The Yale College Dean’s Office (YCDO) is the administrative center of Yale College. Offices in 1 Hillhouse Avenue, Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (SSS), and 55 Whitney Avenue house the dean, the associate and assistant deans, and their managerial and clerical staff.
The YCDO is charged by the corporation to administer the undergraduate academic course of study and a variety of special educational programs such as Directed Studies, the Special Divisional Majors, and the Academic Mentorship Program.
The office is responsible for determining policies concerning student life, discipline, and extracurricular activities. It is also in charge of registering and overseeing all undergraduate organizations. The Dean’s Office supervises the deans of the fourteen residential colleges and works in close collaboration with the heads of the colleges.
Marvin M. Chun is dean of Yale College and the Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology, with secondary appointments in the Cognitive Science Program and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience. As dean, he is dedicated to providing undergraduate students with an outstanding liberal arts education and extracurricular life. Supporting this mission are the Council of the Heads of College and a team of senior associate deans who lead the Yale College offices for Undergraduate Education, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Engagement, the Center for International and Professional Experience, admissions, communications, and development. Before assuming the deanship, Dean Chun served as the John B. Madden Head of Berkeley College. He received a B.A. in psychology from Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea) and a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral training at Harvard University. Dean Chun leads a cognitive neuroscience laboratory that uses functional brain imaging and machine learning to decode and predict how people see, attend, remember, and perform optimally. His research has been honored with a Troland Award from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, an early-career award from the American Psychological Association, and a Samsung Ho-Am Prize in Science. A dedicated teacher, he has co-written a textbook on Cognition, published by Oxford University Press, and received both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences.
Yale College Mission
The mission of Yale College is to seek exceptionally promising students of all backgrounds from across the nation and around the world and to educate them, through mental discipline and social experience, to develop their intellectual, moral, civic, and creative capacities to the fullest. The aim of this education is the cultivation of citizens with a rich awareness of our heritage to lead and serve in every sphere of human activity.