Recent Alumnus 2009-12-06T04:11:58Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty Safe – There's a big scare about crime in New Haven, but the area right around campus feels pretty safe. If you ever feel uncomfortable walking back to your room late at night, you can call the Yale escort service and they'll pick you up and drive you to your door.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-04T00:21:47Z
Guys & Girls:
Variety of People; Serious Relationships and Hookups – Everyone is engaging. lots of variety. some people are into the hook up scene, while many others opt for serious relationships.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-04T00:19:38Z
Yale's campus is incredibly diverse. My roommate has a full need based scholarship here. I have friends from all over the world and with vastly different ideas about politics, religion, and themselves. I've learned so much since being here, especially because there is a cooperative respect between students.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T20:47:16Z
Pretty Sparse – There are a few frats that throw parties. Other than that, you wouldn't know they exist.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T20:46:41Z
There's Something for Everyone – While a lot of students will choose to stay in and study if they have a lot of work for the coming week, a larger number of students attend suite parties, frat parties, and dance parties sponsored by various student groups. There is a lot of drinking, but those who don't drink can enjoy themselves at every event (no pressure to drink).
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T20:43:08Z
The dining halls come up with innovative dishes for us to try. Sometimes, they serve all of the delicious dishes at one meal and fail to serve an appealing option at another meal. The college dining halls really feel like home and have been an important part of my Yale experience.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T18:51:47Z
We're in New Haven – Nearest airports are JFK, Hartford, and possibly New Haven (but this last one is pretty small).
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T18:47:33Z
Guys & Girls:
Not Bad – The looks are kind of like the GPAs; inflated, with a tight standard deviation.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T18:41:34Z
Decent but not popular – Most students live on campus in order to reap the benefits of the residential college system, so there's not much of an off-campus culture. But having searched for summer sublets as well as year-long rents, I can say that nice, fairly priced apartments are not hard to find, and a lot of them are close to campus. Safety is probably an issue but not one that I hear about very often.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T18:37:47Z
Great Variety, Good Prices – Though New Haven is smaller than most college cities, it boasts a wide variety of tasty ethnic cuisine ranging from Indian to Ethiopian to Japanese. Most of the restaurants are walking distance from central campus, and prices are reasonable.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T18:14:22Z
Metro-North Is the Best – Metro-North is an excellent example of how government programs can improve both transportation and cultural values. I'm serious. The Metro-North line to New York is the best public transportation I've ever encountered, not just because it works and because it's insanely cheap, but because everybody is friendly and enjoys it. It encourages public transportation to be socially valued, which matters a lot in this day and age.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T18:08:42Z
Guys & Girls:
This Question Is Slanted – This question, and the sample answer, sounds like it's slanted towards "Duuuuude college rocks I'm so gonna get laid this weekend." Any college has its share of that, but I'm glad to say Yalies in general rise above the mundane. I've never spoken to any student or faculty but I've come away feeling enlightened, inspired, and impressed. The university culture is one of intellectualism, openness, and debate. It's a noise of ideas. It's the best place and the best people in the world. I miss it.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T18:03:53Z
Health & Safety:
It Should Be Easy to Stay Out of Trouble in New Haven – New Haven has a problem with assault, and most assaults pertaining to Yale are on graduate students and take place late at night far from campus. Anyone living in these areas should take precautions: bike, don't walk; stay on major streets and in lit areas; travel with a companion or call up 2-WALK. We're Yalies, guys, and we're smart enough to actually DO these things, not just read the emails and think about doing them.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T07:23:14Z
We're smart. Each of us is a little bit of a geek. But we're diverse geeks. There are history geeks and theater geeks and drunkard geeks and Greek geeks and math geeks and jock geeks etc etc etc. The nice part about that is that even though you can factor out the geek part and find people with your interests, everyone here has at least that in common. We're incredibly driven, passionate people, and that doesn't have to be about schoolwork or politics or saving the environment. There are people who are incredibly passionate about producing plays, or charting the climate conditions in Ecuador, or traveling book salesmen in Victorian America, or playing football, or playing Halo.
I think the clincher is that we feel at home in this environment, with these people. I go to my hometown and find that I'm not nearly as comfortable as I am here. I like who I've become here. It really is a surreal, magical place, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T07:14:36Z
It's New Haven. Deal. It rains. A lot. It's kinda gray. But when it's nice out, it's gorgeous. And New Haven in the summer is just amazing. Too bad we're here for the crappy months.
Luckily, though, because of the lake effect, it usually doesn't get crazy cold here. So that's one positive.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T07:10:00Z
Food has no flavor – Dining halls have decent variety, but the food NEVER has any flavor. I've become addicted to hot sauce because it's the only way my taste buds won't die from disuse. That said, at least most of the time it's edible. There are no mystery meats.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T05:55:21Z
good snow, good east coast weather, nothing outrageous.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T05:53:00Z
Lots of Renovations and Essence of the Old – A lot of buildings are being built/will be built/are being renovated. Awesome library (bass), biggest college gym in the world, beautiful campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T05:51:44Z
best professors, best history and chinese departments in the world (i'm sure there's more), TAs can sometimes be ~~ but you'd expect that at any school.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T05:22:58Z
It's Bipolar – The weather here can be absolutely BEAUTIFUL, especially during the early fall and the end of the spring semester. But there are also a lot of rainy days, and those can get pretty miserable. It also gets pretty darn cold.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T05:25:12Z
Residential College System – The residential college system vs regular dorm housing is great. It really helps to break the larger Yale community into smaller chunks of people that you will live near for all 4 years.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:55:11Z
I Love It – I love it here! It's a unique place in good and bad ways but I would do it all over again. No regrets. The people make your experience so much more wonderful-don't just study all the time, and make time for friends and events. It's so much more worth it that way.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:54:09Z
Not That Many and They Just Host the Parties – Frats and less commonly sororities host parties at least every other weekend, but other than that are not very visible on campus. There is not a sense of exclusion-anyone can go to their parties.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:52:58Z
Always Something Going on, but You Can't Always Find What You're Looking for – The problem with nightlife here is that there is no middle ground between frat parties and the club Toad's and events like a cappella concerts and drama shows. There are not many mixers for example. There are a lot of dances and some events are really great-Spring Fling and Safety Dance come to mind. Do not expect to meet people at parties, although it is very easy to find people to hook up with at parties-but don't expect to make friends at parties or meet people you might have a relationship with.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:50:24Z
Dorms Are Very Nice – Freshman dorms can be small but upperclassman dorms are all very nice. I had a small single my freshman year and my room is much bigger this year.
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