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Reviews 856 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Student

Facilities: Everything and everywhere is gorgeous. So many ridiculously beautiful study spots. Student hangouts = mostly in dorms or in dining halls or wherever they find a place to sit, which could literally be anywhere.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Diversity: There is literally every single kind of person here. Yale is known as the "gay ivy" for good reason: being gay here is 100% accepted and it's not weird at all or looked down upon in the least. It's definitely better to be gay here than likely anywhere else in the country. Political beliefs = moderately liberal (all at least somewhat socially liberal, diverse fiscally/economically). Economic background and ethnic/racial diversity, there is literally everyone you could possible meet you will meet.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Athletics: Three types of athletics: IMs, Club, and Varsity. IMs are very low intensity and fun and non-committal. Club is a worse version of varsity, and they are generally more intense, but their games are not well attended. Varsities are well attended, especially Yale-Harvard, and a big time commitment. Sports are definitely present on campus, but not overbearing like at some other universities.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Diversity: Yale Divinity School has a wonderfully diverse atmosphere. Students of all backgrounds and orientations are made to feel welcome and accepted, with student organizations for additional support.

15 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: New Haven is a wonderfully cultural city, it reminds me of 'little New York'. Shopping, restaurants, museums are all downtown and take kindly to the student population.

12 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Parking: Parking is ample for permit holders and all university parking lots open to the public after a certain hour in the afternoon.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Residential College system is amazingly effective at creating small, close communities and fostering friendships among students. All Yale undergraduates are members of one of the twelve colleges and they live, eat, compete in intramural sports, and much more with the members of their college. Each college is its own distinct building (by building I mean palace) with its own dining hall, libraries, gym, and courtyard(s). Each of the colleges also has its own unique facilities such as underground theaters, wood shops, basketball courts, pottery studios, movie rooms, etc. All colleges have their own master and dean who are responsible for the well-being of the students in their college, and who plan special events or outings for the students. All in all, the residential colleges provide a truly wonderful experience, and students have a lot of pride in their colleges.

As for actual living spaces, Yale students live in spacious, newly renovated suites, all of which have large common rooms. Bathrooms may either be shared by a floor (~8-14 people) or by a suite. Rooms are mostly doubles, though there are also many singles available.

19 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics at Yale are incredible. I am only a freshman, yet I am already taking classes from some of the best professors Yale has to offer - all of them have conducted significant amounts of research or authored books in their fields. Classes are a joy, my fellow students are inspiring and intellectually engaging, homework is intense but manageable, and professors are always easily accessible. My largest class this semester only has 16 students - the small class sizes really allow me to get to know my professors.

Yale has a huge variety of classes from which to choose, and flipping through the course catalog at the beginnings of the semesters can sometimes be overwhelming. But students are guaranteed to find classes that fit their particular interests within larger fields of study.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle at Yale is free although service can sometimes be somewhat spotty. The campus is pretty compact, however, so it's not impractical to simply walk everywhere.

4 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Rules and regulations are mostly focused/enforced based on student safety. This is particularly true with regards to alcohol. If you're not bothering others or hurting yourself, you can probably do it.

10 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Computers: Bring your own. Most people seem to have macs.

18 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: This is probably the worst thing about Yale. The best times to be on campus are the first 2 months of the school year and the last month. In between lies many cold, often snowy days.This mainly poses a problem when walking to and from classes. There's also a lot of humidity.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most parties are on campus, but there are also some local places for clubbing, drinking, etc. And if you can't find anything in New Haven, we're just a short train ride from NYC and Boston!

11 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: AMAZING! Forget those "dorms" that kids are other colleges live in. At Yale, you get a suite, which is more like an apartment. Suites are shared between multiple people, and include a common room, bathroom, and bedrooms. I could not ask for anything better. The suites are large, clean, and renovated regularly. Because our housing system is so beloved, 90% of the student body lives on campus!

32 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Before learning much about Yale, some people assume it is dangerous because New Haven isn't the nicest city. However, I have NEVER felt unsafe here. I've gone for walks around campus at midnight, and everything was fine. All of the "rougher" parts of the city are off-campus, and you honestly have no reason to go there. Everything you need is right on campus. And the crime that might occur is petty crime, like theft. You won't read about students getting murdered or anything like that.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you can get into Yale, the administration trusts you to not destroy the college in a drunken riot. Parties and alcohol are abundant if you are looking for it. On move-in day, a freshman unloaded a large pack of beer from his parent's car, and I saw a police officer nearby laughing. No one really cares if you drink or get a bit rowdy. Just be respectful of others, and everything will be fine. I'd also like to note that those who don't want to drink are not pressured to do so. Basically, everyone respects each others decisions.

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The majority of students have competed at least once in an intramural sport- we have everything from basketball to ultimate frisbee to water polo to table tennis, and it's a lot of fun! As far as varsity sports, we are not so hot (although we just got a new university president who may change that). Our men's hockey team won the NCAA national championship last season, but our other sports are mediocre at best. School spirit can be seen at hockey and women's volleyball games, as well as most games against Harvard (especially at "The Game").

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: My biggest issue with dining is breakfast. I know a lot of people don't like getting up to eat breakfast, but i really enjoy it, so it bugs me that Monday through Friday, I either have to trudge up to Commons for a hot breakfast or deal with the "continental breakfast" available in the other dining halls; and then on the weekends, if I get up for breakfast, it's "continental", but brunch is a feast. Besides that, the food can be a little monotonous, especially at Commons.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People drink. People do drugs. It's most visible at night, especially on the weekends. The Yale Police are as lenient as they can be, and the policy is that alcohol and drug use is viewed as a health concern, not a behavioral concern. This is good because people are less afraid to get help for a friend who has had a little too much to drink.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's a saying around Yale: "one in four, maybe more". Except it's more like, "one in two, maybe you". Good luck being a straight girl on campus. Trust me, you will have your heart broken at some point because you fell for a guy who turned out to be gay.

35 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Yale's campus is very safe, the rest of New Haven, not so much.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Yale, so academics is pretty much the strong suit here

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great, but no AC so August is rough. Also, no kitchens. But other than that they are generally great.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process was somewhat confusing, and there were an immense amount of forms that seemed to all have the same questions.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police foster a healthy environment that enforces safety and health rather than punishment. They are very lenient on underage drinking, and would rather have you take a friend to Yale Health or report a problem than hide it, so there is very rarely an instance where a student gets in severe trouble.

1 person found this useful Report

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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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