Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New Jersey
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
African American: 2%
Asian American: 12%
Native American: 0%
Yale is very supportive of its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. The LGBT Co-Op at Yale provides a great support base and offers numerous educational and social events for all students, including films, discussions, concerts, and the all-popular LGBT Annual Ball. Yale also hosts a Queer Resource Center and offers peer counseling resources.
In general, the University and the student body tend to lean to the left-hand side of the political spectrum. However, there is a great amount of political diversity and open-mindedness. Most notable amongst the political groups is the Yale Political Union, the nation's oldest and most respected student debating society. Members of the YPU include the Liberal Party, the Party of the Left, the Progressive Party, the Independent Party, the Conservative Party, the Tory Party, and the Party of the Right. In addition, some students are involved in local politics, with Yalies frequently serving as Aldermen and board members in New Haven.
Due to an increase in financial aid and Yale's determined efforts to increase economic diversity, the student body now comes from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Most Yalies are on some kind of financial aid, and many are on full support. In years past, Yale was known for its legacies, however, in recent times their presence has diminished significantly. Legacies are never guaranteed admission to Yale and are expected to be as academically proficient as any other admitted student.
Most Common Religions
Yale was originally founded under religious principles, and the University continues to be supportive of all religions. The primary religions are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Bahá'i Faith, and Unitarian Universalism. All of these faiths have various student organizations that sponsor events throughout the year. The Chaplain's Office is a highly visible organization on campus that connects various religious groups through education and outreach (and offers free ice cream!). In addition, the Divinity School for graduates hosts many opportunities for religious discussions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Yale is the place to celebrate diversity, including cultural and ethnic heritage. Organizations on campus include the Black Student Alliance, Asian American Students Alliance, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, International Students Organization, NAACP, and many other groups celebrating countries from China and Cuba to Israel and Poland. These groups host meals, parties, holidays, performances, and events that are very popular.
Did You Know?
- The Yale University Chaplain's Office offers support for students of all religions: www.yale.edu/chaplain/.
- For a list of Yale's multicultural student organizations, check out www.yale.edu/admit/mrp/groups.html