College Sophomore 2013-08-05T19:04:47Z
The financial aid process was somewhat confusing, and there were an immense amount of forms that seemed to all have the same questions.
College Sophomore 2013-08-05T19:02:37Z
The campus police foster a healthy environment that enforces safety and health rather than punishment. They are very lenient on underage drinking, and would rather have you take a friend to Yale Health or report a problem than hide it, so there is very rarely an instance where a student gets in severe trouble.
College Sophomore 2013-08-05T18:59:58Z
There are many dining halls to choose from, but the issue is that they mostly serve the same things as all of the other dining halls. On top of that, each one is relatively small, so there are not a large amount of options to choose from. On the other hand, if you like the food they are serving that day, the food is made very well!
College Sophomore 2013-08-05T18:57:46Z
There are phenomenal amounts of opportunities given by the school! The best part, in my opinion, is the residential college system. When you matriculate to the university, you are randomly placed into one of 12 residential colleges, and you typically remain in that college until graduation. You live within your college for every year past freshman year, and each college has its own dining hall, gym, kitchen, laundry room, restaurant, intramural teams, and more! This system fosters a camaraderie and creates friendships and bonds that I do not think are possible otherwise.
College Sophomore 2013-07-31T15:26:14Z
Yale has tons of dining halls and cafés, but most of the residential college dining halls have the exact same thing as the next one. Sometimes the entrées are just too out there because Yale is attempting to be considerate of all its international students. I don't know whether the food is considered good by the students from whose countries the food comes, but most of the time I personally find it difficult to find entrées I want to eat. That said, there are always other options, such as the grill where students can get made-to-order burgers and veggie burgers. There is also a cereal bar, a dessert bar, a salad bar, and a sandwich/panini bar. Each residential college dining hall has something unique to offer, such as the Morse/Stiles dining hall, which is known for its brick pizza oven. Selections of fruit and vegetables are minimal and rarely change. Yale is very good about being environmentally conscious and serves as much local produce as possible. Additionally, there are always options for students who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.
Outside of dining halls, there are multiple cafés where students can grab a quick muffin between classes. (Or if students know they will not have time for lunch, they can order a sack lunch from a dining hall ahead of time, which they can then pick up in the morning). Finally, there is a convenience store where students can buy anything from tea, to frozen meals, to razors, to Ben & Jerry's. The cost is pretty high, though, so for students who are not on the unlimited meal plan, and thus do not earn points for every purchase, shopping at this store is often done only in case of emergency or as a last resort.
College Sophomore 2013-07-31T15:08:58Z
Alcohol is everywhere. The saying "you can't spell Yale without ale" is very accurate, although it is very possible to have an excellent social life without alcohol. There is a group called #teamsober that started at Yale and has since spread to several other colleges and universities, particularly in the Ivy League. This group advocates for sober fun and is a good resource for anyone who wants a community free of peer pressure. That said, there is little to no peer pressure about alcohol at Yale. Students respect each others' decisions for the most part, and while they offer alcohol to each other, if someone says no, there are no judgments made, no weird looks, no "are you sure?"'s or "you'll like it!"'s. Additionally, Yale has a very safe policy about alcohol, I feel. Because Yale recognizes that it is going to happen, students don't feel the need to hide it, which means they get the help they need without worrying about discipline. This results in significantly fewer alcohol-related deaths or injuries.
College Junior 2013-07-30T18:20:40Z
There are lots of cultural activities available in New Haven, but students tend to be afraid of the city. As a result, most of the social life takes place on campus, but people also go to NYC for museums, etc. New Haven has great restaurants, though--Ethiopian, Malaysian, pizza...
College Junior 2013-07-30T18:16:07Z
Off-campus housing is cheap (very, very cheap!) but kinda grungy. A lot of the houses that students rent have mold, which is pretty unhealthy. And there are more break-ins than in on-campus housing.
College Junior 2013-07-30T18:12:10Z
Campus life is student life at Yale. Secret societies and a cappella are very big deals...People are just as competitive about extracurriculars as they are about academics, if not more. Prime examples include the Yale Political Union (2 all-night commitments per week) and the Yale Daily News (an even more rigorous commitment).
