Beginning in the 1640s, Colonial clerics spearheaded a drive to build a local institution that would follow in the footsteps of European liberal education, which is where Yale University’s roots may be traced. The colonial legislature of Connecticut finally approved a charter to establish a Collegiate institution in 1701. In 1718, the institution was renamed Yale College in honour of Welsh trader Elihu Yale, who had contributed the money he made from the sale of nine bales of goods, along with some books and a portrait of King George I. In terms of overall rankings, Yale University comes in at number nine on the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023.
Yale University has been ranked 18th in the world by QS. Both the QS and Times World University Rankings place Yale in the top tier of institutions worldwide because of the excellence of its teaching and research. The main campus of Yale University is located on 261 acres in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale University’s campus has been home to academics, extensive libraries, world-renowned art collections, and cutting-edge research facilities since its inception. There is an Outdoor Education Center covering 1,500 acres on the site as well. Students can make use of a wide range of residential, eating, transit, and security amenities.
The availability of these kinds of facilities and activities helps foster a sense of belonging among students and faculty. Courses at Yale are available in a wide variety of disciplines, from the humanities and social sciences to medicine and engineering. A wide range of academic departments and programmes contribute to the curriculum, including the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Art, the Divinity School, the David Geffen School of Drama, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Environment, the Jackson School of Global Affairs, the Law School, the School of Management, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the School of Public Health.
There were a total of 14,567 undergraduates enrolled at Yale University as of fall 2017. There were 6,854 male students and 7,584 female students, with another 129 pupils falling into the “not reported” or “unknown” category. There were 22 per cent of overseas students there. There were 115 different countries there. Canada, China, India, the UK, Germany, and South Korea had the largest contingents. The South Asian Society at Yale (SAS), the South Asian Studies Council (SASC), the Yale Hindu Students Organization (HSO), and so on are just some of the South Asian groups that call Yale University home.
These groups spread awareness of and appreciation for South Asian heritage and customs. Consider that Yale University meets the demonstrated financial need of each overseas undergraduate student it admits. There are no academic or merit-based awards given out. Yale University also offers both on-campus and off-campus housing to overseas students. Students pursuing a degree have the option of living on campus. All incoming first-year Yale College students will be required to live in one of the residential colleges. The Yale Housing office is the place to seek on-campus living for graduate and professional students.
Yale’s alumni association actively promotes equality and acceptance of all people. The best and brightest brains have found a home at Yale. Famous people like Paul Krugman (Nobel Prize-winning economist), George Akerlof (Nobel Prize-winning economist), Meryl Streep (Academy Award-winning actress), and Jodie Foster (Actor/Director) are all Yale alums.