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Yale University: Narrative Description


New Haven, CT 06520
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1701. Setting: 200-acre urban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $11 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $276.7 million. Total enrollment: 11,441. Faculty: 1,447 (1,053 full-time, 394 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 6:1. 19,682 applied, 10% were admitted. 95% from top 10% of their high school class, 99% from top quarter. Full-time: 5,242 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 77 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 74 other countries, 91% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 8% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 1% 25 or older, 87% live on campus, 0.1% transferred in. Retention: 98% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 12/31, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $65. Comprehensive fee: $38,850 includes full-time tuition ($29,820) and college room and board ($9030). College room only: $4930.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: community service, intramural sports, theater productions, music groups, campus publications. Major annual events: Spring Fling Weekend, Harvard Football Weekend, winter balls. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 4,628 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Sterling Memorial Library plus 20 others with 11.1 million books, 8.1 million microform titles, 61,649 serials, 227,989 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $16.4 million. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Southern Connecticut's major city, New Haven is in many respects a college town. The average temperature is 50.7 degrees. Buses, railroads, and airlines serve the area. New Haven is engaged in one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the country, restoring and rebuilding housing, community facilities and commercial redevelopment. Points of interest are the museums and libraries. New Haven also has the usual civic organizations, hospitals, shopping centers, hotels and motels. Employment is available. The recreational facilities include theaters, swimming areas, tennis courts, archery ranges, indoor swimming pool, bowling alleys, riding stables, roller skating rinks, municipal golf course and many parks. Important manufacturing establishments are located here.

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