Dear Class of 2026,
In just over a month, you will be here with us on campus, participating in orientation; and your classes. As you prepare for this transition, we want to share with you some of the values and standards at the heart of our community. Yale is a place where you will be introduced to new ideas, new people, and new opportunities. We ask that you approach your Yale years with an eagerness to learn, not only in the classroom, but also from those around you in all your interactions.
Yale is place where people from different backgrounds and with different understandings of what it is to  belong. Even before you set foot on campus for the fall semester, it is vital for you to know that you belong at Yale. There are no admissions mistakes – you will be a valuable and vital member of our community.
We have high standards at Yale, both in and out of the classroom. We expect that when you arrive on campus you will treat everyone at Yale, and in the New Haven community, with the utmost respect and thoughtfulness. Since we are a large community, we find that it is important for everyone to embrace a shared understanding of our expectations for community interactions. The Belonging at Yale website provides information about Yale’s approach to building an inclusive community.
There are a few pieces of information that are so important we would like to highlight them for you.

The first is Yale's commitment to the free exchange of ideas as part of an ethical, integrated, and diverse community. Yale University has put together some resources on Free Expression at Yale ; I encourage you to explore the links gathered together on the Policies & Procedures Free Expression web page.

The second is the website highlighting resources for discrimination and harassment complaints. Yale takes these concerns very seriously and we have a robust support system in place for our undergraduates and community members. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this information

The third is a video introducing Yale's policies and definitions of sexual misconduct.

Creating a space where we can all thrive requires participation from everyone involved. You will contribute to building this space and creating the Yale of tomorrow.
Dean Peck and Dean Hawthorne  
Hannah Rose Peck
Dean of First-Year Affairs
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Yale College Dean's Office
Tasha M. Hawthorne, PhD
Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Yale College Dean's Office


This week’s important dates and reminders include:

  • Move-in for first year students is Sunday, August 21st. Please register for a move-in appointment using the housing portal. If you need to make changes to your appointment time, you can do so through the portal.

o    Transfer students: make your move-in appointment only after receiving your housing assignment in July

*Camp Yale Program notifications have begun to go out to students. Some may have received already and while others may hear by early next week.  


Please go to New Student Dates and Deadlines for a full list of deadlines.


Please go to New Student Forms & Tasks for first steps and important resources.


For answers to commonly asked questions, please go to First-Year Affairs FAQ (frequently as questions).