Student Life

Yale historian George Pierson observed that "Yale is at once a tradition, a company of scholars, and a society of friends." This is a place to share your love of learning, and contribute your own experiences to centuries of scholarly pursuit.

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2013 Yale Summer Session Student Handbook


Living on Campus

Yale dormitories, called residential colleges, are the foundation of Yale’s social and intellectual structure, and are not so much “colleges” as communities. Like mini campuses, the colleges serve as dormitories, dining halls, clubs, community centers, theaters, libraries, administrative offices, seminar rooms, and even printing presses. The residential colleges serve as a focal point for both informal and planned activities.

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Activities and Living in New Haven

In addition to lectures, films, and other campus activities, summer students may choose from a rich variety of entertainment in New Haven, long a center of American theater and home of the Yale Repertory, Long Wharf, and Shubert theaters. For over 15 years, New Haven has also been the home of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Running from late June to early July, the Festival brings more than 100,000 visitors to the city to enjoy dozens of musical events, symposia, and exhibitions from performers such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Roberta Flack, Hugh Masekela, La India, and Manhattan Transfer.

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