Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
  1. Applying to Cultural Connections
  2. Arriving at Cultural Connections
  3. Moving In
  4. Rooming at Cultural Connections

 
APPLYING TO CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
 
  1. Do I automatically get into Cultural Connections (CC) if I submitted an application?

    Not necessarily. We have a limited number of spaces, so we cannot always accommodate everyone who applies to CC. There is a limited review process for CC applicants, so you will be notified within a week of the application deadline if you are accepted. You should know though, that with a handful of exceptions, we have traditionally been able to accommodate everyone who has applied.

  2. How will I know if I have been admitted to CC?

    You will find out by email if you have been admitted, so please make sure to provide us with your most current email address in your application. The email will give you information on what to bring to CC, traveling arrangements, and a general schedule of events. If a significant amount of time has passed and you are still not sure whether you were admitted to CC, contact Ms. Silvia DeCastro at silvia.decastro@yale.edu.

  3. I am not on financial aid so I will be paying the program fee. How should I make the payment?
    If you are not on financial aid, your Yale student account will be billed $200 automatically at the end of the program.

  4. Should I apply to CC if I am an athlete who will also be training during the week of CC?
    If you are an athlete who does not have training during the week of CC, please apply!

    The CC schedule is packed with activities that all participants have to attend, and many fall athletic schedules conflict with that. Therefore, we aren’t able to accommodate athletes whose training coincides with CC. However, you are welcome to join us for some of CC’s events. We will have a social on the first night of CC, a Poetry Jam on Monday night, and a Talent Show on Wednesday night that athletes are welcome to attend.

ARRIVING AT CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
 
  1. Can I arrive a day early for CC?

    We will not have housing available for students who arrive a day early, so you should not plan to come before registration. If you have to arrive in New Haven early, you might consider reserving a room in a nearby hotel, like the Marriot Courtyard or the Omni. For information on other hotels, you can visit the “Hotels” link on the Yale Visitors gateway Web page.

  2. Can I arrive a day late to CC?

    All students must arrive on the Saturday of registration. Many activities and bonds are formed right from the beginning of the program that can shape your total experience. All five days of CC are full of activities, trips, movies, and discussions, so it is imperative that you arrive on time. (Understandably, those traveling from farther away might have to arrive later in the afternoon or evening on Saturday. That’s not a problem).

  3. I will be traveling to New Haven by myself. Will that be a problem?

    Not at all! Actually, many of our students come on their own. You should rest assured that when you arrive there will be plenty of people to help you move in and show you around. You’ll make friends very quickly and should not be anxious about arriving alone.

  4. What if my plane gets delayed and I don’t arrive until after registration?

    If for any reason you are delayed, you should call (203) 432-2906 as soon as possible. The answering machine will provide you with the cell phone number of the staff member on duty. If you call this cell phone number, we will have someone on alert for your arrival. We will make sure that once you arrive at Yale, you will still get dinner and have help moving your stuff into your room.

  5. What should I do if the airline loses my luggage?

    If the airline loses your luggage and will not have it before registration ends, you should still plan to arrive at Yale on time. In the airport, first submit a report of lost luggage with the baggage security, then come to Yale. In the past, when airlines have lost students’ luggage, they have offered to drop off the luggage at Phelps Gate as soon as possible, but often at inconvenient hours. Losing your luggage can definitely be a hassle, but we will try to make sure you have sheets, a pillow, and toiletries until your luggage arrives.

  6. Where should we go once we get to New Haven?

    CC registration will be held at Old Campus, so you should plan to drop your stuff off at Phelps Gate. Phelps Gate is an enormous gate located opposite the New Haven Green. Its street address is 344 College Street, New Haven, CT 06520, on the block between Elm Street and Chapel Street. There will be plenty of signs and people who can direct you towards the gate once you are nearby.

