College Senior 2011-05-23T08:21:20Z
You're surrounded by students and professors who are ridiculously brilliant and talented, and yet never fail to be friendly. Things can get super stressful, but what do you expect with some of the best academics around? And as a bonus, there's a gorgeous campus with surprisingly good cafeteria food.
College Senior 2011-05-16T22:17:16Z
Fairly Lax – Campus police are quite relaxed when it comes to the rules. They are more concerned about student safety than anything else. Many students keep alcohol in their room. As long as you keep quiet about drinking, you probably won't get busted.
College Senior 2011-05-16T22:14:29Z
Diversity at Yale is excellent. There are students from all over the world and you get to meet and interact freely with people with a totally different background from yourself. Yale is diverse when it comes to socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and political beliefs, not just race and ethnicity.
College Senior 2011-05-16T22:13:01Z
Dining Halls- Cooking is decent but you get tired of eating at the dining halls. Variety good. You can only use lunch swipes at the dining halls and one convenience store. Wish there were more options to use meal plans.
College Senior 2011-05-13T15:54:28Z
Pretty Easy to Get Around – It's pretty easy to get around-- everything is within walking distance, there are shuttles and minibuses if you get lost, are injured, feel threatened, or are just lazy (this last one is why most people use the shuttles up science hill, I think.) Public buses are pretty cheap as well.
College Senior 2011-05-13T15:47:57Z
Very Lax Administration – Alcohol and drug policy enforcement is very lax. When you arrive as freshmen, the administrators will essentially tell you that they don't expect to be able to stop people from drinking, and won't punish it, but encourage you to get in contact with them if you feel you or someone else is at risk of serious health or academic problems. It doesn't seem like it would be difficult to get alcohol-- in my residential college (and most others, I think), there are groups of students who stock up and spam everyone's email accounts with information on how to get some from them during "alcohol-free" events like Spring Fling, dances, or residential college events. Pre-gaming is a big part of the culture (not just games or dances-- some people drink before big tests, too.) There are always events going on without alcohol, though, so you can avoid it. I haven't run across too many people who use drugs recreationally, but I have known several who use drugs to focus, study, de-stress, etc. Again,the administration is pretty lax with enforcing rules on drugs, even when there are health risks to other students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-08T19:36:52Z
Don't Bring a Car! It's very costly and unnecessary since there is so much public transportation (campus shuttles, buses, trains, etc). And there is not a lot of parking available!!!
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-08T19:30:18Z
15 Dining Halls, Salad Bars, Tons of Fruit, & Comfort Foods! There are dining halls in every college that have a similar menu (though slight differences unique to each) and also three special dining halls with other options. It creates a very family-like atmosphere at dinner time when you can walk into your college dining hall and know everyone or another dining hall and know half the people or the largest Hogwart-esque dining hall and eat like a wizard!
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-08T19:22:47Z
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology – It has a low faculty:student ratio and really committed professors. They are the best or up-and-coming in their fields and love to have undergrads in their labs. It is easy to get funding for summer research on campus and you can do research for pay or credit or just as a volunteer. With all the new labs opening all over campus, there are tons of research & job opportunities.
College Senior 2011-03-17T03:55:40Z
Not a Big Deal – Most frats are uninteresting or unsavory, with some exceptions. Sororities don't have much of a presence.
College Senior 2011-01-16T12:44:38Z
Best Freshmen Experience – I had always been my dream to go to yale and I finally was able to put my dreams into action and I began my freshmen year here Fall 2009. Great atmosphere, community, and the teachers really seem to care about the students. It was just everything I imagined it would be :) I did ultimately leave to attend school closer to home but I would do it all over again if I could.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T00:52:28Z
So Many Options – From cheap sandwiches to gourmet meals, New Haven has an extremely impressive array of restaurants, many of which are within easy and safe walking distance. There are a ton of little ethnic food places too. Check out New Haven's pizza places in the Italian section.
Another side benefit of New Haven is its general laxity toward underage drinking in restaurants and many bars.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T00:47:53Z
Health & Safety:
Not as Bad as You've Heard – If you stay on or near campus, you should be fine. New Haven and Yale Police are on top of things quickly. However, it's always a good idea to walk with other people, because the occasional purse theft kind of stuff does happen.
