Class of 2012 Arrives on Campus

The Yale College Class of 2012 comprised of 1,320 freshmen arrived on campus August 29. On August 30, parents, relatives, friends and members of the Class of 2012 attended the Freshman Assembly featuring addresses by President Richard C. Levin and Yale College Dean Peter Salovey.

The class was selected from a record-high applicant pool of 22,817, of which a record-low of 8.6 percent of the applicants were admitted.

The students hail from 48 states and 48 other countries. More than half the students qualified for Yale’s generous financial aid program and a third of the students are members of minority groups. The median SAT score was 750 on the verbal exam and 740 on the math exam.

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A selection of photos from Friday, August 29 freshmen arrival and Saturday, August 30 freshman assembly. (requires Flash Player )


Freshman Address: Your Time of Opportunity
President Richard C. Levin

Members of the class of 2012, I am delighted to join Dean Salovey in welcoming you to Yale College. And I want to extend a warm welcome also to the parents, relatives, and friends who have accompanied you here. To parents especially, I want to say thank you for entrusting your children to us. We are so pleased to have them with us, and we will do our best to provide them with abundant opportunities to learn and thrive in the four years ahead. Read full text »


Freshman Address: A Contrarian Education
Dean Peter Salovey

President Levin, Provost Hamilton, colleagues who have joined us on the stage today, families, and members of the Class of 2012: I am delighted and honored to address you this morning. It is a great privilege to welcome 1,320 freshmen to Yale.

In years past, I have relied on the observations of my field – social psychology – to raise issues that struck me as relevant for this occasion. Today, I would like to discuss with you a notion inspired by observing the behavior of Yale students: the upside potential of intellectual nonconformity. That’s a social psychologist’s fancy way of saying “the pleasures of not following the crowd.” Read full text »

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