Tours and Information Sessions

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Come visit! We encourage you to tour Yale any time. If you’d like to learn about Yale in person, we offer several options. You’re welcome to participate in as many of these as you like.

You don’t need to sign up in advance, but if you are planning to visit, consider letting us know by using our online Campus Visit system. Knowing how many visitors to expect helps us make the preparations necessary to ensure that your visit will be as useful and pleasant as possible.

If your plans change, there’s no need to call our office to cancel. We’ll just hope you can make it another time!

Please refer to Admissions Office Closings for a list of University holidays. Our office is closed on these dates and there will be no tours or information sessions.

Information Sessions

We offer informal group information sessions for prospective applicants and their families, led by an admissions officer or senior student intern. If you have questions about academic programs, undergraduate life, the application process, or financial aid, you might want to make time for an information session. Information sessions for prospective applicants start at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 38 Hillhouse Avenue, and last approximately 60-75 minutes.*  Tour & Information Session Schedule

*In June, July and early August (1-8), all information sessions will depart from Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall (SSS 114) located at the corner of Grove and Prospect Streets (1 Prospect St). Tours will depart from SSS 114 as well. Upon arrival on campus, please proceed directly to SSS 114 for your information session. Unlike some colleges and universities, we do not track communications with our office or campus visits. There is no check-in needed.

Campus Tours

Many visitors enjoy taking a student-led campus tour. Tours for prospective applicants start at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 38 Hillhouse Avenue, last approximately 75 minutes, and end on the Old Campus.* If you are interested, please consult the Tour & Information Session Schedule at the bottom of the page.

Please note that the Yale Mead Visitor Center also provides campus tours that are geared toward a broad audience of visitors rather than a prospective student audience. If you cannot attend one of the campus tours scheduled to leave the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, we strongly encourage you to attend a Visitor Center Tour, which leave from 149 Elm St. The Visitor Center tours are led by the same Yale student tour guides and cover very similar ground to the Admissions tours, though the routes are reversed. The Visitor Center schedule can be found on their website.

*In June, July and early August (1-8), all information sessions will depart from Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall (SSS 114) located at the corner of Grove and Prospect Streets (1 Prospect St). Tours will depart from SSS 114 as well. Upon arrival on campus, please proceed directly to SSS 114 for your information session. Unlike some colleges and universities, we do not track communications with our office or campus visits. There is no check-in needed.

**During the month of January, campus tours will depart from the Mead Visitor Center only.

Sciences at Yale Tour

We offer a special student-led tour that focuses on our science facilities. The tours usually include the classrooms and laboratories of a wide variety of departments such as astronomy and astrophysics; chemistry; ecology and evolutionary biology; molecular biophysics and biochemistry; molecular, cellular, and developmental biology; geology and geophysics; and physics. You’ll learn about cutting-edge research, special science programs, and pre-medical requirements. The Sciences at Yale Tour lasts about 60 minutes and begins and ends at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 38 Hillhouse Avenue.* Tour & Information Session Schedule

*In June, July and early August (1-8), all information sessions will depart from Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall (SSS 114) located at the corner of Grove and Prospect Streets (1 Prospect St). Tours will depart from SSS 114 as well. Upon arrival on campus, please proceed directly to SSS 114 for your information session. Unlike some colleges and universities, we do not track communications with our office or campus visits. There is no check-in needed.

Engineering Tour

We’ve designed a special student-led Engineering Tour specifically for students and parents eager to explore Yale’s engineering programs, facilities, and laboratories. Our tour guides are engineering majors who are happy to talk with you about engineering departments, course requirements, undergraduate research, and the reasons they chose to study engineering at Yale. The Engineering Tour lasts about 60 minutes and begins at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 38 Hillhouse Avenue.* We also encourage our guests to check out the new School of Engineering and Applied Science website. Tour & Information Session Schedule

*In June, July and early August (1-8), all information sessions will depart from Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall (SSS 114) located at the corner of Grove and Prospect Streets (1 Prospect St). Tours will depart from SSS 114 as well. Upon arrival on campus, please proceed directly to SSS 114 for your information session. Unlike some colleges and universities, we do not track communications with our office or campus visits. There is no check-in needed.

Student Forum, A Students-Only Question and Answer Session

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts a series of Student Forums. These informal, non-evaluative sessions allow visiting students (no parents!) to meet in a small group with current Yale students (no admissions officers!) to talk about life at Yale. Student forums are held at the Office of Undergraduate admissions located at 38 Hillhouse Avenue. Tour & Information Session Schedule

Group Visits (Confirmed Reservations Required)

A confirmed reservation is required for groups of 10 or more visitors. Requests must be made at least 14 days before your intended visit using the link below.

Group Visit Request Form

After we receive your request, our group visit coordinator will be in touch to confirm whether or not we are able to accommodate your request. If approved, we will contact you to confirm your group’s itinerary and to finalize the details of your visit.

