9 facts about the new freshman class

Photos: Freshman Arrival and Assembly 2013

Students, parents and upperclassmen moving in at Phelps Gate.
Arriving on Old Campus.
These upperclassmen from Pierson College make quick work of unloading on Elm Street ...
as did students from Saybrook College at Vanderbilt Hall.
A new student receiving his Yale ID card.
Two Berkeley College students transporting a mattress.
Boxes of linens lined High Street.
A group of students returning from a Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trip (FOOT). Founded over 25 years ago, FOOT offers a unique wilderness experience to about 500 Yale freshmen each year. In late August, trained upperclassmen lead pre-orientation backpacking trips in eight scenic locations throughout the Northeast.
All 12 residential colleges display informal banners like this one welcoming students. This particularly scenic one is from Branford College.
President Peter Salovey chatting with students on Old Campus.
Salovey; his wife Marta Moret; Mary Miller, dean of Yale College; and Kimberly Goff-Crews, secretary and vice president for student life, meet with Jonathan Edwards College freshman counselors who have decorated their suite with a map of the world showing where their freshmen are from.
Salovey and Miller lead the procession into Woolsey Hall for the Freshman Address.
Miller addressing the incoming students.
Salovey making his first freshman address to students as Yale's president.
Woolsey Hall.
After the freshman address, there was time for photos in the rotunda of Woolsey Hall.
Before going to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to greet students and families, Salovey stopped to conduct the Yale Precision Marching Band. (Photo by Sandra E. Vitale)
Salovey, Moret, Miller, and her husband, Edward Kamens, greeting students and families.
Cupcakes with Yale pennants and bowls of strawberries added a festive air.
The crowd enjoying a beautiful day on Beinecke Plaza.
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The University’s newest batch of would-be alumni, the Class of 2017, arrived on campus on Aug. 23.

The freshmen were welcomed by cheering upperclassmen, eager to help them and their families tote boxes, suitcases, bedding, furniture, and other sundries to their campus quarters. Also on hand for Move-in Day were Yale’s new president, Peter Salovey, and the dean of Yale College, Mary Miller, who greeted students and their families.

The president and dean formally welcomed members of the Class of 2017 and their families at the Yale College Freshman Assembly on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Watch the Freshman Assembly on Yale YouTube

Here are nine facts about the new freshman class:


There are 1,360 members of the Class of 2017, chosen from a record applicant pool of 29,610.


55% come from public high schools.


10% are international citizens, representing 49 countries.


Students come from all U.S. states and territories. Broken down by region, that’s 35.5% from the Northeast; 7.1% from the Mid-Atlantic states; 10.8% from the South; 12.5% from the Midwest; 4.6% from the Southwest; and 16.8% from the West. New York and California were well represented; each is the “home state” for 12% of the class.


37.1% of the freshmen are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify themselves as students of color.


12% will be the first individuals in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.


Half of the incoming students are receiving financial aid, with an average grant amount of $40,800. [NOTE: All told, the University’s financial budget for 2013-2014 is $119.7 million, and 52.5% of all undergraduates receive aid.]


12.1% are interested in majoring in one of Yale’s eight engineering majors — a 42% increase in the number of prospective engineers from the Class of 2011.


18.9% are interested in majoring in one of Yale’s 33 humanities majors.