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Much of the facultyNot so brightPreMed and Medical
Much of the faculty is very friendly and helpful. Most of the students are friendly too. I feel I made a very good choice going to this University.
1st Year Female -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A+, Faculty Accessibility: B+
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So much of Yale depends on your attitudeQuite BrightEconomics
So much of Yale depends on your attitude and expectations. Before I came I had a perfect image of Yale. I thought people would be humble and smart and talented and accepting, etc. What attracted me to this place at first was that everyone seemed to just LOVE it, so when I came and didn't enjoy it as much, I felt out of place. A lot of that was because I met some not-so-uplifting people who just sat around and complained about how miserable their lives were. Not cheerful. But when I came back second year, I decided to have a more positive attitude, and met a lot of really cool people who were more in tune with my personality. Since then I've come to love this place, and to really take advantage of the fun things New Haven has to offer. I would strongly suggest that you visit before making a decision about joining this horde of liberal masses. The prestige is nice, but it'll only get you so far.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2005
Education Quality: A, Extracurricular Activities: B
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I have mixed feelings about Yale.AverageUndecided
I have mixed feelings about Yale. The campus is beautiful and there are some awesome people, but there are definitely plenty of arrogant and sheltered students as well. Being from the "inner city," it was shocking to see just how sheltered and socially ignorant many students are. The majority of the student body seems down to earth, and many are, but there are some that have no concept of the real world or any type of culture besides high culture.

One great thing about Yale is that my ethnic group does not self segregate to the same extent as at other schools. Overall, this place is integrated. At the end of the day, however, most groups of true friends are not very diverse, even if they are superficially (athletes and a cappella groups, especially, have multicultural cliques).

The classes are good, but the shopping period isn't all it's cracked up to be. Most departments are solid, and it seems like I am the only student on campus who hasn't enjoyed the benefits of grade inflation.

New Haven is an alright city, with a lot to offer considering its size. Many students have no interest in it, and erroneously equate the "ghetto neighborhoods" surrounding us with New Haven, when in fact New Haven is much more than the quarter mile radius around Phelps Gate. Overall most of New Haven's best restaurants and attractions are close to campus, making Yale a bubble of privilege completely insulated from the rest of the city.

I do suggest coming here, despite my judgements and rants. My issues with the students are the result of the educational and economic inequalities in this country, and any person from a humble background like myself would have the same issues at any selective college. Maybe one of my civic minded classmates will change that when he or she is President.

1st Year Male -- Class 2007
Useful Schoolwork: B+, Social Life: C-
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