Yale University

Yale University is a prestigious, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest university in the United States. Yale University offers some of the most respected academic programs worldwide. Professors and other faculty members at Yale often receive international recognition for their research and publications. In fact, multiple U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices have attended Yale.

The nation’s premier divinity and theater schools are located at Yale University. Some of the best drama students apply to Yale’s graduate theater program every year. Yale also has a renowned graduate arts program. In 1861, Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences became the first U.S. institution of higher learning to award Ph.D. degrees.

Currently, Yale employs over 1,100 faculty and professors, has 5,300 undergraduate students, and approximately 6,100 graduate and professional students. With nearly a $20 billion endowment—the second-largest of any college or university in the U.S.—the school is one of the best funded of any higher education institution.

Over the years Yale has produced many successful and notable graduates, including 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, five U.S. Presidents, several heads-of-state, and Nobel prize winners. Yale Law school (often referred to as Yale Law or YLS) is one of the most prestigious and selective law schools in the United States.

Yale University is very selective, with certain academic programs being more difficult than others to be admitted into. For example, few students are admitted into Yale’s MFA in Acting, considered by many to be the nation’s finest acting program.

All students applying to Yale, as well as to specific academic programs, must have high grade point averages, submit excellent letters of recommendation, and receive high scores on entrance exams. Admissions for Yale are quite competitive.

Students that cannot afford tuition and other fees can apply for financial aid once accepted to the school. Yale also provides work-study programs and departmental scholarships, as well as Pell grants and student loans.

Paid graduate student teaching and research positions are available at Yale. Most students utilize multiple funding sources to finance their education.

Yale Online Degree Programs

Unfortunately, Yale does not offer students the opportunity to earn an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree online. As far as we know, all Yale degree-oriented programs must be completed on campus in a traditional classroom setting.

Through its new Yale Open Courses program—oyc.yale.edu—the university provides lectures, courses and other educational materials free to the public via the Internet. The online courses cover an array of liberal arts disciplines, including social sciences, humanities, and biological and physical sciences. These online courses have been designed to appeal to lifelong learners, educators, high school students and college students. However, no course credit, degree or certificate is awarded for taking OYC online courses.

Each online course comes with a complete set of classroom lectures delivered via high-quality video, a course syllabi, reading assignments, and useful problem sets to help you learn the subject material.

University Rankings

In 2012 U.S. News & World Report ranked Yale third among all universities in the United States, surpassed only by Princeton and Harvard. It has also been ranked in the top ten universities nationwide by almost every reputable ranking organization, including QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities. It has also been ranked fifth in the world as the best arts and humanities university, and has placed in the top 100 for: Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Engineering/Technology, Life and Agriculture Sciences, Social Sciences, and Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy.

Student Organizations at Yale

There are a large variety of student organizations on Yale campus which include journals, newspapers, magazines and political groups. The largest of these, The Yale Political Union (YPU), is also the oldest student political organization in the United States. It is often advised by Yale alumni and prominent political leaders such as George Pataki and John Kerry. The YPU is primarily a debate society, modeled after the Oxford Union and Cambridge Union Society, the latter being Britain’s second oldest University Union. Weekly debates are held and conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order, the most widely used parliamentary authority in the United States.

The Yale Daily News, first published in 1878, is the oldest college publication of its kind in the United States. The publication is completely independent from Yale University other than it is run by Yale students. It runs Monday through Friday, five days a week during the academic year. The newspaper editorial and business staff operate out of Briton Hadden Memorial Building in New Haven, but the paper itself is printed in Waterbury, Connecticut. Reporters for the paper are typically freshmen and sophomores. Each day they scour the university, the city of New Haven, and sometimes even the state of Connecticut itself, in search of news to report and stories that need to be told. The paper includes an expanded sports section, which is published on Mondays, an Opinion Forum published on Fridays, and an arts and living section (called “WEEKEND”) also published on Fridays.

The same publishing company that produces the Yale Daily News also produces the Yale Daily News Magazine, Yale’s Class Day and Commencement, special issues of the newspaper for incoming freshmen and The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges.

