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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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It's a factory with good resources.Quite BrightEnglish
It's a factory with good resources. Forget all but a handful of esoteric great classes (take NO intro courses, just read the textbooks), go sit in the library, take advantage of the visiting speakers, but don't expect the faculty to treat you like anything but an interruption of their research. (There are exceptions, but they're few and far between, and they usually don't make tenure) After you graduate you'll have that invisible Yale tattoo to display whenever anyone questions your intelligence. But the hardest part is getting in. The rest is a process of passing through blue banners with a Y on them and convincing yourself that this was worth the money. If you want a Yale education, buy the books they sell at the campus bookstore when classes start, and read them. Hang out on campus and go listen to the visiting speakers. Sneak into a few good lectures (Spence, for example), and there you have it. It's pure marketing hype, perpetuated by the people who will later give you a job because the name impresses them. Then you go to Europe, and your degree there will mean nothing. Good luck, kid.
4th Year Female -- Class 1997
Campus Aesthetics: A, Innovation: F
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Yale helped me get get a career butNot so brightCivil Engineering
Yale helped me get get a career but it did nothing for my self worth. When I was there, I felt like a cog in a machine, meaning nothing to the unviversity. You have to pay outragous sums to get in but when you are there you feel your money drain away into the rusty toilets (with so much money, you would think Yale could fix their toilets).As for my classes, I was in a smaller Major yet still most of my classes were lectures...not sure why. They would have been better as discussions. Bottom line: if you like to be an individual, look elsewhere. If you can overcome that, then this would be a great place for you if you are looking for a good career start.
4th Year Female -- Class 2006
Collaboration/Competitive: C+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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