Yale University

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PO Box 208234

New Haven, CT 06520

Phone: (203) 432-4771
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Dec. 31
application deadline

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#3 Overall Score: 97 out of 100. National Universities

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Yale University is a private institution that was founded in 1701. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,405, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 342 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Yale University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 3. Its tuition and fees are $44,000 (2013-14).

Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, 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 cappella 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 made up 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 and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Yale is both a small college and a large research university. The College is surrounded by thirteen distinguished graduate and professional schools, and its students partake in the intellectual stimulation and excitement of a major international center of learning. The faculty is known for its special devotion to undergraduate teaching. Many of Yale's most distinguished senior professors teach introductory courses as well as advanced seminars to undergraduates. Faculty members are accessible to students and take a great deal of interest in working closely with undergraduates. Yale's curriculum allows students to achieve both breadth and specialization across several disciplines. In addition to probing a major field in depth, students are expected to explore three important areas of knowledge - the humanities and arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. While exploring several subject areas, students are also expected to sharpen their writing, quantitative, and foreign language skills. Yale's unique residential college system organizes the student body into twelve small communities where students live, eat, socialize, and pursue academic and extracurricular activities. Before arriving as a freshman each student is randomly assigned to one of the colleges, giving students a built-in community from the moment they arrive. Most Yale students become convinced that their residential college is the best residential college. Each college is home to a microcosm of our undergraduate student body as a whole, and allows students to have the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school while still enjoying the vibrancy and resources of a world-class university. Yale students are actively involved in the New Haven community, benefiting from and enhancing the city's many cultural, recreational, and political opportunities. New Haven boasts diverse and abundant resources in the arts. There is a vibrant cultural and artistic life in the city, a myriad of opportunities both academic and social, and a remarkable choice of places to eat. New Haven is part of a Yale education: the experience of contemporary urban life broadens students' perspectives and helps prepare them for life after college. Yale students have a long tradition of intense involvement with extracurricular activity. There are more than 450 active organizations on campus, ranging from the Undergraduate Math Society to the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, and including 50 performance groups and 60 cultural associations. This enormous range of opportunities endows Yale College with a palpable energy and spirit of commitment. But perhaps the first thing that students notice about their college is the caliber of their fellow students. There are extraordinary artists, student government leaders, star athletes, passionate activists, award-winning poets, prize-winning scientists, and people who are just simply "well-rounded." Because Yale students come from such a wide range of ethnic, religious, cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, there is a remarkable exchange of ideas. Yale is a major research university that focuses primarily on undergraduate education and encourages students to become leaders of their generation in whatever they wish to pursue.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1701
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $19,264,289,000


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 7.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 7.1%
Application deadline December 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Yale University is 6:1, and the school has 76.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Yale University include: Political Science and Government, General; Economics, General; History, General; Psychology, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 99 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 6:1
4-year graduation rate 89%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Political Science and Government, General 12%
Economics, General 11%
History, General 8%
Psychology, General 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%

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Student Life

Yale University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,405, with a gender distribution of 50.3 percent male students and 49.7 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus. Yale University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,906
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
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

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Campus Info & Services

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%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Yale University, 54 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $43,115.

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Tuition and fees $44,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,500 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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