The Last But Not LeastFebruary 14 2004 at 10:37 AM
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Ah, say that name and a certain picture of old ivy covered buildings, spacious grounds, shade trees, sweaters tied around shoulders, tennis shoes...........you get the picture.
Yale is the last Ivy that I will look at in this little series of sketches of the Ivy League. When my daughter and I started this journey these were the only schools she was interested in along with Colgate and one unmentioned Small Ivy. She had other interests from some other schools but she like me felt that the education part came first so she wanted to go big right from the start. ( I swear I didn't make her do this, her choice) So she researched them all, contacted the coaches and found out what she needed to do to get into the schools of her choice. You are all actually benifiting from her leg work and the notes she kept on each school. As for contact with the schools yours truly and she did a fair bit of this, Remember the schools have strict rules about contacts, the types of contacts and when they can contact you. They may seem uninterested but they are only following the rules. You or your family must be very active in this regard.
One of the criterias that my daughter used to focus her search for a school was location. What's with that Prof? Well we have family that live in the States. The Profette, like that? The Profette focused her search down to four schools she was really interested in with this in mind as we spend a lot of time in two parts of New York State ( Down State and Upstate). Yale was one of these and the other three were in Upstate New York. This is the kind of planning and research you too must do if this is the route you would like to follow. Anyways I digress.
Yale is located in New Haven Conneticuit which is about a two hour drive from New York City. Ah, see the connection now? New Haven is located on the North Metro Railroad which is the one of the main commuter lines to New York City much like our GO Transit. You would be amazed at the commutes people take to work in The Big Apple. Two Hours is nothing, there are people who travel further! Anyways I digress even more! New Haven is a medium sized city and the Yale Campus is a huge chunk of green space in the city's downtown. Like all new England cities it is a mixture of the old and the new. The campus is beautiful and is exactly as you can imagine in your minds eye. Some of the buildings are works of art in themselves while others are very old but beautiful buildings that show their history in the wear on their steps and stone bannisters. This place has been around since the 1700's.
Roughly 10,000 students make this campus home. Around 5,000 are undergraduates. Yale of all the Ivy's is set up a little differently. At its heart it is still a Liberal Arts College. They even still call it this on its letter heads. It is also a Professional School that offers 12 Professional level majors that are considered somewhat separate from the main University. These include its Law School, Medicine and its awesome Music Programme. These Professional Schools usually require a previous undergraduate degree but not all.
As you can imagine your test scores need to be very high, higher than the other Ivys. SAT/ACT scores need to be in the area of 1350/33. If not you will not get in! Yale is very strict about these scores as are all the Ivys. 13,000 people apply each year, out of that 1,300 get admitted. Now you see why your scores are important. How do these schools get it down to the number of students they let in? Well it is what you do outside of school that separates these students from the pack. Volunteer work, sports, the Arts, scientific ability, I think you get the picture.
Financial Aid packages are excellent and unlike Princeton still include a small Student Loan. These loans I have mentioned are not very big being about $2,000.00 US a year on average. The Americans are big on the student accepting some financial responsibility for their education, maybe then the student will take it seriously.
Another intersting difference is that Yale is set up on the British Model. Yale's organization, and student participation is expected as part of your education, is very similar to Oxford and Cambridge. The school is set up into 12 Colleges and every freshman belongs to one of these colleges. Each college has its own dinning room that the students and the staff eat at. All Freshman and the Sophmores MUST live in residence (College). Each of these colleges has a Master, a Dean and Fellows (Profs) and as many sports teams as you can imagine. Your social life other than the Hockey Team is your college. Everbody and I mean everybody must take part in the Intermural Sports Programme, even if you are on a Varsity Team. Anyone who knows Uof T will see some similarities in this college system.
The Hockey team is on the upside of a rebuilding that began 4 years ago. The Coach, Hillar Witt is in her third year, second as head coach and the Associate head Coach Harry Rosenholtz has been with the programme for 4 years. Harry was extremely helpful with my daughter in this whole process and helped her in many ways. I see Harry all the time in rinks in the GTA and he still finds the time to talk hockey with me. One of the true gentlemen in the NCAA. If you are a goalie the added bonus is that Harry was a goalie, is the parent of a goalie and is a very high level cerified Goalie Coach. Just imagine girls someone who actually knows how to coach a goalie! Anyways the team has made great strides and has a winning record for the first time in years. So they must be doing something right.
So that's it. I've finished this essay and I will move on to other subjects This is not the end of the Prof although I think I just might take Seymore up on his offer and publish a book!
Till next time, keep your head up and your stick on the ice as you head to the net you may be suprised at what you find there.
- Thanks Prof...Great Info - Anonymous on Feb 14, 3:47 PM
- I trust I am not being too bold ... - bramdad on Feb 14, 3:54 PM
- Not To Worry - The Prof on Feb 14, 5:43 PM