors who challenged me to think, to grow and to strive for everything beyond what I could have imagined. Moreover, I forged strong, lasting friendships from a diverse group of amazing students from around the globe. While Temple is in the heart of North Philadelphia, the campus is protected by its own police force."
Jemi Patel
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"Temple University really goes above and beyond to help students in any way possible. From providing sensible financial aid to work study opportunities and internships, Temple guides the path to a personalized method to manage the cost of attendance. Temple University is a large institution which offers large and small lecture sizes for students. As a student of the College of Science and Technology I even received one-on-one help from graduate students in other science programs. Furthermore, even as an undergraduate I had the chance to work in a research lab, which is not offered at every institution."
Robin Alozie
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"Temple University was so diverse in studies, people, learning styles, life styles. It was raw and real, with a splash of brotherly love. it prepared me for the professional world with its rigor and wealth of knowledge from the faculty and support staff. The experiences I gained will attending the school"
Dariya Medynska
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2019
  • Degree: Architecture
"Temple University works closely with students in a studio environment. The professors care about the success of the students and strive to help even outside of regular classroom. Temple provides close connections with former alumni working in the field, as well as the Architecture community in Philadelphia."
Danah Quasmieh
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Attending Temple University was a very great experience for me. I had great supports as far as professors and academic advisors, as well as the financial aid office. My classes were on campus, and there were shuttle services available if you did not want to drive to other classes that were only offered at different campuses. I feel as though I learned very well from the program, especially during internships and externships in my final year. This gave me on the job training, and helped me to prepare for a career."
Hannah Flite
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2018
  • Degree: Cultural Studies
"Temple University is a thriving urban campus with a historical commitment to education. What started out as a night school for adults has blossomed into a leader among higher education. I am one of fourteen family members to graduate from Temple and I am proud to forever be an owl."
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2018
  • Degree: Communications
"As an emerging professional looking to further my career in development communications, more specifically in the non profit sector I found this program to help me a little bit with knowledge about potential careers however the educational advisors and staff definitely fed the students false information about finding a job. Temple itself did not help me with finances and then basically ignored me when I asked them to help me find a job. I spent an entire year going back to school and growing more debt just to still be alone and unemployed at the end of the program. The staff was completely uninterested in helping me further my career once I was finished with this degree. I say go for it if you have a good job where you can fall back on but if you are banking on actually finding a career in this field I wouldn't do it. I hope Temple realizes this and helps students in the future so they are not stuck like me now."
Sierra Stark
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2018
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"Temple University provided with me an excellent undergraduate education. I can honestly say that the majority of my professors genuinely cared about their students and wanted to see them succeed. There were plenty of educational events, campus activities, and so many others opportunities for students to meet others and help them get involved. I had a great experience attending Temple University."
Lindsey Craig
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2018
  • Degree: Fitness Trainer
"The first time I attended Temple University I fell in love with the atmosphere. People were constantly on the move and I love to stay busy so this fit perfect with my lifestyle. I chose to study Kinesiology, in order to pursue my dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist. Although I know I needed to go back to school after my undergrad, some people in my program did not intend on ever going back. With this being their plan, they did not have a lot of options when trying to find a full-time job, unless you plan on being a personal trainer, etc.."
Emma Blackson
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
"I would recommend Temple University specifically the College of Public Health. Over the past three years, through coursework in public health at Temple University, I have acquired considerable knowledge regarding health inequities and policy. I was enrolled in Politics and Payments in the US Healthcare System in my third year. It was there that my love for policy and equity grew. It was taught by Dr. Christen Rexing, who can only be described as a social justice warrior. Her class discussions on health policy, specifically on firearm injury, helped me to realize my passion for the subject. Additionally, during my senior year, I had the pleasure of partaking in an independent study led by Dr. Sharon Washington. This experience gave me the opportunity to expand my understanding of one of the origins of health disparities and how implementing policy changes could indeed change the course of health equity. I loved the opportunities I was presented during my time at Temple. I love the diversity of the student body because then you get different perspectives on how to solve some of the worlds most pertinent problems."
Mia Robb
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2018
  • Degree: Religious Studies
"Religious studies was a life-changing degree program. I loved all of my professors and learned so much about the world and about myself. Being a religious studies major is really similar to being a history major since so many major religions have shaped the course of history. This major on it's own is not necessarily going to prepare you for the workplace and most of my classmates had intentions of pursuing a masters or doctorate degree after school. Some people do go to divinity school after completing this degree but many follow an abundance of different paths. I am personally pursing a medical degree post-graduation. Many students and professors who pursue a degree in religious studies are agnostic so keep that in mind when you are selecting this major!"
