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4 College Senior

Transportation: It's a wash – There is good transportation for nearby travel. We have a minibus and various school buses that will take you anywhere you want to go in a nearby radius. Public transportation is not that great in New Haven from what I've seen, so if you want to go anywhere farther, make friends with someone who has a car.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is decent, and people will go to the parties. But, realistically, Greek life here isn't nearly as significant as it is at state schools. I guess that should be expected.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Technology: Good labs, and reasonably good printing service. The few times my computer has broken down, I always had a good alternative.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of Ethnic Restaurants – There are restaurants serving most any kind of ethnic food right around campus - Indian, Ethiopian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, French, and about five Thai restaurants. There are definitely cheap options for students. There's also a great vegetarian restaurant called Claire's that has delicious cake. And of course Ashley's is great for ice cream.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – There's a big scare about crime in New Haven, but the area right around campus feels pretty safe. If you ever feel uncomfortable walking back to your room late at night, you can call the Yale escort service and they'll pick you up and drive you to your door.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Variety of People; Serious Relationships and Hookups – Everyone is engaging. lots of variety. some people are into the hook up scene, while many others opt for serious relationships.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: Yale's campus is incredibly diverse. My roommate has a full need based scholarship here. I have friends from all over the world and with vastly different ideas about politics, religion, and themselves. I've learned so much since being here, especially because there is a cooperative respect between students.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Pretty Sparse – There are a few frats that throw parties. Other than that, you wouldn't know they exist.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's Something for Everyone – While a lot of students will choose to stay in and study if they have a lot of work for the coming week, a larger number of students attend suite parties, frat parties, and dance parties sponsored by various student groups. There is a lot of drinking, but those who don't drink can enjoy themselves at every event (no pressure to drink).

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls come up with innovative dishes for us to try. Sometimes, they serve all of the delicious dishes at one meal and fail to serve an appealing option at another meal. The college dining halls really feel like home and have been an important part of my Yale experience.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Transportation: We're in New Haven – Nearest airports are JFK, Hartford, and possibly New Haven (but this last one is pretty small).

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Not Bad – The looks are kind of like the GPAs; inflated, with a tight standard deviation.

46 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Decent but not popular – Most students live on campus in order to reap the benefits of the residential college system, so there's not much of an off-campus culture. But having searched for summer sublets as well as year-long rents, I can say that nice, fairly priced apartments are not hard to find, and a lot of them are close to campus. Safety is probably an issue but not one that I hear about very often.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Variety, Good Prices – Though New Haven is smaller than most college cities, it boasts a wide variety of tasty ethnic cuisine ranging from Indian to Ethiopian to Japanese. Most of the restaurants are walking distance from central campus, and prices are reasonable.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Metro-North Is the Best – Metro-North is an excellent example of how government programs can improve both transportation and cultural values. I'm serious. The Metro-North line to New York is the best public transportation I've ever encountered, not just because it works and because it's insanely cheap, but because everybody is friendly and enjoys it. It encourages public transportation to be socially valued, which matters a lot in this day and age.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: This Question Is Slanted – This question, and the sample answer, sounds like it's slanted towards "Duuuuude college rocks I'm so gonna get laid this weekend." Any college has its share of that, but I'm glad to say Yalies in general rise above the mundane. I've never spoken to any student or faculty but I've come away feeling enlightened, inspired, and impressed. The university culture is one of intellectualism, openness, and debate. It's a noise of ideas. It's the best place and the best people in the world. I miss it.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: It Should Be Easy to Stay Out of Trouble in New Haven – New Haven has a problem with assault, and most assaults pertaining to Yale are on graduate students and take place late at night far from campus. Anyone living in these areas should take precautions: bike, don't walk; stay on major streets and in lit areas; travel with a companion or call up 2-WALK. We're Yalies, guys, and we're smart enough to actually DO these things, not just read the emails and think about doing them.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: We're smart. Each of us is a little bit of a geek. But we're diverse geeks. There are history geeks and theater geeks and drunkard geeks and Greek geeks and math geeks and jock geeks etc etc etc. The nice part about that is that even though you can factor out the geek part and find people with your interests, everyone here has at least that in common. We're incredibly driven, passionate people, and that doesn't have to be about schoolwork or politics or saving the environment. There are people who are incredibly passionate about producing plays, or charting the climate conditions in Ecuador, or traveling book salesmen in Victorian America, or playing football, or playing Halo.

I think the clincher is that we feel at home in this environment, with these people. I go to my hometown and find that I'm not nearly as comfortable as I am here. I like who I've become here. It really is a surreal, magical place, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Weather: It's New Haven. Deal. It rains. A lot. It's kinda gray. But when it's nice out, it's gorgeous. And New Haven in the summer is just amazing. Too bad we're here for the crappy months.

Luckily, though, because of the lake effect, it usually doesn't get crazy cold here. So that's one positive.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Food has no flavor – Dining halls have decent variety, but the food NEVER has any flavor. I've become addicted to hot sauce because it's the only way my taste buds won't die from disuse. That said, at least most of the time it's edible. There are no mystery meats.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Weather: good snow, good east coast weather, nothing outrageous.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Lots of Renovations and Essence of the Old – A lot of buildings are being built/will be built/are being renovated. Awesome library (bass), biggest college gym in the world, beautiful campus.

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.

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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.

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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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