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So I have several general, sometimes unrelated pointsQuite BrightPolitical Science
So I have several general, sometimes unrelated points to make here. We'll start with people:

People: Any singular description of "the people" at yale (or probably any university) is wrong. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone here is a genius (although, of course there are some). There are nerds jocks, people who drink, people who don't, people who are shy, people who are outgoing, and even more people who are largely normal. That being said, everyone has at least one reason why they got in here. This can .be being from Uzbekistan, building pumpkin trebuchets, participating in scientific research, playing football, or any of a variety of characteristics that makes them "interesting", at least to the admission's committee (and probably to your conversation with said yalie as well).

Social Life: Is fairly varied as well. There is drinking, and more frat involvement than you'll see in the guidebooks, although they come nowhere near dominating the social scene (about 10-15% of the studfent body is in a frat i think). They do host numerous parties to which the entire campus is invited. There are of course numerous concerts plays and other cultural experiences should you be interested in more highbrow entertainment, as well as dances and stuff not hosted by frats, and of course chatting and watching TV or a movie in a friends' roomm or any of the basic stuff like that.

Academics: Avg class size 17ish. Your average class size: 50ish. This is because you are more likely to be in bigger classes, as more people are in them for a reason (that is, you are much more likely to take, say, Strategy Technology and War than intermediate Akkadian and so is everyone else. That said, as you get older, your classes will probably shrink, as seniors and juniors can get in to the smaller seminars that freshmen and sophomores get booted from. The professors are, in my experience, very good and knowledgable, and often renowned in their fields. They will rarelygo out of their way to get to know you, but they make it reasonably easy for you to go out of your way to get to know them. The difficulty and workload is extremely variable. If you want to, you can give yourself about 15 hours of work a week (or less), or you can completely bury yourself. Likewise, you can probably give yourself a fairly high GPA, or you can take hard courses and get a lower GPA. There are, of course, a very wide variety of courses to choose from, which is a plus, especially if you want to take intermediate Akkadian.New Haven: Is fine, if you don't go more than 1 block from campus. Within one b lock is the usual smattering of bookstores and pizza places and coffee places and ice cream etc, and a litttle bit farther is a movie theater. If you want to go clubbing, or go to world renoiwned theatres go to Columbia.

1st Year Male -- Class 2010
Education Quality: A+, Friendliness: B
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Yale has been a truly wonderful experience forSuper BrilliantHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
Yale has been a truly wonderful experience for me. One thing it took me a while to realize is that the MOST important thing at Yale is not your grades or your classes, but the activities you participate in and the connections you make. Everybody who gets in is intelligent and can work hard to get mostly A grades. What differentiates the truly successful from the average successful Yale student has to do with who makes friends and who gets to know their instructors. Yale has a lot of opportunities to "hang out" with your professors at on-campus clubs, out-of-class programs, at lunch, etc. Make use of these! Go to Mory's with a prof, join clubs and societies, and so on. Coming from a public school background, I didn't do much of this at first and I found it intimidating. But now, my closest friends are from the groups I joined, where I was accepted right away. DO go out for drinks when the people in your college invite you. DO sacrifice one more late night on a paper in favor of one more late night of debate or writing for the school paper or something else. That's where the real life opportunities come from at Yale. And it's much more fun than you realize at first. In ten years nobody will remember if you got a B or an A- in that history class you took, but meanwhile Jed from the YPU will remember you as his friend and will offer you a job working for Congress. It's only worth coming to Yale if you're willing to play that game. It took me a while to be comfortable doing so, but I'm really glad I did!
4th Year Female -- Class 2012
Education Quality: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: B-
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Yale is the best thing that ever happenedQuite BrightEnglish
Yale is the best thing that ever happened to me. This place is heaven. I hated high school for many reasons, but at Yale everyone is so friendly and passionate about what they do and the environment is so intellectual and collaborative. It's impossible not to make amazing friends here, especially with the Residential College system.

Academically, I don't really believe the Ivy League hype and I think that the top liberal arts schools are probably just as good, but I am very satisfied with my academic experience at Yale. My classes have always been pretty small, but I am in the humanities department and it might be a little different in the sciences. Yale's famous grade inflation makes the environment less stressful than that of the other Ivies or elite schools like UChicago. Yale is considering changing the grading policy but I think they probably will end up keeping the current system.

The only bad things about Yale are the following: there do exist mega wealthy, preppy students here whose entitlement is annoying. There is more of a conservative voice here than I would like since I am very liberal. With that said, Yale is notoriously liberal and according to pop culture it IS the "Gay Ivy," but there are a lot more privileged libertarians here than I would prefer. Finally, Some students can't get over themselves and the fact that they go to Yale.

But those negatives are so small compared to the greatness of this school. I love it here so much, three years have flown by. I wish I could start it all over again. If you get in to Yale, thank the gods and come to Yale. You will have no regrets.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B+
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