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5 College Sophomore

Academics: best professors, best history and chinese departments in the world (i'm sure there's more), TAs can sometimes be ~~ but you'd expect that at any school.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Bipolar – The weather here can be absolutely BEAUTIFUL, especially during the early fall and the end of the spring semester. But there are also a lot of rainy days, and those can get pretty miserable. It also gets pretty darn cold.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Residential College System – The residential college system vs regular dorm housing is great. It really helps to break the larger Yale community into smaller chunks of people that you will live near for all 4 years.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It – I love it here! It's a unique place in good and bad ways but I would do it all over again. No regrets. The people make your experience so much more wonderful-don't just study all the time, and make time for friends and events. It's so much more worth it that way.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not That Many and They Just Host the Parties – Frats and less commonly sororities host parties at least every other weekend, but other than that are not very visible on campus. There is not a sense of exclusion-anyone can go to their parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Always Something Going on, but You Can't Always Find What You're Looking for – The problem with nightlife here is that there is no middle ground between frat parties and the club Toad's and events like a cappella concerts and drama shows. There are not many mixers for example. There are a lot of dances and some events are really great-Spring Fling and Safety Dance come to mind. Do not expect to meet people at parties, although it is very easy to find people to hook up with at parties-but don't expect to make friends at parties or meet people you might have a relationship with.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Very Nice – Freshman dorms can be small but upperclassman dorms are all very nice. I had a small single my freshman year and my room is much bigger this year.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I wish we had a student center but the residential college system doesn't make that an option. Facilities are really great-couldn't ask for better. Beautiful libraries, many gyms, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: You Need Your Own Computer – Bring your own computer! It won't work otherwise-I don't know anyone that doesn't have their own computer. However the computer labs are really good and wireless access is excellent! Bringing a printer is recommended to avoid printing costs of 7 cents a page but not strictly necessary. Either way though don't print out online articles for your classes-you will waste a lot of money. Just read them on your computer.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Much More Popular – There is a drug scene but I don't know much about it. Drinking is much more common and visible. There is never peer pressure to do drugs. I would guess pot is the most common, but I know people use hard drugs as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Don't Have Much Experience but New Haven Housing Is Expensive – Connecticut in general has pretty expensive housing; you can find an apartment off campus, but I am guessing it would not be cheap. However, its cost would probably be lower than room and board cost!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The murder of a Yale medical student earlier this year garnered nationwide attention. This has not been a good year for Yale safety-wise. However, campus is relatively safe-going off campus alone after dark carries the most risk. The minibus and security system will take you back if you head back alone from a far off party at night. Take advantage of them!

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: They Don't Care – Yale does nothing about underage drinking and drug use unless you get really sick. I don't wish for greater policing on campus. It's great that the administration gives students the freedom to do what they want. However, the fact that a student recently died from drinking and a drug overdose reveals the lack of compassion towards students. Administrators do not really look out for students-they turn a blind eye, leaving students in trouble from drinking or drug use to depend wholly on their friends, instead of on the administration.

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2 College Sophomore

Local Area: New Haven is not a particularly safe place. The driving is terrible and there is little to no interaction between students and New Haven residents-the divide between Yale areas of New Haven and other areas is startling. Most students I know stay within Yale and don't do much exploring of the area. I think people should do more exploring (though not at night) because there are a lot of interesting parks, restaurants, and community service organizations off campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Yale gives really good financial aid. That's why I'm here.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Better Than People Say – People complain about the dining hall food. It's not gourmet, but the dining hall staff are incredibly nice and hard working and there are MANY options-you can always get a sandwich or salad, for example. Better than at other schools, I would guess.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's Great – New Haven actually has really good food. Go to a lot of restaurants while you're here. Lalibella, Tandoor, Scoozi's and Bangkok Gardens are some of the best.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love Yale. However, this is an intense place. It is a "work hard play hard" school. Teachers will not coddle you, and the college as a whole does not provide much emotional support. This is not a school where people will hold your hand. The keys to loving Yale for me have been fivefold in spite of this:

1) My friends. Friends can help make or break a college experience. Studying is all well and good, but at the end of the day, having wonderful people to be with makes any college experience great. I have loved the opportunity to meet and become close to people from all over the world; a lot of my friends are from very different backgrounds than me, but we have a lot in common. This is very refreshing.
2) The classes and educational opportunities. Yale has an astounding array of interesting classes. Shopping period, while sometimes horribly stressful, allows you to explore many classes. Take advantage of that. Yale also has many wonderful educational talks, Master's Teas, etc. If you love to learn, you can be learning new things every day, in interesting ways.
3) The financial aid. Yale gives EXCELLENT financial aid. Enough said.
4) The International Summer Award-Yale gives you money to go abroad one summer. Need I say more? I plan to go next summer.
5) The college experience in general-college is stimulating and challenging, and forces you to grow and become independent in dozens of unexpected ways, as cliche as it sounds. Yale is incredibly stimulating as well as being incredibly challenging, and as such it is an exciting place to spend your college years.

Finally, don't do all the reading. Learn to skim. It makes things much easier.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: No one comes to New Haven for the weather. I have lived in the New Haven area my whole life, and would like to move to a nicer climate upon graduation. New Haven is intermittently cold, but the cold is not the problem: the problem are the gray, cloudy skies, which show up with irritating regularity. Expect a lot of rain and many days that start off sunny and turn cloudy. There is also little to no horizon in New Haven. Also, when it snows, don't expect classes to be canceled. Weather gets better come mid-April and May, just when everyone is studying for finals.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Middle of the Road – The Game is about the only sports game most students go to. Varsity athletes tend to hang out with each other; they are often not seen as as intelligent as the rest of the student body. Yale varsity sports are honestly not very good. Sports teams do host some parties in sports team houses, but this tends to further the association between athletes and partying that already exists. For example, people say you see a lot of athletes at Toad's.
A lot of students do go to the gym to exercise on a regular basis, and the gym has very nice facilities.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: You will learn to think.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: People here are so down-to-earth and friendly. I think the wonderful, diverse, happy, fun-loving crowd of students here really sets Yale apart from *other* similar schools.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: New Haven definitely has a gray season. It's a bit humid and rainy in the early fall, and cold in the winter. As the Northeast goes, though, it's pretty average. It's beautiful in the fall and summer!

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid I received is THE only reason I'm here.

2 College Senior

Weather: It's New England – I'm from California. It snows here and gets cold. The worst is when the snow starts melting and then freezes into giant grey clumps along the sidewalk.

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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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