Yale College welcomes Class of 2015

Old Campus will be swarming with box-carrying students and tissue-toting parents on Friday, Aug. 26, as Yale College welcomes the 1,352 members of the Class of 2015.

The freshman class was selected from an applicant pool of 27,283. Of the new students, 57% came from public high schools, while 43% came from independent, parochial, and other schools. International students from 55 countries comprise 10.1% of the class. A record 39.6% of the class are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify themselves as students of color.

Yale has been once again fortunate to select students from the most highly qualified applicant pool in the world, notes Jeff Brenzel, dean of undergraduate admissions. “Our incoming students have already accomplished startling things, and we have high hopes for the ways in which they will make the best of their time here.”

President Richard C. Levin’s Freshman Address: VIDEO | TEXT
Dean Mary Miller’s Freshman Address: VIDEO | TEXT


Among the outstanding members of this year’s freshman class are a playwright whose Off-Broadway play is currently in production, a Gold medalist at this year’s International Chemistry Olympiad in Turkey who led the U.S. team to its highest finish in 10 years, an innovator who holds a patent for his design of a subcontrabass sax ; and a student who hails from the newest country in the world, South Sudan.

Nearly 53% of the freshman class of 2015 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 Yale scholarship to an eligible freshman this year is $38,230, or about 69% of the cost of attendance.

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.

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, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in Woolsey Hall.

Classes begin Aug. 31.

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