Yale University: Safe or Unsafe?
- Written by UnivAdmitHelp
- Category: Insights & Information
- Published on 07 Jul 2020
On Wikipedia, the list of notable Yale graduates from Yale University runs over 35 pages long in multiple columns and tiny print. From George W. Bush to George Bush, it includes the likes of Paul Freeman and Meryl Streep, Fareed Zakaria, Dick Cheney, and Samuel Morse. Yale has produced a major chunk of humanities leaders and entertainers.
Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. It is a research university and a liberal arts college. Its scholars are driven by innovation and more than 300 years of tradition. It is known for its stellar undergraduate programs, and excellent drama and music programs, which reach outside the classroom with student organizations such as the Yale Whiffenpoofs, a famous a cappella group, and the Yale Dramatic Association. Why then do we see a certain reluctance to add Yale to our list of Reach schools?
Is it the location? Yale University is situated in New Haven, a mid sized city in Connecticut, technically an hour away from NY by train. And yet, prospective students worry about choosing Yale University for their future education because Yale has come in as the nation's 4th most dangerous city, according to preliminary figures recently recently released by the FBI, with 15.8 violent crimes per 1000 people in 2010. Yale and New Haven’s reputation for being dangerous likely originated in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The city, New Haven, was the site of a drug war, and there were three times as many shootings in the city as there are today. Although statistics suggest that New Haven as a whole is still more dangerous than other cities of comparable size, the area around Yale is no more dangerous than those that surround other schools(Compared to other cities, this is probably the norm, but more on that later)
To counter the fears, the University has a strong security system, with security guards in place throughout the day to keep the city and the student body in their place. The dorms are reputed to be spacious and centrally located, there are many emergency phones and adequate lighting. According to current Yale students and alumni, the buildings themselves are surrounded by locked gates and all buildings are secured by key cards. Cabs, campus shuttles, and campus security all ensure that you get from one place to another safely. Of course, after dark you should not walk alone or carry valuables but that’s common sense in an urban environment.
However, not all students live on campus. Many of the grad students live off campus in slightly rougher neighborhoods with a higher rate of crimes. Like any city, your risks increase if you are intoxicated, alone, or in an unfamiliar part of town. But as long as you take sensible precautions, like with every location, the educational experience is safe.
Being in a city like this is a good educational experience in its own right. The Yale area is very historic, steeped in culture, art, theater, and with lots of ethnically diverse restaurants. Don’t be afraid. Just make friends, have fun, and keep your doors locked - but don’t we all already do that?
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