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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 2011
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts School 1
    • Climate:
    • Tropical
    • Location:
    • 16 College Avenue West, #01-220, Singapore, 138527
    • Phone:
    • +6566011000
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Yale-NUS College

Yale-NUS College is a liberal arts college in Singapore. Established in 2011 as a collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore, it is the first liberal arts college in Singapore and one of the few in Asia. Yale-NUS is the first institution outside New Haven, Connecticut, that Yale University has developed in its 300-year history, making Yale the first American Ivy League school to establish a college bearing its name in Asia. In 2012, Yale-NUS published its policy on academic freedom and non-discrimination, which states that “the College upholds the principles of academic freedom and open inquiry, essential core values in higher education of the highest calibre. Faculty and students in the College will be free to conduct scholarship and research and publish the results, and to teach in the classroom and express themselves on campus, bearing in mind the need to act in accordance with accepted scholarly and professional standards and the regulations of the College.” The College is also “committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities.”

Academic Highlights

The founding instruction committee decided to implement a common curriculum, a set of interlinked courses for all students. Similar to the core curricula at Columbia University and University of Chicago, students get to choose from a number of set courses in their first year of study. The common curriculum is reviewed every four years. Following its inaugural review, the common curriculum was reduced to 10 courses, with the removal of a science course.

Life in Yale-NUS College

Yale-NUS's student life is modelled on the residential colleges of Yale. There are three residential colleges named Saga, Elm and Cendana, although there are plans to build a fourth.[71] Each has its own dining hall, courtyard, student suites, sky-gardens, faculty residences, study-spaces, intramural teams, and butteries, informal student-run eateries that are a Yale tradition. Students live in suites of six single rooms. These small-scale communities are arranged vertically in residential towers, which contain both student suites and faculty apartments. Floors are grouped into neighborhoods, each with its own skygarden, a landscaped outdoor space for high-rise buildings that was pioneered in Singapore.The residential community includes a rector (equivalent to the position of a college master at Yale), a vice rector, faculty fellows, advisors, rector's aides, and distinguished visiting fellows. Students will expand their social and leadership skills while enjoying the support of "nested academic communities."

School Ranking

Up from 25th to rank joint 21st for anthropology this year along with the UK’s University of Edinburgh, National University of Singapore (NUS) offers anthropology courses at Yale-NUS College, a liberal arts college which was established in 2011 as a collaboration between Yale and NUS.


Yale-NUS has a no-loan policy and provides need-blind admission to local and international students. The admission timeline is similar to that of colleges and universities in the US. ale-NUS targeted a class size of around 250 students; this threshold was met with the Class of 2022. Application deadlines are typically in January and March. At full capacity, the total expected student population will be 1,000 students. The College employs a holistic approach in evaluating applicants: while academic achievement as reflected in examinations grades is a primary consideration, interviews, recommendations, essays and extracurricular accomplishments are also given significant weight in the process.

Notable Alumni

 Yale-NUS College has a list of some notable alumni that includes Abdul Hamid bin Roslan, Lim Chu Hsien, Christopher Knew, Neo Xiaoyun, Helena Juliette Auerswald.

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance rate is typically 3% to 7%.

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