Yale College Summer Updates
July 7, 2023

Dear Yale College Class of 2027,   

We are writing to remind you of academic matters that you should attend to over the summer and resources that are available to you.   Here are some actions you should take before you come to campus:

Complete the mandatory High School Math and Science Survey. This survey asks you to self-report your course history in six subjects: biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, math, and physics. Even if you are not planning to take courses in these subjects, all first-year students must complete the High School Math and Science Survey by July 28.

Take any relevant online placement exams. Yale offers two dozen optional placement exams, in biology, chemistry, math, and many languages. You are strongly advised to take a placement exam if you have prior study of a field and plan to enroll in it during your first year at Yale. The deadline to complete an online placement exam in July 31. Additional placement exam information may be found here.

To help you consider how best to strengthen your writing skills while at Yale, please complete a ten-minute writing survey about your habits and experience as a writer. The writing survey will remain open until August 15.

We also remind you that academic advising is available over the summer:

On Wednesday, July 19, at 12 pm (ET), a one-hour webinar for students considering an engineering or computer science major will be led by Vince Wilczynski, deputy dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and the James S. Tyler Director of the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design (CEID). He will discuss general requirements for SEAS majors, with special attention to course selection in your first year. You may join the meeting through this Zoom link. A recording of the meeting will be posted afterwards on the SEAS undergraduate website.

On Friday, July 28, at 12 PM (ET), a one-hour webinar for students considering applying to medical school after Yale will be led by Sandy Chang, M.D., Ph.D., dean of Undergraduate Science Education, and Kristin McJunkins, director of Health Professions Advising and STEM Connect. They will discuss important considerations for course selection in your first year. You may join the meeting through this Zoom link. A recording of the meeting will be posted afterwards on the Office of Science and Quantitative Reasoning and the Health Professions Advising Office websites.

Peer advisers also remain available seven days a week, through August 18. If you have questions and cannot find the answers in Yale’s online publications, we encourage you to sign up for a videoconference by going here. Members of the Yale College Dean’s Office are available for referrals as well.

In our next message, on July 21, we will provide some specific guidance about constructing your fall schedule and the next steps you need to take. In the meantime, we encourage you to read program descriptions in the Yale College Programs Study (YCPS) and browse course listings in Yale Course Search (YCS).   

Best wishes,  
Office of Undergraduate Education


Dear Class of 2027,  

Our main message this week is from the Office of Undergraduate Education with important information about academic advising and placement over the summer. We also want to highlight two messages regarding the Supreme Court decision on college admissions released last week. The first is from Peter Salovey, President of Yale, and the second is from Pericles Lewis, Dean of Yale College, and Jeremiah Quinlan, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid. If you haven’t had a moment to read through them, I encourage you to do so now.

Dean Peck

This week’s important dates and reminders include:
First-year Housing Portal is now live! All first-year and transfer students are required to schedule a move-in appointment. To access the undergraduate housing portal, click HERE.

On the login page, click on the blue “Yale - Student SSO Login” and you will be prompted to login with your Yale NetID and password. It is recommended that when using the housing portal, you are on a computer rather than a mobile device and the preferred browser to use is Google Chrome. It is also important to ensure you are logging in using your Yale NetID and Password. If issues persist, please reach out to yalecollegehousing@yale.edu with a detailed description of the issue and we will assist you.

The First-Year Biographical Questionnaire is a brief survey in which you share your high school accomplishments, academic and extracurricular interests, and demographic information with alumni who support everyone's Yale experience through the Office of Development.