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New Haven, CT
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$42,300
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Diversity: Geographically, ethnically, and politically-we have a great representation from all states and countries. I have lots of international friends, too-it's great! There are people with different sexual orientations, personalities, ideas, life experiences, talents, and even ages. There's someone here who will graduate at 19! I guess it's not only important that a campus is diverse, but it's also important that there is acceptance, tolerance, and interaction between groups.

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Diversity: I think the campus is very diverse. I have friends of all different races and geographical locations. It's really cool and makes for interesting discussions and friendships.

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Diversity: The `Yale part' of New Haven is quite radically different from the `New Haven part' of New Haven. Basically, the Yale campus and immediate surroundings are primarily wealthy and primarily white. The rest of New Haven is actually quite poor, and it's primarily people of color. It's quite an astonishing separation.

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Diversity: It's extremely diverse. One of the best things about Yale is the diversity and open-mindedness. This is another good reason to be in the residential colleges-you will meet the most amazing people from all walks of life, all cultures, and all backgrounds.

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Diversity: Yale is pretty diverse-a lot more than I had expected it to be. The admissions board has really done its job with creating a good mix of students.

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Diversity: It's very diverse. Cultural, religious, and ethnic groups are all very active. It's a very tolerant, liberal place.

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Diversity: Incredibly so. I would guess that the world is represented in some amount all over campus. Seriously, sometimes it's really amazing.

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Diversity: New Haven is like a mini-New York City at times. It's very much the melting pot, although Mediterranean cultures seem to be predominant here, as well as Irish. There is also a large number of Brazilians. For the most part, everything is just mixed.

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Diversity: I think Yale is a diverse place, but that diversity isn't always apparent. There's a noticeable tendency for students to self-segregate a little bit according to racial, ethnic, or religious background. I don't mean that everyone has friends exactly like themselves-more, that there's a strong sense of shared cultural identity, fostered by clubs and other programs, that has a visible effect on the friendships that people form when they come here.

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Diversity: I'd say the campus is pretty diverse, but people stay in factions depending on the activity. In some cases, the cultural groups impede cultural interaction between groups rather than enhance it.

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Diversity: Very diverse. I feel about as exotic as white bread, and I'm half Polish, half Puerto Rican! But despite the open vibe and the conspicuous diversity, de facto segregation is still inevitable in some regards. There are definitely cliques of Hispanic kids and of black kids, as well as Jewish cliques, and a couple of others. Maybe it's human nature to hang out with people who have things in common with you, though. I think that Yale is a pretty amazing place to find a good mix of all different types of people with all different types of interests.

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Nightlife: There is an awesome dance club called Toad's right across the street from campus. There are plenty of bars around the area.

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Nightlife: Umm, it's awesome. I've heard that our places rival New York City clubs. Literally a block from Old Campus is Crown Street; it must have about 10 big clubs. Big for Yale freshmen is Alchemy because a frat co-sponsors a Thursday college night there. Also big is BAR and Toad's. Toad's is located on York Street and has live, sometimes big bands usually once a week.

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Nightlife: There are lots of clubs and places to go if you are old enough or have the proper ID. There's Toad's Place, which is right on campus-that is raved about all the time. There are other places that are close by that you hear about, but I don't go clubbing-there's enough Yale-sponsored dances, shows, events, or student-thrown parties going on every weekend to have a good time. I like our environment. If it was different, then people would be more inclined to go off campus to have fun. I don't believe that encourages a cohesive student population-I can't picture everyone just going their separate ways instead of coming together at different parties on campus. You meet a lot of interesting people that way.

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Nightlife: Okay, your best option is to go to New York. If that falls through, there are bars and clubs, but you need an ID. Stay away from Toad's-it's gross. Most of the parties you'll go to will be on campus.

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Nightlife: I've only been to the graduate student bar called the Gypsy (GPSCY). It wasn't too great. Most of the ones look like they are pretty crappy.

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Nightlife: As for the party scene, I know that Yalies usually party on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

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Nightlife: The popular clubs are Toad's, Alchemy, and there are a few more that just opened. I think Toad's is kind of creepy, though. It depends what kind of music and dancing you're into.

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Nightlife: On-campus parties are frequented by underclassmen and can be entertaining. Bars and clubs off campus are more for the older crowd. Toad's Place is the Saturday night dance party where people revel in the sketchiness. BAR is the Thursday night hangout. People go to Viva's and El Amigo's for chips and margaritas and Hot Tomato's for fancy martinis.

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Nightlife: Yale parties generally suck, unless you know the people throwing them. I've only been clubbing once (Alchemy) but I had a good time there.

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Greek Life: There's not really a Greek life at Yale. Social activities mostly center around clubs and residential colleges.

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Greek Life: We have fraternities and some sororities, but most of the time, you probably wouldn't even know they existed. They do throw popular parties at their houses, though some don't have houses. There's so much to do on and off campus that Greek life is insignificant. In fact, I think that the a cappella scene sort of replaces that. If you're looking for parties, there are plenty of parties that are advertised by signs or by e-mail that are not Greek. Social life is really what you make of it.

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Greek Life: Sororities are almost nonexistent; you hardly know anyone in one. As for frats, they are bigger if you want them to be. There are maybe four houses that consistently throw parties, but it tends to be the same crowd at these parties. If it's your thing, it's really cool; if not, there is plenty more to do around here.

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Greek Life: The Greek system is kind of small and does not dominate the social scene. I am actually in a sorority, but it is very low-key and just another social outlet. It's nice, though, since everyone is very supportive and fun. The fraternities are mostly associated with certain sports. DKE is mostly football and baseball players. There is always a frat party on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays, and sometimes they have big parties with themes and fun drinks.

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Greek Life: I have no idea. I've never been even remotely interested in this. I guess that if someone cares about it, it would govern their social experience. But I've always been oblivious and happy.

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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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