Hundreds of New Graduate Students Arrive at Yale

The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will welcome 559 new students to the University on August 29 with a matriculation ceremony in Battell Chapel at 9:30 a.m.

The ceremony will include a colorful academic procession of faculty members, University officers and Graduate School administrators. President Richard C. Levin, Dean Susan Hockfield and psychology professor Peter Salovey will be the speakers.

This year’s crop of students was chosen from a pool of 6,300 applicants-a record-breaking number. Males slightly outnumber females, 298 to 261. The newcomers join 1,685 continuing students.

Among the entering students, 402 are in doctoral programs, 107 are pursuing master’s degrees, and 50 are either Exchange Scholars or in the Division of Special Registration. They come from 273 different undergraduate institutions, including Yale College, where 30 of them earned their bachelor’s degrees.

International students number 236, and they come from 47 different countries. Many have never been in the United States before. The largest group-53-comes from the People’s Republic of China, followed by 21 from Germany, 14 from India, 14 from the Republic of Korea and 12 from Japan.

During the afternoon, the Graduate School will host an Information Fair in the courtyard of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street. At the Information Fair, University organizations and New Haven businesses and services will introduce themselves to the new students.

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