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Everything about Yale University

Everything about Yale University

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,964

Institutional Type: Private

Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible

Academic Rating: 5

Top Programs:


Computer Science



Global Affairs


Political Science


Who Recruits:

1. The New York Times

2. Uber

3. Citi

4. Bain & Company

5. Boston Consulting Group

Notable Internships:

1. Netflix

2. The Blackstone Group

3. United Nations

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Research

4. Media

5. Operations

Top Employers:

1. Google

2. McKinsey & Company

3. Goldman Sachs

4. Facebook

5. Morgan Stanley

Where Alumni Work:

1. New York City

2. San Francisco

3. Boston

4. Washington, DC

5. Los Angeles

Median Earnings:

College Scorecard (Early Career): $83,200

EOP (Early Career): $76,000

PayScale (Mid-Career): $138,300

Inside the Classroom:

World leaders, Supreme Court justices, scores of famous actors, inventors, writers, Nobel Laureates, billionaire businessmen, even fictional billionaire businessmen like The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns...the list of Yale alumni fills multiple volumes of history books. Founded in 1701 as a more conservative, Puritan-rooted option to Harvard, the home of the Bulldogs is today elite, even by Ivy standards, every bit as much so as its Crimson rival of over 300 years. New Haven, Connecticut, is the destination for 5,700 undergraduates and more than 6,800 graduate students yet, thanks to the nurturing Residential College housing system, the university serves as an intimate undergraduate home while still playing the role of major private research university.

There are eighty majors and 2,000 undergraduate course offerings at Yale. Economics (13 percent), political science (9 percent), history (6 percent), biology (6 percent), and psychology (5 percent) are the university’s most popular areas of concentration. In aiming to strike a balance between freedom and control, the required course-work at Yale is modest and relatively broad. Students must take courses in the natural sciences, the humanities and arts, the social sciences, foreign language, quantitative reasoning, and writing. Most majors require a one-to-two semester senior capstone experience. Depending on the major, students work closely with a professor toward the completion of an essay, portfolio, or research project.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6:1 does translate to small class sizes, even with a larger number of graduate students on campus than undergrads. Three-quarters of classes have an enrollment of fewer than twenty students, making for a perfect environment for teaching and learning. Undergraduate research is a staple of the Yale academic experience; 95 percent of science majors participate in research with faculty and, university-wide, undergraduate research fellowships are available to 90 per cent of first-years who apply. In short, you’d have to try very hard to avoid engaging in research while an undergraduate at Yale. The number of Bulldogs electing to study abroad has skyrocketed in recent years, but that explosion is relative. As with most Ivies the overall percentage who take a abroad remains only a sliver of the student body.

Many of Yale’s undergraduate programs sit atop any major rankings list. Among the crème de la crème departments are biology, economics, global affairs, engineering, history, and computer science. Any degree from Yale will get your resume/application to employers or graduate schools on the top of the pile.

Outside the Classroom

With 319 years of history and a $29 billion endowment, Yale’s 345-acre, tree-lined campus is a blend of beautiful stone edifices and modern amenities. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of life outside the classroom at Yale is the famed Residential College system that was imported from Oxford/Cambridge seventy years ago to facilitate a level of cohesiveness and connection typically only found at smaller liberal arts schools. Students are assigned to one of fourteen residential colleges that they will remain affiliated with for all four years. Each residence has two full-time, live-in faculty members. Greek life is not a dominant presence as only 10 percent of Yalies join a frat or sorority. Socalled “secret societies,” of which there are approximately forty, attract roughly half of seniors. Those include the famed Skull and Bones society, which has infiltrated American pop culture. Athletics are big-time at Yale as the Bulldogs field thirty-five NCAA Division I sports teams. An additional fifty club teams and thirty intramural sports are available for non-varsity athletes. Other student-run organizations include sixty cultural groups and fifty performance groups. Those seeking nature can canoe and camp on the 1,500 acres of the school’s Outdoor Education Center or walk to the Yale Farm. Amenities and attractions include twelve dining halls, three on-campus museums, two theatres, and a library with 15 million holdings. Yale is situated in the middle of downtown New Haven, and the area is easily walkable. Boston and New York are each roughly a two-hour drive from New Haven.

Career Services

The Yale Office of Career Strategy (OCS) has thirteen professional staff members (excluding administrative assistants and counsellors who only deal with graduate students) who are dedicated to tasks such as employer relations, career counselling, and summer funding opportunities. The 442:1 student-to-advisor ratio is within the average range when compared to other schools featured in this guide. Still, the OCS has no shortage of brag-worthy statistics attached to its name.

