Location
New Haven, CT
Undergrads
5,393
Tuition
$42,300
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Parking: No Need for Cars – There is really no need for cars on campus. Everything is within walking distance (shopping, groceries, school supplies, etc.) and if you really need to go far from campus, you can rent a zipcar or take a bus for $1.25.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Strict at All – There are basically no rules, or if there are, they are not very enforced.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Cute Guys – Lots of preppy white guys, but there are definitely all kinds of guys on campus. The guys are usually pretty cute. There are a whole lot of good-looking girls here too.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Very Easy to Use – Yale is an urban campus. Transportation is almost negligible.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: As Diverse as They Come – Yale is very diverse, with students from all 50 states and tons of foreign nations. You meet new people everyday from all over.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A Plethora of Options – New Haven is a great city for foodies. It has a ton of great ethnic and gourmet restaurants, as well as Gourmet Heaven, a 24-hr convenience store for late night eats.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: A Variety of Options – There are plenty of things for students to do here at night. If you are interested in the frat scene, there is usually at least one frat party every night Thursday-Saturday. They aren't too sketchy, and if you go with a friend you'll have a good time. On Saturday nights, Toad's, the local club, has its weekly dance party. 19 and up gets in for $5, and 21 and up is free. It's a hot, sweaty, dark, loud environment, which can be fun if you're in the mood. If dancing and drinking isn't for you, there's still a lot to do. A cappella concerts, movies, plays, musicals, small room parties... the list goes on and on. There's always something to do at Yale, and if you can't find what you're looking for, it's always easy to host your own get-together with our large common rooms and not-terribly-strict rules on parties if you keep the noise down. And since we're in the city, any night activity you're looking for is just a short walk away.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramural Driven, With Small Pockets of Varsity Enthusiasm – Our varsity teams are not that good in general. The athletes work hard, but really we are only very talented in Squash, Sailing, Fencing, and Hockey. The enthusiasm for these sports is not very high, either. A lot of people go to hockey games, but for the most part a sporting event is not the most popular social event. Intramural sports, however, are very popular. most students play in at least one, and are very spirited when it comes to representing their residential college. That being said, there are great workout facilities, fields, and courts for varsity and intramural athletes, and for all students to use.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It – I am so happy at Yale, and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. My one, tiny problem with it is that it exposes you to so many cool ideas and people (as it promises) but because you're so busy, you can't do everything you want, and you have to work hard to keep up with friends who aren't in your immediate circle - you won't run into people if you don't have a reason to. So that's why it's an A- and not an A.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are mostly really great. There are gyms in every residential college as well as the main one in a cathedral-like building, at least twenty libraries, many different dining halls (although they serve the same food) and so many resources at our disposal. The campus is beautiful, and there are so many performance spaces, practice spaces, art studios, etc. We don't have any kind of central student location, however, which isn't a huge deal, but would be nice. Another thing that would improve this category would be better proximity to the athletic fields from central campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are quite a few frats, and six sororities (three traditional, three cultural). Parties are generally open to everyone, and it can be a huge part of your social life, or a nonexistent one. The frat houses are off-campus and generally pretty gross, but that doesn't matter if you're just there for a party.

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4 College Student

Parking: I see a great organized parking place, but as of now I do not drive.

4 College Student

Computers: Always There – Everyone has their own laptops, but the computer labs and libraries are always available for extra research.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Plenty of Options – Nightlife is interesting. Yalies are, for the most part, very studious. But as soon as night falls it can get crazy. If you want to party, you will be able to find a party. If you don't want to party, you don't have to do so. Greek life isn't huge but is available for those who want it. Also, New Haven is great because you can walk everywhere! No need to worry about drivers or cab fares.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is like castles! Housing at Yale is truly amazing; even the worst buildings have suites with hardwood floors, (non-working but gorgeous) fireplaces and enough space to be livable. Each building has it's own amenities: L-Dub is small but close-knit, Durfee has great high ceilings and Vanderbilt has spacious common rooms. Living in groups larger than the tradition two is truly a benefit to the experience.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Varying Options... and Varying Quality – For the most part, Yale does a great job with food. There is great support for vegetarian and vegan options while not curtailing choices for omnivores. There is always a grilled options, salad bar, deli bar, deserts, cereal, fruit, etc. But the quality really depends on which hall you're eating in. Some of the colleges have amazing kitchens, and others don't. It's a toss-up.

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3 High School Student

Drug Safety: Pretty Bad Enforcement – Many of my friends openly smoke pot or other drugs in dorm rooms or out in the courtyard. It's just accepted as normal. It's kind of annoying how laid back drug enforcement is, but I guess it's our responsibility.

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3 High School Student

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe for Me -- but It Seems I'm Lucky? Even though I personally haven't encountered any problems with New Haven at large, I always get reports about small thefts or armed assults happening on random corners and slightly more distant areas of campus. Yale seems to have a pretty good system in place but it's easy to forget about or forgo given the time it takes for a bus to get to where you are. But, if it's three in the morning, you should definitely make use of the system in place. I should more often and stop thinking I'm invincible!

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1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not Exactly the Nicest Place in the World – There's not much going on in New Haven. It's not a very safe place, and everything important or interesting is in some way connected to Yale.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Could Actually Be More Strict – I believe Yale may actually give too much freedom to its students, facilitating passively some harmful life choices.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: De Facto Segregation – It's a difficult feat to accomplish in any institution, and it's oftentimes more about the individual people than the efforts of the institution, but people still, a lot of the times, segregate themselves by race. Granted, that is not the case 100% of the time, but still enough to be noticeable.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Too Much – Dining halls try too hard to make something out of like a hundred different ingredients, in the end, it does not work.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Cops Don't Care About New Haven Crime – Campus crime: Few, unless someone is out to get you.
Personal safety: Depends on what part of New Haven you're at and the time.
Police Services: The cops in New Haven do not care about crime. They would rather spend their time breaking up parties and the fraternities.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are enough bus lines and they run frequently enough so traveling is convenient. The mini bus is always slow on the weekends, because drunk people always use it unnecessarily to get food.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I Dont Have a Car – I dont have a car. I dont need a car. If someone I know has a car, they easily find parking for it.

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Rachel Glodo
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Winter Park, FL
Major
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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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