New Haven, CT
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Reviews 911 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New Haven is all right as far as college towns go. There's been some historical tension between Yalies and New Haven residents, but things have gotten better over the years, and I've even seen "Go Bulldogs! Beat Harvard!" signs in store windows around Thanksgiving for the Game. There are only a couple of stores within walking distance that are worth visiting, but if you want pizza and ice cream/froyo, you've come to the right place.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity in race, sexual orientation, and background, but almost everyone here subscribes to the same moderate liberal ideology in a sort of boring way. Anyone who dissents is not tolerated and possibly shunned, and challenging, controversial, and respectful political discussions are hard to find outside of the YPU.

5 College Junior

Computers: Computing is generally fine, pretty much everyone is on the wifi all the time, which is very easy to get on. The student tech collaborative does repairs for free and is very competent. Computer labs are usually amply supplied, and printing works well enough. Oh, and we get 50 free GB of cloud storage.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Problems first. Sometimes the colleges are a little cramped, in terms of personal space. They can have a few too many doubles, there is enough kitchen capacity to go around, and I have seen the occasional mouse. Air conditioning would be a plus Oh, and then there's L-Dub. But really, the housing here is great. Most students live in suites, probably at least half the campus has a single, you know the building you live in all four years, every college has a dining hall, and every college has a basement with a snack bar, a game room, a gym, occasionally a darkroom or printing press, sometimes a theater, etc. Oh, and the architecture is stunning.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: New Haven is a lovely small city. It has plenty to do in terms of local events, dining, museums, and other culture. There are a few problems. First, town-gown relations remain kind of strained, and that reduces the friendliness of some locals, the ease in arranging student discounts, and the like. Second, New Haven still suffers from the perception of danger, and some neighborhoods do have a lot of crime. While students are very safe on campus, this creates a bit of a psychological barrier to really exploring and enjoying what is a beautiful town.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: People drink a lot here. I'm actually quite surprised, still. Marijuana also seems to be perhaps a bit too popular, and I think there would be a healthier environment on campus if that were not the case. Finally, there was far too much resistance to a recent attempted smoking ban. People do smoke far too many cigarettes, and that needs to stop.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Yale seems to be a very welcoming and accepting place. It seems to be the case that students of all backgrounds are welcome - certainly, there is a warm attitude towards people of pretty much sexual orientation. There could be better representation of people from rural areas or who aren't from Northeastern suburbs.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is acceptable. What does this mean? We put up with it. Winters could use more snow - there's a bit too much desolate gray-ness as it stands now. August and September should be less humid, and then it also needs to rain less in March and April.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Yale and New Haven do not lack for things to do, and have something to offer for pretty much everyone. While few under-21 students go to bars, a number of local restaurants are fairly liberal about carding, and even without alcohol, there are numerous local dining options. There are a number of clubs in town, the most important for Yale students being Toad's Place. On York Street, Toad's has a Yale-only dance party on Wednesdays, and a party frequented by Yale students and the public at large on Saturdays. While Toad's is popular, especially among freshmen, the Greek scene is less so for partying. Finally, weekends usually have numerous parties open to the general student body on campus, with several colleges having designated "party suites" that hold events every Friday or Saturday.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Yale's transportation is quite good. While it can sometimes be a pain in the butt to get to New Haven from the West Coast, the school itself is in the middle of downtown, and the campus is very dense and walkable. Buses run throughout, and also offer services to the Medical School and Union Station. There are, however, a few problems. Bus frequency is probably too low, especially to Union Station and up Science Hill. Buses should run no more than ten minutes apart on these routes, preferably less. While Yale is quite well situated relative to the station for the Metro-North, there is a problem, especially on evenings and weekends, with how the bus service oftentimes is slow to meet arriving trains, and buses frequently have insufficient space to accommodate the many people arriving on campus at once from any given train. Finally, while this is not a transportation issue per se, there are a number of dangerous intersections and crossings, especially at Elm and York, and Grove and College/Prospect. Something must be done about these.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'd say one of the best things about academics at Yale is the variety of options when it comes to choosing classes. One of my favorite things about Yale academics is the shopping period, which alleviates a lot of stress when it comes to picking your schedule each semester. The professors as a whole are amazing, and there are endless options for classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus is beautiful. Facilities are constantly being renovated and updated, so even though you'll see a lot of classical or antique-looking architecture, everything inside, whether it be the workout machines at Payne Whitney Gymnasium or the computers in Sterling Memorial Library, are up to date.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are really great, and be prepared to be spoiled. They aren't palaces or anything, but the dorms that are the "worst" ones on campus are probably equivalent to an average or slightly-below-average dorm elsewhere. If the plumbing breaks or the fire door mysteriously locks, it's easy to get it fixed quickly.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Weather in New Haven can be pretty dreary sometimes. We're really close to the ocean so it rains a lot. Weather is really bipolar. It snows an average amount but once the weather turns nice, everyone comes to hang out outside.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol at Yale is treated as a safety issue. A good amount of people drink but there definitely isn't any pressure to. Drugs other than marijuana are present but they are not as prevalent. Drinking is definitely the most popular here.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The campus looks like Hogwarts. The facilities are great with up to date technology.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Great facilities and dedicated coaches. School spirit is weak for some sports.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Great facilities and all the resources you could want.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: It was easy to apply and the office was good at answering questions.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There's a myriad of organizations and interest groups, and there's always something going on. I'm in love with the Gothic architecture. Residential college system makes everything convenient, with localized reading rooms, underground tunnels, gyms, snack bars etc.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are centrally located on campus, which is convenient. The dorm I stayed in, Lanman Wright, was a bit small, but not too bad when compared to other colleges. Our deans selected our suitemates freshman year, but the following years we get to pick.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: Yale provides exceptional access to resources, from its massive library, brilliant professors, to grants for summer research and internships. Most courses are academically rigorous, while overall curriculum has a flexible liberal arts approach.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are always available for those who need them, but most people use their own laptops. Yale's WiFi is mostly reliable, but occasionally spotty. There's always tech help if you need it.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have little knowledge about Greek Life at Yale. I'm not sure if I've ever met a Greek student

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Computers: Yale has top notched information technology services including the ability to print from anywhere on campus. We are a bit jealous of the Forestry School who has unlimited printing.


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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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