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4 College Sophomore

Administration: What Strictness? Basically, we're free to do what we want. There are no restrictions on having overnight guests, and the authorities pretty much look the other way on underage drinking as long as it's in moderation and kept in suites. This does have the unintended effect of a ridiculously high rate of hospitalizations for binge drinking - but that's something individuals need to make better choices about.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our Teams Are Pretty Good...But No One Cares – From what I read in the newspapers, we have some pretty good teams. Volleyball, soccer, sailing, hockey...all good. But I don't know of anyone who makes an effort to see games or keep up on statistics. We are really involved in IMs though. People are really into IM sports, more so than even major events like football games.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Cold in Winter, Humid in Summer – Just like any area in the northeastern US, New Haven experiences relatively wet weather, from humid heat during the summer to rain during the fall. Snow comes occasionally, and is not inhibitory to transportation, though it can be wet. The cold during the winter might be a shock to those from warmer areas, but is nothing out of the norm for those used to it.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: I'm Singing in the Rain – So New Haven is wetter than I expected, but being from Seattle, it feels more like home. The rains are tolerable if you have an umbrella, rain boots, and coat, anyways. There are also some shuttle buses you can take if you don't feel very Gene Kelly-esque on a particular day. But the weather's been pretty mild so far, and warmer than back home for me. I've heard that it gets cold, and that snow will come soon, but it's also supposed to melt quickly. And then spring is supposed to be gorgeous here. So just remember your rain gear, appreciate the cleansing feel of rainfall, and you'll be just fine.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Better Than I Expected – I was told that the political climate here was decidedly liberal, but on coming here I don't feel like there's any particular bias against moderate or conservative viewpoints. I'm not part of the political union, but it seems fairly active, with members from many different areas of the spectrum. Religious tolerance was a huge improvement over my high school, and so that itself has made the environment here feel much better. It's not perfect, of course, but it's definitely better than what I'm used to.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: History Dept. is the Best – Yale has the best history department in the world. The library collections are enormous and quirky (this year I got to handle bomb fragments from the Haymarket Riot), and history majors are basically empowered to start producing top-notch scholarship even as undergrads.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: None Better – Yale really pours resources into its academics, and it shows. Professors are very available and often offer to go to coffee, have lunch, or hold office hours with students. Seminars are widely available - in three semesters, I have had mostly small seminars with awesome professors, and that was even without having declared a major. The workload at Yale is intense, and though it is not hard to get acceptable grades, doing well requires a lot of work.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Loud and Dull – New Haven is loud, dull, and town-gown relations are strained. Students generally make their own fun on campus instead of heading into the city. However, there is some nice shopping off campus, and food options are great.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Always Investing in Campus – Yale is in a constant state of renovation. The university is basically the bread and butter of contractors in the area. All of the residential colleges are scheduled to be renovated within two more years, and buildings, libraries, and classrooms often have custom wood paneling and pretty elaborate detail. Most people don't take the time to realize the care put into facilities here, but everything is about as nice as a public space can be.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's easy to do, and I got a good amount of financial aid.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Light Fellowship Rules – If you want to study an Asian language, come to Yale. The Light Fellowship gives you a free ride to study over the summer, for a semester, or for a year at prestigious programs in Japan, China, and Korea.

There are also other international opportunities, of course.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Rain, So Bring an Umbrella – It rains all the time. Bring an umbrella. But, if you, like I, love the rain, the weather is lovely. It is cool starting in September, and gets colder and colder. Fortunately, the dorms and classrooms are very well-heated.

