You Oughta Know
The surrounding community. In the 1990s, New Haven, Connecticut, was known primarily for two things: Yale University and violent crime. Traditionally a manufacturing town, New Haven’s economy was hit hard by the industrial decline in the Northeast over the past several decades. The city had one of the 10-highest violent crime rates per capita in the nation, and Yale students rarely left campus. However, New Haven’s economy has started to rebound over the past 10 years, and its crime rate has dropped dramatically. It is now a great walking town, with many popular restaurants, bars, museums, university sports arenas, and theaters all within a stone’s throw of the campus.
Student organizations. Both professional and social clubs are a big part of the SOM experience. Soon after setting foot on campus, first year students will be bombarded by second years reaching out and soliciting participation in student clubs to get them involved in major events such as professional conferences. Most students will take an active leadership role in at least one or two clubs during their tenure at Yale, with active participation in a couple more. In addition, professional clubs can act almost as gatekeepers for recruiting opportunities, particularly in finance and consulting.
Popular hangouts. GPSCY (pronounced “gypsy”, the Graduate and Professional Student Club at Yale, has long been the most popular hangout for SOM students on campus, as it is essentially a school-sponsored bar. However, now that the school has moved to Evans Hall, which is several blocks further away, it remains to be seen if GPSCY will remain a social hot spot for SOMers. Off-campus, there are several restaurants, bars and clubs in downtown New Haven that SOM students frequent. Toad’s Place (known as “Toad’s”) hosts a number of popular concerts in town. Many students also take the Metro North train to New York City.
Major events & activities. As you research the program and speak with SOM students, be sure to ask them about Halloween at GPSCY, the fall and spring formals and, of course, the never-to-be-missed Harvard–Yale football game!