  7. What’s the best way to get from Hartford/Bradley airport to Phelps Gate?

    The Hartford airport is about an hour away from New Haven, and the cheapest way to get from Hartford to Yale (besides having a friend or family member drive you) is through the Connecticut Limo service. To make a reservation, go to www.ctlimo.com, then click “Yale,” and when making the reservation, pick “Phelps Gate” as the destination. Once you arrive at the airport, you must call CT Limo from its kiosk by the baggage terminal to confirm your reservation. Tickets cost $42 for Yale students.

    For driving directions from Hartford, you should consult an online mapping site such as Google or Yahoo. The street address of Phelps Gate is 344 College Street, New Haven, CT 06520. For more information about travel to New Haven, see the Class of 2021 Web site.

  8. What’s the best way to get from Tweed airport to Phelps Gate?

    Tweed airport is about 15 minutes away from Phelps Gate, and the easiest way to get to Yale from the airport is by taxi. Most taxi drivers in New Haven know where Phelps Gate is, but in case they do not know, Phelps Gate is located on 344 College Street, opposite the New Haven Green and between Elm and Chapel streets. The taxi fare will probably cost between $10 and $15, plus a customary 10% to 15% tip. If you cannot find a taxi (Tweed is a small airport), call a taxi company at either (203) 777-7777 or (203) 777-7778. For more information about travel to New Haven, see this Class of 2021 Web site.

  9. What’s the best way to get from a New York airport to Phelps Gate?

    New York is about an hour and a half away from New Haven, and the easiest way to get from New York to Yale (again, besides having a friend or family member drive you) is through the Connecticut Limo service. CT Limo has vans that leave from JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports. To make a reservation, go to www.ctlimo.com, then click “Yale,” and when making the reservation, pick “Phelps Gate” as the destination. Once you arrive at the airport, you must call CT Limo from its kiosk by the baggage terminal to confirm your reservation. Tickets cost $65 from New York Laguardia or Kennedy, and $80 from Newark for Yale students.

    MetroNorth does have a train that goes directly from New York to New Haven’s Union Station, and it is cheaper than CT Limo, but we do not recommend it unless you are from New York City. Grand Central Terminal can be difficult to reach from all New York airports especially if you are not familiar with the area, so if you are flying into New York, you should probably just take the CT Limo.

    For driving directions from New York, you should consult an online mapping site such as Google or Yahoo. The street address of Phelps Gate is 344 College Street, New Haven, CT 06520.

  10. What’s the best way to get to Phelps Gate from the New Haven train station?

    The train station is about five minutes away from Phelps Gate, so the easiest way to get to Yale is by taxi. Most taxi drivers in New Haven know where Phelps Gate is, but in case they do not know, Phelps Gate is located on 344 College Street, opposite the New Haven Green and between Elm and Chapel streets. The taxi fare will probably cost between $5 and $10, plus a customary 10% to 15% tip.

  11. How will I know where to go once I get to Phelps Gate?

    Don’t worry. We will have plenty of signs by Phelps Gate, and aides will be ready to help you move your things from the gate into your temporary room.

MOVING IN
 
  1. When we move in to our permanent rooms on Wednesday morning, does that mean we will just be moving our stuff into our rooms, or will we be sleeping there for the rest of the CC?

    CC aides will help you move your stuff from your temporary rooms into your permanent rooms on Wednesday and you will be staying in those permanent rooms until the end of the academic year.

  2. Should we bring sleeping bags or linens for CC?

    Yes, we would highly recommend bringing linens. Your temporary rooms will have beds and mattresses, but no sheets or pillows. So, at minimum, you should plan to bring a pillow, pillowcase, extra-long sheets, toiletries, and towels.

    ***If you buy linens through the Associated Student Agencies (ASA) and plan to pick them up on campus, you will still need to bring linens for CC, because the ASA will not have your items ready until after CC ends.***

  3. Why do the sheets in the temporary housing need to be extra long?

    All of the mattresses at Yale are extra long, so normal sheets do not fit. We recommend that you bring extra-long sheets with you to CC, but in case you can’t or you forget, there will be a trip to the local mall to stock up on supplies within the first two days.

