We are committed to creating and supporting a diverse community on our campus. Given the complexity of the admissions process and concerns that many students and parents have about the cost of college, the support networks in place to guide students academically and socially, and the offerings on campus for students of diverse backgrounds, we have put together some resources to help you advise your students. You may also find helpful information on our page for high school counselors.
Why a Yale liberal arts education?
Yale is committed to providing a liberal arts education to all undergraduates. Students are taught to think and learn across disciplines. A Yale undergraduate majoring in Mechanical Engineering is expected to take courses in the humanities and arts, just as a History major will take classes in math and science. As a result, our students learn to think critically and independently, to express their ideas clearly and logically, and leave Yale well-prepared for any number of professions. At its core, a Yale education instills in its students the values, goals, skills, and knowledge needed to pursue inspiring work, to take joy in lifetime learning, and to lead successful and meaningful lives. While our graduates’ pursuits vary from year to year, approximately 75% pursue employment and 20% pursue post-graduate studies one year after graduation. Yale students and alumni have a 90% medical school admit rate, an 89% law school admit rate, and are well equipped to enter any field of their choice.
Supporting our students
- 99% of freshmen return for their sophomore year.
- 96% of undergraduates graduate within five years.
Making Yale affordable
- For families living in the US with a gross income of less than $65,000, the expected family contribution is $0.
- 52% of undergraduates need-based aid from Yale.
- The average need-based scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year was $41,250. More
- 39% of freshmen in the Class of 2017 are US citizens or permanent residents from a minority group
- 50 US states and 88 countries are represented in Yale College
- 80+ different majors to choose from with over 2,000 courses offered each year
- 4 Cultural Houses (Afro-American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, the Native American Cultural Center)
- 10 organizations that comprise the LGBT Student Co-Op
- 1 Women’s Center
- 30+ religions and spiritual traditions represented at Yale