General Questions

Can Yale students study abroad?

Absolutely. Many students earn a full year or term of Yale College credit by participating in the year or term abroad. Yale sponsors the Yale-in-London program for interdisciplinary studies in British art, history, and literature to which students of any major may apply. Yale has exchange programs at the University of Tübingen and the Free University of Berlin, among others. Yale is also a member of the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies consortium. Yale students are also welcome to enroll in a program sponsored by another American university and may enroll directly in a foreign university. More…

Can I postpone matriculation at Yale?

Yes. If you are admitted to the freshman class and successfully complete your secondary school work, you may postpone matriculation at Yale for one year.

How strong are Yale’s science and engineering programs?

In a word, very. Yale is one of the world’s foremost research universities. Its faculty of outstanding scholars in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering includes more than 60 members of the National Academy of Sciences. About one-third of Yale’s entering class each year plans to major in the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, or engineering. And please keep in mind that Yale – unlike most major research universities – has a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and undergraduate participation in research and design. More…

Does Yale award credit based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other external examination results?

In many cases, yes. Yale awards “acceleration credit” to students who wish to graduate in fewer than eight terms or challenge themselves with advanced courses if they earn scores of:

  • 4 or 5 on most AP exams;
  • 6 or 7 on the higher-level IB exams; or
  • A or B results at A-level.

Most Yale students who are eligible for acceleration credit choose to enroll for a full eight terms and select higher-level courses based upon their AP or IB exam results. More…

What’s with the bulldog?

Handsome Dan? Good question! A loveable bulldog, Handsome Dan is the first collegiate mascot. More…

What is the average class size?

“Average” can be a very misleading term. Classes at Yale range from one-on-one tutorials to small seminars to lecture courses of several hundred students. Seventy-five percent of Yale College courses enroll fewer than twenty students; twenty-nine percent enroll fewer than ten. Only about forty out of all 2,000 courses enroll more than 100 students.

Does Yale offer opportunities for undergraduate research?

Yes. In fact, many undergraduate majors at Yale require that you do research. Independent scientific research as well as engineering research and design projects are an integral part of undergraduate education at Yale. Undergraduates enjoy a remarkable range of research opportunities. Some are available through individual academic departments. Others are available through interdepartmental programs such as STARS and Perspectives on Science. More…

What percentage of courses are taught by graduate students?

The vast majority of courses are taught by professors. Courses with a graduate student serving as the primary classroom instructor — chiefly foreign language instruction and freshman English courses — accounted for only seven percent of all enrollment last year.

Does Yale have a good pre-med program? What about pre-law?

Yale students have an outstanding record of admission to top professional schools. There is no “pre-med program” per se; in fact, Yale has no pre-professional degree programs at all. If you want to go to a professional school such as medicine, business, or law after you graduate, you may choose any undergraduate major and tailor your curriculum with the help of a Yale advisor who knows what professional schools will require. More…