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New Haven, CT
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$42,300
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: we have wirless, there are more than enough computers. I didnt have a working laptop for about an entire semester, it was not a problem

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Easily the best place on earth. It's like disney land for college students. They cater to almost any academic or social desire you could possibly want and as long as you're willing to put in the work, there is almost nothing you'll be prevented from doing. I would never in a million years trade my experience here for another one.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Yale in no way dominates any kind of social life. But it does exist and is actually really fun if you find yourself gravitating toward that group of kids. I personally enjoy it a lot.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity Sports – Varsity sports are pretty mediocre at yale. The excitement at football and basketball games is subpar and our teams' performances aren't much to write home about. Hockey is actually the one shining light in a sea of utter darkness. Our team is actually competent, and is usually ranked within the top 10 nationally. The rink is small enough that we pack it pretty frequently, which makes for a really high energy experience.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There Are No 'Best Dorms' – All options at Yale are great. They are all different and while you may hear that Morse and Stiles are the worst, this is mainly due to the fact that they are the only two colleges that have not been renovated yet. Each college has a dinning hall in it and its own library so its very easy to stay in the building. Freshman housing is awesome unless you get put in L-Dub which is still good, just slightly less amazing.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: In other words, there is definitely a drug scene here, but it's definitely much more of an anomaly to hear about or witness. Alcohol, however, flows like the Nile, and probably couldn't even be easier gotten if you were 50 years old and owned a liquor store of your own.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: It Doesn't Get Better Than This – Famous professors teaching undergraduates...and teaching them well. Seminars in which you, nine fellow students, and a professor have interesting discussions and heated debates. Lots of support and help if you need them. Academics at Yale are as good as advertised. Yale has changed the way I think in a meaningful and positive way. Many of Yale's professors are serious, committed, and talented *teachers*, which is rarer than you'd think on elite research campuses. Great teachers at Yale include Steven Smith (Political Philosophy), Norma Thompson (Humanities), Michael Frame (Mathematics), Mark Johnson (Chemistry), and Edwin Duval (French Literature). Moreover, when you do have TAs, they're typically quite good. My Constitutional Law TA, for instance, was a former top-ranked college debater who encouraged us to make arguments about the constitution and challenged us on our ideas. Oh, and she also baked us brownies. I should also mention the Directed Studies program for freshman. It's a year-long, three seminar introduction to Western Civilization, and it's a chance to get great teaching and individual attention from senior faculty starting the first class day of your freshman year.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not a Bad Pool, but Who Has Time to Date? Yalies do a pretty good job of shedding the ugly geek stereotype. Okay, so if your ideal is the dyed-blond hair, lots of makeup, fake eyelashes kind of girl, you'll have slimmer pickings, and ditto for girls into big bearded bruiser kind of guys. But if your type isn't quite so MTV Spring Break, you'll find Yale has a pretty good dating/hook-up pool: people here tend to be smart, interesting, fun, and pretty good-looking. If anything, the girls here can be a little intimidating; how *does* that girl in your section manage to make such brilliant comments about Chaucer, sing in an a cappella group, play IM sports, and look great while doing all three? I can't comment in an informed way on the guys, except to warn straight girls that there are a lot of gay men here-the saying is 1 in 4, maybe more-so your dating pool is going to be smaller. All that said, be warned that pretty much everyone at Yale seems to fall into three categories: not doing much of anything, hooking up casually on weekends, or in a long-term super-committed relationship. There isn't much casual dating here, probably because people are so involved both with their academic and extracurricular lives. Every so often, there'll be an op-ed in the Yale Daily News or the Yale Herald from a sad single guy or girl bemoaning this, but nothing will change.

16 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many Options in Many Price Ranges – New Haven has quietly become a good place to be a foodie-even on a student budget. One of the best deals around is the late night special at Miya's sushi. Miya's is open until 12 or 12:30, and after 10:45 you can get 5 large pieces of gourmet sushi for $5 (also, pitchers of beer are 1/3 off after 10:45). Right near Miya's there's Mamoun's falafel, which is open very late (2 or 3). You can eat a meal at Mamoun's for $6-10. I recommend the chicken kebab. There's also a semesterly "Restaurant Week" during which the best restaurants in New Haven offer prix fixe gourmet meals ($16 lunch/$29 dinner). It's a great opportunity to check out excellent (but more expensive) restaurants like Ibiza (Spanish), Bentara (Malaysian), the Union League Cafe, (traditional French/gourmet American), and Miso (Japanese) without breaking the bank. There are also plenty of good sit-down places for a semi-special dinner out with friends ($10-$15/person, walking distance from campus). I particularly recommend Zaroka (Indian), Thali Too (vegetarian Indian), Pot-Au-Pho (Vietnamese), Great Wall (Chinese), and Est Est Est (pizza). Finally, for lunch/sandwiches you can go to Atticus Cafe, Book Trader Cafe (both somewhat upscale), or Gourmet Heaven (slightly less expensive).

