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Location
New Haven, CT
Undergrads
5,393
Tuition
$42,300
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Unfortunately my academic experience at Yale hasn't lived up to the hype...most humanities classes are good but I've basically been teaching myself math for the last year since my professor isn't good and the TAs aren't much better. If you're thinking about doing something science related I'd look elsewhere!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I've had some good experiences but honestly just as many bad ones. Definitely haven't experienced the "undergraduate focus" that they say exists here...plus the college is expanding so it's just going to get worse

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great academics, possibilities and there is a lot of support. The competitive nature and the GPA system can be overwhelming but still yield the best results.

4 College Junior

Academics: I majored in Psychology which is one of the most popular majors in the school. The workload is average. The faculty are talented and there are a number of research labs that students can join to gain practical experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a dual degree student so I have to take more classes than others, so my workload is quite large. But the teachers and your advisors are there if you need them.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Best Registration Process
  • 8th
    Smartest Professors
  • 10th
    Best Course Variety
  • 12th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 19th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Glodo
Hometown
Winter Park, FL
Major
Music
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Any student considering Yale is probably well aware of its world-class status as an academic institution. Yale is consistantly ranked among the top universities in the U.S. and the world, and for good reason. The school strongly stresses the importance of undergraduate education. This means accessible professors, small class sizes, enormous resources, and high success levels.

Although most students are pleased with their education at Yale, many realize that a successful college experience depends on a multitude of factors. These include the quality of the professors and their teaching methods, the student's committment to his or her academic success, and an ability to choose classes that are interesting and challenging. The key is to choose the right types of classes for you. Once you figure out the conditions you perform best in (seminar vs. lecture, labs vs. reading), you'll see Yale as a school filled with countless opportunities to learn. Don't be afraid to try something new (or even old: you'll see things in a new light!).

It's all right to feel overwhelmed during your first semesters. These are the most challenging courses you've ever taken, so don't worry if your valdectorian status doesn't hold true in "Cold War" or "Chem 115." Yale is about learning; if you're looking for the easy A, this isn't the school for you. Some students come to Yale for a “name brand” education, hoping the school’s reputation will be enough to carry them smoothly into their future. While a few students might get away with this, in the end it is the student's level of interest and performance that ultimately determines their future.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
6:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,160
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
400
Total FT Faculty
4,241
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$137,155
Full-Time Retention Rate
99%
Graduation Rate
96%
Programs/Majors Offered
116
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 79%
  • 20 to 49 students: 14%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
Yale College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • History, General: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated programs
  • Double majors
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • College libraries
  • Local coffeehouses (Publick Cup, Bass Cafe, Blue State, etc.)
  • Music Library
  • Sterling Memorial Library
  • Yale Center for British Art
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't party too much. Freedom is great, but just because you can go out and get wasted every night does not mean you should.
  • Don't study all the time. Yale is a strong academic school, but it is also so much more. What you can learn about life is often just as valuable as what you can learn about astronomy. Remember, there is only so much information your brain can retain at once.
  • Don't take on too much. As a freshman, there's a temptation to do everything, because everything seems so cool. But in the end, no matter how cool all 15 of your extracurricular activities are, they will seem like the bane of your existence when you get too busy.
  • Explore different majors before committing to your (parents') dream of becoming a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. There are so many options out there, and Yale is a great place to discover some of them.
  • Get involved! The student activities fair during Camp Yale allows students to browse possible activities: theatre, volunteer work, belly dancing, bagpiping, a cappella, mock combat groups, orchestras, political parties, student publications, etc. Yale has almost everything, and if there's not an organization to suit you, start up you own (Yale will give you money!).
  • Go to Masters' Teas. These opportunities to spend the afternoon drinking tea and eating little sandwiches while listening to great people speak is invaluable. Some recent guests include singer and songwriter Carole King, Actor Bronson Pinchot, Writer Tobias Wolff, and political commentator Arianna Huffington.
  • See your freshman counselor as the resource he or she is. This senior knows the ins and outs of Yale and can give you advice on everything from picking good classes to taking your parents out when they visit. They also remember what it is like to be a freshman, and they truly want to help you through it.
  • Try to learn what type of class structure suits you best. Do you like large lectures, or do you crave personal interaction with your professors? Do you want to talk or listen? Do you like to take tests or write papers?
Did You Know?
  • Sterling Memorial Library is the second biggest college library in the country.
  • All tenured professors of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences teach undergraduate courses.
  • There is no traditional credit system at Yale; instead, students must complete 36 equally weighted courses.
  • In 2010, the US news and World Report ranked Yale number three overall, closely following Harvard and Princeton Universities.
  • The Fall 2008 acceptance rate was 8.6% for undergraduates.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 40 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 37 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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