July 9, 2021

Dear Class of 2025,

This week’s message highlights some areas of life on Yale’s campus. Once you arrive on campus you will be presented with many, many opportunities to jump in and find your footing here. Some options will feel familiar and some might be brand new. We encourage you to try a little bit of both. Consider joining a student organization that focuses on one of your favorite activities, while also trying out a new sport with your college intramural team. There is so much to explore!

Here is some information to get you started:

Yale Connect – The platform serves as the center of information about campus life. From your homepage you can search for clubs and organizations on campus, learn about campus-wide events, and directly connect with centers and departments around campus. If you haven’t yet done so, take a moment to explore some of the options on the platform.

Yale Athletics – Yale College has 35 varsity sports teams – which means there is always an event for you to attend. Student tickets are free with your ID, so grab some friends and head over to a game to cheer on your peers. Yale Athletics also supports a number of club teams, intramurals, and fitness classes pitched for people at all skill levels. With so many options, it is easy to keep moving and stay healthy!

Student Employment – Many students take student jobs on campus during the semesters – from working in a lab or the library to taking on campus leadership positions. An on-campus job is a great way to learn new skills, build up your resume, and connect with new areas of campus. Some positions are posted already, but many others will open up as the semester begins. Some offices and centers even have specific roles set aside for first- year students.

By now, you will have heard from your residential college about the community you will be joining there and the traditions you can look forward to over the course of the year. This fall, the Schwarzman Center will also open its doors and begin serving as a hub for university life and the arts. Our email next week will focus on the eight campus centers and the incredible communities they support as well.Look around and take some time to think about what you want your time at Yale to look like. We can’t wait to see everything you will bring to the Yale community this fall!


Dean Peck