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New Haven, CT
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Reviews 911 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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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Facilities: The library is gorgeous, and the gym is huge. There are computers everywhere-even outside the dining halls. The facilities are definitely up to par.

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Facilities: Our facilities are great. We have a gigantic gym . . . seriously. It's one of the biggest, or the biggest; although I can't really remember, since there's a sort of competition to be the world's biggest gym. The computer clusters are up-to-date and always available, also. I don't think we really have an official student center, though.

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Facilities: The facilities are decent. I don't have much to compare them to. The gym is huge. Each residential college has some special features, and some are better than others.

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Facilities: The gym and training facilities are top-of-the-line.

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Facilities: The buildings are hundreds of years old and incredible to look at, let alone live in and use.

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Facilities: The facilities are nice; I really, honestly think that we have good buildings and facilities.

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Facilities: Awesome. There's no real student center, but that's not a problem; there are tons of places to gather and do stuff.

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Facilities: Overall, the facilities are very good, and there are a lot of student groups, as well. From everything I can tell . . . it's pretty cool.

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Facilities: The facilities are pretty nice, especially in the renovated colleges. Payne-Whitney Gym is the scariest place on campus because it is large and intimidating, but the smaller residential college gyms are user-friendly. Each residential college has special features. For example, Saybrook College has a darkroom, and Branford College has squash courts. Each college has its own buttery (small food shop), kitchen, TV room, gym, laundry room, common room, dining hall, and library.

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Facilities: Facilities are, for the most part, very nice; nicer than I had expected, at least. Yale recently dumped a ton of money into some kind of undergrad organization space. It's utterly useless-I don't know more than three people who have ever been there-but I've heard it's really spiffy.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is decent and probably as good as you can expect out of a college dining hall. Some days are better than others, of course, but there's a pretty wide selection, so you can always find something.

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Campus Dining: Okay, this is not hard to believe, but campus food is not good. Unless you go to one of the newer residential colleges, then you'll get some fresh stuff. Stay away from JE at all costs. We can also transfer and eat at the med school, law school, SOM, wherever. The med school has the best food, though.

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Campus Dining: On campus, the dining halls are good, especially considering that they cater to 5,000 different tastes. Kids usually like the law school food the best.

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Campus Dining: We have many dining halls; the food is pretty good. You will have a meal plan that allows you to eat at Commons, which is our main dining hall, and all of the 12 residential colleges has its own dining hall. There are `Pan Geos' stations at each college that prepare things like wraps, pasta, and Asian food right in front of you. The more recently renovated colleges seem to have better food. Branford, Saybrook, and Berkeley seem to have better options. I like eating at Commons because it's open longer. Each college has a personality. You can also have a different meal plan that gives you Flex Dollars to spend at local places like Au Bon Pain and Yorkside Pizza.

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Campus Dining: Dining hall food is generally not so great, but it's close, so it's convenient.

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Campus Dining: Food here is actually alright. There are certain things that are staples to the various dining halls: salad bars, cereal, bagels, and buffet-style stuff like that. The best dining halls are Berkeley and Saybrook.

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Campus Dining: The food is pretty good in the dining halls, especially with the whole food project and all. I eat at about three different halls, and they're all good. It definitely beats high school food.

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Campus Dining: Food on campus is fine, but I'm not picky. It's obviously not the highest quality, but there's tons of choices. Don't worry about it-the dining halls all prettymuch serve the same food; you'll slowly find out about little differences.

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Campus Dining: The dining hall food is mediocre at best. The food is repetitive and fattening. Its main downfall is self-serve, unlimited portions, so students have a tendency to consume mass quantities of food at each meal. The vegetables and fruits are usually not very fresh and a limited selection is available. For late-night snacking, each residential college has a buttery, where fried foods and other treats can be purchased for cheap prices.

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Campus Dining: Dining halls are dining halls. They're nothing special, but it's fine. The School of Management actually is pretty great, well worth the trek halfway up Science Hill. And there are about a trillion great off-campus places, particularly Thai and Indian. Although, my favorite places to go are still the Educated Burgher and recently the Whole Enchilada, this amazing health-food Mexican place on Whitney.

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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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Rachel Glodo
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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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