College Profile : Yale University

Yale UniversitySimply put, Yale University is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the country, perhaps even in the world. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, Yale was originally established to train clergymen for the colony and known as the “Collegiate School for Publick Employment in Both Church & Civil State.” Today, more than three centuries later, Yale has not only produced outstanding clergymen (see Jonathan Edwards), but also 49 Nobel Laureates, 5 U.S. Presidents, and 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Yale provides is known for its excellent liberal arts education and bears upon its crest the motto “Lux et Veritas” (Light and Truth in English).

Prospective undergraduate students can look forward to a variety of extracurricular activities, including societies such as Phi Beta Kappa, 35 varsity athletic teams (although Yale isn’t exactly known for its athletic prowess), and student clubs, which include an a cappella group called the Whiffenpoofs, the oldest such group in the world. The Whiffenpoofs were founded more than a century ago in 1909 and have evolved to be one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions. The original Whiffenpoofs were comprised of a Varsity Quartet and one of the founding members derived the future group’s name from a mythical dragonfish called the Whiffenpoof.

Handsome Dan
The original Handsome Dan, the first live mascot in American athletics.

Aside from numerous extracurricular, this 300 year-old school has gained a few traditions along the way. One of the university’s more famous traditions is its annual football game against the Harvard Crimson football team. Although most fans of college football would probably turn their noses up at this Ivy tradition, Yale and Harvard students proudly and consistently attend “the Game.” The Yale Bulldogs (Yale was the first school in America to have a live mascot) are currently leading the series 65-56.

This historic athletic tradition is paralleled by an impressive academic tradition. Regarding the SAT, the middle 50% scored 700-790 in Critical Reading, 700-800 in Math, and 710-790 in Writing. The middle 50% of ACT Composite scores is 31-35. Looking at class rank, 97% of incoming freshmen were in the top 10% of their graduating class. Although GPA statistics are not available, it is safe to assume that the majority of students accepted to Yale had close to a 4.0. If you feel your test scores and class rank are up to par, apply before November 1st for Single-Choice Early Action and before December 31st for regular decision.

The education of this pool of academically gifted students is backed by a 12 million volume library, the second-largest academic library in the United States. The Yale Campus also includes more than 250 other buildings, many of them built in a beautiful New England or Gothic style (see more about the buildings here).

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Yale University, perfectly situated in the comfortable college town of New Haven, Connecticut.

The location of a school is also a very important factor. In Yale’s case, the town of New Haven, Connecticut is a beautiful New England college town. New Haven claims to be the origin of such tasty treats such as the hamburger, the lollipop, and the best pizza in the world. Along with these salubrious attractions, New Haven is also famous for its gorgeous Green. Yale University president Richard C. Levin describes the town as “large enough to be interesting, yet small enough to be friendly.”

Do the renowned professional schools, vibrant student life, and the quaint college town of New Haven seem like an irresistible combination? Aside from the ridiculously low acceptance rate of 7.1%, only one thing could possibly deter a qualified applicant: the hefty financial burden of $42,300 a year. No fear! There are always ways around this. Since Yale holds a $16 billion endowment, the second largest in the world, the school was able to provide financial aid to more than 60% of all applicants accepted. More than 10% of undergraduates at Yale got a free-ride!

Yale has long been ranked as one of the finest centers of higher learning in the world. The numbers don’t lie: Yale is a great place to learn and live for any student of any origin and any field.

By Joey Gu

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