Yale Welcomes the Class of 2014
Yale College welcomed the 1,344 members of the Class of 2014 to campus on Friday, August 27.
The freshman class was selected from an applicant pool of 25,869. Of the new students, 56% came from public high schools, while 44% came from independent, parochial, and other schools. International students from 58 countries comprise 11% of the entering class. Among the U.S. students, 36% identify themselves as members of minority groups.
All incoming undergraduates are assigned to one of Yale’s 12 residential colleges. The residential colleges allow students to experience the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school while still enjoying the cultural and scholarly resources of a large university. Students remain affiliated with their residential college for all four years. Yale makes every effort to represent the diversity of the entire undergraduate community within each residential college so that each college is a microcosm of the larger student population. The residential college system offers students a familiar, comfortable living environment, personal interaction with faculty members and administrators, and exciting opportunities for academic and extracurricular exploration. Every residential college has its own master and dean, both of whom are Yale faculty members. The master and dean live in the college with their families and eat their meals with students in the dining hall.
Approximately 59% of the freshmen qualified for Yale’s generous financial aid program. Yale admits students without regard to their ability to pay for their education, an admissions policy called “need blind,” and meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. The average financial aid grant to an eligible freshman this year is $35,700, or about 75% of the cost of attendance.
Yale’s expectation is that all undergraduates have at least one international experience during their time at Yale. About one-quarter of the students set out across the globe each year to experience other cultures through study, work and research abroad. Yale supports all undergraduates in planning their activities abroad and in finding ways to finance these activities. Students receiving financial aid from Yale are eligible for aid to support a summer abroad experience.
University President Richard C. Levin and Yale College Dean Mary Miller will address the freshmen on Saturday, August 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Woolsey Hall.
Classes begin September 1.