Recent Alumnus 2010-06-08T23:18:22Z
Dining Hall – The main dining hall (commons) is really good. It has a wide variety of options, so there is always good options no matter what mood you are in.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-05T23:04:20Z
Health & Safety:
Not a Problem – Unless you've never been to a city before you'll be fine at Yale.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-01T14:06:34Z
No Need for Cars – There is really no need for cars on campus. Everything is within walking distance (shopping, groceries, school supplies, etc.) and if you really need to go far from campus, you can rent a zipcar or take a bus for $1.25.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-01T14:03:58Z
Not Strict at All – There are basically no rules, or if there are, they are not very enforced.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-01T14:02:16Z
Guys & Girls:
Cute Guys – Lots of preppy white guys, but there are definitely all kinds of guys on campus. The guys are usually pretty cute. There are a whole lot of good-looking girls here too.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T20:29:30Z
Very Easy to Use – Yale is an urban campus. Transportation is almost negligible.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T20:28:05Z
As Diverse as They Come – Yale is very diverse, with students from all 50 states and tons of foreign nations. You meet new people everyday from all over.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T20:27:16Z
A Plethora of Options – New Haven is a great city for foodies. It has a ton of great ethnic and gourmet restaurants, as well as Gourmet Heaven, a 24-hr convenience store for late night eats.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T20:22:56Z
A Variety of Options – There are plenty of things for students to do here at night. If you are interested in the frat scene, there is usually at least one frat party every night Thursday-Saturday. They aren't too sketchy, and if you go with a friend you'll have a good time. On Saturday nights, Toad's, the local club, has its weekly dance party. 19 and up gets in for $5, and 21 and up is free. It's a hot, sweaty, dark, loud environment, which can be fun if you're in the mood. If dancing and drinking isn't for you, there's still a lot to do. A cappella concerts, movies, plays, musicals, small room parties... the list goes on and on. There's always something to do at Yale, and if you can't find what you're looking for, it's always easy to host your own get-together with our large common rooms and not-terribly-strict rules on parties if you keep the noise down. And since we're in the city, any night activity you're looking for is just a short walk away.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T20:17:59Z
Intramural Driven, With Small Pockets of Varsity Enthusiasm – Our varsity teams are not that good in general. The athletes work hard, but really we are only very talented in Squash, Sailing, Fencing, and Hockey. The enthusiasm for these sports is not very high, either. A lot of people go to hockey games, but for the most part a sporting event is not the most popular social event. Intramural sports, however, are very popular. most students play in at least one, and are very spirited when it comes to representing their residential college. That being said, there are great workout facilities, fields, and courts for varsity and intramural athletes, and for all students to use.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-13T20:47:59Z
Love It – I am so happy at Yale, and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. My one, tiny problem with it is that it exposes you to so many cool ideas and people (as it promises) but because you're so busy, you can't do everything you want, and you have to work hard to keep up with friends who aren't in your immediate circle - you won't run into people if you don't have a reason to. So that's why it's an A- and not an A.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-13T20:39:04Z
The facilities are mostly really great. There are gyms in every residential college as well as the main one in a cathedral-like building, at least twenty libraries, many different dining halls (although they serve the same food) and so many resources at our disposal. The campus is beautiful, and there are so many performance spaces, practice spaces, art studios, etc. We don't have any kind of central student location, however, which isn't a huge deal, but would be nice. Another thing that would improve this category would be better proximity to the athletic fields from central campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-13T20:33:23Z
There are quite a few frats, and six sororities (three traditional, three cultural). Parties are generally open to everyone, and it can be a huge part of your social life, or a nonexistent one. The frat houses are off-campus and generally pretty gross, but that doesn't matter if you're just there for a party.
College Senior 2010-03-22T15:02:24Z
I see a great organized parking place, but as of now I do not drive.
College Senior 2010-03-13T22:02:15Z
Convenient to find.
College Senior 2010-03-13T22:01:23Z
Always There – Everyone has their own laptops, but the computer labs and libraries are always available for extra research.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-12T17:12:18Z
Plenty of Options – Nightlife is interesting. Yalies are, for the most part, very studious. But as soon as night falls it can get crazy. If you want to party, you will be able to find a party. If you don't want to party, you don't have to do so. Greek life isn't huge but is available for those who want it. Also, New Haven is great because you can walk everywhere! No need to worry about drivers or cab fares.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-12T17:10:33Z
Housing is like castles! Housing at Yale is truly amazing; even the worst buildings have suites with hardwood floors, (non-working but gorgeous) fireplaces and enough space to be livable. Each building has it's own amenities: L-Dub is small but close-knit, Durfee has great high ceilings and Vanderbilt has spacious common rooms. Living in groups larger than the tradition two is truly a benefit to the experience.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-12T17:06:32Z
Varying Options... and Varying Quality – For the most part, Yale does a great job with food. There is great support for vegetarian and vegan options while not curtailing choices for omnivores. There is always a grilled options, salad bar, deli bar, deserts, cereal, fruit, etc. But the quality really depends on which hall you're eating in. Some of the colleges have amazing kitchens, and others don't. It's a toss-up.
College Student 2010-01-10T06:29:51Z
Pretty Bad Enforcement – Many of my friends openly smoke pot or other drugs in dorm rooms or out in the courtyard. It's just accepted as normal. It's kind of annoying how laid back drug enforcement is, but I guess it's our responsibility.
College Student 2010-01-10T06:27:04Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty Safe for Me -- but It Seems I'm Lucky? Even though I personally haven't encountered any problems with New Haven at large, I always get reports about small thefts or armed assults happening on random corners and slightly more distant areas of campus. Yale seems to have a pretty good system in place but it's easy to forget about or forgo given the time it takes for a bus to get to where you are. But, if it's three in the morning, you should definitely make use of the system in place. I should more often and stop thinking I'm invincible!
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-07T12:51:21Z
Not Exactly the Nicest Place in the World – There's not much going on in New Haven. It's not a very safe place, and everything important or interesting is in some way connected to Yale.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-05T09:17:41Z
Could Actually Be More Strict – I believe Yale may actually give too much freedom to its students, facilitating passively some harmful life choices.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-05T09:16:40Z
De Facto Segregation – It's a difficult feat to accomplish in any institution, and it's oftentimes more about the individual people than the efforts of the institution, but people still, a lot of the times, segregate themselves by race. Granted, that is not the case 100% of the time, but still enough to be noticeable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-05T08:14:53Z
Too Much – Dining halls try too hard to make something out of like a hundred different ingredients, in the end, it does not work.
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