Please note the following important items:

  • We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all group requests. For each request, we will consider the date and time requested, the size and nature of your group, and the purpose of your visit.
  • Please note that group tours and information sessions are typically only offered at one of our regularly scheduled tour and information session times.
  • If you are working with a for-profit organization, please coordinate your visit through the Yale Visitor Center.
  • All tours and information sessions conducted through the Office of Admissions are presented in English, and we are unable to provide translators. 
  • We are unable to provide on-campus meals as part of the group visit experience. Visitors are welcome to eat in Yale Dining Halls at guest rates when dining halls are open, or try one of our many local New Haven restaurants.
  • Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your confirmed event.  

Virtual Tour - Online

While we hope you are able to visit campus, we also hope you'll enjoy our online Virtual Tour. With just a few clicks you will be whisked away to Yale’s residential colleges, science laboratories, dining halls, libraries, and lots more. Yale students will guide you through each of the tour stops. Choose from four unique tour experiences: Campus, Science, Residential Colleges, and Athletics. At each stop you can select stunning 360° panoramic views and pictures of the spaces that make Yale special. (Hint: there’s a hidden gem on the ceiling of Woolsey Hall!) 

Even if you have already been to Yale’s campus, we bet you’ll find something new – like the Yale Daily News Building, The Yale Golf Course, or The Peabody Museum of Natural History. And if you’ve never been to New Haven, this is a great way to see Yale without leaving home.


Monthly Schedule:

If you visit during the summer or during school vacation, please be aware that we often have large crowds visiting us at the same time. We encourage you to arrive early, and plan to reserve plenty of time for parking and moving about the campus.

 

Information Sessions

75 min

Campus Tours

75 min

Science    Tours

60 min

Engineering Tours

60 min

Student Forums

60 min

April M-F 9:00a & 1:00p M-F 10:30a & 2:30p M-F 4:00p (ends April 25) M-F 2:45p (ends April 25) M-F 12:00p (ends April 17)
May M-F 9:00a M-F 10:30a N/A N/A N/A
June* M-F 11:00a & 2:00p (60 min) M-F 9:00a, 12:30p & 3:30p M-F 4:00p M-F 4:00p M-F 12:30p
July* M-F 11:00a & 2:00p (60 min) M-F 9:00a, 12:30p & 3:30p M-F 4:00p M-F 4:00p M-F 12:30p
August* M-F 11:00a & 2:00p (60 min) M-F 9:00a, 12:30p & 3:30p M-F 4:00p (ends Aug. 8) M-F 4:00p (ends Aug. 8) M-F 12:30p (ends Aug. 8)
September

M-F 9:00a

starting Sept. 7: Saturday, 10:00a

M-F 10:30a

starting Sept. 7: Saturday, 11:30a

starting Sept. 9: M-F 4:00p

starting Sept. 7: Sat. 11:45a

starting Sept. 9: M-F 2:30p

starting Sept. 7: Sat. 11:45a
starting Sept. 7: Saturdays only, 9:15a
October M-F 9:00aSat. 10:00a  M-F 10:30aSat. 11:30a  M-F 4:00pSat. 11:45a  M-F 2:30pSat. 11:45a Saturdays only, 9:15a
November  M-F 9:00aSat. 10:00a (ends Nov. 16)  M-F 10:30aSat. 11:30a (ends Nov. 16) M-F 4:00p (N/A Nov. 25-29)Sat. 11:45a (ends Nov. 16)   M-F 2:30p (N/A Nov. 25-29)Sat. 11:45a (ends Nov. 16)  Saturdays only, 9:15a, (ends Nov. 16)
December  M-F 9:00a  M-F 10:30a**  M-F 4:00p (Dec. 2-6 only)  M-F 2:30p (Dec. 2-6 only)  N/A
January M-F 9:00a M-F 10:30a**(departing from Visitor Center only) M-F 4:00p (starts Jan. 13) M-F 2:45p (starts Jan. 13) N/A
February M-F 9:00a & 1:00p M-F 10:30a & 2:30p M-F 4:00p M-F 2:45p N/A
March M-F 9:00a & 1:00p M-F 10:30a & 2:30p M-F 4:00p (N/A March 10-21) M-F 2:45p (N/A March 10-21) M-F 12:00p (N/A March 10-21)

All information sessions, tours, and student forums begin at Undergraduate Admissions, located at 38 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT unless otherwise noted.

*In June, July and early August (1-8), all tours will depart from Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall (SSS 114) located at the corner of Grove and Prospect Streets (1 Prospect St). Information sessions will be held at SSS 114 as well. Student forums and interviews will take place at Undergraduate Admissions (38 Hillhouse Ave). Upon arrival on campus, please proceed directly to the location of your first event. Unlike some colleges and universities, we do not track communications with our office or campus visits. There is no check-in needed at any of the locations.

**During mid-December and the month of January, campus tours will depart from the Mead Visitor Center.