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Reviews 905 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Its Cool – If you're 21 and like drinking. Many community activities. Exploing is a must theres a lot to see.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Distinctly Underwhelming – For all the fuss about the quality of Yale's housing, I simply don't rate it. Freshman dorms are universally mediocre to poor; expect to be sharing a bathroom with six or seven others, and expect outdated rooms that haven't been refurbished in years. Farnam, Durfee, Lawrance and Welch are the best, but still aren't impressive, whilst Vanderbilt is refurbished but tiny. Bingham is mixed, and Lanman-Wright unacceptable. College housing is better, but that isn't saying much: there are far too many doubles throughout. Many justify the housing by saying that other places have it worse; I don't doubt that, but that doesn't make Yale's facilities good.

If Yale stopped pretending that its housing was fantastic, perhaps it could improve it. Living environment is integral to personal happiness, and for over $55,000 a year I simply expect better.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The libraries here are fantastic - we have 24, and if you can't find a book chances are they can get it for you or it's in the e-library. Makes research super easy.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Technology: Free (fast) wifi virtually everywhere, and printers and computers within less than a block of all the dorms. The wifi has only been down once within my coming here, and it was only for about an hour.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hit or Miss – The girls here are very attractive on average, with great taste in clothes.. The guys are also pretty attractive. However, many of the attractive guys here are either gay, taken, or completely uninterested in any sort of long term relationship. Not to say that it's not possible, but it takes quite a lot of effort.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Pretty Good, Actually – If you want to, you can go out Wednesday through Saturday with ease. There are always parties going on Fridays and Saturdays. Wednesday night, a local nightclub "Toad's" has a Yale only dance party. Overall, it's not a bad deal at all.

Everything you'll go to will be within walking distance, so you don't need a car.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Nothing Special – Men's hockey is pretty big here (because it's like the only sport we're good at on a national level, go figure). Other than that, though, nobody really seems to care. Football game tailgates have a much higher attendance rate than the games do. Harvard - Yale football is probably the one game that the majority of the student body bothers to watch. School spirit is pretty weak.

Also, it's an ivy league school. You're not gonna find the caliber of athlete that you'll find at just about any non-ivy. The athletics in the ivy league (even though it's D1) are just weaker.

Yale's saving grace, however, is that the athletic facilities are fantastic.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's Pretty Sweet – The housing itself at Yale is phenomenal. It's almost all suite style, which means you and generally 3 to 5 other people (but there are suites as big as 12 people, and as small as 2) will have a few doubles and singles connected to a common room. If you have a larger suite (7 people or greater) you'll generally have your own bathroom inside of it. Overall the suites are pretty nice, and it's a great style of housing. Having a single is a good deal.

The only downside (as I view it, others love this) is the residential college system. Students are affiliated with a residential college for the duration of the 4 years they spend here. You will be living only with people who are in your college unless you elect to live off campus. Make a good group of friends in other colleges? That sucks. You can't live with them unless you all go through the hassle of changing your residential college affiliation (which will probably alienate the people you've been living with and bonding with during your freshman year).

However, rant aside, the housing is great.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A Superb Institution – Yale is a superb institution in virtually every respect. Academic facilities are outstanding, as are the majority of faculty. Accommodation is better than at most places, although Yale could and should easily spend a lot more on some rooms.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There If You Need / Want It – I wouldn't live in many parts of New Haven, but East Rock is nice and relatively affordable, if you don't like your college.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Walk around Sterling Memorial, Bass or Beinecke Libraries, and you'll know what I mean. Absolutely first-class.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There If You Want It, but Don't Bother – Doesn't affect the lives of most students, but can stir up controversy for its own sake.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Well Connected – MetroNorth line for New York, barely used local airport, excellent campus shuttle. Really not an issue.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Interesting things are out there if you know where to find them, but a lot of students follow a fairly generic lifestyle.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good but Repetitive – Very good overall. Breakfast hit and miss, especially in Commons. Lunch and Dinner better than that I've encountered elsewhere. But it is repetitive.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Accessible and Reliable – Very good. PCs and Macs readily available. Printing costs a little on the high side. Bring a laptop, though, or you won't survive here.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: An Uninteresting City – Yale is New Haven's biggest asset, and it would be nice if the town recognised that a little more. The best thing that can be said for New Haven is that it's on the Metro North line to NYC. It's also difficult to run out of things to do on the Yale campus.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Yale is unparalleled at providing financial aid- if you get in, they make sure you have the option to come, plain and simple.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is available pretty much anywhere. As long as you have quarters handy, you can always find a spot for a few hours. If you want to park year round, it's easy to get a permit, and the garages are safe and not too far away.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics is visible and just about EVERYONE participates in one or two IM sports every year. Varsity athletes probably don't receive as much attention as those in the NCAA powerhouses but most choose Yale for a Yale education and the chance to still play their sport. But there is a good deal of fan support in basketball, football and hockey.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Residental Colleges Are the BEST – I literally live in a castle! Social atmosphere is very friendly, dorm rooms are beautiful, spacious, and clean. Food is awesome. It is luxurious and easy living

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academic life and student life is excellent at Yale. I could not imagine a better place to live and study.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Yale cares about student safety. The campus police are visible, very friendly, helpful and communicative.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beautiful People – Love this place...Everyone is good looking, extremely interested and interesting. Student life is awesome!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Administration: Yale trusts students to watch after each other and to keep themselves in check

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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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