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most Students Live on-Campus – Relatively few students live off-campus. With a chance to live basically in a tricked-out castle in the residential colleges, who would want to go through the expensive hassle of finding an apartment close enough to campus?

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Scholarships: Cheaper Than State School If You Need It – Yale aid is need based and pledges to meet 100% of need. Furthermore, if you family makes less than 200K annually, they won't pay more than 10% of their income. Honestly, I've paid more for student contribution than my parents' contribution, which was easy considering that on-campus jobs pay over $10/hour as min wage.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Safety Over Punishment Aka. Don't Be Stupid – Yale's policy is safety over punishment - as long as you're not obvious/ stupid about it, campus police won't bother you. If you get sick, the university prefers that students report it and make sure you get to the hospital/ health center. If you can walk out by 8AM, nothing ever gets written down.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pretty Much the Best College Experience I Could Have Asked for – Simply put, I'm really happy here.

The people I've met are overwhelmingly likable, cool people. The student body is diverse in every way, and it's been really interesting to meet so many fascinating people. One of the things I wanted to make sure of before I decided to attend Yale was that the social scene would be a lot of fun (things like academics seemed easier to judge). To that end, I've had a lot of fun with people who often seem completely normal until one day I might find out that they're a published author, an Olympic athlete, just plain unbelievably smart, etc. There are always a ton of things to do on the weekends, and the party scene is generally good. That said, Yalies work hard and it is difficult to find significant amounts of people going out on the weeknights.

I also like living in suites within residential colleges--it gives you an instant community of a manageable size, but you retain access to all of Yale's resources.

Perhaps my only complaints thus far are that (1) I wish the intramural fields were not a bus ride away (though some people do jog there), and (2) the freshman seminars are not guaranteed for everyone, so some people want to have a seminar and don't get into one. Academics on the whole have been fantastic. I've managed to find engaging, accomplished, and ACCESSIBLE professors in both large and small classes.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Ims Are Great! I've played a number of intramural sports and found them to be a lot of fun. There's a great IMs community and it's a really easy way to meet upperclassmen from your residential college. In addition, since IM games are played by one college against another, it doesn't feel like a meaningless/random selection of people. Levels of play vary from sport to sport but there is definitely something for everyone!
There isn't a big varsity sports culture among the general student body, except for during The Game, which is an awesome time!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New Haven does not seem to have that much going on of interest to Yale students beyond Yale-related events. There are tons of these, to be sure. It would be possible to go to at least two or three concerts every week if one had the time. The Peabody museum is worth a perusal. The area right around campus has quite a few restaurants. The Schubert theater puts up some good shows.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Parking: You Don't Really Need a Car Anyway – There is parking available, but there really isn't much reason for a car. Campus is pretty compact and walkable. The parking that does exist is pretty expensive. However, you can get a zip car to drive, which is like a rental that you can pick up whenever you need it. They are reasonably priced.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: More Drinking Than Drugs – Alcohol is always available somewhere if you want to drink (whether under or over 21). People tend to drink and drink a lot. There is some drug use on campus, but mostly just pot.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Some Good Partying to Break up the Studying – You can always head down to Toads Place, the local club to dance and drink and there are always pretty good parties going on during the weekends. On-campus parties are probably better as some of the downtown clubs can be a little...interesting.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Transportation: It's a wash – There is good transportation for nearby travel. We have a minibus and various school buses that will take you anywhere you want to go in a nearby radius. Public transportation is not that great in New Haven from what I've seen, so if you want to go anywhere farther, make friends with someone who has a car.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is decent, and people will go to the parties. But, realistically, Greek life here isn't nearly as significant as it is at state schools. I guess that should be expected.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Computers: Good labs, and reasonably good printing service. The few times my computer has broken down, I always had a good alternative.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of Ethnic Restaurants – There are restaurants serving most any kind of ethnic food right around campus - Indian, Ethiopian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, French, and about five Thai restaurants. There are definitely cheap options for students. There's also a great vegetarian restaurant called Claire's that has delicious cake. And of course Ashley's is great for ice cream.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – There's a big scare about crime in New Haven, but the area right around campus feels pretty safe. If you ever feel uncomfortable walking back to your room late at night, you can call the Yale escort service and they'll pick you up and drive you to your door.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Variety of People; Serious Relationships and Hookups – Everyone is engaging. lots of variety. some people are into the hook up scene, while many others opt for serious relationships.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: Yale's campus is incredibly diverse. My roommate has a full need based scholarship here. I have friends from all over the world and with vastly different ideas about politics, religion, and themselves. I've learned so much since being here, especially because there is a cooperative respect between students.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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