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5 College Freshman

Academics: This school is amazing. Every possible class imaginable and more are offered! Taught by the brightest minds around

5 College Student

Academics: If you put the work in, you will be rewarded

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are great with a vast curriculum and many post-undergraduate professional schools.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Considering I don't have to be committed to my major until junior year, I enjoy it so far. I've only really taken math prerequisites and intend to take Physics and an Astro intro course next year but I probably won't delve deep into the major until fall of junior year. I might not even stay an Astro major, but Yale's flexibility with majors makes that okay.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Not only does Yale have better versions of the classes you would find at other institutions, it offers some unique opportunities, like Studies in Grand Strategy:, writing classes taught by the likes of Michael Cunningham, and single person seminars.

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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%
  • Law: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
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 62 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 31 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 31 responses

  • 65% This was my dream school.
  • 29% This was one of my top choices.
  • 6% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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