Yale University is a private institution that was founded in 1701. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,310, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 315 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Yale University’s ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 3. Its tuition and fees are $40,500 (2011-12).
Yale University, located in New Haven, Conn., is known for its excellent drama and music programs, which reach outside the classroom with student organizations such as the Yale Whiffenpoofs, a famous a capella group, and the Yale Dramatic Association. The Yale Bulldogs compete in the Ivy League and are well known for their rivalry with Harvard. Students are assigned to live in one of 12 residential colleges during their time at Yale. Each college has a master and dean who live in the college and eat with students in the dining halls. Cultural houses provide a space for students to build a sense of cultural identity on campus.
Yale is comprised of the College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and 13 professional schools. Included in the professional schools are the top ranked Law School and highly ranked School of Management, School of Medicine , School of Art, and School of Nursing. The School of Drama, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Divinity School are also well-regarded graduate programs. The “Yale Record” is the oldest college humor magazine in the nation. Dwight Hall is an independent umbrella organization that fosters student service and activism in the local New Haven community. Yale is well known for its secret societies, the most famous of which are the Skull and Bone Society, which boasts members such as George W. Bush and John Kerry, and the Scroll and Key Society. Distinguished Yale alumni include actress Meryl Streep, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, and actor Edward Norton.
|School mission (as provided by the school):|
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|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Yale University, it’s important to note the application deadline is December 31, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Yale University is $75. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 7.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2010 acceptance rate||8%|
|Application deadline||December 31|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Yale University is 5:1, and the school has 75.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Yale University include: Political Science and Government, General; History, General; Economics, General; Psychology, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 99.0 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||89% - High|
|Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates|
Yale University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,310, with a gender distribution of 49.6 percent male students and 50.4 percent female students. 88.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 12.0 percent of students live off campus. Yale University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Yale University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Yale University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Yale University, 5 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Yale University.
|Students who have cars on campus||5% - Low|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
At Yale University, 56.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $38,914.
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|Tuition and fees||$40,500 (2011-12)|
|Room and board||$12,200 (2011-12) - High|
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- Student ReviewsRatings data provided by Unigo
Yale is the best…relative to Princeton and Harvard. Because instead of having a polo shirt uniform, people mostly just wear Yale shirts. I think that’s an improvement. I definitely wish I didn’t have to take fill so many requirements, and think maybe I should have gone to Brown. But the size is perfect; I always run into people I know, but I definitely don’t know everybody. And it’s near NYC which is perfect for when campus feels too stuffy. When I tell people I go to Yale, they usually just say “oh, cool.” I’m the one who blushes. Living off campus is ideal for me, because I like feeling…
The best thing about Yale is, to put it broadly, the people. Going to Yale was hands-down the best choice I’ve ever made. All of my closest friends are people that I met during college, and while I get a range of responses from “I’m impressed” to “So you think you’re so great, huh?” when I tell people I went to Yale, I can’t possibly imagine myself having gone anywhere else and being as happy. It was perfectly sized, the “shopping period” method of classes was a really interesting and effective way to make sure that you were going to take classes that you like and allowed you exposure to all sorts of academic topics. Honestly, one of the best things about Yale when I was there was the administration’s lax approach to drinking on campus. The residential college system worked better on paper than it did in reality, especially for those of us who were stuck in Morse.
Most people have the idea that Yale is some sort of exclusive gentleman’s club. This is completely true, in a way: Mory’s, the Yale Club, secret societies Ð they all exist. And of course, when you graduate, there are tons of successful Yalies who would be happy to give you a job or put you in contact with a colleague. Yet people seem to think that only rich white legacy kids have access to this, when the truth is that it is available to anyone who works hard enough to get in. Yale goes out of its way to let in a completely diverse group of students, both racially and economically. Now, anyone can be part of the Yale legacy.