College Junior 2012-06-06T14:57:26Z
Accomodating and Inexpensive – Yale's public transportation provides all students with travel options for on and off-campus. On campus, the public transportation is most commonly used, but there are also buses that travel between our larger venues. Off campus, Yale provides zip-cars which allow students to travel off campus. These zip-cars are charged at a fair rate, and some organizations within Yale provide a discounted rate.
College Senior 2012-06-06T01:37:49Z
Fun City – Fun city-lots to do and just a train ride away from NYC!
College Senior 2012-06-06T01:35:51Z
The University helped me so much with financial aid -- their need-based scholarships are wonderful!
College Senior 2012-06-06T01:29:13Z
The Sun Never Shines – The sun never shines in New England during the academic year and the "snow-pocalypse" that comes every winter is pretty terrible.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-04T14:56:54Z
A free Yale shuttle bus will take you to the train station and around the Campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-04T14:56:07Z
Very Good – Gyms is awesome
Labs are awesome
Libraries are very nice
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-04T14:50:26Z
Far more ethnically diverse than Cambridge UK. Cambridge UK has less than 1% black students (which is proportional to the number of black people in England). Yale has far more black people.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-27T18:48:44Z
The food quality claims to be wonderful, but the bread can be stale or even moldy. The food program is mandatory during some years, and it is always overpriced. There are no options outside of the dining hall system. Unlike some campuses, there are no alternative restaurants or food places where one might use meal points or card swipes. Definitely not worth the money or the hassle.
College Junior 2012-05-16T21:59:07Z
The off-campus housing is a bit of a hassle because it's hard finding a decent place at an okay price. Also, you can't live off-campus until your junior year anyway. Plus the residential colleges are nice and convenient and guaranteed closer to classes and dinning halls (which every residential college has). The only reason that it might be beneficial to live off-campus is if you were planning on living there all year round or if you didn't want to be on the meal plan (which is required if living on campus).
College Junior 2012-05-16T21:52:03Z
Great Facilities, Poor Spirit – Yale is continuing to decline in its athletics. Our academic standards for athletes are higher than the other Ivy schools and this has resulted in a decline in top recruits and therefore poorer performance and not as much depth on teams. Along with losing season, is poor fan base and not much school spirit. However, the facilities are great.
College Junior 2012-05-16T21:42:30Z
Great Opportunities – The Psychology Department at Yale is excellent and some of the best professors belong to it. There are several labs on campus that students are able to become involved in during the year or over the summer. The curriculum is also flexible and enables students who want to be pre-med to major in psychology.
College Junior 2012-05-16T21:32:35Z
Helpful for the Most Part – Yale University, being an Ivy League school has high expectations but there is always help when you need it. There are tutors for just about every main subject within each dorm (residential college) and most professors have office hours or the teacher assistants do. The professors are often extremely intelligent but lack the ability to teach the material to students who are new to the subject. However, most of the small seminar classes have extremely helpful and devoted professors who encourage students to attend extra help and office hours.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-12T00:00:22Z
Guys & Girls:
Better than Harvard. Yale has some good looking guys and girls, and some not so good lucking guys and girls. It definitely is not like ASU, USC, UCLA in terms of attractive people. However, it does fine overall... just be sure to wear your "Yale goggles" since the standards are a little lower than normal.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:57:58Z
It rains; it snows; it's sunny; it's cloudy. So there's some of everything.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:56:09Z
Toad's good, everything else not so much. Toad's is the club that everyone on campus goes to. It can be fun (for foam parties for example). However, there are not really any other great clubs in the area since most of them are populated by townies. There have been a few shootings recently at the clubs on Crown Street, so I wouldn't want to go there too much.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:54:28Z
Alcohol okay, weed not. For whatever reason, Yale really seems to condone alcohol--even to the point of excess and danger. That is, it is very easy to drink underage without getting in trouble and Yale does not really care if you become an alcoholic. However, Yale police and campus culture in general do not like Weed on-campus and you can get in a lot of trouble for it.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:51:50Z
We are good at a few preppy sports--squash, crew, etc. However, Yale is not really good at any of the main sports: Football, basketball, etc. Additionally, the administration does not really support athletics, so athletics are a rather small part of campus life. Jocks often hang out together, and rarely will you see anyone attend a football game except for Harvard-Yale.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:49:49Z
New Haven is not New York. The off-campus housing is pretty good, especially considering that New Haven is not a very nice city. There are some good Thai and Indian places near campus, and a couple of very nice up-scale restaurants. However, off-campus dining is certainly not the higher quality cuisine that you might find in NYC, Georgetown, Palo Alto, or any nicer city.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:47:44Z
Health & Safety:
New Haven already has some danger, so Yale is not the safest campus given that it is located in a sketchy city. Yale has also had some safety issues on campus these past few years: A few suicides, a murder, a machine shop accident, etc. So Yale could be better. That said, the Yale Police do a pretty good job of keeping campus and the immediately surrounding area relatively safe. Most of the muggings are graduate students who live off-campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:45:17Z
New Haven is not terrible, but not nice. New Haven often gets a bad rap but stereotypes often are built on truth. New Haven is not a nice city and not the type of place you can go wandering around at night, especially as a woman. That said, there are a few good shops on Chapel and Elm because the area immediately surrounding Yale has been heavily gentrified.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:43:04Z
Good professors – Yale has some great classes. In particular, I have really enjoyed the history, economics, and political science departments. However, the teachers in science/engineering/comp sci are less interesting overall. Yale is a good place to get a liberal arts education, but not a great place to be an engineer or get a practical education.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T23:41:21Z
I have had a decent experience at Yale. I have had good classes, met interesting people, there is lots of money for free food/events, etc. Classes are generally rewarding. However, Yale is far from perfect even though it often pretends to be perfect (emphasis on the word "pretends"). Freshman here often love everything about Yale "because its Yale" but as you mature you begin to see the downsides more. In particular, people get caught up in the rat-race of grades, internships, etc and don't develop as much as complete people. Additionally, Yale somewhat instills a sense of entitlement in its students which disconnects them from others, and it is bad at teachings its students anything practical like science or engineering. And Yale has had a lot of public issues in my time here: Title IX lawsuit, murder, 5+ suicides, etc.
College Junior 2012-04-29T21:53:40Z
Guys & Girls:
Pretty Smart – Yalies deserve their reputation for being gorgeous. Better yet, they're really interesting people! :)
Finding the time and opportunity to date can be a challenge, though I do know several happy couples. Take advantage of Yale's "screws" (blind date dances) and get your suitemates to set you up with that cute guy/girl from section!
College Junior 2012-04-29T21:33:51Z
Something for Everyone – There's a great mix of restaurants in New Haven, from various ethnic cuisines to a wide variety of pizza and steak places-- and most are absolutely delicious!
Be warned, however, that there's no Chipotle anywhere in sight.
College Senior 2012-04-21T05:29:55Z
Good Except for Asian Food – The residential colleges usually provide good food, and on special occasions they have unique dishes. The only complaint I have is the Asian food selection. The Asian food is edible, but it is not the best cuisine.
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