Bulldog Days 2024

The information below is intended for current Yale students. If you are an admitted student, please visit admissions.yale.edu/admits for the most up-to-date information. 

Bulldog Days is often a highlight of the year for the entire Yale community. The admissions office is excited to host Bulldog Days for the Class of 2028 from Monday April 15 to Wednesday April 17. We expect over 1,000 admitted students to visit campus for a jam-packed 48 hours designed to give them a taste of life at Yale. This is our chance to showcase everything that makes Yale special, but we need your help!

Time and time again, we hear from admits that the reason they chose Yale is because of how welcoming current Yalies are, especially during Bulldog Days. We hope you’ll participate in this year’s event by hosting admitted students, planning activities and events, and joining the extracurricular bazaar.

Host Admitted Students

Our admitted students need a place to sleep on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16. We will instruct them to bring a sleeping bag and pillow, so all you need to provide is space on your couch or floor. You and your suitemates may be the reason a student chooses to attend Yale! 

Sign up now to host. Every member of your suite may sign up to individually host but be sure to coordinate with each other so you don’t sign up to host more students than your suite can handle. If you are already planning to host an admitted student you know, outside of our host-matching process, do not include them in the number of students you register to host via this form.

Publicize Your Group’s Activities and Events

Bulldog Days begins at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 15th and ends at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 17th. Publicize your group’s Bulldog Days activities and events hereThe deadline to be included in Bulldog Days programming is Wednesday, March 27.

Late-Night Event Funding: The Admissions Office will offer up to $200 to groups who sponsor on-campus events that take place between 10:30 PM and 12:00 AM on Monday or Tuesday nights. All late-night events submitted via the link above by the March 27 deadline will be considered for funding. If your event isn’t picked for funding, it will still be publicized to admitted students (unless you ask otherwise). Only events that run from 10:30 PM to 12:00 AM will qualify for funding.

Extracurricular Bazaar

Sign up your group to participate in the Extracurricular Bazaar. This year’s Extracurricular Bazaar will be Tuesday, April 16 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Registered organizations are welcome to staff a table and we recommend staffing your table with fewer than 3 people at any given time in order to maintain a safe, less dense environment. We have a limited amount of space, so be sure to sign up sooner rather than later.

Bulldog Days FAQs

Who is invited to Bulldog Days?
Admitted students are invited to attend Bulldog Days; parents, guardians and family members will not attend the same events, but we will offer separate family programming on Monday and Tuesday.

Where will admitted students be eating?
Prefrosh will eat in residential colleges for breakfast Tuesday and Wednesday and dinner on Tuesday. Lunch Tuesday will be hosted in Commons.

How will housing work for admitted students? 
Most admitted students will stay on-campus with current student hosts. Admitted students are instructed to bring sleeping bags and any necessary toiletries, etc. for an overnight stay. Hosts’ only responsibility is providing a welcoming space and somewhere for their sleeping bags! If you or your friends would like to host admitted students for Bulldog Days, please register to host. For any questions related to hosting, please email Karen Blake at karen.k.blake@yale.edu.

What is expected of me if I am hosting an admitted student or students?
A hosts’ main responsibility is to provide a welcoming environment for their admitted students and space for them to sleep. Admitted students will participate in programming for most of the day and evening and will need to be let back into the entryway when it’s time for bed as admitted student card access is limited to residential college gates.

Some hosts spend a lot of time with their admitted student(s) while others take a more hands-off approach. It’s completely up to you and your admitted student!  We recommend having a short conversation about their expectations. It is also completely acceptable to let them know you have responsibilities throughout the day that will prohibit you from spending time with them but that you hope they will enjoy all of the Bulldog Days festivities!

All admitted students are required to abide by current campus rules and regulations. It is important to note that admitted students are underage and this may be the first time they have been on their own. Please keep this in mind when interacting with them while they are on campus. Bulldog Days is a dry event. Serving alcohol to admitted students is against the law and a host can be held liable if their admitted student is intoxicated.

Can Yale community members attend Bulldog Days events? 
Due to space restrictions and the large number of expected attendees, we cannot accommodate any additional attendees at any Bulldog Days events. Only presenters, admitted students, and those staffing the event will be allowed. Admitted students will also pre-register for individual events to make sure we do not exceed any space capacity restrictions. 

Will there be student group events?
Absolutely! Getting to spend time with current Yalies is one of the main reasons that admitted students end up choosing Yale as their home for the next four years. As in the past, we hope current Yalies will host student group events on both evenings of the program. If your group would like to host an event during Bulldog Days, please fill out the student group event form. We also hope many student groups will be able to participate in the extracurricular bazaar. If your student group would like to participate in the extracurricular bazaar, please fill out the extracurricular bazaar form. No walk-ins will be permitted at the bazaar to make sure the event does not exceed capacity. If you have any questions about student group events or the extracurricular bazaar, please email Jorge Anaya at jorge.anaya@yale.edu.