Dear Class of 2027,
On Wednesday, June 21st, at noon EDT, you can click HERE to find out your residential college assignment! The assignments include a welcome from your new college and an introduction to some of the people in the college you will get to know over the next few years like your Head of College (HoC) and Residential College Dean (RCD). Your college will both provide you with an immediate community when you arrive on campus and serve as a launch pad as you begin to explore the larger Yale community.
Each residential college is big enough to find people with shared interests and experiences, but small enough to feel like home. Each comes with a set of unique traditions – which you will soon be introduced to. Your college will connect you to events happening in the wider Yale community, like arts performances, athletic competitions—varsity, club, and intramural, and research presentations. Your peers love to be cheered on by friends from their college!
Your college will also connect you with two groups of peer advisors who work specifically with first-year students: First-Year Counselors and Peer Liaisons. Additionally, first-years will have the opportunity to work with the Communication and Consent Educators (CCEs). They are a select group of students, trained to reimagine and foster a more positive campus culture.
First-Year Counselors (FroCos)
The First-Year Counselors, or FroCos, are seniors from your college selected to help you in your transition to Yale. When you find out your residential college assignment, you will also find out who your FroCo is. Each FroCo is assigned a small group of first-years for the year. You will attend orientation events with your FroCo as a small group and begin to plan your academic path with their support as well. Think of your FroCo as your first stop for getting your questions answered during the year. They are likely to know the answer, but if they don’t, they can certainly connect you with someone who does. You are bound to have countless questions now, but rest assured that many of them will be answered later this summer.
Peer Liaisons (PLs)
The Peer Liaison Program, now in its thirteenth year, was created to provide an additional layer of mentoring through a wealth of events and initiatives that aim to support first-year students through their transition to Yale College, especially those who belong to systematically minoritized groups. Peer Liaisons, or PLs, are a select group of trained, caring upper-class student leaders affiliated with the residential colleges and one of these eight centers/offices: Afro-American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Chaplain’s Office, La Casa Cultural: Latinx Cultural Center, Native American Cultural Center, Office of International Students & Scholars, Office of LGBTQ Resources, Student Accessibility Services.
If you’re interested in having a PL assigned to you, please submit your request using this link once you have received your residential college assignment.
Recognizing the multifaceted nature of how each of you identify, the PL request form is set up so that you may request a PL from more than one center/office as it aligns with your salient identities. After you submit your form, you can expect to hear from your PL via email sometime in mid-August before classes begin. If for some reason you forget to submit your PL request form, there will be opportunities during Camp Yale and throughout the academic year to opt in by just letting a PL know.
Communication and Consent Educators (CCEs)
The Communication and Consent Educators (CCEs) are a large, diverse group of undergraduates working together to foster a more positive sexual and social climate on campus. The CCEs aim to create a campus culture where respect, mutuality, and mindfulness are the norms. The work of the CCEs takes many different forms, one of which is running workshops for incoming students during orientation. This will be a great chance for you to meet the CCEs, but you can also find the current list of CCEs here. Now, and at any point during your time at Yale, please feel welcome to reach out to any CCE, or to the Office of Gender and Campus Culture at email@example.com.
Camp Yale Program Leaders
As part of your Camp Yale experience, you will participate in a Camp Yale Program (CYP). Your welcome letter from your residential college will also include your CYP assignment. The CYP leaders are yet another set of undergraduate students who will help welcome you to campus and guide you through your CYP experience. Each CYP leader cares deeply about the programs they are working with, and they will be an excellent resource to connect you to campus.
The colleges, FroCos, PLs, CCEs, and CYP leaders cannot wait to welcome you all to Yale!
Hannah Rose Peck
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Yale College Dean's Office