Yale’s Diversity Viewbook

Yale’s Diversity Viewbook provides information about Yale’s world-class programs, facilities, faculty, and students while challenging you to rethink the meaning of diversity in a collegiate setting.

Since its founding in 1701, Yale has evolved into one of the world’s most diverse learning communities. Our students come from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, hail from all 50 states and over 80 countries, and represent all walks of life. You may be surprised to learn that there are as many first-generation college students as children of alumni at Yale.

Among other world-class research universities, Yale is the university that most effectively orients its resources and opportunities towards its undergraduate students. These resources include Yale’s residential college system, which randomly assigns all incoming students to one of twelve living communities, each of which serves as a representative microcosm of the larger student body. The residential colleges simultaneously reinforce both diversity and community, two of Yale’s most cherished values.

Yale also offers a unique variety of community resources, including four Cultural Centers: Afro-American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American. There is nothing quite like them at any other college or university in America. Each center plays two important roles: to create a home for students of a shared cultural identity, and to represent and promote that culture to the larger Yale community. The centers are physical spaces (with kitchens, meeting rooms, and big screen TVs) and tight-knit communities of students, deans, and faculty members. Students also actively participate in the vibrant communities found within the Yale Chaplain’s Office, the Women’s Center, the Office for LGBTQ Resources, and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

In an increasingly global society, familiarity with the cultures and history of the world is important. Yale is committed to offering a wide breadth of courses designed to educate the whole person. Students major in Ethnicity Race and Migration, Global Affairs, Latin American Studies, African Studies, and more than 70 other departments. Every year undergraduates receive over $4 million to fund study, work, and research experiences abroad in more than 80 countries.

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