Yale Safety

<p>I am looking into Yale, because of my Dad. The more I learn about Yale, the more I am interested. Though I thought I wanted a LAC, I discovered that most classes at Yale are not that big. Anyway, my Mom is very much against both Yale and Brown because of safety. And I am concerned also. How is undergrad security?</p>

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<p>It's safe :)</p>

<p>Please reassure your mom! Yale is actually a very safe campus and I speak as a very careful mom: my son was homeschooled and we live in a small college town. I would describe myself as quite protective (wouldn't even let the boy go to school!) Since my son started attending Yale, I have observed a very attentive and constant presence of Yale security and New Haven police keeping the campus and surrounding environs safe. As for Brown, I went to graduate school there and cannot imagine why your mother would be concerned. The campus is up on "the hill" and really very separated from downtown Providence. The shops and restaurants on the hill cater mainly to the campus and I have never been aware of any significant crime rate.</p>

<p>Thanks... my Mom grew up in Providence, and I guess she thinks it is unsafe. So, as a Mom, when you visited college campuses, did you think Yale was more safe than others? I know New Haven itself is pretty downtrodden, but is Yale separated from that? </p>

<p>Hopefully, I will visit this summer to get a feel of the campus.</p>

<p>Yale is very safe. There are gates to every entrance, and you can only get in with a Yale ID card. The New Haven police also do their job very well. Yes, New Haven has a bad rap, but it really is not as bad as others will have you believe.</p>

<p>I cannot speak for Brown, never been.</p>

<p>This topic has been covered a lot of times, so I'll try to cover it from a different light.</p>

<p>I was a Yale freshman this past academic year, and I have slowly adjusted to life in the city. I hail from white-collar suburbia, where the only crimes that ever occurred were traffic violations and drug possessions. Adjusting was definitely weird. My first night of Bulldog Days last year, I was terrified. I walked with a large group and refused to stay out past eleven. </p>

<p>From what I've seen, that's really not necessary. Crimes are generally town vs town, and rarely involve Yalies. Townies aren't really out to get you, unless you count the panhandlers that you will encounter on York and Whitney or the twice-a-year wallet/purse snatching. As long as you don't provoke them or get tangled up in some drug web with the New Haven gangs, you shouldn't be in any real trouble. </p>

<p>I'd say that if you were going out at night past say... 10 or 11, you shouldn't walk alone. I have heard stories of people being followed, especially on the fringes of campus. If you're walking back from the library, you should be fine even if you live in TD/Pierson/Davenport.</p>

<p>If you want to be really careful, there's always 2Walk and the shuttle service. Basically, there's a number to call if you're alone at night (or even if you're not) and you need to get somewhere, and you can request either a person to walk with or a shuttle to come get you. It's really useful if you're trapped away from your dorm in the middle of the night or when it's cold or rainy.</p>

<p>Basically, have your wits about you and you should be fine.</p>

<p>Sara--Has your mom visited Providence recently? I've been impressed with the improvements in the city over the past decade. (That also applies to New Haven). But I would emphasize that the Brown campus is truly "up on a hill" and most of the students rarely go downtown. The train station is right at the base of the hill and easy to get to (I sledded there on my suitcase once during a blizzard). </p>

<p>Regarding New Haven: it's true that it is a city and on the gritty side. However, Thatguy is correct: you must have IDs to enter the residential colleges, courtyards and buildings on Yale campus. And Pianista makes a very good point about the shuttle and escort services that are available, as well as the necessity of using your smarts while out at night.</p>

<p>Yale is safer than everyone makes it seem. The RCs and all residential areas are VERY safe, especially at night (seems weird I know, but the gates are locked and can only be accessed with YaleIDs and unless a Yale student lets someone dangerous in, nothing will happen). During the day, Old Campus is open to anyone, but Yale Security does keep an eye out for trouble. Worst you'll have is the Squirrel lady (or tourists).</p>

<p>The area immediately around Yale is pretty nice. A couple of blocks away from campus in any direction starts looking different. I've walked around campus plenty of times alone at night (all different hours, ranging from 12-3am) and the worst part of it is how eerily empty campus is at that time. Didn't feel dangerous at all. Of course, use common sense where you're going and you'll be fine.</p>

<p>Most crimes that occur at Yale happen to grad students who live farther off campus. Undergrads are rarely involved and when they are, they're usually on streets I've never seen or on the periphery of campus, where people rarely go to begin with. And rarely are injuries reported (just wallet/purse snatching, aggressive pan handling, etc.).</p>

<p>Though that last paragraph sounded grim, it really isn't bad at all. The chances of anything bad happening to you are very slim.</p>

<p>And I agree, if you ever feel unsafe 2Walk and shuttle are only a phone call away (and blue phones are a few feet away). I rarely use the shuttle because of safety concerns (maybe never) but rather because I'm far from my destination and don't want to walk that far when I'm exhausted. I've never used 2Walk so can't comment on that.</p>

<p>Are you joking?
I'm an international and maybe I don't know the situation in USA, but you said that your mum is afraid of your safety <em>_</em> . You have 19 years. When I was 10 I went to school by myself.</p>

<p>I'm going to guess you have an over-protective mother who worries a lot. Brown and Yale are safe places.</p>

<p>I didn't have a problem with it when I visited and neither did my protective asian parents :P</p>

<p>When I visited Yale, I never felt unsafe. It really didn't even occur to me that safety would be much of an issue. The same goes for Brown. I actually thought Providence was a very nice town. </p>

<p>In the interests of disclosure, I grew up in 2 major urban areas so taking safety precautions is truly second nature to me. If your parents are worried, maybe you can show them the safety statistics at Yale and Brown. Sometimes, facts can reassure people and alleviate their fears of the unknown.</p>

<p>My sheltered suburban daughter went to Yale a few years ago and never had any problems. She even ran alone (I worried...) during the day all over New Haven. She would go out at night with friends.
When I visited her and she would come to our hotel, I did insist that my husband walk her back to her dorm if it was dark or late at night. I think I would have done that in any city.
Yale is a great experience. Please don't not go because of safety concerns. Learning to navigate cities safely is part of growing up. If you can't handle New Haven, how will you ever handle traveling abroad?</p>