A Letter from the Dean
To the members of the Class of 2024,
Welcome! When you arrive at the end of the summer, you will discover opportunities in Yale’s classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and studios. But you will also discover opportunities to learn in other places, too, from your residential college dining room to the courtyards throughout the campus. As you prepare for your arrival, use this guide to orient yourself; it will provide you with information about Yale’s rich curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular life. The best place to begin is in the Getting Started section.
You will need to make some decisions before you arrive. These include, for example, whether to apply to special academic programs such as Directed Studies or register for one of the optional pre-orientation programs. You will also need to start thinking about courses you plan to take in your first year. You will receive continuous academic advising once you arrive, but you can prepare now by reading the information in this guide over the summer. Even for practical information about moving, it will help you make the transition to college.
Among the many people waiting to meet you are the head and dean of your residential college, the deans of Yale College, and the counselors, tutors, advisers, and members of the faculty who will all play important roles in your college education. We look forward to welcoming you to an academic community that will challenge you, inspire you, and help you to shape the rest of your life.
With best wishes,