College Profile: Yale University
Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and is a member of the Ivy League. Particularly well-known are its Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate school, Yale College, and the Yale Law School, the two latter of which have produced a number of U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state. In 1861, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences became the first U.S. school to award the Ph.D. Also notable is the Yale School of Drama, which has produced many prominent Hollywood and Broadway actors and writers, as well as the art, divinity, forestry and environment, music, medical, management, nursing, and architecture schools. The university's assets include a $22.9 billion endowment (the second-largest of any academic institution) and more than a dozen libraries that hold a total of 12.5 million volumes (making it, according to Yale, the world's second-largest university library system). Yale has 3,300 faculty members, who teach 5,300 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students. Yale is organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Yale's 70 undergraduate majors are primarily focused on a liberal arts curriculum, and few of the undergraduate departments are pre-professional. About 20% of Yale undergraduates major in the sciences, 35% in the social sciences, and 45% in the arts and humanities. All tenured professors teach undergraduate courses, more than 2,000 of which are offered annually. Yale uses a residential college housing system modeled after those at Oxford and Cambridge. Each residential college houses a representative cross-section of the undergraduate student body and features facilities, seminars, resident faculty and graduate fellows, and support personnel. As of 2008-2009, there are 12 residential colleges, with plans to open two more in 2013. Yale's graduate programs include those in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — covering 53 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, biology, physical sciences, and engineering — and those in the Professional Schools of Architecture, Art, Divinity, Drama, Forestry & Environmental Sciences, Law, Management, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Public Health. Yale and Harvard have been rivals in almost everything for most of their history, notably academics, rowing, and American football. In sports, the Harvard-Yale Regatta and The Game are annual contests. Yale president Rick Levin summarized the university's institutional priorities for its fourth century: "First, among the nation's finest research universities, Yale is distinctively committed to excellence in undergraduate education. Second, in our graduate and professional schools, as well as in Yale College, we are committed to the education of leaders." The nicknames "Elis" (after Elihu Yale) and "Yalies" are often used, both within and outside Yale, to refer to Yale students.
203-432-0360 (financial aid)
||Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above|
||10,000 - 19,999|
|Title IV Eligibility
||Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs|
College Student Services Offered
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||Employment services for students||Yes
||Placement services for completers|
||On-campus day care for students' children||
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||Distance learning opportunities|
||ROTC: Air Force||
Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Yale University Website
Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
|Open admission policy
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||Student Body Size||Yes
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College Levels Offered
||Less than one year certificate||No
||One but less than two years certificate|
||Two but less than 4 years certificate|
All Academic Programs
- Political Science and Government, General.
- French Language and Literature.
- Music, General.
- Japanese Language and Literature.
- Physics, General.
- Fine/Studio Arts, General.
- Women's Studies.
- Theology and Religious Vocations, Other.
- East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
- German Studies.
- Law (LL.
- Physiology, General.
- Business Administration and Management, General.
- Economics, General.
- Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
- Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
- Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
- Chemical Engineering.
- Urban Education and Leadership.
- European Studies/Civilization.
- Geology/Earth Science, General.
- Portuguese Language and Literature.
- Mathematics, General.
- Computer and Information Sciences, General.
- Psychology, General.
- East Asian Studies.
- Religion/Religious Studies.
- Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
- African Studies.
- Art/Art Studies, General.
- Biomedical/Medical Engineering.
- Japanese Studies.
- Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv.
- Applied Mathematics.
- Film/Cinema Studies.
- Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology.
- Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
- Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
- Physician Assistant.
- Nursing Science (MS, PhD).
- Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD).
- Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering.
- Latin American Studies.
- Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
- Public Health, General (MPH, DPH).
- Music Performance, General.
- International/Global Studies.
- Spanish Language and Literature.
- Environmental Studies.
- Cognitive Science.
- Statistics, General.
- Evolutionary Biology.
- American/United States Studies/Civilization.
- Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD).
- International Relations and Affairs.
- Medical Scientist (MS, PhD).
- Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
- Forestry, General.
- Medicine (MD).
- Engineering Science.
- Chinese Studies.
- Russian Language and Literature.
- Engineering Physics.
- Russian Studies.
- Latin Language and Literature.
- Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
- Mechanical Engineering.
- Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other.
- English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.
- Italian Language and Literature.
- Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology.
- Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General (LL.
- Music, Other.
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
- Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
- Neurobiology and Neurophysiology.
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
- Chinese Language and Literature.
- Genetics, General.
- Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
- Environmental Design/Architecture.
- Theology/Theological Studies.
- Biomathematics and Bioinformatics, Other.
- Development Economics and International Development.
- English Language and Literature, General.
- African-American/Black Studies.
- Pathology/Experimental Pathology.
- Area Studies, Other.
- Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other.
- Comparative Literature.
- History, General.
- Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
- Jewish/Judaic Studies.
- Chemistry, General.
- Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
- Engineering, General.
- Mathematics and Computer Science.
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