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"I did not feel Temple University prepared me for my career and was not offered any career support once I graduated. I was not able to earn any money over $12 hourly until I began to pursue my Masters Degree. I also was not eligible to get into Temples Masters of Psych. program because I went to their undergraduate program for psychology and they said they do not accept any of the students from their undergrad into their Masters Program. I would think it would be opposite and I chose to go there for undergrad because I thought I would have to ability to get my Masters in Clinical Psyc."
Craig Meyers
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2018
  • Degree: English
"I loved my time at Temple University. I found that the programs, classes, and professors to be of the highest caliber. I feel as though that I learned a lot and grew as a person throughout my years there. One of the greatest things I found about Temple was the diversity of the student population. This provided for great learning opportunities beyond the classroom and curriculum. Before attending, I heard a lot of talk about the campus located in North Philadelphia as being unsafe. I did not find this to be the case. I found the campus to be a great environment. There are a lot of happenings around the campus and to get to other areas of Philadelphia is a quick subway ride away with two stops right on campus."
Fatia T Kasumu
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2018
  • Degree: Journalism
"Temple University is a solid institution committed to the learning development of all students, but more importantly, students of color. I like the school because the faculty are very well-versed in their field and use their networks to help students get jobs. The journalism school gives students a well rounded education and teaches them audio, photo and video production. As a former journalism student, I learned how to write, edit and shoot video which put me ahead of my competition for jobs on tv and radio because I had all the skills necessary in the field, rather than a specific specialty."
Sarah Kim
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2018
  • Degree: Social Work
"Temple University is an affordable school for in-state students, and the School of Social Work is a great place to earn your Bachelor of Social Work. Being a student in Philadelphia opens up many doors for work experience in social justice related fields, which is very valuable for future social workers. There are challenges within the undergraduate course work; the BSW Class of 2018 was caught in an often frustrating curriculum transition that was usually confusing and often overwhelming. Hopefully by the time future classes are enrolled, these wrinkles will be ironed out."
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"As a student, I thoroughly enjoy Temple University and the GDC program, it is an experience I cannot match elsewhere! Temple University's Globalization and Development Communication (GDC) program is a one-year Masters of Science course that provides in-field experience to give students a competitive edge upon entrance into the job market. The GDC program challenges students to get out of the library and work in the real world. As a student, I am conducting field research of non-profits in the city of Philadelphia. Through my research findings I provide suggestions to improve the organizations' operations. In addition, GDC students are given autonomy over their choice of course work by creating their own specializations. I created my specialization in Latin American Affairs. A few of GDC's professors are Latin Americanists, or experts on Latin America, and connect students to organizations in Latin America. Access to professors' networks connects students with organizations based in Latin America or Africa. Professors also connect students to development professionals at the United Nations as well as other reputable development organizations in the US. Professors are passionate about their research topics and make ample time to discuss and help students generate their own research ideas. The cohort experience is integral to success in GDC. Students work closely together, fostering mutual professional development. Temple University itself is a hub of creativity that promotes innovative ideas. As a student, I have been introduced to various perspectives on the practice of international development such as the use of development in communication, environmental science, etc. While universities in development hubs such DC & NY might glorify organizations such as the UN, World Bank, IMF, GDC provides students with a critical look into these organizations by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the organizations. This enables students to enter the development field with complete information on these organizations and students learn to weigh the pros and cons of the work any organization does. Students will leave the GDC program with added experience in the development field such as managing, monitoring, and evaluating development projects, and creating public campaigns. The GDC Masters program refined my skills by making me more competitive as a professional in my field."
Hanna Lefebo
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"There is something for everyone at Temple University. There are over 140 majors offered to undergraduate students and plenty of minors as well. If a student has questions about a career path or having trouble choosing a major, there are advisers for every program that the students may speak to. They are always open minded and willing to help. Apart from academics, Temple University also offers many clubs and organizations that students can participate in. This gave us a chance to meet new people who might have similar interests and also gave us a chance to network. With all the diversity, being placed in the beautiful city of Philadelphia and having great academics, Temple University provided me with an amazing Undergraduate experience."