The Academic Fair is one of the main academic events held during your first days on campus. The Academic Fair offers you a chance to gather information from Yale faculty about academic programs and advice about courses, placement, and prerequisites for majors. In addition to senior majors who attend to give peer-to-peer advice, the fair is attended by representatives of the Office of Career Strategy, the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for International and Professional Experience, the Health Professions Advisory Program, and others. 

What is the purpose of the Academic Fair?

  • to showcase programs and departments
  • to offer guidance and accurate information about courses, placement, and prerequisites for majors
  • to share news of upcoming departmental initiatives or events
  • to distribute Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) contact information for follow-up meetings
  • to allow you to put a face to a name, and to help you begin the process of consulting with a DUS or with faculty members

When is it held?

The Academic Fair takes place each fall on the Tuesday before the first day of classes, from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Who should attend?

All first-year students, transfer students, and other students new to Yale, such as Eli Whitney students, should attend.  

Where is it held?

The Academic Fair is divided between Linsley-Chittenden Hall (on Old Campus) and William L. Harkness Hall (across from Hopper College and near Sterling Memorial Library). Many of humanities departments and programs are in LC, with the remaining humanities departments, along with the social science and science departments, in WLH. A guide to departmental room assignments will be available to all eligible students in August.