College Senior 2012-08-30T01:09:14Z
Housing Is the Best! The housing at Yale is awesome, because you are divided in residential colleges like in Harry Potter, you compete together in intramural sport, live together in the same building, and so you really get a great smaller community of friends around you.
College Senior 2012-08-17T17:56:08Z
Printing Is Pretty Rough – Printers at Yale require payment per sheet, and are not particularly reliable.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T01:24:10Z
Good Variety and Delicious – Some students forget that dining halls are not restaurants and like to complain at times. I've been to a lot of colleges on visits, both before matriculation and afterwards to visit friends, and only a few places compare to Yale Dining. The options are wide and varied, not to mention tasty and wholesome. The only downside is that there is some disparity between the quality of the food at different residential colleges. For example, I would never dare eat at Saybrook or Branford if I wanted a decent dinner. Except for those 2, most others are on par. TD, Silliman, Morse, Stiles have better food than the rest.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T01:13:46Z
Nobody can quite grasp how breathtaking the campus housing is until they visit. Every single friend and prefrosh that visited the campus and stayed with me in the dorms have literally had jaw-dropping moments. It is not only the spaciousness of the dorm rooms and common rooms, but the cleanliness and amenities that follow. In-suite bathrooms are common, which means only about 4-6 people share the showers, toilets, and sinks. All 12 colleges have been renovated so the facilities like game rooms, butteries, gyms, libraries are in top shape. The facilities managers do a great job with the upkeep so that nothing is rundown. I feel incredibly lucky every day to dwell in such great housing.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T01:05:13Z
Every weekend on Friday and Saturday there is guaranteed to be at least a couple big dorm parties. These are open to usually friends and their friends, suitemates, etc. Yalies are very welcoming and love to open doors to each other's company. More common are "pregames" which are casual gatherings of friends in someone's suite. This is usually a group anywhere from 5-20 people having some cheap vodka, beer, and other alcoholic drinks before going out to a campus party, frat event, or Toad's.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T00:57:07Z
Mostly Alcohol, Some Weed – The predominant social culture on campus involves alcohol. It's free, abundant, and easily accessible for students of all ages. Parties are always open to all students, whether it is in a dorm, frat, or college dining halls. I have never heard of someone being denied entry to a social function. That is simply unheard of. As long as you are a Yale student you are granted the right to drink and socialize with the host (this is to keep out townies sometimes). There isn't much peer pressure to drink. Mostly the problem comes from Yale freshmen students who have either 1)never drank before college or 2)drink beyond their limits. In my 3 years on campus, I have very rarely heard of drugs other than marijuana. Some people like to smoke, but I'd say it's way less common than drinking. Rare rumors of someone trying cocaine.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T00:43:06Z
Lenient but Responsive – The level of campus strictness is just the right amount. Yale police officers have jurisdiction of school grounds so they are the ones dealing with students, not the real New Haven police. Yale officers are extremely friendly people who are looking out for students' best interests; they are not out to get you. They know it is a college campus and that students are drinking underage. My friends during freshman year have walked across Old Campus with a 30 rack of beer while the officers smiled and wished a good day. This doesn't mean things are out of control. Parties cannot be crazy or insanely loud, since most take place within the dorms and some others are bound to be sleeping or studying. In most residential colleges there are designated party suites and a fund for throwing parties. The master of the college would grant a social fund and allow students to throw registered party (these students would have to be 21 to register). It's a great place to be social. From Wednesday to Saturday each week, there is usually something going. Yalies really know how to work hard and party hard.
College Senior 2012-07-25T14:04:10Z
Winter Woes – The weather here is never that bad, but when the winter comes, it kind of gets dreary. People are always inside and rarely go out at night. Also, when it snows, classes are RARELY cancelled. However, getting through the winter makes the spring so much better.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:27:18Z
Everything is metered, and the cops around there are pretty harsh about handing out tickets.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:26:42Z
It'll Do – The food is pretty standard, but the plans are somewhat expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:23:51Z
Everything Is Reachable! Campus shuttles take you everywhere you need to go, taxis are always abundant, local buses run regularly.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:05:11Z
It's Fine – There are a bunch of restaurants, but they're a little expensive...
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:04:44Z
...some are old, some don't connect well to the printers.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T16:38:17Z
It's Fine – There's nothing special with Greek life -- although they have parties occasionally, it is not a big thing to be in a fraternity or a sorority.
College Junior 2012-07-10T16:35:44Z
I Love This School! I'm so happy I came here. I've made great friends, taken great classes, and there's just such a loving community here! There are so many things to do, and so many awesome people to get to know. If it's between Yale and any other Ivy, choose Yale. There are plenty of people who chose Harvard over Yale and regretted it, but I've never met anyone who chose Yale over Harvard who's regretted their choice. Yale is a great social place. Academics is important, but so is having fun.
College Junior 2012-07-10T16:30:08Z
Rainy and Cold – Weather here sucks. It rains a lot, and it's super cold in the winter. But it's Yale, so who cares?
College Junior 2012-07-10T16:26:13Z
Pretty Lax – Yale pretty much lets its students do their own thing. Most kids who go to Yale are pretty responsible, and so there really isn't a need for strict control.
College Senior 2012-06-15T03:16:12Z
Very very lax – Yale is great about rules. They enforce rules about cheating and stuff but as far as drinking goes, it's about health and safety, not about punishment.
College Senior 2012-06-15T03:15:26Z
Not great but definitely improving – Greek life at Yale has been consistently improving. It's nowhere near like big state schools, but sorority recruitment is becoming more and more popular, and fraternities throw awesome, popular parties.
College Senior 2012-06-15T03:14:01Z
Guys & Girls:
not so hot – The people involved in athletics and Greek life are generally attractive. Outside of that, though--slim pickings.
College Senior 2012-06-15T03:03:13Z
Health & Safety:
Safe, Despite Rumors – People always say Yale is kind of dangerous, but it's actually one of the safest Ivies. I've never felt in danger on campus. If you stay with groups when you go off campus and only stay in Yale-concentrated off-campus locations (i.e. not wander into the outskirts of the Yale bubble), then you're totally fine.
College Senior 2012-06-12T01:17:21Z
Really Cold – New Haven is in New England, and you are here from September until early May. That means you get hit with chilly Autumn and frigid Winter, with temperatures that stay pretty steadily cold and weather that alternates between rainy and clear. Normal, sunny days are a godsend. The Gothic architecture is nice, though.
College Senior 2012-06-12T01:15:49Z
Political Science Is TOO BIG – Something like 45 percent of Yalies are Poli Sci majors, which is outrageous - it's hard to get specialized attention or to meet with the DUS. The Poli Sci website is archaic, the DUS is hard to meet with, and the requirements are so tedious and confusing it's ridiculous. You're better off picking another major with analytic thinking and taking Poli Sci classes according to interest.
College Senior 2012-06-12T01:09:57Z
Hard Classes...If You Don't Know Where to Go – Yalies often search out courses known as "guts" - classes where the material/tests/teacher are really easy, in order to supplement their grades. Here, schmoozing with the professor is what will get you a high grade along with trying your hardest. Otherwise, get ready to hang out with all the world-class academicians and a lousy C.
College Senior 2012-06-12T01:07:48Z
Guys & Girls:
Cute Girls, Preppy Guys – But the majority of the guys are interested in the same sex. You'll just have to deal with it - there are plenty of diamonds but don't let yourself get so caught up you forget that the social scene here is all about the one night stand.
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