Recent Alumnus 2010-01-05T08:14:05Z
Health & Safety:
Cops Don't Care About New Haven Crime – Campus crime: Few, unless someone is out to get you.
Personal safety: Depends on what part of New Haven you're at and the time.
Police Services: The cops in New Haven do not care about crime. They would rather spend their time breaking up parties and the fraternities.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-05T01:40:47Z
There are enough bus lines and they run frequently enough so traveling is convenient. The mini bus is always slow on the weekends, because drunk people always use it unnecessarily to get food.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-05T01:38:40Z
I Dont Have a Car – I dont have a car. I dont need a car. If someone I know has a car, they easily find parking for it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-05T01:35:22Z
we have wirless, there are more than enough computers. I didnt have a working laptop for about an entire semester, it was not a problem
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-04T23:16:08Z
Easily the best place on earth. It's like disney land for college students. They cater to almost any academic or social desire you could possibly want and as long as you're willing to put in the work, there is almost nothing you'll be prevented from doing. I would never in a million years trade my experience here for another one.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-04T23:09:15Z
Greek life at Yale in no way dominates any kind of social life. But it does exist and is actually really fun if you find yourself gravitating toward that group of kids. I personally enjoy it a lot.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-04T23:07:44Z
Varsity Sports – Varsity sports are pretty mediocre at yale. The excitement at football and basketball games is subpar and our teams' performances aren't much to write home about. Hockey is actually the one shining light in a sea of utter darkness. Our team is actually competent, and is usually ranked within the top 10 nationally. The rink is small enough that we pack it pretty frequently, which makes for a really high energy experience.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-04T20:47:04Z
There Are No 'Best Dorms' – All options at Yale are great. They are all different and while you may hear that Morse and Stiles are the worst, this is mainly due to the fact that they are the only two colleges that have not been renovated yet. Each college has a dinning hall in it and its own library so its very easy to stay in the building. Freshman housing is awesome unless you get put in L-Dub which is still good, just slightly less amazing.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-12T19:07:05Z
In other words, there is definitely a drug scene here, but it's definitely much more of an anomaly to hear about or witness. Alcohol, however, flows like the Nile, and probably couldn't even be easier gotten if you were 50 years old and owned a liquor store of your own.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-11T06:26:57Z
It Doesn't Get Better Than This – Famous professors teaching undergraduates...and teaching them well. Seminars in which you, nine fellow students, and a professor have interesting discussions and heated debates. Lots of support and help if you need them. Academics at Yale are as good as advertised. Yale has changed the way I think in a meaningful and positive way. Many of Yale's professors are serious, committed, and talented *teachers*, which is rarer than you'd think on elite research campuses. Great teachers at Yale include Steven Smith (Political Philosophy), Norma Thompson (Humanities), Michael Frame (Mathematics), Mark Johnson (Chemistry), and Edwin Duval (French Literature). Moreover, when you do have TAs, they're typically quite good. My Constitutional Law TA, for instance, was a former top-ranked college debater who encouraged us to make arguments about the constitution and challenged us on our ideas. Oh, and she also baked us brownies. I should also mention the Directed Studies program for freshman. It's a year-long, three seminar introduction to Western Civilization, and it's a chance to get great teaching and individual attention from senior faculty starting the first class day of your freshman year.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-11T06:15:07Z
Guys & Girls:
Not a Bad Pool, but Who Has Time to Date? Yalies do a pretty good job of shedding the ugly geek stereotype. Okay, so if your ideal is the dyed-blond hair, lots of makeup, fake eyelashes kind of girl, you'll have slimmer pickings, and ditto for girls into big bearded bruiser kind of guys. But if your type isn't quite so MTV Spring Break, you'll find Yale has a pretty good dating/hook-up pool: people here tend to be smart, interesting, fun, and pretty good-looking. If anything, the girls here can be a little intimidating; how *does* that girl in your section manage to make such brilliant comments about Chaucer, sing in an a cappella group, play IM sports, and look great while doing all three? I can't comment in an informed way on the guys, except to warn straight girls that there are a lot of gay men here-the saying is 1 in 4, maybe more-so your dating pool is going to be smaller. All that said, be warned that pretty much everyone at Yale seems to fall into three categories: not doing much of anything, hooking up casually on weekends, or in a long-term super-committed relationship. There isn't much casual dating here, probably because people are so involved both with their academic and extracurricular lives. Every so often, there'll be an op-ed in the Yale Daily News or the Yale Herald from a sad single guy or girl bemoaning this, but nothing will change.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-11T05:57:26Z
Many Options in Many Price Ranges – New Haven has quietly become a good place to be a foodie-even on a student budget. One of the best deals around is the late night special at Miya's sushi. Miya's is open until 12 or 12:30, and after 10:45 you can get 5 large pieces of gourmet sushi for $5 (also, pitchers of beer are 1/3 off after 10:45). Right near Miya's there's Mamoun's falafel, which is open very late (2 or 3). You can eat a meal at Mamoun's for $6-10. I recommend the chicken kebab. There's also a semesterly "Restaurant Week" during which the best restaurants in New Haven offer prix fixe gourmet meals ($16 lunch/$29 dinner). It's a great opportunity to check out excellent (but more expensive) restaurants like Ibiza (Spanish), Bentara (Malaysian), the Union League Cafe, (traditional French/gourmet American), and Miso (Japanese) without breaking the bank. There are also plenty of good sit-down places for a semi-special dinner out with friends ($10-$15/person, walking distance from campus). I particularly recommend Zaroka (Indian), Thali Too (vegetarian Indian), Pot-Au-Pho (Vietnamese), Great Wall (Chinese), and Est Est Est (pizza). Finally, for lunch/sandwiches you can go to Atticus Cafe, Book Trader Cafe (both somewhat upscale), or Gourmet Heaven (slightly less expensive).
