Yale University

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Private university in New Haven, Connecticut

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About Yale University

By James Barham, PhD

Yale was originally founded under the name of Collegiate School by Connecticut Colony in 1701. It is the fourth-oldest institution of higher learning in the US, after Harvard, the College of William & Mary (in Williamsburg, Virginia), and St. John’s College (in Annapolis, Maryland). Called the “Collegiate School,” its original mission was to train future ministers for the Congregational Church.

Yale is known as an all-around powerhouse, not unlike Harvard, with strength in a wide variety of fields. For one thing, five US presidents have passed through Yale, the second-highest number after Harvard. Three of them attended as undergraduates (Howard Taft, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush), while two attended Yale Law School (Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton).

Yale Law School is often mentioned as one of the two most influential in the country, along with Harvard Law. In all, nine Supreme Court Justices have been Yale Law graduates, including sitting Justices:

  • Samuel Alito
  • Brett Kavanaugh
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Clarence Thomas

More than 60 Nobel Prize – recipients have studied, taught, or conducted research at Yale at some point during their careers. In physics, they include:

  • Ernest Lawrence
  • Murray Gell-Mann
  • Willis Lamb
  • David Thouless

Yale Chemistry Nobelists include:

  • Lars Onsager
  • Brian Kobilka
  • John Goodenough
  • Sidney Altman

Yale Nobelists in physiology or medicine include:

  • John Enders
  • Joshua Lederberg
  • James Rothman
  • Elizabeth Blackburn

Nobelists in economics who attended or taught at Yale include:

  • Thomas Schelling
  • Paul Krugman
  • Joseph Stiglitz
  • James Tobin
  • William Nordhaus
  • George Akerlof
  • Robert Shiller
  • Edmund Phelps

Among literature Nobelists, the American novelist Sinclair Lewis received his BA from Yale, while the poet Derek Walcott, from the Caribbean island-nation of Saint Lucia, the Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka, and the American novelist Toni Morrison all held visiting lectureships there.

Other prominent persons connected to Yale during its first two centuries include the first great American theologian and philosopher, Jonathan Edwards; the inventor of the cotton gin, Eli Whitney; and the lexicographer Noah Webster.

Regarding distinguished, twentieth-century, Yale-connected individuals, we may mention:

  • Pioneering computer scientist, Grace Hopper
  • Songwriter, Cole Porter
  • Literary critic, Harold Bloom
  • Actor and film director, Oliver Stone
  • Actors Vincent Price, Meryl Streep, Paul Newman, Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Giamatti, & James Franco
  • Russian democracy activist, Alexei Navalny
  • Brain surgeon and current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson
  • Political scientist, Fareed Zakharia
  • 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination candidates, Cory Booker & Amy Klobuchar
  • Former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton
  • Former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney

According to Wikipedia, Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and among the most prestigious in the world.

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Yale University Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual ApplicationsAcceptanceGraduation RateMedian SAT ScoreMedian ACT Score

How Much Does Yale University Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
Price by Family Income
IncomeAverage Net Cost
0 - 30K$2,125
30K - 48K$1,647
48K - 75K$2,167
75K - 110K$11,492

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

How Much Do Yale University Graduates Make?

If you graduate from Yale University, then you can expect to earn an average of $124,400 per year. You also have a 90% chance of being employed after 10 years.

Yale University's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

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Where is Yale University?

Yale University is located at Woodbridge Hall, New Haven CT 06520

How Safe is Yale University?

Yale University has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%. New Haven has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is Yale University Known For?

Yale University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Yale University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are Yale University's Most Influential Alumni?

Yale University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Law, Nursing, and Biology. Here are some of Yale University's most famous alumni:

Richard Rorty
Richard Rorty
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Josiah Willard Gibbs
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Judith Butler
Judith Butler
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Harold Bloom
Harold Bloom
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W. Edwards Deming
W. Edwards Deming
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Murray Gell-Mann
Murray Gell-Mann
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Alvin Plantinga
Alvin Plantinga
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Irving Fisher
Irving Fisher
An American economist.

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