Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06520
The History of Yale University
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.
Chartered by Connecticut Colony, the "Collegiate School" was established by clergy in Saybrook Colony to educate Congregational ministers. It moved to New Haven in 1716 and shortly after was renamed Yale College in recognition of a gift from British East India Company governor Elihu Yale. Originally restricted to theology and sacred languages, the curriculum began to incorporate humanities and sciences by the time of the American Revolution. In the 19th century, the school introduced graduate and professional instruction, awarding the first Ph.D in the United States in 1861 and organizing as a university in 1887. Yale University's faculty and student populations grew rapidly after 1890 with rapid expansion of the physical campus and scientific research.
Yale University is organized into fourteen constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and twelve professional schools. While the university is governed by the Yale Corporation, each school's faculty oversees its curriculum and degree programs.
Since its founding in 1701, Yale University has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations.
Yale’s reach is both local and international. It partners with its hometown of New Haven, Connecticut to strengthen the city’s community and economy. And it engages with people and institutions across the globe in the quest to promote cultural understanding, improve the human condition, delve more deeply into the secrets of the universe, and train the next generation of world leaders.
Life in Yale University
All undergraduates are members of a college, to which they are assigned before their freshman year, and 85 percent live in the college quadrangle or a college-affiliated dormitory. While the majority of upperclassman live in the colleges, most on-campus freshmen live on the Old Campus, the university's oldest precinct.
Yale supports 35 varsity athletic teams that compete in the Ivy League Conference, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association. Yale athletic teams compete intercollegiately at the NCAA Division I level. Like other members of the Ivy League, Yale does not offer athletic scholarships.
The U.S. News & World Report ranked Yale 3rd among U.S. national universities for 2016,as it has for each of the past sixteen years.
You can earn undergraduate degrees at Yale College, master’s or doctoral degrees at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and specialized degrees at our 12 professional schools. There are also many non-degree programs that allow individuals to study or pursue research without matriculating. Apply directly to the school or program where you wish to enroll.
Yale is committed to ensuring that qualified students are admitted without regard to their financial circumstances, and that they graduate without excessive debt.
Yale has produced alumni distinguished in their respective fields. This includes U.S. Presidents William Howard Taft, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; heads of state, including Italian prime minister Mario Monti,Turkish prime minister Tansu Çiller,Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo, German president Karl Carstens, Philippine president José Paciano Laurel,Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison, and Malawian president Peter Mutharika; U.S. Supreme Court Justices Taft, Sonia Sotomayor,Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas,and Brett Kavanaugh; Secretaries of State John Kerry,Hillary Clinton, Cyrus Vance, and Dean Acheson;U.S. Secretaries of the Treasury Oliver Wolcott,Robert Rubin, Nicholas F. Brady, and Steven Mnuchin; and United States Attorneys General Nicholas Katzenbach, John Ashcroft,and Edward H. Levi.Confederate States Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and Attorney General; Judah P. Benjamin.