Introducing the Yale Class of 2002

Yale College will welcome the Class of 2002 on Aug. 28, when 1,305 entering freshmen arrive in New Haven for orientation. The freshmen class was selected from among 11,947 applicants.

“We are honored to receive such an accomplished group of students,” said Richard Shaw, dean of admissions and financial aid for Yale College. “They represent the best and brightest students the world has to offer. We are thrilled that they have chosen to attend Yale.”

This year’s freshmen come from 48 states and 45 foreign countries. More than 53 percent of the class attended public high schools; the rest studied at private or parochial schools. Worldwide, 858 secondary schools are represented. The class has 656 men and 649 women and thirty percent of the students identify themselves as members of a minority group.

The Class of 2002 includes a world-class swimmer, the youngest activist member of the Association to Cultivate InterAmerican Democracy, an exceptional pastry chef and the founder of a major children’s environmental organization.

The most popular majors indicated by the incoming students are biology, English, engineering, political science, economics and history, in that order. The students’ median SAT scores were 730 in verbal and 720 in math. Entering students took an average of four Advanced Placement courses and many other accelerated programs. A total of 218 students will compete in Yale’s 33 intercollegiate sports.

The Class of 2002 includes 108 freshmen whose parents do not have a college education and 175 students who had a parent (or two) who attended Yale University.

Yale is one of a small number of colleges and universities nationwide that both admits students from the United States without regard to their ability to pay for their education (a policy called “need-blind” admissions), and also fully meets the demonstrated financial need of each student. For the 1998-99 academic year, Yale expects to devote $30.5 million to financial aid for undergraduates. More than 40 percent of Yale College students receive financial aid in the form of direct grants – not loans or pay for work-study employment – from the University. The average student grant is more than $13,000 a year, and students of limited means may qualify for grants in excess of $25,000. The University’s need-blind admission policy, adopted more than 30 years ago, has helped to produce the great diversity among Yale’s 5,300 undergraduates.

Yale was established in 1701. The University includes the undergraduate College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and 10 professional schools, with a total enrollment of approximately 11,000 students.

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