A typical Yalie is “tough to define because so much of what makes Yale special is the unique convergence of different students to form one cohesive entity. Nonetheless, the one common characteristic of Yale students is passion—each Yalie is driven and dedicated to what he or she loves most, and it creates a palpable atmosphere of enthusiasm on campus.” True enough, the student body represents a wide variety of ethnic, religious, economic, and academic backgrounds, but they all “thrive on learning, whether in a class, from a book, or from a conversation with a new friend.” Students here also “tend to do a lot.” “Everyone has many activities that they are a part of, which in turn fosters the closely connected feel of the campus.”
Yale is, of course, extremely challenging academically, but students assure us that “aside from the stress of midterms and finals, life at Yale is relatively care-free.” Work doesn’t keep undergrads from participating in “a huge variety of activities for fun. There are more than 400 student groups. Because of all of these groups, there are shows on-campus all the time, which are a lot of fun and usually free or less than five dollars. On top of that, there are parties and events on campus and off campus, as well as many subsidized trips to New York City and Boston.” Many here “are politically active (or at least politically aware)” and “a very large number of students either volunteer or try to get involved in some sort of organization to make a difference in the world.” The Yale Bulldogs are the athletic teams of Yale University. The school sponsors 35 varsity sports teams, NCAA Division I.