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Athletics: Varsity sports are not that big. Yeah, you can probably make out the jocks because they are always wearing sports gear, sweatpants, and Yale gear. The football game against Harvard is obviously huge. Other than that, it's not that big. We had a good men's basketball season, so that gained some attention. IM sports depend on your college-some try hardcore to win, but others don't care and don't really try.

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Athletics: Varsity sports and IM sports are very popular. I don't participate in either one of them because I have my own activities that keep me busy, but if you want to join, definitely go for it!

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Athletics: Varsity sports are as big as you can expect at an Ivy League school. I am actually on the varsity golf team, and it's definitely growing and improving, but it does not compare to a big state school. One year, our basketball team tied for Ivy League champions, and everyone got really excited and pumped up about that. It almost felt like we went to a big basketball school. It was a fun atmosphere. IM sports are pretty big, also. Lots of people play them, and they sound like they're fun and somewhat competitive.

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Athletics: IM sports are huge at Yale, since residential colleges are so important. The competition is one of the fun parts of living in a residential college.

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Athletics: Sports aren't ridiculously big, but they are popular. Football, basketball, and lacrosse are all huge. My suitemates also love going to the ice hockey games, as well. IMs are popular, but it does depend on the college you're in. Certain colleges aren't as into them as much as others. Berkeley took something like ninth place because no one went to the games.

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Athletics: The varsity sports are big. I like lacrosse and basketball; both teams here are good, so I am happy. And for football, there is the Harvard-Yale Bowl, and Yale usually wins, of course.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty big, but it's not like everyone goes to every game. The big ones, like Harvard-Yale, are packed, and important games and playoffs are well attended. IM sports are also cool and are played between the residential colleges. There are even club sports, which are not as rigorous as varsity sports, but more intense than the mostly-for-fun IMs. I play a club sport, which if you're interested, is awesome; you need no experience at all. It's so great-you should really check it out!

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Athletics: I don't know anything about Yale sports, so I'm guessing they are not big.

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Athletics: Basketball, football, and ice hockey are the biggest varsity sports on campus, and I think the games are usually fun to watch. Since I've been here, at least one of these teams have excelled each year. There's a noticeable IM presence on campus-it's not hard to get involved, but you also can easily avoid it if you want. Some colleges with very serious IM programs (such as Saybrook) can be intimidating to play for, at first, but I think everyone who does IMs has a good time.

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Athletics: I'd say that varsity sports aren't that big, but that's only because my immediate circle of friends isn't into that kind of stuff-I'm sure they're plenty big to athletes. But no one really cares about stuff like football games, probably because we're not that great of a team.

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Athletics: The only thing that seems to get mass support is basketball; lots of people go to the guys' b-ball games. I've actually never been, but I go to the girls' b-ball games often to cheer on my roommate. And I've been to a few hockey games, but only to sing the national anthem, so that shouldn't really count. A lot of people play IMs, but they tend to be kind of competitive in some colleges. It gets to the point that if you're not very good, you don't have that much fun-if you're even allowed to play at all. I have had a particularly infuriating Ping-Pong experience, so I've kind of boycotted IMs since then.

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Off-Campus Housing: It depends on how much you want to spend. Some are right across from dorms; some are four or more blocks away.

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Off-Campus Housing: Some are really, really close. Off-campus housing pretty much makes up the blocks around the official Yale campus, but most kids do live on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of people who live off campus, and it seems pretty convenient to me. I personally like on-campus housing because it's more of a central social space. But if you plan to live away from campus, it's pretty easy to find a nice space that's nearby.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pretty convenient. There are some houses and apartments that are popular spots. Most people stay on campus, since the housing is generally really nice.

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Off-Campus Housing: You will not want off-campus housing. On-campus housing is excellent, and residential college life is integral to the Yale experience. If you are not a part of residential college life, you will be more isolated from fellow students.

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Off-Campus Housing: There is convenient housing away from campus, but it seems to depend on the person. I don't think I'm going to do it, because it doesn't really make sense to have a meal plan when you're off campus. That would just screw me up, but I know others that are living in off-campus housing and loving it. Although, you really don't have to worry about that until your sophomore year.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty convenient, but most people do stay on campus-they just don't want to leave!

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is abundant but pricey. The closer to Yale and New Haven, the more expensive or potentially dangerous is can be at night. It's better if you can get a group together so you can share a place. I believe that lots of places offer student pricing or have places reserved. The more people you have, the better things are in terms of out-of-pocket expenses.

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Off-Campus Housing: A lot of my friends think it is worth it to live off campus, and I love their places-most live in the Chapel Street area or on High Street. It's not that expensive, and you can get huge apartments, but I wanted to be on campus because I like the college atmosphere and the camaraderie of living with my classmates. Plus, it's nice to pad down to brunch in pajamas and slippers on the weekends and to have laundry right downstairs. Most of my best friends are also staying in my dorm, so it really has a summer camp vibe! We have our whole lives to be grown-up and live in apartments-why not take advantage of this perfect little bubble tailored exactly to our needs-we'll never have the chance again.

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Parking: You want to get a spot in a garage-that's the most efficient way to have a car. You can get information online if you want official Yale places, or you can just shop around with other garages on campus.

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Parking: Most freshmen don't have cars, not even many upperclassmen do. Everything you need is within walking distance. A cab to the train station is four bucks, so New York City and Boston are easily accessible. Plus, parking for the year is really expensive.

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Parking: I don't have a car, nor do I know how to drive, but I do know people who have cars, and it seems pretty simple. There are parking lots right on campus, and they're very convenient. It looks easy enough to park.

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Parking: There are several garages and lots around campus that you have to sign up for on July 1, but they're mostly pretty accessible and not too far away. It's usually easy to park around campus, too, but you have to be careful about tickets.

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Parking: Parking is not abundant at Yale, so I would probably not bring a car. From what I have seen, there really is no need for a car; everything is pretty close.

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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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