Yale University was founded in 1701 named after Elihu Yale, a Welsh Merchant, who donated proceeds to the college. It is the third oldest higher education institution in the United States. Today, Yale is in New Haven, Connecticut, on 343 acres of land 90 minutes from New York City. It serves as an Ivy League university that offers a first-class educational experience and large research university capabilities.
Yale University offers over 2,000 courses and 81 majors for 5,453 undergraduate students. Inside the classroom, students have a student-faculty ratio of 6-to-1 and more than 70% of the classes have less than 20 students. Outside of the classrooms, students have over 500 student groups and organizations to join: intramurals, music groups, cultural associations and social activities including NCAA I games. Top majors include:
- Political Science & Government
- Cellular & Molecular Biology
It is important to note that Yale has an extremely high freshman retention rate: over 99% of the freshman class return for their sophomore year. The University attributes that to a highly-social, close-knit student body, small student-faculty ratio and cultural resources on campus. However, it could be because of the well-known rivalry with Harvard University, or the Yale mascot, Handsome Dan, or the fact that their performing art programs assist in creating an inclusive atmosphere where everyone is welcomed regardless of their expertise.