Other popular student organizations include several fraternities and sororities, 18 cappella groups (The Whiffenpoofs being the most popular), various secret societies such as Skull and Bones, and many other musical, cultural, political, and special interest groups.

Fraternities and Sororities

Yale was one of the first universities in the United States to establish a well developed system of fraternities. The first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a student society at the time, was established in 1780. Later other secret and academic societies began to spring up. In 1832 Phi Beta Kappa evolved from a secret academic society to a public society. As different societies took hold and proliferated, students began developing fraternities, which were an interrelated system of students, usually young junior and sophomore men who were considered socially or academically elite among their peers. Other types of fraternities followed soon after. Sororities at Yale were established in 1985 with the formation of Kappa Alpha Theta, Yale’s first female sorority.

The following is a list of fraternities and sororities that have chapters at Yale University.

  • Alpha Delta Phi fraternity
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Rho Lambda sorority/Alianza de Raices Latinas
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity
  • Kappa Alpha Theta sorority
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority
  • Pi Beta Phi sorority
  • Psi Upsilon fraternity
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
  • Sigma Chi fraternity
  • Sigma Nu fraternity
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
  • Sigma Psi Zeta sorority
  • Zeta Psi fraternity

Academics and Admissions

Yale University offers one of the largest selections of undergraduate and graduate degrees and academic programs of any university in the nation.

A few of Yale’s premier academic programs include:

  • Architecture
  • Classics
  • Archaeology
  • Linguistics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Film
  • Nursing
  • Law
  • Medicine

Students admitted to Yale’s medical school can specialize in the following fields:

  • Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics
  • Neurosurgery

As previously mentioned, Yale University admissions are very competitive. For the class of 2016, Yale’s admission rate was a staggering 6.8%, the lowest it’s ever been. From a pool of nearly 29,000 applicants only 1,975 students were accepted.

Unlike many private universities, Yale is a need blind school. That is, Yale does not consider the financial status of an applicant when determining admission. This policy typically leads to an increased number of students requiring financial assistance. Luckily, Yale has the backing of a substantial financial endowment. Yale has committed to helping meet the financial need of all applicants. Most student financial aid comes in the form of grants and scholarships that students are not required to pay back. Of the 1,975 students admitted to Yale nearly 30% are expected to receive no financial support from their parents. In 2012 the average student scholarship was $35,400.

General Information

Admission Office
Box 208234
New Haven, CT 06520-8234
(203) 432-9300
Fax: (203) 432-9392
student.questions@yale.edu
Contact: Margit Dahl
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-4771
www.yale.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 5,277
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,318
Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,256
Graduate enrollment: 4,915

Setting
Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $34,530 $35,300 $36,500 $38,300 +4.93%
Books and Supplies $2,950 $3,000 $3,050 $3,100 +1.64%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,470 $10,700 $11,000 $11,500 +4.55%
Other $2,400 $2,400 $2,400 $2,400 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $50,350 $51,400 $52,950 $55,300 +4.44%
In-state Off Campus $37,480 $38,300 $39,550 $41,400 +4.68%
In-state with Family $37,480 $38,300 $39,550 $41,400 +4.68%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $33,500
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $33,500
Out-of-state Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 829 63%
Grant or scholarship aid 772 59% $26,026,877 $33,714
• Federal grants 268 20% $1,390,958 $5,190
• Pell grants 162 12% $610,208 $3,767
• Other federal grants 242 18% $780,750 $3,226
State/local government grant or scholarships 16 1% $70,038 $4,377
Institutional grants or scholarships 744 56% $24,565,881 $33,019
Student loan aid 88 7% $782,054 $8,887
• Federal student loans 69 5% $304,047 $4,406
• Other student loans 29 2% $478,007 $16,483

