Frequently Asked Questions: Class of 2018

Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.  If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please email freshman.affairs@yale.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What are the dates for Bulldog Days?
    The dates for Bulldog Days are April 22-24, 2014. For more information see the Bulldog Days website.
     
  2. How do I find my Student Identification Number (SID)?
    Look for the 9 digit number beginning with 90 or 91xxxxxxx.
     
  3. When do I need to arrive on campus? 
    You are expected to arrive on Friday, August 22, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Please schedule your travel so that you arrive during these hours. We recommend that you come to campus as soon after 9 a.m. as you can on August 22 so that you have as much time as possible to get settled and to enjoy freshman orientation activities. The Calendar for the Opening Days of College will be available online in July and you will receive a copy when you arrive to campus.

    If you choose to attend a preorientation program, i.e., Cultural Connections, FOOT, Harvest, or the Orientation for International Students, you will need to arrive before Friday, August 22. Please see Yale College Calendar for Freshmen  for the dates of these programs and arrival information. 

    FOOT and Harvest meet on campus and then depart for their destinations. They return to campus on Friday, August 22 around noon and move into their permanent rooms.

    Cultural Connections and the Orientation for International Students stay on campus in temporary rooms until they move into their permanent rooms on Wednesday, August 20.
     

  4. I need to purchase a computer and/or cell phone. Are there academic priced packages available through Yale?
    Academically priced packages are available for purchase from OnTheHub.com. This site offers contractually discounted prices for personal purchase by Yale faculty, staff, and students and carries Office, Windows, popular statistics software, and more. Western Digital offers discounts to Yale affiliates through wdstudentstore.com. Products include hard drives and wireless routers. Yale has negotiated plans with our cellular service providers, Verizon, Sprint/Nextel, T-Mobile and AT&T to provide cellular telephone service for personal use. For more information go to http://its.yale.edu/software-recommendations/buying-guide/discounts-personal-purchase.
     
  5. Is there a parent orientation?
    We have designed events for parents and families on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23. We encourage parents to attend the panel discussion about undergraduate education and the residential colleges, followed by the Masters’ open houses, on Friday afternoon, August 22 as well as the Freshman Assembly and President’s Reception on Saturday morning, August 23. Parents usually depart on Saturday afternoon. The Calendar for the Opening Days of College will be available online in July and you will receive a copy when you arrive to campus.
     
  6. What are the dates for fall, winter and spring breaks and when do the residences close for undergraduates in May?
    Please see the Yale College Calendar for Freshmen.
     
  7. When is Family Weekend?
    Go to Family Weekend website for more information.
     
  8. I am an international student; when will the I-20 form be sent to me so that I can apply for a Visa?
    For more information visit the Office of International Students and Scholars or e-mail oiss@yale.edu.
     
  9. When will I receive information about housing and roommates?  In April you may complete the housing and advising form available at www.yale.edu/freshmen. On June 25 you may view your housing and roommate assignment from the link provided at www.yale.edu/freshmen.
     
  10. When will I receive information about moving to Yale?
    Information about planning your move to Yale will be available at www.yale.edu/freshmen beginning May 1

    You are expected to arrive on Friday, August 22, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Please schedule your travel so that you arrive during these hours. We recommend that you come to campus as soon after 9 a.m. as you can on August 22 so that you have as much time as possible to get settled and to enjoy freshman orientation activities. 

    The Calendar for the Opening Days of College will be available online in July and you will receive a copy when you arrive to campus.
     

  11. When will I receive information about the preorientation programs, i.e., Cultural Connections, FOOT, Harvest, and the Orientation for International Students?
    For more information or to apply see Preorientation Programs.

    If you choose to attend a preorientation program, i.e., Cultural Connections, FOOT, Harvest, or the Orientation for International Students, you will need to arrive before Friday, August 22. Please see Yale College Calendar for Freshmen for the dates of these programs and arrival information. 

    FOOT and Harvest meet on campus and then depart for their destinations. They return to campus on Friday, August 22 around noon and move into their permanent rooms.

    Cultural Connections and the Orientation for International Students stay on campus in temporary rooms until they move into their permanent rooms on Wednesday, August 20.
     

  12. Which AP tests would be beneficial for placement and which ones should I forgo?
    For more information see the Acceleration section of this site.
     
  13. When may I apply to Directed Studies?
    If you are interested in being considered for this program, you may apply in early June. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by the end of July. For additional information or to apply see Directed Studies.
     
  14. When may I apply to Perspectives on Science and Engineering?
    If you are interested in being considered for this program, you may apply in early June. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by the end of July. For additional information or to apply see Perspectives on Science and Engineering.
     
