This week I visited Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where I toured the campus and spoke with the Assistant Director of Admissions about the latest trends in admissions. Here are a few of the recent happenings there I learned about:

  • Of the 2,234 students admitted this year, 800 were admitted early. The early acceptance rate was nearly 11%, whereas the regular decision acceptance rate was 3.36%.
  • The new Jackson School for Global Affairs will be opening this fall (2022) and plans to offer a selective, interdisciplinary major for which undergraduates may apply sophomore year. Global Affairs majors will learn to apply social science tools to global challenges and complete a public policy project as seniors on behalf of a real client.
  • Yale now offers two skills-based, pre-professional “certificates” to undergraduates, one in Programming and one in Data Science. Each certificate requires five courses to complete.
  • The student union, having undergone years of renovation and expansion, has reopened as the Schwarzman Center. It also houses The Good Life Center, run by Yale positive psychology professor Laurie Santos. The center offers programs and resources to help students build physical, mental, emotional and social wellness.
Yale alumnus Nathan Hale stands outside his dorm room at Connecticut Hall.