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5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus security focuses on safety, any other discipline is honor-based. No complaints here.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid to cover tuition was incredible. However, making the student contribution was stressful and difficult, scholarship also didn't cover ancillary living expenses.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Quite a bit of it can be bland. I wouldn't say that any particular dish is exceptional but variety compensates at times.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Spacious, though they depend on your residential college. But the system is truly one of Yale's best attributes.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had much experience with the strictness on campus, which might speak for itself.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is dependent on need, so I can't really offer any tips - but if the need is there, Yale delivers! Yale's staff has been incredibly helpful with making sure I have everything I need to apply for aid, and the process is very straight forward. I have to work on campus, but the hours are minimal and certainly manageable.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Even though all of the colleges serve the same items at meal times, there is usually enough variety offered to find something that sounds more than appetizing

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: One of my favorite things about Yale is the housing system. When you enter Yale your freshman year you are randomly assigned to one of 12 'residential colleges' which are basically just different dorms you are associated with for the next four years. Each residential college has its own dining hall, common room, and basement with various amenities (your college may have a gym, a theater, a music room, or more!). Each college also has its own master and dean that you can really connect with, and who are completely available to help with any problems you might have. The short of it: living on campus at Yale is simply the best!

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Compared to other places, Yale and its peer institutions are the best. There aren't any merit-based scholarships since it's elite enough that most people that go there would qualify anyway. Financial aid application can be a hassle, especially when you have a difficult or complicated family situation, but in the end it's worth it since students that really need financial aid usually get lots. Definitely call the financial aid office if you run into any problems, or go into the office if you're already on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's a bit more convenient to live on campus, but most people who want the extra freedom love living off campus.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Yale has a pretty lenient drug and alcohol policy, so the party scene in dorms and party suites is not bad. Larger parties are usually at fraternities or house parties, and sometimes at bars. The student experience's relationship to partying is generally positive - I know a lot of people who see it as a good way to let loose after a long and difficult week.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of ethnic Asian food places, namely Japanese sushi places and Indian food places that have a lot of vegetarian options. New Haven had pretty interesting places to eat if you can afford it.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Yale is surprisingly lenient when it comes to drug and alcohol usage on campus. Their reasoning is that they don't want students who are in danger to be afraid to tell administration about problems they might have, so its treated as a health issue rather than a disciplinary issue. There are more protests/demonstrations at Yale than there are at similar institutions which is nice, since similar activity is likely to be shut down at other universities.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The buffet-style is great since you can have as much of whatever you want. Freshman year you're forced to get the full meal plan. Expensive but convenient since you get three meals a day, and you can choose where on campus you want to eat so location-wise it's convenient too. The meal plan that has less meals a week is probably better since oftentimes you have food events with clubs/organizations or want to try a local restaurant (great places in New Haven) or don't wake up in time for breakfast.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus in the dorms is expensive, but Yale's financial aid is pretty good. I'd recommend living on campus because of how easy it is - eating, doing laundry, working out, meeting with people in your residential college along with your Dean and Master all in the same place is convenient. The off-campus apartment buildings around are also okay.

5 College Freshman

Academics: If you put the work in, you will be rewarded

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: sports teams are pretty good. only event people actually care about is the game

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to go out, there's plenty of options. And there's always toads when all your plans fall through

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of great spots to eat, only problem is there's not that many late night spots unless you down to walk a few blocks

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Give us plenty of freedom and its much appreciated

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: they try too hard to offer vegan/tofu/gluten free food when only a small fraction of the student body eat it. Give us real food yale. Aint nobody tryna eat a vegan burger

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depends what college you are in. As long as your not in TD or silliman you'll be aight.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe on campus. The security guards are numerous and take their jobs seriously.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are only a couple of sororities and they're pretty hard to get into. There are a lot of frats, though.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Most people here don't care about sports at all...

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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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