About Advising

What you ultimately derive from four years of study at Yale depends to a large measure on careful planning of a program of study. You have an extraordinarily large number of courses to choose from—as many as 2,000 in this year’s Yale College Programs of Study (YCPS)—and no specific course requirements to limit your choices. This freedom can be exhilarating, but it is almost always daunting as well. Planning is not always easy when you are confronted, as freshman are, with an overwhelming number of possibilities at a moment when you are not entirely sure what you ultimately want to study. One graduate of Yale writing in the New York Times a few years ago complained that education at Yale was like a smorgasbord at which students were told, in effect, “to eat whatever [they] liked.” His conclusion was that “freedom to choose any course at all in college is an empty freedom unless students know how to use it to get a well-rounded education.”