  15. When may I apply for a freshman seminar?
    Information about seminars will be posted on the freshman seminar website in late July; additional application information will be posted in mid-August.
     
  16. Is there a score I could receive on the AP test that would preclude me from taking any foreign language at Yale?
    All Yale College students must fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement as one of the distributional requirements for graduation. For more information see the Center for Language Study’s Guide to Language Study for Undergraduates.
     
  17. If I travel over the summer, what should I do about receiving mail?
    All of our correspondence to you will be sent to your email yale.edu address. Please activate your Yale EliApps accounts after you activate your net id. We encourage you to list your emergency contact information and permanent address at www.yale.edu/sis and to keep it as current as possible.

    Shortly after you matriculate, you will be able to activate your student NetID (information will arrive via email) and thus make updates to your personal information—including your mailing address—in Student Information Systems.
     

  18. What immunizations do I need before coming to campus?
    In May download and print the immunization requirements, waiver request, authorization for medical care and treatment, and pre-entrance health forms that are available on the Yale Health website at New Undergraduate Student Forms.
     
  19. What should I buy for my room?
    The University provides each student with a desk, a chair, a bureau, and a bed (extra long, 80” by 36”). The beds have mattresses, but no pillows. In some dormitories there are additional furnishings. These will be noted in your room assignment from your residential college dean. Almost all freshmen live in suites in which they share a living room with several roommates. Consequently, it is a good idea to consult with your roommates over the summer about bringing furniture, stereos, telephones, rugs, televisions, etc. Many rooms have no overhead lighting, so you should plan to bring some lamps with you; halogen lamps, however, are fire hazards and are not permitted. For more information see Planning Your Move
     
  20. How do I find my NetID?
    You will receive an email on how to access and activate your NetID after May 1. Go to Activate Your NetID. When you arrive at the page where you are asked to create security questions and a password, note that your NetID is listed on the top of the page. Write down your NetID for future use before you close the page. If you forget your NetID or lose it, write to freshman.affairs@yale.edu for assistance.
  21. How do I access Yale’s online services and email?
    Your NetID will give you access to Yale’s network and its many online systems, including your Yale email account. In April you will receive an email on how to access and activate your NetID. Please note that your Yale NetID is different from your Eli Account ID. For the next couple of months, you will still need both accounts. When you arrive at the page where you are asked to create security questions and a password, note that your NetID is listed on the top of the page. Write down your NetID for future use before you close the page. If you forget or lose you NetID, email freshman.affairs@yale.edu for assistance. Once you have activated your NetID you may go to EliApps to sign into your Yale email account. 
     
  22. When will I receive my post office box number?
    In order to receive mail on campus, all students are required by postal regulations to have a post office box. Instructions on how to activate your post office box will be emailed to you in early August. The U.S. Post Office is located in the basement of Lanman Wright Hall on the Old Campus.
     
  23. How should I ship my stuff to campus?
    We recommend that you bring with you your most important items. Items that you cannot bring with you may be shipped by United States Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS), or motor freight carrier. There is no storage space on campus, so please plan accordingly. For more information see under Mail and Shipping.
     
  24. May I keep my car on campus?
    For information about Student Parking, see Yale’s Transportation Options website.
     
  25. What publications can I expect to receive from Yale?
    All of the freshman publications will be available to view online at http://yalecollege.yale.edu/new-students/class-2018. Freshman academic information is available in May, the Calendar for the Opening Days of College is available in mid July and the Yale College Programs of Study is available at the end of July. On Friday, August 22, you will receive a copy of the Calendar for the Opening Days of College and a copy of the Yale College Programs of Study at the 8 p.m. meeting with your dean and your freshman counselors in your residential college.
     
  26. Do freshmen have to live on campus?
    Students in their first four terms of enrollment must live on campus unless they are married or are at least twenty-one years of age. For more information see Undergraduate Regulations: Dormitory Regulations.
     
  27. Do I have to have a meal contract?
    All resident students must take a meal contract. Freshmen are required to have the Full Meal Plan, but may select the optional Anytime Meal Plan Plus Flex Points. For more information see the Yale Dining website.
     
  28. Which banks have ATMs on campus?
    Bank of America has an ATM in Durfee’s located on the Old Campus and in the lobby of Sterling Memorial Library. Their offices are located at 157 Church Street and 88 Broadway.
     
  29. When is the final transcript due?
    Please ask your school official to submit the Common Application Final Report form as soon as your final grades have been recorded or no later than July 10 via the online Common Application website or you can mail it to Office of Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 208234, New Haven, CT 06520-8234. If you do not expect your results by July 10, please notify aaron.brockway@yale.edu.