College Junior 2013-07-30T18:06:40Z
It's pricey, and there are a lot of restrictions (no microwave, you're expected to live in the same residential college all four years, so you're expected to make friends with people in it). However, if you embrace the residential college system, it provides a truly wonderful community.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T04:19:01Z
Dining halls are spectacular; food is good, though a bit repetitive. Many healthy choices, though sometimes the dining hall staff is very apathetic.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T04:16:09Z
Yes, students' interests and talents are very diverse--and that is the only diversity that should really matter. There's also the more superficial diversity universities like to tote--racial, ethnic, national, sexual, vertical, and horizontal (although students tend to be in pretty good shape).
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T04:12:38Z
It's a choice people make, and many people at Yale unfortunately make some bad choices. But if you don't want to drink, no one will make you. However, it does negatively affect some students' behavior, so partygoers should be wary. It's impossible to generalize across the whole student body, but even the teetotaler can find something to do on a weekend night.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T04:05:54Z
Very good computers; small clusters located in every(?) residential college. Bigger clusters tend to be further away (Hillhouse and Prospect), though they're sparsely used. Every student has his own laptop, and that's probably true across nearly all colleges by now.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T19:14:54Z
I love all of the restaurants that I have tried around New Haven. Many thai food options! Also, there are vegetarian and vegan places close to campus. However, I tend to eat in the dining hall a lot since the food is so good!
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T19:11:56Z
Yale has a wonderful shuttle system that runs every day of the week. Also, there are emergency shuttles that can be called any time of the day. The routes are very convenient and link all of campus.
College Senior 2013-07-10T22:52:49Z
Computers are all accessible and close and helpful. There are available computers in every library and computer labs in all twelve colleges, so if you have to print something, you sign up for an account (each page is 10 cents at most) and you don't have to walk far. If you finish something in your room, you can just email it to yourself and print it from a computer downstairs in the lab, which is in the basement of the college you live in, so not far at all. And if you're in one of the big libraries, there are computers there as well. Network reliability is good and fast. Wifi is good. There isn't a single person without a laptop (though technically you could just use the computers available), but you totally don't need a printer.
College Senior 2013-07-10T22:47:25Z
A lot of people live off campus in apartments or frat/sorority houses. It sometimes seems like all the cool kids live off campus and something I'd like to do, but my parents won't allow me since New Haven is considered a dangerous area. (It's not that dangerous for undergrads, but I might be worried if the apartment was really far from campus.) Pros are that you get to cook your own food, but you have the option of choosing a dining hall pass if you want. It's supposed to be cheaper, and if your apartment is close to campus, convenient and super-nice.
College Senior 2013-07-10T22:38:11Z
It's a nice-looking campus. Yale is famous for its architecture. There are twelve college libraries and some other bigger, more famous libraries. It takes a while to figure out what the best study location for you is, but once you do, it's amazing.
College Senior 2013-07-10T22:32:15Z
It's cold at Yale, but there's only a five minute walk to classes for me, and I don't notice it. Indoor heating is great, and it's fun to wear winter clothes. So for me, at least, the cold East coast weather isn't a problem.
College Sophomore 2013-07-05T23:52:34Z
The only time I've really used Yale transportation was taking the shuttle up Science Hill. As long as you're on time, the shuttle will be there. In going off campus, a friend of mine uses ZipCar, but the essentials (toilet paper, toothbrushes, laundry detergent) are definitely within walking distance.
College Sophomore 2013-07-05T23:50:17Z
As an Ivy League institution, Yale doesn't offer merit scholarships to incoming students, but they are very good at assessing your family's specific needs and giving you the appropriate amount of financial aid. If you disagree, call the financial aid office and you may even get a little more money. And most of the time, no loans!
College Sophomore 2013-07-05T23:48:04Z
New Haven is all right as far as college towns go. There's been some historical tension between Yalies and New Haven residents, but things have gotten better over the years, and I've even seen "Go Bulldogs! Beat Harvard!" signs in store windows around Thanksgiving for the Game. There are only a couple of stores within walking distance that are worth visiting, but if you want pizza and ice cream/froyo, you've come to the right place.
College Junior 2013-07-03T10:10:34Z
There is a lot of diversity in race, sexual orientation, and background, but almost everyone here subscribes to the same moderate liberal ideology in a sort of boring way. Anyone who dissents is not tolerated and possibly shunned, and challenging, controversial, and respectful political discussions are hard to find outside of the YPU.
College Junior 2013-06-12T23:11:06Z
Computing is generally fine, pretty much everyone is on the wifi all the time, which is very easy to get on. The student tech collaborative does repairs for free and is very competent. Computer labs are usually amply supplied, and printing works well enough. Oh, and we get 50 free GB of cloud storage.
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