Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a historic, small New England city about two hours north of New York. Over 13,000 students attend Yale University’s three component parts – Yale College (which is the undergraduate institution), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and ten professional schools.
Today, most Americans probably think of Yale in terms of undergraduate experience. However, Yale University is also a highly esteemed research university, having produced Nobel laureates in economics, physics, chemistry, and medicine. Yale University is also home to several world-renowned art collections and libraries.
Yale University has a long tradition of public service, with faculty, officers, and alumni who have served (and continue to serve) in government, education, business, and non-profit ventures. Among its most famous alumni are five U.S. presidents: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, and William Howard Taft. Other contemporary leaders in public life who graduated from Yale are John Kerry, George Pataki, and Hillary Clinton.
From an undergraduate’s point of view, one of the most striking aspects of the Yale experience is that it is a residential college, modeled on the Oxford and Cambridge systems. Incoming students are assigned to one of fourteen residential colleges, each of which houses about 450 students. Each college is housed in its own building, which contains dining and sports and recreation facilities as well as residential quarters and meeting rooms.
The Colleges are staffed by deans, masters, associated faculty, and fellows, and offer a rich variety of seminars, lectures, and social events. This makes for an atmosphere in which students with widely varying interests and backgrounds are constantly crossing paths, and gives all students an exceptional opportunity to expand their educational and social horizons during their time at Yale University.