What about life in Philly? Crime? Entertainment? Weather? I'm from Texas, considering a move to PA... it is rather intimidating!
I'm originally from Kansas & prior to moving to Philly had only visited for two days. Temple's campus is very safe. The campus is near some pretty rough parts but statistically the it's as safe as any other campus and suffers from the same problems other college campus' suffer. I ride my bike to class every day and ride straight through the "ghetto" and have not found in at all intimidating. Also, the law school is right next to the subway stop and the majority of students take the subway to class.
The city of Philly itself does suffer from a fairly high crime rate, but most of the heavy *&^% is contained within areas where you wouldn't be living or visiting. There is a lot of gun violence and you read it in the news everyday, but it's gang violence, drug violence, and violence within the various communities (primarily North Philly & West Philly - party of the city where you will never go). Other than the isolated gun violence, Philly has the same crime threats as any other city and most of the neighborhoods where you would live are safe and I think the biggest problem you would face is having your car broken into. It's pretty common to see a car with a busted window on the side of the street and I would always make sure to take anything of value out of your car when you park it on the street overnight.
There's a lot to do entertainment wise. I'm a big music fan and there's always a good show going on somewhere. Lot's of bars, a good sports town, museums, theater, etc. It's a major city, lots of action, and in addition you've got NYC, D.C., and Boston a short train ride away.
Weather is cold during the winter and hot/humid as hell during the summer. Much colder than Texas and much more humid. Having said that, I've managed to ride my bike everyday through the winter so it hasn't manage to get that cold.