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Yale University comprises three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. Included in the "Ivy League" - a community of eight most prestigious private American universities. Together with Harvard and Princeton University is the "big three". In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices.
School of Architecture
School of Art
School of Drama
School of Management
School of Medicine
School of Music
School of Nursing
Institute of Sacred Music
Forestry & Environmental Studies
School of Engineering & Applied Science
School of Public Health
School of Arts and Sciences
Yale's roots can be traced back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a college in New Haven to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. This vision was fulfilled in 1701, when the charter was granted for a school “wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State.” In 1718 the school was renamed “Yale College” in gratitude to the Welsh merchant Elihu Yale, who had donated the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I.
Yale College was transformed, beginning in the early 1930s, by the establishment of residential colleges. Taking medieval English universities such as Oxford and Cambridge as its model, this distinctive system divides the undergraduate population into twelve separate communities of approximately 450 members each, thereby enabling Yale to offer its students both the intimacy of a small college environment and the vast resources of a major research university.
Yale University has been accredited New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Housing. Before freshman year, all incoming undergraduates are assigned to one of Yale’s twelve residential colleges. Students remain affiliated with their residential college for all 4 years (and beyond). Yale makes every effort to represent the diversity of the entire undergraduate community within every residential college. In this sense, each college is a microcosm of the larger student population. The residential college system offers students a familiar, comfortable living environment, personal interaction with faculty members and administrators, and exciting opportunities for academic and extracurricular exploration. Every residential college has its own master and dean, both of whom are Yale faculty members. The master and dean live in the college with their families and eat their meals with students in the dining hall. The master is the chief administrative officer and the presiding faculty presence in each residential college. He or she is responsible for the physical well-being and safety of students in the residential college, as well as for fostering and shaping the social, cultural, and educational life and character of the college. During the year, he or she hosts lectures, study breaks (especially during finals), and Master’s Teas—intimate gatherings during which students have the opportunity to engage with renowned guests from the academy, government, or popular culture.
Dining at Yale University. We serve students and guests good fresh food that tastes great — high–quality and nutritious in a clean, safe, contemporary environment, purchased and prepared in a fiscally responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. Yale Dining is a division of Student Financial and Administrative Services (SFAS). With 23 residential and retail dining operations on campus, we serve more than 14,000 meals a day. Every student has a list of Student Dining Discounts and has a list of Happy Hours throughout New Haven/
Transportation. Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., seven days a week, Yale students, faculty, and staff can call 203-432-6330 or 203-432-WALK to request a University Security safe ride within campus boundaries. A University shuttle or Security Vehicle will be dispatched to your location and will drop you to your final on-campus destination. Yale also has a Nighttime Shuttle Service that runs from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., seven nights a week. This service runs on a scheduled route around the campus and does off-route dropoffs. View more information on the Nighttime Shuttle Service and real-time GPS locator here.
Work. The Yale Student Employment Office (SEO) provides assistance to both students and employers in meeting their employment needs. SEO provides free job posting and on-line application services to the campus and local community. In addition, SEO assists students in completing their employment paperwork and provides satellite payroll services for students. The office also provides electronic timesheet services to the campus.
Arts. New Haven is nationally recognized as a center of excellence in the arts. Yale makes a significant contribution to the arts culture of New Haven through its outstanding galleries, museums, theaters, and performances.
Academic Resources available throughout the University ensure every student can take advantage of the Yale experience. Whether you need to apply for a grant or fellowship, navigate student financial services, or learn about study abroad opportunities, there are resources to help guide you towards success.
The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, established in July 2014, supports students and faculty across the campus and consolidates the various teaching, tutoring, writing and technology-enabled learning programs distributed across the University. Units in the Center for Teaching and Learning include Yale Teaching Center, The Graduate Writing Center, Yale College Writing Center, Yale Center for Language Study, Science and Quantitative Reasoning, Center for Scientific Teaching, Educational Technologies/AITS, and Yale Online.
Freshman counselors are seniors who live near you to be sources of information and assistance throughout the year. Your counselors can offer suggestions about curricular and extracurricular choices, take an interest in your concerns, and give firsthand advice on how best to use the academic and other resources of your residential college and of Yale College.
Resource Office on Disabilities. The primary mission of the Resource Office on Disabilities (ROD) is to facilitate individual accommodations for all students with disabilities throughout the entire University, and by so doing, work to remove physical and attitudinal barriers, which may prevent their full participation in the University community.
The Yale University Library system is made up of 15 different libraries, including Sterling Memorial, Bass, and Beinecke libraries as well as those housed in schools and departments. For a comprehensive overview of the libraries and their offerings, visit the Yale University Library System link below. The personal librarian program, the New Haven Public Library, and the Yale Bookstore are other great resources for academic and personal use.
Yale Health is home to health services for Yale College, graduate, and professional school students. The Student Health Department has a long tradition of caring for students, their spouses. While you are at Yale, we encourage you to take advantage of our clinical care, preventive services and urge you to take an active role in your health care. We are committed to the health issues that are important to you.
Travel. Travel Health provides comprehensive pre-travel consultation, education, vaccination, and travel medications. Travel Health is available to faculty, staff, students, and Yale Health members.
Our services include:
- Individual or family consultations
- Group travel education sessions for Yale students
- Travel vaccinations
- Prescriptions for travel medications
- Special educational sessions for those that may be at risk of exposure to blood and blood borne pathogens
Chaplain's Office. The Yale Chaplain’s Office provides pastoral care to individuals and the Yale community in times of crisis; supports the flourishing of Religious and Spiritual Communities; educates students on faith-related topics; and hosts interfaith student groups and events.
The Yale University is internationally known for its excellence.
Students here establish close relationships with faculty mentors, work in well-equipped laboratories and use the resources of one of the world's largest library systems.
University ranks 11th in "Shanghai" Academic Ranking of World Universities and the 3rd place in the ranking of the best universities according to the edition of US News & World Report, and the same According to the international rating QS World University Rankings. Two thousand faculty members are of the highest qualifications in their fields of expertise.