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New Haven, CT
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$42,300
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Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you can get into Yale, the administration trusts you to not destroy the college in a drunken riot. Parties and alcohol are abundant if you are looking for it. On move-in day, a freshman unloaded a large pack of beer from his parent's car, and I saw a police officer nearby laughing. No one really cares if you drink or get a bit rowdy. Just be respectful of others, and everything will be fine. I'd also like to note that those who don't want to drink are not pressured to do so. Basically, everyone respects each others decisions.

11 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The majority of students have competed at least once in an intramural sport- we have everything from basketball to ultimate frisbee to water polo to table tennis, and it's a lot of fun! As far as varsity sports, we are not so hot (although we just got a new university president who may change that). Our men's hockey team won the NCAA national championship last season, but our other sports are mediocre at best. School spirit can be seen at hockey and women's volleyball games, as well as most games against Harvard (especially at "The Game").

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: My biggest issue with dining is breakfast. I know a lot of people don't like getting up to eat breakfast, but i really enjoy it, so it bugs me that Monday through Friday, I either have to trudge up to Commons for a hot breakfast or deal with the "continental breakfast" available in the other dining halls; and then on the weekends, if I get up for breakfast, it's "continental", but brunch is a feast. Besides that, the food can be a little monotonous, especially at Commons.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People drink. People do drugs. It's most visible at night, especially on the weekends. The Yale Police are as lenient as they can be, and the policy is that alcohol and drug use is viewed as a health concern, not a behavioral concern. This is good because people are less afraid to get help for a friend who has had a little too much to drink.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's a saying around Yale: "one in four, maybe more". Except it's more like, "one in two, maybe you". Good luck being a straight girl on campus. Trust me, you will have your heart broken at some point because you fell for a guy who turned out to be gay.

41 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Yale's campus is very safe, the rest of New Haven, not so much.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Yale, so academics is pretty much the strong suit here

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great, but no AC so August is rough. Also, no kitchens. But other than that they are generally great.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process was somewhat confusing, and there were an immense amount of forms that seemed to all have the same questions.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police foster a healthy environment that enforces safety and health rather than punishment. They are very lenient on underage drinking, and would rather have you take a friend to Yale Health or report a problem than hide it, so there is very rarely an instance where a student gets in severe trouble.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are many dining halls to choose from, but the issue is that they mostly serve the same things as all of the other dining halls. On top of that, each one is relatively small, so there are not a large amount of options to choose from. On the other hand, if you like the food they are serving that day, the food is made very well!

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are phenomenal amounts of opportunities given by the school! The best part, in my opinion, is the residential college system. When you matriculate to the university, you are randomly placed into one of 12 residential colleges, and you typically remain in that college until graduation. You live within your college for every year past freshman year, and each college has its own dining hall, gym, kitchen, laundry room, restaurant, intramural teams, and more! This system fosters a camaraderie and creates friendships and bonds that I do not think are possible otherwise.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Yale has tons of dining halls and cafés, but most of the residential college dining halls have the exact same thing as the next one. Sometimes the entrées are just too out there because Yale is attempting to be considerate of all its international students. I don't know whether the food is considered good by the students from whose countries the food comes, but most of the time I personally find it difficult to find entrées I want to eat. That said, there are always other options, such as the grill where students can get made-to-order burgers and veggie burgers. There is also a cereal bar, a dessert bar, a salad bar, and a sandwich/panini bar. Each residential college dining hall has something unique to offer, such as the Morse/Stiles dining hall, which is known for its brick pizza oven. Selections of fruit and vegetables are minimal and rarely change. Yale is very good about being environmentally conscious and serves as much local produce as possible. Additionally, there are always options for students who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.
Outside of dining halls, there are multiple cafés where students can grab a quick muffin between classes. (Or if students know they will not have time for lunch, they can order a sack lunch from a dining hall ahead of time, which they can then pick up in the morning). Finally, there is a convenience store where students can buy anything from tea, to frozen meals, to razors, to Ben & Jerry's. The cost is pretty high, though, so for students who are not on the unlimited meal plan, and thus do not earn points for every purchase, shopping at this store is often done only in case of emergency or as a last resort.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere. The saying "you can't spell Yale without ale" is very accurate, although it is very possible to have an excellent social life without alcohol. There is a group called #teamsober that started at Yale and has since spread to several other colleges and universities, particularly in the Ivy League. This group advocates for sober fun and is a good resource for anyone who wants a community free of peer pressure. That said, there is little to no peer pressure about alcohol at Yale. Students respect each others' decisions for the most part, and while they offer alcohol to each other, if someone says no, there are no judgments made, no weird looks, no "are you sure?"'s or "you'll like it!"'s. Additionally, Yale has a very safe policy about alcohol, I feel. Because Yale recognizes that it is going to happen, students don't feel the need to hide it, which means they get the help they need without worrying about discipline. This results in significantly fewer alcohol-related deaths or injuries.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are lots of cultural activities available in New Haven, but students tend to be afraid of the city. As a result, most of the social life takes place on campus, but people also go to NYC for museums, etc. New Haven has great restaurants, though--Ethiopian, Malaysian, pizza...

