Like many other elite schools on the list, Yale offers students the opportunity to learn from some extraordinary minds, from Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück to historian Paul Kennedy. No surprise that it’s one of the most selective schools in the country. But at the same time it’s also one of the most generous: Yale promises to “meet the full demonstrated financial need" of students. As a result, more than 80% graduate without a penny in student debt. Although the faculty boasts some of the world’s top scientific researchers, Yale offers students a traditional liberal arts education. There are no specific course requirements, but undergraduates must take courses in a wide variety of subjects and demonstrate strong skills in writing, quantitative reasoning, and foreign language. At 96%, Yale also has the third highest graduation rate in the country, right behind Ivy League peers Harvard and Princeton. Much of Yalies’ social life revolves around the residential college to which they are assigned, and live in, starting freshman year. But students also form friendships across colleges through activities like a cappella, sports, campus newspapers, volunteer groups, and—for a select group—senior-year secret societies, such as Skull and Bones.
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The people you meet everyday are intellectual and hold very interesting conversations. Very liberal school, very open. Professors are passionate and helpful. Many extracurriculars to get involved in. Wonderful experience overall.
Being from the west coast, it has been difficult to be on the east coast for full semesters without returning home, but I have pushed through by building great relationships with peers and professors. There are so many opportunities at Yale - it is unbelievable and sometimes paralyzing, but you gotta go for all that you can get your hands on during your four years there. If I had to choose all over again, I think I would choose Yale now that I know I can get through the rough patches and have met some of my best friends and mentors.
I absolutely love attending Yale University. I feel that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am entering my third year in the fall and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. What drew me to Yale was the close knit community and the welcoming and inclusive social space. I have friends from all walks of life and love to interact with people form all different backgrounds. I truly feel that I have grown as an individual as I have become equipped with the vocabulary to express eloquently just who I am and where I stand on certain issues to my peers.