New Haven, CT
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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

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Yale does a good job with weather related issues. Doesn't affect me much

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: For faculty diversity, I would drop the grade to F

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Having not lived in a city that has four distinct seasons before, it has been a little rough getting used to having to layer up in the winter. As long as you bring a heavy coat and snow boots, you should be fine. And make sure to check the weather before you go outside. Just because the sun is out doesn't mean it's above freezing.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I can't express in words. I feel joyful,spontaneous

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: no more to say the educational quality at Yale university

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: i read paper published by this university with high quality.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are people of many different backgrounds on campus, whether with respect to race, religion, economic background, or sexual orientation. Most people I know here got at least some form of financial aid. Yes, most people here are probably white, liberal, and middle-class to upper-middle-class, but the stereotype of the snobby rich white Ivy Leaguer is entirely incorrect. In addition, the student organizations for minority groups are very visible on campus, so it's easy to find a community if that's what you're looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never had any issues with safety on campus. Security is always around, and there are shuttles that run if you need to get around at night. New Haven itself can get a little dicey, but the area around campus is generally pretty safe, especially for undergraduates.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: Nobody really cares much about sports at Yale. Yale doesn't offer scholarships for Athletes and the only games people care about are against Harvard.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Yale is a generally safe campus. I've never felt unsafe walking around campus, even by myself. If you feel uncomfortable walking at night, there are shuttles running at night that will take you anywhere on campus, or you can call for a walking escort. There are campus police visible, but they aren't overwhelming, and there are blue light phones everywhere you turn. Yale Health is a bit of a trek, which is inconvenient if you're actually sick, but the facilities are really nice and the people there are generally helpful as long as you don't show up too close to closing time.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: While many colleges have one dining hall, Yale has 14. While most of them serve the same thing at a given time, each has its own quirks, and the variety in place is much appreciated. The freshman meal plan covers three meals a day for weekdays, and brunch and dinner on the weekends. Food is generally pretty good, although it gets repetitive. There are definitely a lot of vegetarian/vegan options, as evidenced by there being tofu in some form at almost every meal. There is always a salad bar, cereal bar, and sandwhich-making station, if you don't like what's on the hot menu. Stiles is probably the best dining hall even though it gets really crowded, as it has a pizza oven and wok station. You can also use your lunch swipe at Durfee's, a little convenience store that is SUPER overpriced... but they do have sushi.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Yale is unique in having all the resources of a big research university, while still providing an amazingly close-knit community. The residential college system definitely helps provide this sense of togetherness, by breaking up the students into smaller groups that they can identify with and grow really close to. I honestly cannot emphasize how great this system is. Coming from a very small high school, I was nervous about acclimating to a large school in a city. Yale's welcoming environment, and the amazing people I met in my residential college in the first few days, made the transition seamless for me. The people at Yale are so interesting and friendly that it is practically impossible to not make friends.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: One thing New Haven is actually known for in a positive sense is its food. There are so many different cuisines available really close by, because Yale is in a city. Some great restaurants are Sushi on Chapel and Thai Taste. Yorkside pizza is super close and where everyone ends up at 1am on the weekends after going out. There are also a bunch of coffee shops/cafes... Check out Atticus, or Claire's, a delicious vegetarian bakery. For not-so-healthy stuff, there are tons of fro-yo places, an Insomnia cookies, and newly added Shake Shack. Most places aren't too expensive, especially compared to other cities like New York.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Yale's facilities are absolutely phenomenal. For starters, the campus is gorgeous. There are a lot of green spaces considering Yale is in a city; there is the requisite idyllic freshman quad with students playing frisbee when it's warm out. Most of the architecture is done in the Gothic style, and the main library, Sterling, was literally modeled in the image of a cathedral. In fact, there are numerous libraries you can choose from to study in, so you never get bored of being in the same place. With the residential college system, you have basically every kind of amenity you could wish for. Each college has its own dining hall and gym, and many have dance studios, theaters, music practice rooms, etc. Most residential colleges have a place called "the buttery," a little cafe where students can get things like milkshakes and mozzarella sticks late at night. The interiors of the colleges (and many buildings) have been recently renovated, so even though the campus looks old-fashioned, everything is up-to-date and in top condition on the inside. As for athletic facilities, we, ironically, have the biggest gymnasium in the world.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Yale offers a shuttle service that is reliable with an app that tells you how close it is (TransLoc). They also have a pick-up service but I've never been able to use it because it's always backed up/has too many people calling.


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Rachel Glodo
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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