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New Haven, CT
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$42,300
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Off-Campus Dining: I went to one Chinese food restaurant near the campus and it was good. New Haven is also supposed to have some of the best pizza in the country.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of food places on the streets around campus, and no taxi is ever necessary. Yorkside Pizza, Ivy Noodle, Thai Taste . . . the list goes on and on. There are lots of ethnic Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Ethiopian, and Italian places plus organic food-type places, too. There are also expensive places like Hot Tomato's if you really want them.

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Off-Campus Dining: We usually just go to an organic grocery store called Edge of the Woods. I've been to a few restaurants, none of which I remember. There's a place that we affectionately call `Basement Thai' that is across the street from the Art building at 1151 Chapel. Also, a bookstore and cafe called Book Trader has used books for sale as well as coffee and sandwich-type stuff.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of eating options besides the dining halls, ranging from the cheap-but-good to the NYC-caliber gourmet. In the cheap-but-good category, I recommend Ivy Noodle (for quick and tasty Chinese) and Rainbow Café (for diner fare and huge cookies). In the gourmet category, Roomba (New American, with Caribbean influences) and Rusty Scupper (seafood) are excellent for whenever the parents are visiting.

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Off-Campus Dining: There's a wild number of very good, very cheap Asian noodle joints that have sprung up since the start of 2006. Students rave about the York Noodle Shop, and they go wild for the roast duck at the newest noodle shop on Howe Street. ?

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Off-Campus Dining: Ibiza has the best Spanish food in Connecticut, and is a perfect parent place.

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Off-Campus Dining: The Asian market on Orange Street, in the 9th Square, is another place students rave about. Visiting the market and tasting Chinese pastry, sipping bubble tea, and eyeing exotic veggies, coupled with the Chinese restaurant across the Street, Royal Palace, is a great date evening, as well.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of good restaurants around campus. I've been to Thai places and one really good Ethiopian and Eritrean place called Caffé Adulis. It was kind of expensive, but the food was really good. The Thai places (Thai Taste and Bangkok Gardens) are very popular with Yalies and the neighborhood people because the food is good, and it's affordable. I don't really eat out often, but there are lots of great places to choose from. I also hear that Scoozi, Rainbow Café, and Claire's are good places.

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Off-Campus Dining: New Haven has an amazing food scene! For every budget, there is a restaurant that has great food. The upscale, atmospheric restaurants with fabulous food include Zinc, Roomba, and Miso. For fantastic pizza, try BAR (they also brew their own beer on premises) or the infamous Wooster Square pizzerias: Sally's and Pepe's.

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Athletics: It's all about what you're into. Varsity is big if we're winning. Football is always big. Harvard-Yale games are ridiculously fun. Intramurals (IMs) are big if you're into them.

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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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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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