Fall is beautiful.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: I'll start with academics. Yale offers amazing classes in almost everything you could imagine, and it doesn't stop after the school year. The summer programs, whether you want to take classes abroad for credit, or work, or have an unpaid internship are numerous and very fufilling. Plus yale's financial aid packages are really unparalleled, they cover 100 percent of need based aid. The social scene is great, far better than i expected from an ivy league school. Wednesday through Saturday people go out. There is one club most people frequent but there are at least five or six others within ten minutes walking distance from the farthest of residential colleges and there are dozens and dozens of cool bars. Campus life is really fun. nobody's stuck up and everyone has something they're really into. it's a great place to go to school.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Sometimes It Rains. Big Deal. Sometimes it rains in new haven. I'm from sunny central florida and it really doesn't bother me that much. the fartherst i'd ever have to walk for class would be like ten minutes and even then if i really wanted to i guess i could catch a bus. There's a little snow but not that much. plus, it's pretty.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Facilities at yale are awesome. As a student athlete i'm grateful to have such amazing and well maintained athletic facilities. The nine story Payne Whitney Gymnasium is not only beautiful on the outside but it offers a state of the art work out facility and classes in every workout fad imaginable. The libraries are wonderful with every book you would ever need and several million you won't. They are also beautiful spaces, visitors are often taken aback inside SML, our main library, which literally looks like a giant beautiful cathedral. There facilities for everything you could think of and it's all beautiful. We have the lock on gothic architecture obviously, but there's also a ton of georgian revival, and modern architecture as well. Every student dorm has it's own dining hall, library, computer labs, and basement with weightlifting rooms, a buttery, a huge multimedia center, ping pong, pool, some even have things like DDR or a basketball court!

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Not for the Thin of Blood – New Haven is simply gorgeous in fall and spring: there are trees all over the place. Students flood intocdourtyards and Old Campus on warmer days to hang out, play frisbee, and watch passing tour groups.

It rains fairly frequently in the spring and fall, but not unnecessarily so (keeps the lawns green). Just bring your rain boots and umbrella.

Winter, however, is another story. It's not horribly cold in the Have, which means that most of our winter precipitation comes in the form of rain or ice. Ice also often collects on the gothic stone walkways and the wind can be bitter. As a Southern girl, winter is really difficult (especially so my freshmen year) but you find ways of compensating, such as exploiting dining hall coffee and curling up with friends and hot cocoa inside.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain Rain, Go Away – Winters are sooooo long. It's raining right now, ew.

2 College Freshman

Weather: If you're from the east coast, the random tropical (yes, tropical) thunder showers, temperature dips and heat spells, the cold, and gray skies will be nothing new to you. West coasters will discover the magic of snow and clothing that actually covers your body. Nothing spectacularly different here, just New England weather, no different from anywhere else in the region (except for being a little warmer than say, Boston). While people will always complain about rain "ruining plans", it's really not remotely a big deal and people will do whatever they want to and need to regardless. And snow is just a lot of fun - don't be surprised if you get pulled into a spontaneous snowball fight!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: College life is great. We have a seven-person suite with three singles and a beautiful common room. So much personality! It really varies, though.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The One and Only – Yale really has so so so many opportunities to offer its students. Our enormous endowment doubtlessly has to do with that. We have every activity that you can imagine -- and if you can imagine something else, Yale will fund it. The greatest professors in the world, an unbelievably driven and deep student body, beautiful residences, and a REAL social scene, I swear!

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Ups and Downs – Freshman year was tough, but that was personal. I think Yale is just a tough place to adjust to -- the competition is high in every area of life, and focusing is an absolute must. That said, I've met some of the most interesting and intelligent people I ever will meet, and I've learned so much.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a Huge Deal – I have not encountered much of a drug scene at Yale. I would guess that people often are smoking pot but I've heard tell of harder drugs like cocaine, etc. For the most part though, people use alcohol.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body at Yale is designed to be diverse. Part of the admissions committees decision process rests on creating classes of Yalies who represent all types of people. I feel like I have met students who represent nearly every different political, economic, sexual, and ethnic identities at Yale. Students hail from dozens of countries and all 50 US states. That said, there certainly is a high percentage of students from the Northeast, but may be due to the Yale's location (which is, after all, in the Northeast).

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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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