15 New Haven students admitted, and other Yale connections with the city’s public schools

Yale College will welcome admitted students to New Haven for Bulldog Days beginning this Monday and lasting through Wednesday Bulldog Days offers hundreds of activities that allow those admitted to Yale to learn more about the experiences that await them if they choose to join the Class of 2021 entering this coming fall.

Campus tours, receptions by student groups, opportunities to visit classes and meet with undergraduate organizations, and academic and extracurricular fairs are among the many activities planned. Admitted students and their parents will also have plenty of time to explore Yale and New Haven on their own, and the students have the option of staying overnight in a Yale residential college.

Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions, noted that the admitted students include 15 New Haven public school students, the most in recent years. Those students will graduate this spring from seven different New Haven high schools that include regional magnet schools, charter schools, and comprehensive schools.

Yale has many partnerships with New Haven Public Schools, and New Haven students benefit from a wide range of opportunities to engage with Yale resources and programs well in advance of Bulldog Days. Yale’s largest investment is in the New Haven Promise, a location-based program that provides scholarships up to 100% of college tuition for residents and graduates of New Haven Public Schools and approved charter schools if they attend college in Connecticut.

New Haven Promise has disbursed over $5 million since inception and assisted more than 1,000 Promise Scholars since 2011. Yale is the principal funder of these scholarships. Over a five-year, phased-in implementation period, New Haven Promise has had a 165 percent increase in students enrolling and being funded at Connecticut's public colleges. Promise's growing internship program will place 100-120 Promise scholars in paid summer career-focused internships in 2017- with the majority of these placements at Yale University, adding another $500,000 in funding to help students reduce college debt.

The Yale Pathways to Science program also serves public schools students in New Haven with free programs, demonstrations, lectures, and laboratory visits at the Yale campus where they learn about cutting-edge advances in science from respected professors. Once students join the program they are invited to attend more than 50 different annual events. There are more than 1,000 students participating in the program and more than 300 program alumni enrolled in college. At the most recently Connecticut Science Fair, 21 Pathways students received distinguished awards, and 14 Pathways students were recently admitted to the Yale Class of 2021.

Earlier this month the Elm City Robo Squad, a robotics team at Hill Regional Career High School earned a spot at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis – the fourth straight year the team has qualified. Last year’s team made it through several rounds at the World Championships to advance to the “sweet 16” out of more than 3,000 teams. Engineers from Yale mentor the student participants along with teachers from the school.