On Move-In Day (Aug. 24), Yale’s Old Campus was a blur of box-toting, cart-pushing and otherwise laden students, families, and friends as the members of the Class of 2016 arrived on campus. Here are a few facts about Yale College’s newest class.
1. There are 1,356 new freshmen, chosen from a record applicant pool of 28,977.
2. 57% come from public high schools.
3. 10% are international citizens, representing 46 countries.
4. 40% are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify themselves as students of color.
5. Over 12% of the students will be the first individuals in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university.
6. Half of the class qualified for Yale’s financial aid, with the average Yale scholarship for an eligible freshman at $41,230, or about 70% of the total cost of attendance.
7. A record 42.5% have expressed an interest in majoring in one of Yale’s 26 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors. (Just six years ago, only one-third of freshmen planned to pursue STEM majors.)
This increase in prospective STEM majors, says Jeff Brenzel, dean of undergraduate admissions, is because “More of the strongest students in the world now recognize that Yale undergraduates engage in cutting-edge science and engineering here through research opportunities and mentorships with senior faculty.”
Life on campus
All incoming undergraduates are assigned to one of Yale’s 12 residential colleges. The residential colleges allow students to experience the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school while still enjoying the cultural and scholarly resources of a large university. Students remain affiliated with their residential college for all four years. Yale makes every effort to represent the diversity of the entire undergraduate community within the residential colleges so that each college is a microcosm of the larger student population.
Every residential college has its own master and dean, both of whom are Yale faculty members. The master and dean live in the college with their families and eat their meals with students in the dining hall.
Studying or working abroad
Yale’s expectation is that all undergraduates have at least one international experience during their time at Yale. About one-quarter of the students set out across the globe each year to experience other cultures through study, work, and research abroad. Yale supports all undergraduates in planning their activities abroad and in finding ways to finance these activities. Students receiving financial aid from Yale are eligible for aid to support a summer experience abroad.