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New Haven, CT
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$42,300
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Very Hard
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Drug Safety: Some people at Yale use drugs. I'm just guessing here, but I think most Yale students either have never used drugs or have used pot socially a few times. There are some more serious drug-users, of course. But even among those, I think you often find very serious students who do great academic work and contribute to the community here. I think the quality of the experience you have here has very little to do with whether or not you choose to use drugs.

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Campus Strictness: Yale seems pretty lenient about students' personal lives-including their drinking, drugs, and sex-as long as it isn't flagrantly displayed.

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Campus Strictness: Basically, Yale's policy is `we know you're going to drink, so please do it safely and on campus.' They pay for kegs for the quad parties; it's amazing. The only strict rule is `no kegs on Old Campus.' But, we would walk by with our beer and liquor in front of the police, and it would be fine. They just don't want you being obvious about it on freshmen campus, but you can walk around with it in the colleges, no problem. Also, if you need medical attention, there is the campus facility whose policy is that as long as you are out by 8 a.m., it will not go on your record. If you stay later, your dean and master are notified. Of the few kids I know who have had to do that, none of them have stayed past 8 a.m., so it's an awesome policy.

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Campus Strictness: No kegs on Old Campus-that rule is strictly enforced. They are strict about drugs if you're stupid and smoke in front of a cop, but they're really not going to raid your room every semester.

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Campus Strictness: I would say that the campus police are not very strict on drinking and drugs, or at least they're not as strict as they could be. There's a lot of drinking on campus, and I do know a few pot smokers, but I wouldn't want to jump to conclusions about how well they're doing their job. Maybe we just slip by.

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Campus Strictness: The campus police are not strict at all. You really can't get in trouble for any of that. Yale just doesn't want you to die or get sick. They usually never break apart parties or anything. When my friend who goes to a state school visited, she was shocked at how the alcohol was roaming around so freely. It's cool, though, because you don't have to worry about getting in trouble for having some fun.

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Campus Strictness: I don't know. We're of legal drinking age, and we don't do illegal drugs. I'm sure they're very strict in the dorms, but if you live off campus, it'd be hard for them to find out.

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Campus Strictness: Yale really has no big policy against drinking. My college actually had a cookout, and there was a keg and wine. Yalies, for the most part, are responsible, so the school doesn't really have to worry about anything. There is also a place where you can go if you think you or your friend has had too much to drink-the Department of University Health-and they take care of you, and your parents don't know. Your parents only find out if you get really sick and have to go to the Yale-New Haven hospital. They have some type of policy on drugs, but to be honest, I really don't know about it because drugs aren't really big here. Marijuana is really the biggest drug here, and no one seems to be out of hand with it, so there aren't any problems.

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Campus Strictness: They're not very strict. The police entered a party at two in the morning and just told people to break it up, even with underclassman drinking.

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Campus Strictness: I hadn't really tried much of anything before I came, and I found that that to be great. I never felt like I had to do anything, but if I wanted to, I was never scared of the cops. I know friends at other schools who say that whenever they drink, it always has to be hidden.

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Campus Strictness: For the regular drunken college bash, security is not strict at all. They choose their battles wisely.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are not very strict, depending where you are. Bars and clubs check IDs, but many are lax on letting in underage kids as long as they have plastic that says they are legal.

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Campus Strictness: You can get away with a lot here, and I think students tend to forget that. Yale Police will certainly shut down rowdy parties, but it's more unusual for them to start arresting kids for drinking or getting warrants to search for drugs. I think there's some degree of understanding that college students will break these laws no matter what.Still, the police will get involved in the event that these activities (usually parties) are disturbing other students.

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Campus Strictness: It's not very strict. The Yale Police are there to protect you from the New Haven Police. Drinking is pretty big, although if you don't want to, there is really no pressure.

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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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Parking: Parking can sometimes be a hassle. If you don't absolutely need a car, then I wouldn't kill yourself to bring one.

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Parking: There are garages you have to pay for or you can park on the street. Parking on the street can be tough at times, but sooner or later, you can always find an open spot.

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Parking: Parking sucks and is expensive. If you can find a place to house your vehicle when not using it, then definitely do. Connecticut has some cool stuff to do. It can sometimes get boring, but there are major hubs of activity within reasonable driving distances.

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Parking: Parking is not easy during move in or move out days; it's hell on earth. This coming year will be the first I'll have a car on campus, so I can't fully answer that until the fall.

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Parking: It is usually easy to park, but you have to pay the monetary equivalent of your first born child, and then you have to walk to the boondocks of New Haven to the garage. I think that it's not worth it to have a car here.

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Transportation: The train station is not far away, and it only costs $4 to get there by taxi. You can walk to the bus stops; they're everywhere, but you really won't need them. Taxis are easy to call.

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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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