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-07T15:41:07Z
Most Students Live on-Campus – Relatively few students live off-campus. With a chance to live basically in a tricked-out castle in the residential colleges, who would want to go through the expensive hassle of finding an apartment close enough to campus?
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-07T01:08:50Z
Cheaper Than State School If You Need It – Yale aid is need based and pledges to meet 100% of need. Furthermore, if you family makes less than 200K annually, they won't pay more than 10% of their income. Honestly, I've paid more for student contribution than my parents' contribution, which was easy considering that on-campus jobs pay over $10/hour as min wage.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-07T01:05:14Z
Safety Over Punishment Aka. Don't Be Stupid – Yale's policy is safety over punishment - as long as you're not obvious/ stupid about it, campus police won't bother you. If you get sick, the university prefers that students report it and make sure you get to the hospital/ health center. If you can walk out by 8AM, nothing ever gets written down.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T18:17:32Z
Pretty Much the Best College Experience I Could Have Asked for – Simply put, I'm really happy here.
The people I've met are overwhelmingly likable, cool people. The student body is diverse in every way, and it's been really interesting to meet so many fascinating people. One of the things I wanted to make sure of before I decided to attend Yale was that the social scene would be a lot of fun (things like academics seemed easier to judge). To that end, I've had a lot of fun with people who often seem completely normal until one day I might find out that they're a published author, an Olympic athlete, just plain unbelievably smart, etc. There are always a ton of things to do on the weekends, and the party scene is generally good. That said, Yalies work hard and it is difficult to find significant amounts of people going out on the weeknights.
I also like living in suites within residential colleges--it gives you an instant community of a manageable size, but you retain access to all of Yale's resources.
Perhaps my only complaints thus far are that (1) I wish the intramural fields were not a bus ride away (though some people do jog there), and (2) the freshman seminars are not guaranteed for everyone, so some people want to have a seminar and don't get into one. Academics on the whole have been fantastic. I've managed to find engaging, accomplished, and ACCESSIBLE professors in both large and small classes.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T18:01:37Z
Ims Are Great! I've played a number of intramural sports and found them to be a lot of fun. There's a great IMs community and it's a really easy way to meet upperclassmen from your residential college. In addition, since IM games are played by one college against another, it doesn't feel like a meaningless/random selection of people. Levels of play vary from sport to sport but there is definitely something for everyone!
There isn't a big varsity sports culture among the general student body, except for during The Game, which is an awesome time!
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T06:17:25Z
New Haven does not seem to have that much going on of interest to Yale students beyond Yale-related events. There are tons of these, to be sure. It would be possible to go to at least two or three concerts every week if one had the time. The Peabody museum is worth a perusal. The area right around campus has quite a few restaurants. The Schubert theater puts up some good shows.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T05:18:20Z
You Don't Really Need a Car Anyway – There is parking available, but there really isn't much reason for a car. Campus is pretty compact and walkable. The parking that does exist is pretty expensive. However, you can get a zip car to drive, which is like a rental that you can pick up whenever you need it. They are reasonably priced.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T05:16:24Z
More Drinking Than Drugs – Alcohol is always available somewhere if you want to drink (whether under or over 21). People tend to drink and drink a lot. There is some drug use on campus, but mostly just pot.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T05:14:18Z
Some Good Partying to Break up the Studying – You can always head down to Toads Place, the local club to dance and drink and there are always pretty good parties going on during the weekends. On-campus parties are probably better as some of the downtown clubs can be a little...interesting.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T04:49:51Z
It's a wash – There is good transportation for nearby travel. We have a minibus and various school buses that will take you anywhere you want to go in a nearby radius. Public transportation is not that great in New Haven from what I've seen, so if you want to go anywhere farther, make friends with someone who has a car.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T04:48:32Z
Greek life is decent, and people will go to the parties. But, realistically, Greek life here isn't nearly as significant as it is at state schools. I guess that should be expected.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T04:44:09Z
Good labs, and reasonably good printing service. The few times my computer has broken down, I always had a good alternative.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T04:14:49Z
Tons of Ethnic Restaurants – There are restaurants serving most any kind of ethnic food right around campus - Indian, Ethiopian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, French, and about five Thai restaurants. There are definitely cheap options for students. There's also a great vegetarian restaurant called Claire's that has delicious cake. And of course Ashley's is great for ice cream.
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