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is cheap (very, very cheap!) but kinda grungy. A lot of the houses that students rent have mold, which is pretty unhealthy. And there are more break-ins than in on-campus housing.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: Campus life is student life at Yale. Secret societies and a cappella are very big deals...People are just as competitive about extracurriculars as they are about academics, if not more. Prime examples include the Yale Political Union (2 all-night commitments per week) and the Yale Daily News (an even more rigorous commitment).

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's pricey, and there are a lot of restrictions (no microwave, you're expected to live in the same residential college all four years, so you're expected to make friends with people in it). However, if you embrace the residential college system, it provides a truly wonderful community.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining halls are spectacular; food is good, though a bit repetitive. Many healthy choices, though sometimes the dining hall staff is very apathetic.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Yes, students' interests and talents are very diverse--and that is the only diversity that should really matter. There's also the more superficial diversity universities like to tote--racial, ethnic, national, sexual, vertical, and horizontal (although students tend to be in pretty good shape).

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's a choice people make, and many people at Yale unfortunately make some bad choices. But if you don't want to drink, no one will make you. However, it does negatively affect some students' behavior, so partygoers should be wary. It's impossible to generalize across the whole student body, but even the teetotaler can find something to do on a weekend night.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Very good computers; small clusters located in every(?) residential college. Bigger clusters tend to be further away (Hillhouse and Prospect), though they're sparsely used. Every student has his own laptop, and that's probably true across nearly all colleges by now.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love all of the restaurants that I have tried around New Haven. Many thai food options! Also, there are vegetarian and vegan places close to campus. However, I tend to eat in the dining hall a lot since the food is so good!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Yale has a wonderful shuttle system that runs every day of the week. Also, there are emergency shuttles that can be called any time of the day. The routes are very convenient and link all of campus.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Computers: Computers are all accessible and close and helpful. There are available computers in every library and computer labs in all twelve colleges, so if you have to print something, you sign up for an account (each page is 10 cents at most) and you don't have to walk far. If you finish something in your room, you can just email it to yourself and print it from a computer downstairs in the lab, which is in the basement of the college you live in, so not far at all. And if you're in one of the big libraries, there are computers there as well. Network reliability is good and fast. Wifi is good. There isn't a single person without a laptop (though technically you could just use the computers available), but you totally don't need a printer.

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Rachel Glodo
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Yale is, in every sense of the word, an incredible place. Students love the faculty, the classes, and the opportunities, not only because they are among the best in the world, but because they are highly accessible and undergraduate-focused. Yale is a place where academic theory blossoms into reality and where experiences exist that can't be found anywhere else in the world. It is a great privilege for students to continually study under the most knowledgeable people in their fields, from Nobel Laureates to international statesmen. Even though the Yale experience can be rigorous and demanding, most students wouldn't trade their years here for anything.

Yale prepares its students to meet the world with energy and knowledge. Its liberal arts education teaches students to think, to analyze, to question, and to consider. Yale graduates can do nearly anything they want, from working with Goldman and Sachs to obtaining a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. Essentially, Yale successfully prepares its students for the pursuit of their passions in any area of life.

What ultimately sets Yale apart is the people that comprise its community. Yalies (students, faculty, and staff) are dynamic, fascinating people who continually surprise each other with their passions, their opinions, and their enthusiasm. Every student has a unique story to tell and interests to pursue. Yale is amazing because it gathers these diverse and remarkable individuals together for the same ultimate purpose: to learn, to grow, to thrive, and to discover themselves.

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