  4. What other things should we bring?

    Most freshmen come to CC with clothes, sheets, pillows, and small items like fans or desk lamps. You should ship larger items like floor lamps, futons, or tables, or at least wait until the end of CC, when you will have plenty of time to move and unpack. If you must bring a lot of stuff to CC, remember that while aides will help you move it into your temporary room and from there into your permanent room, carrying very large items up several flights of stairs can be a hassle.

  5. Can my parents come to help me move in on the first day of CC? When should they leave?

    Parents are welcome to help you move in, although there will be CC aides to help carry your belongings for you. Most parents leave on the first day (Saturday). There are activities and information sessions available for parents to attend during the evening, and our Farewell to Parents is at 7:45 pm. In the past, a few parents in the immediate area have returned after CC ended to help students settle in.

  6. Can my parents come to help me move into my permanent room on Wednesday?

    We highly discourage that they come on Wednesday, because we only have two hours devoted to this move. The CC aides and your new CC friends will give you all the help that you will need. We will have wheelbarrows to help you move bags into your rooms on Old Campus and a van to move things from Old Campus to Timothy Dwight and Silliman colleges. We will probably move early in the morning and have trips or activities scheduled in the afternoon, so if you have family or friends waiting with more of your things that you did not bring to CC, they should wait until Friday after CC ends. On Friday, all Yale freshmen arrive on campus, and there will be plenty of upperclassmen in each residential college to help them move. CC participants usually spend that day unpacking and helping their roommates move in since they will have already moved all of their stuff in by that time.

  7. If we need to ship our belongings where should we send them?

    There is very little time during the CC schedule when you can expect to pick up shipped luggage, so you should ship luggage so that it arrives after CC ends.

    Detailed information about shipping your stuff can be found on the Class of 2021 Web site.

ROOMING AT CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
 
  1. Where will we be staying during CC?  Will we have roommates?

    During CC, we will be staying in one of the residential halls on Old Campus. In the past, we have stayed in Lanman-Wright Hall. During CC, you will be assigned a temporary room where you will live with up to three suitemates.

  2. What’s a temporary room?

    A temporary room is the room that you will be staying in during CC.

  3. What’s a permanent room?

    A permanent room is the room that you will be staying in during the school year. You will receive a letter from Yale College notifying you of your room assignment over the summer.

  4. When will I move into my permanent room?

    You will move into your permanent room on Wednesday morning (the 5th day of CC). This is one of the perks of CC: you get to move into your new home early!

  5. What if my permanent room is in the same building that the CC temporary rooms are at? Can you assign me my permanent room when I arrive for CC?

    We will try to assign you to your permanent room, but it may not be possible. During CC, we share buildings with students from other pre-orientation programs and we also divide our own space into male and female floors, so your permanent room may not be available. How we determine which floors are male and female depends on the gender ratio of the students admitted to the program, but we will assign as many students as possible to their permanent rooms.

  6. Will our rooms have air conditioning?
    No, the rooms do not have air conditioning. When it is hot outside it is hot in the rooms as well, so depending on the weather, you might want to consider bringing a fan. You can also buy a fan during our trip to the mall. This is often more convenient than having to travel to New Haven with a fan!

  1. My parents/friend/cousin/aunt/brother/sister/neighbor/puppy want to come and spend time with me during the middle of CC, is that OK?

    Not really. We have a lot of activities planned during CC, including trips outside of Yale, and we expect everyone to participate. The best time for visitors to come is the first day of CC or after it ends.

  2. Can they at least stay in my room with me on the first night of CC?

    Unfortunately, they cannot. For one thing, there is a liability issue: we cannot be accountable for anything that may happen to them. Also, consider your CC roommates; they’ll want to get to know you, and that may be difficult if you have a guest.

  3. Are participants responsible for buying their meals and paying for expenses related to the events that take place during the program (e.g. bowling?).

    We will cover the costs of all meals and pay for the activities during our trips, such as shoe rentals for bowling. If you want to buy souvenirs, additional snacks, or things for your room, you should plan to bring your own spending money.

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