Full-Time Student Population
Part-Time Student Population
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
- Fewer than 20 students: 79%
- 20 to 49 students: 14%
- 50 or more students: 7%
Continuing Professional: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
- Bachelor's degree
- Doctorate - Professional practice
- Doctorate - Research/scholarship
- Master's degree
- Post-bachelor's certificate
- Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
- Business Administration and Management: 3%
- Economics and Econometrics: 3%
- Law: 3%
- Political Science and Government, General: 3%
- English (including composition)
- Foreign languages
- Quantitative reasoning
- Sciences (biological or physical)
- Social science
Special Study Options
- Distance learning opportunities
- Study abroad
- Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
- Accelerated programs
- Double majors
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Honors program
- Independent study
- 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.