Yale University

Yale University is a private Ivy League university. It is one of the best higher education institutions in the world where a large number of great people studied and graduated from here such as Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Noah Webster, and so on. With a history of more than 300 years, Yale is the third-oldest higher education institution in the United States, with approximately 5,300 undergraduate students, 6,500 graduate and professional students, and 2,000 international students. It accepts about 2,000 students every year out of nearly 29,000 applicants.

The university was founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut. And after years of development, it still makes Connecticut as its center. Apart from regular academic programs, it also has non-degree programs, summer session, and world fellows program. What’s more, Yale offers various kinds of open on-line courses.

Yale University offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. Over 2,000 undergraduate courses which cover various areas of the liberal arts and sciences are provided every year by more than 65 departments and programs.

The mission of Yale University is:

To create, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.


Every ten years, the university receives regional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). The latest Yale NEASC accreditation was carried out in 2009 and the next review will be in the year 2019. Apart from the regional accreditation, more than 25 nationwide accrediting agencies also evaluate individual Yale schools and programs.


Yale University comprises twelve schools and one institute:

  • School of Architecture
  • School of Art
  • Divinity School
  • College of Drama
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Law School
  • School of Management
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • Institute of Sacred Music

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Political Science and Government
  2. History
  3. Economics
  4. Psychology
  5. Biology

Yale University consists of three parts, namely, Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. It employs more than 1,100 excellent faculty to teach more than 11,000 students and its library holdings reach 12,99 million volumes which are placed in more than 24 libraries. In terms of the assets of Yale, it has an endowment of $19.2 billion, which is the second-largest among all academic institutions. The rich financial support makes it possible to employ the best faculty, attract the most talented students, and purchase top quality teaching facilities.

The overall ranking of the university in the United States is 9th, 14th, 3rd, and 23rd according to Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly respectively. And the global ranking of Yale is 11th, 4th and 10th based on the results of ARWU, QS World University Rankings, and Times respectively.


Applicants for Yale are required to make direct applications to the organizations where the degree will be awarded such as the school, college, and program. Those who excel in both academics and social activities generally have an advantage in the application process.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 40,500. Students spend USD 6,700 and 5,500 respectively for accommodation and board.

Yale University offers financial assistance (usually in the form of grants and scholarships) to half of its students. And the average scholarship for year 2011-2012 reaches $35,400.

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