- Berkeley: 7
- Branford: 8
- Davenport: 8
- Ezra Stiles: 8
- Franklin: 10
- Hopper: 7
- Jonathan Edwards: 7
- Morse: 8
- Pauli Murray: 10
- Pierson: 8
- Saybrook: 8
- Silliman: 10
- Timothy Dwight: 10
- Trumbull: 7
Each counselor team has a head counselor who is appointed by the head and dean. In addition to the responsibilities delineated by the residential college dean, the head counselors represent their teams once a month in meetings with Dean Peck.
Compensation in a given college depends on the average number of counselees per counselor. In the ten colleges whose first-years live on Old Campus, each counselor was paid $10,934 for the 2019-20 academic year. Counselors in Franklin, Murray, and Silliman were paid $8,747, while counselors in TD were paid $7,654.
Student Financial and Administrative Services treats counselor compensation as job earnings. Therefore, counselor compensation does not affect a student’s financial aid award. Moreover, Yale does not consider counselor compensation to be taxable, so counselors do not receive a 1099 form. Compensation will be automatically credited to the counselor’s account with Student Financial & Administrative Services before the beginning of each term. To learn more about counselor compensation, see the spreadsheet of financial examples for FroCos (XLSX) and/or contact your financial aid adviser at SFAS.
Counselors seeking additional income may work a second job for up to 10 hours a week provided permission from the residential college dean.
Counselors are housed in one of the entryways for first-year students, either on Old Campus or in Timothy Dwight, Benjamin Franklin, Pauli Murray or Silliman. All counselors are housed in single bedrooms, usually in a suite shared with at least one other counselor.
Duties and Expectations
Given the somewhat unpredictable needs of first-years, it is impossible to anticipate all the duties that a counselor might be expected to perform. The primary responsibilities, however, are listed below.
Any applicant with concerns about their ability to fulfill one or more of these duties should consult their residential college dean. Otherwise, a counselor who fails to meet these expectations may be subject to immediate dismissal from the program.
All counselors are required to attend a series of training sessions before they begin their duties. These sessions provide an opportunity for counselors to:
- familiarize themselves with the nature and scope of their duties
- learn to work together with fellow members of the counselor team
- meet members of the university community who will be sources of information and support for them throughout the year
- analyze typical student-related problems and receive guidance in how to respond to them
Fall training begins Friday evening, and then runs all day and into the evening from Saturday to Thursday. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
Presence on Campus
Counselors must be in residence from the beginning of counselor training to the end of each term, including reading period and final examination period. One or two members the team must stay until the residences close each semester.
Should an imperative obligation (such as an interview for a job or graduate school) require a counselor to leave campus briefly, the counselor may work with fellow team members and the college dean to make accommodations. Requests to leave campus cannot ordinarily be granted during the first month of the fall term.
Counselors are not on duty when the college is in recess (including mid-semester recesses). In the spring term, at least one member of the team should be in residence when the dorms reopen. All members of the team must return by the first-year registration meeting.
At least two counselors are “on duty” every Friday and Saturday night from 10 pm to 2 am. Every college also has four other duty hours each week as determined by the residential dean. While on duty, counselors must be in the dormitory and readily available to the first-years, other counselors, and the dean and head.
For the first 10 days of the term, duty occurs every night. In addition, counselors are expected to be on duty for portions of Tap Night, Halloween, Spring Fling, and other higher-risk occasions for first-years.
Each counselor team develops a rotating duty schedule, and a counselor is typically on duty one night every week.
Advising and Oversight
Counselors should be thoroughly familiar with Chapters I, II, and III of the Yale College Programs of Study, which explain in detail the undergraduate curriculum and academic regulations of Yale College.
Counselors should also be thoroughly familiar with the Undergraduate Regulations and must assume reasonable responsibility for seeing that their first-years honor the regulations contained therein, particularly the rules concerning social functions, alcoholic beverages, noise, fire extinguishers, and fire alarms. Counselors are expected to address immediately any violations they encounter and report them to the residential college dean or head. They are also expected to report promptly any custodial or security concerns they notice to the dean, head, or other appropriate administrator.
Teamwork and Communication
Counselors should not attempt to carry out their responsibilities alone. They are expected to work in concert with a team of counselors who collectively help first-year students adjust to college life. Counselor teams meet weekly with their residential college dean and are frequently in touch throughout the week by email and phone. In addition, the head counselor from each team meets independently with the representatives of other teams to discuss matters that affect more than one college.
All counselors must post their photos on the Yale Facebook so that the head or dean can readily remind him or herself of the student in this role as need be.
Conduct & Professionalism
Inasmuch as counselors are expected to assist Yale College in upholding the Undergraduate Regulations, it is assumed that counselors will themselves be exemplary in their conduct. A counselor who violates the Undergraduate Regulations, and is thereby subject to censure from the Executive Committee, may be immediately dismissed from the program at the discretion of the YCDO.
Counselors assume positions of professional responsibility and are therefore expected to relate to first-years in a manner that is appropriate to their position. Because of the unequal dynamic inherent in the relationship between counselors and first-years, sexual interactions between them are inappropriate. Counselors must not, therefore, engage in any romantic or sexual behavior with any first-year or admitted student who has not yet matriculated, regardless of whether the behavior is consensual. Counselors who violate this restriction will be immediately dismissed from the program.
Prioritization of Counselor Commitments
Serving as a counselor should be a student’s primary extracurricular activity. A counselor may only accept a second term-time job for up to ten hours per week with prior permission from the residential college dean. The same restriction holds for any significant extracurricular commitment that would demand more than ten hours per week.