All Degrees and Programs

BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1446 1435 739 426
Architecture and Related Services 22 74
Architecture 22 70
Environmental Design/Architecture 4
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 84 41 10 14
African Studies 3 4
African-American/Black Studies 7 6 4 4
American/United States Studies/Civilization 25 9 6 10
Area Studies, Other 9
Chinese Studies 4
East Asian Studies 13
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 11
European Studies/Civilization 9
German Studies 1
Japanese Studies 2
Latin American Studies 4
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 2
Russian Studies 4
South Asian Studies 2
Women’s Studies 10
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 109 31 85 62
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 25 4 17 13
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 84
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 3 2
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 9 10
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology 6 7
Evolutionary Biology 7 5
Genetics 17 8
Immunology 6 5 8
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 3 7
Neurobiology and Anatomy 1 2
Neuroscience 1 7 8
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 5
Pharmacology 1 7 2
Physiology 5 2
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 218 8 2
Business Administration and Management 218 8 2
Computing and Information Sciences 19 9 11 7
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Computer and Information Sciences 19 9 11 7
Education 5
Urban Education and Leadership 5
Engineering 64 47 22 29
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 23 9 4 9
Chemical Engineering 5 9 1 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 6 11 6 10
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 2 6 2 2
Engineering Science 21
Engineering
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 4 5 6 2
Mechanical Engineering 3 7 3 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 111 11 12 11
English Language and Literature 82 11 12 11
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 29
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 37 30 24 22
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature 1
Chinese Language and Literature 3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4 3 3 4
Comparative Literature 6 6 4
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5 1 3
French Language and Literature 3 2 3 5
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1 2
Italian Language and Literature 4 4 1 4
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature 7
Linguistics 8 2 4
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1 1 2
Portuguese Language and Literature 2
Russian Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Spanish Language and Literature 3 5 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 285 132 92
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Medical Scientist 29 1
Medicine 109
Nursing Administration 108 81
Nursing Science 5
Physician Assistant 34
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Public Health 114 15 11
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2
History 168 39 23 30
History 168 39 23 30
Legal and Law Studies 24 210
Advanced Legal Research/Studies 24 3
Law 207
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 22
Mathematics and Statistics 29 31 3 10
Applied Mathematics 8 1
Mathematics 21 8 2 9
Statistics 23 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 119 4 1
Cognitive Science 18
International/Global Studies 43
Mathematics and Computer Science 2
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 3 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 56 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 13 143 14 10
Environmental Science 42
Environmental Studies 13
Forestry 22 14 10
Natural Resources Management and Policy 79
Physical Sciences 40 38 62 28
Astronomy 3 1 2 4
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other 5
Chemistry 17 20 36
Geology and Earth Science 2 2 4 8
Physics 13 15 20 16
Psychology 108 12 8 15
Psychology 108 12 8 15
Social Sciences 396 98 39 42
Anthropology 16 8 8
Archaeology 3
Development Economics and International Development 24
Economics 148 23 16 18
International Relations and Affairs 26
Political Science and Government 213 13 8 12
Sociology 19 9 7 4
Theology and Religious Vocations 84 52
Divinity/Ministry 52
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 13
Theology/Theological Studies 71
Visual and Performing Arts 105 215 20 51
Acting 15
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 31 14 10 12
Art/Art Studies 25
Directing and Theatrical Production 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 20 1 7
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 15
Fine/Studio Arts 54
Music Performance 28
Music 14 4 3 4
Music, Other 85 6
Playwriting and Screenwriting 3
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology 22
Theater Literature, History and Criticism 6
Theater/Theater Arts Management 11
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $75
Online application fee: $75
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 8%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 99%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Demonstration of competencies: Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 25,869
Percent Admitted: 8%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled: 66%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 700 (25th Percentile)
  • 800 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 710 (25th Percentile)
  • 790 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 710 (25th Percentile)
  • 800 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 32 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
East Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Chem/Phys/Molecular Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Engineering
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Engineering Science B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages B

Chinese B
Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Italian B
Japanese B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Portuguese B
Russian B
Spanish B

History
History – General B
History of Science/Technology B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities B

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Cognitive Science B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology – General B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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