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New Haven, CT
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5,393
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$42,300
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a huge part of Yale. It's a fun way to meet new people and provides a lot of parties and events, but members understand that Yalies have very busy lives and can't commit fully to being in a sorority or frat like those at other colleges and universities.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is free and the Yale shuttle service is constantly running. There are also additional services such as zip cars and taxis that can take students to the train station. New Haven has its own train station and airport, both of which are very accessible. Just a 2 hour train ride away is New York City, so flying out of New York is not an inconvenience at all.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: New Haven is a dangerous city, but I have never felt unsafe at all on Yale's campus. This is in large part because the campus is so well protected. Yale has gone out of its way to implement safety measures such as the escort service (Yale Security will walk you home from wherever you are on campus if you call them), Yale Security, the Yale Police Department, blue phones (which are strategically placed around campus and can be used in emergencies), and gated residential areas. In short, if you are smart enough to not be waving around you iPhone on a dark street at 3am, you will most likely never encounter any safety issues.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There is an endless supply of study areas from which to choose, so finding one that suits you is never a problem. Depending on the department and the individual professor, it can be a hit or miss. Some professors simply were not meant to be teachers and it's much more helpful to ask them questions directly at their office hours, or to talk to a TA. Other professors, however, are absolutely amazing. They understand why we don't understand and find creative ways to address those areas, they go out of their way to give us extra help, they motivate us and inspire us to push ourselves toward greater things.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I am pursuing a Spanish major, but I'm also doing pre-med. The Spanish department is quite small and nothing special, but it gets the job done and there are plenty of amazing study abroad opportunities, so achieving fluency relatively quickly is not beyond reach. As far as pre-med goes, it is definitely difficult to get A's if you didn't have the same opportunities as others in high school. That said, a lot of people realize after freshman year that pre-med isn't for them, and that eases up the competition for later on. It takes a lot of effort to get into the swing of things and to stay on top of all the requirements, but with a little bit of organization, time management, and the realization that getting a tutor is okay, pre-med at Yale can be conquered. Also, there are TONS of paid research opportunities for pre-meds, which do double duty serving as excellent experiences as well as sources of income.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: It is a beautiful campus with very nice facilities. Yale's architecture is very impressive when you first see it-- it grows on you as you spend more time here. There is no student center but the residential colleges (all of which are beautiful) serve the same purpose. During all the seasons except winter, people spend time outside in courtyards or on Old Campus and it's very nice.

2 College Senior

Parking: All of it is metered, and actual parking lots are few and far between. That said, if you are looking for one on the average day, you can find a place easily enough. Most students on campus don't have cars, and rent zip cars if/when they need one.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Sports aren't huge except for men's hockey and The Game (the football game against Harvard in the Fall). For these the stadiums are completely full. Otherwise, I would say most people participate in sports either through IMs, Club Sports or Varisity, but there isn't a huge fan base.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartment options, but they are expensive, and New Haven, like any city, can be dangerous at night. Besides that, the on campus housing is amazing. There are 12 residential colleges, and all have their own dinning hall, computer lab, library, laundry room, gym, dance studios, and some kind of art room. In addition some have pottery rooms, basketball courts, climbing walls, book binderies, dark rooms and so much more.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It's simple to be a Computer Science major; you just have to take all the pre-requisite classes. But those are very difficult, called "weeder" classes since they discourage people who aren't good from progressing.

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College Freshman

Majors: I havent had an internship - a lot of it depends on you. I would rather do summer abroad than internship my first summer.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Computer Science is fun, but lately it has been over-burdened with too many students (new interest!). The workload is high, but you get a lot of out of it, and connecting to other comp sci people you get a good job too.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Yes, Yale is an amazing place to be. I am planning to major in Computer Science, but the courses in this major are really theory-intensive. You don't get to do anything practical, whereas in other schools you end up making a website or app or game at the end of a semester. I think I'll get a good job graduating from Yale in Comp Sci, it has happened before to others

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Look, people say that New Haven is dangerous but it's no more dangerous than the average city and it's crime rates have been dropping. There's also lots of security on campus if people are still worried. If you're not from the city, all you need to do is learn city etiquette and not do anything silly and you should be fine.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students at Yale don't care about Varsity sports (except for hockey and The Game). The Yale Administration doesn't put its money into varsity sports. But if you're a student who likes to be active, Yale is the place for you. They have great facilities, and there is a culture of active-ness and working out here. Also, the club sports scene is very active.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of great student dining around the University. However, a lot of that dining is relatively pricey. It's not outrageous, but you can't afford to go there all the time. There is great variety though. Everything from a supermarket to higher class restaurants to go to when your parents are here.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Maybe it was me that just lucked out but I am paying a tremendous amount of money to go here, not fair in comparison to some of the other people. The merit awards are weak and approximately the same for a wide range of GPAs (Which is really unfair). I also got some s****y loans. Great.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking at night can be quite simple, but during the day, it's horrible. Our campus is right next to downtown New Haven, and it's a bit complicated.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Yale food is really good compared to other universities. I have visited friends at other schools, and our dining hall food is by far the best I have had. For undergrads, we have 12 residential college dining halls and one giant dining hall that stays open all day. There are also dining halls in the graduate school buildings. Each dining hall has a ton of options - hot meals, salad bar, sandwich station, a panini maker, desserts, cereal station, coffee/tea section, etc. There are plenty of drink options, and if you aren't satisfied with the aforementioned options, there is always someone behind the grill who will make you grilled chicken, fries, or a nice fresh cheeseburger.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Yale has a quite diverse campus. There are people from all backgrounds and countries across the globe. There are groups on campus that celebrate just about every kind of diversity that exists here, e.g. Yale Black Women's Coalition, Queer Peers, the Baha'i Student Association, Arab Students' Association, Yale College Democrats, Vietnamese Student Association...the list goes on.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I ended up getting pretty much the level of aid I needed, but the process became much more complicated as the years progressed. I would assume it probably had to do with the increased amount of students that needed financial aid due to the recession, but it was frustrating nonetheless.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love the dining hall food! Almost definitely the best compared to other college options. 12 places to eat at, some with their own specialties.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people are so diverse, I find it almost pointless to generalize about this. Whatever you're looking for, Yale probably has it.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Yale offers the best transportation options of any university I've ever been to. 24 hours around the clock!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There should be more talk about this at the graduate level

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Rachel Glodo
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Winter Park, FL
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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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