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The best word to describe Yale is "intense".Architecture
The best word to describe Yale is "intense". The place stretched me in many ways. What impressed me most was the general caliber/talent of the student body, the unsurpassed vibrancy of the campus life, and the unique architectural beauty of the place.

However, Yale was not all peaches and cream. The campus is hyperliberal, often at the expense of alternate viewpoints. I would routinely see conservative speakers mocked, conservative publications thrown en masse into the trash, and even ROTC cadets spit-upon and labeled "Nazis". In class, I was instructed on how to vote "correctly" in upcoming elections. Many of the students seemed to live in spoiled bubbles removed from reality. This was my biggest disappointment about Yale.

Do not go there if you want any kind of practical education. Classes are hypertheoretical and any kind of pre-professionalism or nuts-and-bolts training is shunned. Sadly, the engineering majors were looked down upon and criticized by many students. There was only one "accounting" class offered. However, it is OK to be "pre-law" or "pre-med". Do not expect Career Services to be helpful if you are looking for work outside of New York or Wall Street.

Do not go here if a lot of cold, dreary, rainy days bother you. New Haven was not as bad as I had expected and there are many opportunities to grow by volunteering in the community (very big on campus through Dwight Hall). However, it is a depressed city and care needs to be exercised (there was a student murdered on campus while I was there).You can get just as good an education at many schools FOR A LOT LESS $$$. I had great classes, and lousy ones. I had amazing professors, and ones I disliked. If I had to do it all over again, I would probably have gone to a reputable state school like Chapel Hill or UVA on scholarship.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Don't get me wrong, I like Yale andQuite BrightEconomics
Don't get me wrong, I like Yale and am proud to go here, but considering where else I got in, I'm suffering from buyer's remorse. Yale's better than your average U, but not worth the price tag.

The social options are pretty good here. People are approachable and always find time to socialize with friends, and the crowd's pretty diverse and chill. Sometimes I feel like I get the most out of my Yale experience from conversations with friends.But that's a double-edged sword. If I feel like I'm learning the most from my friends, that means I'm not getting much out of my classes. I expected more rigor when I came here, but it seems that most classes here are about as difficult or engaging as at any other university (honestly even the textbooks that are "customized for Yale" seem pretty standard). Some professors will care about you (maybe the ones in DS), many will not. Creativity among the students abounds, but no one really seems to care about following through with your thought and getting it right - they just simply reward being creative. Maybe this suits litterature and humanities people more, but I found it disappointing.

1st Year Male -- Class 2011
Innovation: A, Perceived Campus Safety: F
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Don't go for the name.Quite Bright
Don't go for the name. That's all it is. A NAME. I regret going for the prestige and wasting the last few years of my life. The faculty are rarely around and have TA's teaching. It's not worth it. I can't believe how the world perceieves the name of "Harvard" and "Yale" as being the best. When I see those words I think about how dumb I was to go here. Stay away from the Ivy League. Get an education at a small liberal arts school that has research opportunities and good professors.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2006
Campus Maintenance: A+, Faculty Accessibility: D-
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