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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Unfortunately, class divide tends to get perpetuated at Yale, considering the high amount of upper-class students here. However, it hasn't really gotten in the way of friendships or regular college experiences for me.

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College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I haven't started going there yet so I don't know.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Being a straight girl here can be hard since a good chunk of the male population is gay but other than that it's fine! Not many people date though.

13 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone takes their health and hygiene very seriously at this school. It shows in their appearance, vibrancy and ability to keep up with the workload.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many good looking guys but hard to find a committed one.

6 people found this useful Report
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Students agree that Yale is a pretty attractive school and that the "look" of its students varies widely. The rumor that beauty is inversely proportional to intelligence is proven wrong here. Not only are many guys and girls hot, they are also talented, smart, funny, and interesting. What could be better?

Unfortunately, Yale students are also busy—so don't expect everyone to have time for a long-term committed relationship. Lots of students are part of the drunken hook-up scene (and the humiliating Walk of Shame the next morning), but students are also seriously interested in getting to know each other. Expect to see students flirting over lattes and Orgo notes or watching a movie in Arabic together. Yale is about the experience of living in an incredibly diverse, yet cohesive, community and the dating scene here proves it.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
50%
Male Undergrads
50%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Birth control is very easy to obtain through University Health Services. There are also condoms widely available in residential colleges.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Similar interest groups
  2. Toad's Place
  3. A cappella
  4. College-sponsored dances and parties
  5. Class (no, really!)
  6. Local clubs and bars
  7. Secret societies
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. The stacks in in Sterling Memorial Library
  2. Toad's Place
  3. Suite parties or frat parties
Social Scene
Yalies are truly interesting people. The social scene at Yale is incredibly varied and fulfilling. The residential college system makes it easy to make connections between students. By transforming Yale into smaller social units, the colleges make interactions less overwhelming and intimidating. They also sponsor social activities (dances, study breaks, movie nights, and the like) that provide great opportunities to make new friends. Also, campus organizations provide a place to meet people with similar interests, from politics to music.
Hookups or Relationships?
It really depends on what you want. If you want to hook up, chances are you can find someone if you go to the right places. However, there are plenty of Yalies looking for the love and support that relationships bring. It really comes down to your own personal choices and what you're looking for.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
At Yale, students study hard and party hard, so most people meet either in academic settings or at bars, clubs, and parties. Classes and clubs provide a setting in which you can slowly get to know someone and become friends first. As a bonus, you know off the bat that you have something in common such as a love for Russian literature or similar political beliefs. While academic connections often flourish into serious relationships, most students meet each other at bars, clubs, and parties. In drunken hazes, students dance, kiss, and sometimes go home with each other, but these hookups rarely develop further and often result in awkward sightings in the future.
Dress Code
There is no all-prevalent style at Yale. Instead, everybody does their own thing, from hipster to punk to blah to preppy. One might suggest that the only time there is a uniform look is during finals, when most people walk around in their pajamas or sweats. In general, however, most students at Yale look fairly put together. Students enjoy shopping at Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, American Apparel, Laila Rowe, and Salvo in New Haven. And don't forget that Yale sweatshirt and scarf!
Did You Know?
  • Looking for a different setting for your next romantic rendevous? Try Beinecke Library, which has been rated one of the top ten most romantic places in Connecticut!
  • Thinking of attending a certain Boston-based Ivy League (which shall remained un-named)? It is a fact universally acknowledged that Yalies are far more attractrive than the students of our northern rival!

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 37 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 42 responses

  • 25% Casual dating at your school
  • 25% Long-distance relationship
  • 20% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 9% None
  • 7% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 3% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 14 responses

  • 22% Similar interest groups
  • 20% Class (no, really!)
  • 16% Residential college
  • 16% Through other people
  • 13% Local clubs and bars
  • 7% Secret societies
  • 7% College-sponsored dances and parties
  • 0% A cappella
  • 0% Toad's Place

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 24% Friends of friends
  • 20% Extracurricular activities
  • 18% Class
  • 18% Roommates
  • 18% Residential college
  • 2% Xbox

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 38% Intelligent
  • 31% All of the above
  • 23% Passionate
  • 8% Gifted

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 90% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 10% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 67% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 33% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 0% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
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