Yale Police and Yale Security have always been very pleasant to me and seem to simply want to protect us, not waste time breaking up parties.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T17:51:50Z
Its Cool – If you're 21 and like drinking. Many community activities. Exploing is a must theres a lot to see.
College Senior 2011-01-01T20:04:57Z
Distinctly Underwhelming – For all the fuss about the quality of Yale's housing, I simply don't rate it. Freshman dorms are universally mediocre to poor; expect to be sharing a bathroom with six or seven others, and expect outdated rooms that haven't been refurbished in years. Farnam, Durfee, Lawrance and Welch are the best, but still aren't impressive, whilst Vanderbilt is refurbished but tiny. Bingham is mixed, and Lanman-Wright unacceptable. College housing is better, but that isn't saying much: there are far too many doubles throughout. Many justify the housing by saying that other places have it worse; I don't doubt that, but that doesn't make Yale's facilities good.
If Yale stopped pretending that its housing was fantastic, perhaps it could improve it. Living environment is integral to personal happiness, and for over $55,000 a year I simply expect better.
College Senior 2010-12-11T19:58:16Z
The libraries here are fantastic - we have 24, and if you can't find a book chances are they can get it for you or it's in the e-library. Makes research super easy.
College Senior 2010-12-11T19:57:06Z
Free (fast) wifi virtually everywhere, and printers and computers within less than a block of all the dorms. The wifi has only been down once within my coming here, and it was only for about an hour.
College Senior 2010-11-15T02:31:58Z
Guys & Girls:
Hit or Miss – The girls here are very attractive on average, with great taste in clothes.. The guys are also pretty attractive. However, many of the attractive guys here are either gay, taken, or completely uninterested in any sort of long term relationship. Not to say that it's not possible, but it takes quite a lot of effort.
College Senior 2010-11-15T00:27:09Z
Pretty Good, Actually – If you want to, you can go out Wednesday through Saturday with ease. There are always parties going on Fridays and Saturdays. Wednesday night, a local nightclub "Toad's" has a Yale only dance party. Overall, it's not a bad deal at all.
Everything you'll go to will be within walking distance, so you don't need a car.
College Senior 2010-11-15T00:22:09Z
Nothing Special – Men's hockey is pretty big here (because it's like the only sport we're good at on a national level, go figure). Other than that, though, nobody really seems to care. Football game tailgates have a much higher attendance rate than the games do. Harvard - Yale football is probably the one game that the majority of the student body bothers to watch. School spirit is pretty weak.
Also, it's an ivy league school. You're not gonna find the caliber of athlete that you'll find at just about any non-ivy. The athletics in the ivy league (even though it's D1) are just weaker.
Yale's saving grace, however, is that the athletic facilities are fantastic.
College Senior 2010-11-15T00:17:13Z
It's Pretty Sweet – The housing itself at Yale is phenomenal. It's almost all suite style, which means you and generally 3 to 5 other people (but there are suites as big as 12 people, and as small as 2) will have a few doubles and singles connected to a common room. If you have a larger suite (7 people or greater) you'll generally have your own bathroom inside of it. Overall the suites are pretty nice, and it's a great style of housing. Having a single is a good deal.
The only downside (as I view it, others love this) is the residential college system. Students are affiliated with a residential college for the duration of the 4 years they spend here. You will be living only with people who are in your college unless you elect to live off campus. Make a good group of friends in other colleges? That sucks. You can't live with them unless you all go through the hassle of changing your residential college affiliation (which will probably alienate the people you've been living with and bonding with during your freshman year).
However, rant aside, the housing is great.
College Senior 2010-11-06T20:03:58Z
A Superb Institution – Yale is a superb institution in virtually every respect. Academic facilities are outstanding, as are the majority of faculty. Accommodation is better than at most places, although Yale could and should easily spend a lot more on some rooms.
College Senior 2010-11-06T20:01:47Z
There If You Need / Want It – I wouldn't live in many parts of New Haven, but East Rock is nice and relatively affordable, if you don't like your college.
College Senior 2010-11-06T19:58:59Z
Walk around Sterling Memorial, Bass or Beinecke Libraries, and you'll know what I mean. Absolutely first-class.
College Senior 2010-11-06T19:55:59Z
There If You Want It, but Don't Bother – Doesn't affect the lives of most students, but can stir up controversy for its own sake.
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