BioEBear2010 wrote: I've heard that it's good to visit sometime on your own, too, because you get to experience Yale without all the show. Any merit to this, Rabbit (or any other current Yale students)?
It wouldn't be a bad idea, but I don't really think it's necessary - especially if you'll be at Yale for a couple days in April. The Admitted Student Program (it's not actually a weekend, exactly...) is designed to give you enough time to participate in formal programming and also to meet informally with students and to spend some time exploring the school, the wider Yale University, and New Haven on your own. And while we do put on a good "show," I don't think that it's particularly "show"-y, if that makes sense...nobody is going to tell you something at the ASP that they wouldn't tell you at any other time. I think we're actually pretty good about acknowledging the fact that while Yale is a great place, it's not THE place for everyone - and current students are certainly happy to talk to you about the good and not-as-good parts of Yale and any other schools you might be considering (and yes, many of us DID seriously consider other schools, even if we now think that Yale was absolutely 100% the best choice for us personally).
Reasons you might want to come another time:
* You're just SO excited about Yale that you can't wait till April - and you're located relatively close by;
* You have a scholarship deadline at another school that "expires" before you'd have a chance to come to the ASP and make an educated decision that way;
* You really want to have a good sense of what classes are like here, and are worried you won't get much of a chance to see that during the April "weekend" (because you can sit in on a good number of classes on the April Thursday, but if for some reason you don't get into New Haven till late in the day or Friday, you may not have many opportunities to sit in on classes since very few meet on Friday). Or if you want to meet with specific faculty members one-on-one and aren't sure you'll want to take time out of the ASP to do that (though you'll probably have more than enough time to do it, if you want to, in April).