For starters, last year a staggering 13,062 current students and alumni engaged with the Office of Career Strategy, including over 4,300 one-on-one sessions with undergraduates. That same academic year the office hosted more than one hundred workshops and career exploration events that were attended by 6,300+ students. The OCS also hosted thirteen industry-specific career fairs that attracted 200 companies/organizations and close to 1,900 current students. Eighty-five top employers engaged in on-campus recruiting, and 500 students were granted interviews on Yale’s grounds. The results are as impressive as the process—86 percent of graduates reported that they were employed in an area directly related to their area of study. Yale students universally fill their summers with productive activities, often beginning immediately after their freshman year. By senior year 38 percent had spent the previous summer at a paid internship, 15 percent at an unpaid internship, 11 percent in laboratory research, 9 percent in academic study, and 5 percent in field research.

Professional Outcomes

Shortly after graduating 74 percent of last year's class had entered the world of employment, 17 percent matriculated in graduate programs, and fewer than 2 percent were still looking for their next destination. The most common industries entered by the newly hired were finance (17 percent), education (16 percent), consulting (13 percent), technology (11 percent), and health care/medical/pharmaceutical (10 percent). Sixty-four percent of jobholders worked in the for-profit world while 35 percent worked in the nonprofit/government sectors. Starting salaries of more than $50,000 were earned by 67 percent of grads, and 44 percent were awarded salaries of more than $70,000. The average starting salary was $64,642. Hundreds of Yale alums can be found at each of the world’s top companies including Facebook, Google, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, and Microsoft. Geographically, New York City has the highest concentration of alumni followed by San Francisco, Boston, DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Among those pursuing graduate/professional programs 40 percent were pursuing a master’s degree, 20 percent were in medical school, one-quarter started work on a PhD, and 6 percent went directly from undergraduate studies to law school. Unsurprisingly, given the quality of the minds admitted into Yale, medical school applicants traditionally find a home 90 percent of the time, exactly twice the national average. Law school applicants do just fine as well; 87 percent were accepted into at least one school with a substantial number continuing at Yale Law School (YLS). Roughly 10 percent of YLS first-years attended Yale as undergraduates. For a complete list of where Yale alumni as a whole continue their educational journeys, simply consult a list of the best graduate/professional programs in the world.

Students' Voice: Pros and Cons of Location

Pros of New Haven, CT

• “Almost everything is nearby. You have supermarkets, a movie theater, restaurants, and museums.”

• “It’s right between Boston and New York City, which are two hubs for career-oriented things. Companies will let us visit their offices. It’s also easy to visit [as a tourist].”

• “It’s a city, but at the same time, it’s a small town. It’s not a college town, but it’s not a massive city.”

• “The culture of the city. It’s a colonial city and they still have a strong connection to that colonial heritage I feel.”

Cons of New Haven, CT

• “It’s sad to see the disparity in wealth between Yale and the New Haven community.” [There is a 26.1% poverty rate in New Haven.]

• “New Haven needs to take care of its people. There are a lot of homeless people near the school.” [New Haven has the second highest homeless population in Connecticut.]

• “Some people might not like the weather. It can be cold at times and there is snow.”

Students' Voice: Reasons to attend and not to attend

To Attend

• “I feel that the residential system and student life is unparalleled. You will not find any other college campus where you’ll feel more welcome and at home. I became family with my college and I’m really grateful for that.”

• “The brand name of Yale will get you places. Having a @yale.edu email address is huge. My emails are read and responded to much more now that I have that.”

• “People you meet at Yale are extremely intelligent and have very interesting and cool backgrounds. People here are some of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. There are people here who are unbelievably wealthy and they won’t treat you differently, they’re also very genuine.”

• “The liberal arts program. You are really encouraged to take classes outside of your major, which opens up a lot of new horizons. I’m taking a class on the archaeology of East Asia, and it’s nice having a class to go to that isn’t STEM.”

To Not Attend

• “If you’re not into the whole liberal arts thing. Maybe people just want to focus on their major and get out. If someone knows what they want to do, then maybe this isn’t the place because you’re required to take classes outside of your major.”

• “If you want to have a fun time and have the stereotypical college experience. Here you really have to balance your workload and fun.”

• “If you don’t enjoy the city life. Yale is placed in a small city, and most people don’t drive.”

• “The weather might be a factor if you really don’t like the cold.”

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