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New Haven, CT
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$42,300
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Very Hard
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Transportation: Public Transportation is a pain in your behind. The bus never comes when you think it's supposed to. It is always easier to just walk rather than wait indefinitely.

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Transportation: Ha! Can't say I've used it more than once. Can't say I'd use it again.

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Transportation: You can basically walk everywhere you need. I think I took a bus once in the past three years, and I guess it was okay.

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Local Atmosphere: There's the New Haven Green, which is really beautiful when it's springtime. East Rock State Park is where my friends and I watched the meteor shower, and there's also Wooster Square.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere of the town is fine. New Haven doesn't have the greatest reputation, but you don't see much of the townies anyway. There are some homeless people roaming around, but they're harmless, and we have special names for each of them. They're all pretty entertaining-it adds character to the town. There's always something to do, and I'm definitely never bored. There are parts of town to stay away from, but that's just common sense, and there's no reason you'd wander over there, anyway.

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Local Atmosphere: No universities are just down the street. The University of West Haven is probably the closest, considering we are in New Haven. But stay away from sketchy frat boys. Visit the museums and Wooster Street. Cool stuff happens off campus that people rarely find out about.

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Local Atmosphere: New Haven is nowhere near as bad as people led me to expect. There are some great stores around the area if you are into fashion.

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Local Atmosphere: New Haven has started to become more of a college town, so the parts closest to the colleges are really nice. You have to walk for a bit to get into the rougher parts, and no one really goes there because there's nothing there for us. Overall, it's fine.

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Local Atmosphere: Lots of local universities try to party with us, such as Qunnipiac or Southern Connecticut State University, but we make fun of them, especially in clubs. There's not really stuff to stay away from. Well, I mean, don't go exploring New Haven downtown by yourself at night, because that would be dangerous. But who does that? New Haven has quite a history, though. Frisbees were invented here, and the buildings around the green are really pretty. Plus, East Rock is fun to run to, and it has a gorgeous view.

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Local Atmosphere: I'm on campus most of the time, so I don't see people from other universities. There's Wesleyan, which is a bus ride away, I guess. I suggest you stay away from anyplace that's too far from campus, since you do have to realize that this is a city-there are slummier parts, and then there are the more developed areas.

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Local Atmosphere: Yale is redeveloping lots of the surrounding neighborhoods. We have a Broadway with our bookstore, Urban Outfitters, J.Crew, and pizza places lining it. There's Chapel Street with lots of cool stores, bookshops, cafés, and ice cream places. There are lots of places I want to visit such as Peabody Museum and Art Gallery, but I never have the time.

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Local Atmosphere: Even though people sometimes say that New Haven is dangerous, I haven't had any trouble. There is an escort service available to walk you back to your dorm when you're at the library late, have a laptop with you, or just if you feel a little nervous. I haven't felt uncomfortable walking around at night as long as there's someone else with me. I guess New Haven isn't as much of a city as some places, but it is still great.

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Local Atmosphere: There is a bar scene that most people won't experience until their senior year. Other than that . . . um, there are trains to New York every few hours.

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Local Atmosphere: Yale students' lives are centered around Yale, which has enough variety and things to do to keep you busy for years. And I like that for a university, it's really pretty close-knit; we're all about Yale. I think that's great. You should stay away from sketchy neighborhoods, of course, but that's really it. There are tons of things to do. There is stuff for everyone.

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Local Atmosphere: New Haven tends to get a bad rap among high school students considering elite universities, but I think the city has a lot to offer. It has plenty of stores and restaurants to cater to students' needs. Beyond that, there's a substantial amount of cultural and other resources in the city for students to take advantage of, if they so choose. Yes, New Haven isn't as antiseptic and shiny as Princeton, NJ. But, it's a `real' city with real issues and with real potential for students to get involved in the community in a meaningful way.

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Local Atmosphere: New Haven has its own charm. Chapel Street in particular is eclectic and interesting to walk around, boasting expensive boutiques to cheap trinket stores, Thai restaurants to Ethiopian eateries, art stores to newsstands. Other universities are not within walking distance. Stuff to stay away from: the ghetto on the outskirts of campus and sketchy frat houses. Stuff to visit: the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Beinecke Rare Books Library, the Eero Saarinen ice-skating rink, Sterling Memorial Library, Woolsey Hall and Commons, East Rock Park, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Shubert Theater, and the Yale Repertory Theater, just to name a few.

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Local Atmosphere: I love New Haven, despite the bad reputation it sometimes gets. Actually, the only people who say negative things about the city are people who don't actually live here. Once you move in, though, you realize that-like any city-you need to take precautions and use common sense. If you do, then you are totally safe. New Haven has so much going on-from the repertory theaters to the arts festivals, and there are little, unknown blues and jazz cafés within walking distance of campus. There's so much stuff, you'd never be able to get around to it all.

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Local Atmosphere: For me in particular, New Haven has been incredible because I love to volunteer with kids, and I have been able to really explore different volunteering options through the public school systems. I've worked in five different schools, doing everything from teaching a gospel choir to mentoring to teaching a science class, which have all been great. Plus, pre-meds are lucky to have direct exposure to Yale-New Haven hospital, where I worked in the pediatric ER. It's a great way to experience hands-on medicine.

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Guys & Girls: Guys are cool. Some are hot. Some are gay. Some are taken. Some suck. Girls are cool, if you find the right ones.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are hot. If anyone says they aren't, they haven't opened their eyes or don't go out to the right places or something. Plus, they are smart and usually dress really well. It's a good deal.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are very nice-chivalrous, too. People hold the door for each other all the time! And when I started doing that in other places, people sort of stared at me. There are many hot guys, but sometimes I have to make sure they're straight first. The gay/lesbian/bi/trans scene is out there and open. The girls are also very nice. Are girls hot? I wouldn't really know; my friends who are lesbians are happy here. I think the people here are the friendliest, most amazingly smart and modest people ever. I think we converted a pre-frosh into coming to Yale with just how great and friendly our people are!

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Guys & Girls: Well, are they hot? Hmmm, they're okay. I mean, all the guys seem hot at first, but that feeling sort of dies down. It depends on your standards, though. Most of them are really nice, fun, and cool. I love all the friends I've made at school; they're great. For the most part, everyone is very friendly and easy to get along with. Also, people aren't usually too cliquey. You know how girls can be kind of catty? The girls at Yale totally aren't at all; you can walk into any party or room and make new friends.

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Guys & Girls: Ha ha! Not only are they hot, they are smart! I am partial to the people at Yale because the impression that I got was that they were much more down to earth and relaxed than people I've been introduced to before.

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Guys & Girls: I am not wealthy, and I was afraid of that infamous `Ivy League, private school atmosphere' of over-privileged kids, but everyone at Yale seems so nice.

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Guys & Girls: Well, we are a pretty good-looking school, but I feel that we need some more hot guys. I was seeing someone last year who was pretty cute.

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Rachel Glodo
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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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