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Note: In 2021, all courses and programs will be offered online. Visiting students may take online courses, but they may not live on campus. Currently enrolled Yale College students may live on campus. Residential information is for Yale College students.

Below please find information relevant to all Yale Summer Session students. If you can't find the information you need here, please contact us.



Your instructor may use the Canvas system to post course information (syllabus, Power Point presentations, readings, assignments, etc.) or to send you email notifications. You will need to register your email address in order to receive these communications.  Some instructors choose not to use Canvas so if you do not see the course(s) in which you are enrolled, your instructor may not be using the system.

Logging In

  1. Log in at
  2. You'll notice in the middle of the screen "NetID"
  3. Click there and enter your Yale NET ID and password.
  4. Once you log in you'll be able to see your course number, name and instructor

Have a question or need help? Contact Canvas at Further help is available here.


There are a number of computing “clusters” in the libraries that offer Windows and Macintosh computers with a variety of software and full Internet access. Standard cluster computers require your NetID and password. Students on campus can connect to Yale’s wireless network.


Yale has the second largest university library in the United States, with over 10 million volumes housed in more than twenty libraries around campus. Sterling Memorial Library is the central library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has one of the world's largest and most valuable collections of rare books, letters, manuscripts, and first editions.

Full library privileges are granted to all summer students. Fees may apply for certain services.

Payne Whitney Gym

The Payne Whitney Gym is one of the most complete indoor athletic facilities in the world. As a Yale Summer Session student, you have access to Payne Whitney with your Yale ID.

Yale Shuttle

The Yale Shuttle is a free bus that can take you all around campus. For live tracking of shuttles, as well as other route information, please visit either the desktop site, or if you are using a cell phone or tablet, visit the mobile site which provides a link to download the app.

Public Safety, Campus Police and Safe Rides

Yale is located in the heart of a vibrant urban city, and a safe environment allows everyone at Yale to participate fully in campus life. The Yale Police Department is a full service, professional police department with offers who patrol all campus areas with a primary concern for the personal safety of students on campus. The police officers patrol our campus by foot, bicycle and in police vehicles. The security staff provide safe escorts and service for lock-outs.

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Campus Blue Phones

Approximately 500 exterior phones are strategically located throughout the campus and are readily identified at night by blue lights located above or near them. The phones are equipped with a red emergency button for direct connection to the University Police Station for police, fire, or medical emergencies. The black button with keypad can be used for dialing any campus number using the last 5 digits of the phone number.

Nighttime Shuttle Safe Rides & Walking Escort Service

Between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am, seven days a week, students can request a University Security Safe Ride within campus boundaries. A University shuttle or Security Vehicle will be dispatched to your location and will drop you to your final on-campus destination. Yale also has a Nighttime Shuttle Service that runs from 6 pm to 1 am, seven nights a week. This service runs on a scheduled route around the campus and does off-route drop offs.

Important Phone Numbers:

Contact Phone Number
Yale Security (general info) (203) 785-5555
Lost & found (203) 432-4405
Lost ID and after-hours security (203) 785-5555
Nighttime Safe Rides (203) 432-6330
Walking Escorts (2-WALK) (203) 432-9255

Bulldog Mobile Safety App

Tip: For your safety and security while at Yale, we highly recommend downloading the Bulldog Mobile app. It includes some very useful features:

  • Summon Help (Calls 911 and sends your location information)
  • SafeWalk (Lets your friends temporarily follow your location to know if you've arrived at your destination safely)
  • Share Information (Allows you to send anonymous tips via text to the police)

Yale Alert

Yale Alert is the University’s emergency notification system. If there is a condition which threatens the health and safety of persons on campus, University officials will warn the campus community through text, email, and voice messages as well as Twitter and Facebook, exterior and interior speaker systems, and the flat-screen panels around campus.

Students, keep your phone number up to date on SIS (Student Information System).  This is the number that will be used as your emergency contact. This alert does not work with international telephone numbers.  You must enter your local telephone number into your SIS account in order for you to be eligible to receive an SIS alert. Please also update your local number to your Yale Summer Session application account.  Program the Yale Alert number into your phone: 203-432-5830. For more information on preparedness, visit

Yale Resources for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

Please review this guide which provides an overview of the University’s policies and the broad range of resources available to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct at Yale. For detailed information, please see the Sexual Misconduct Response website (

Yale Health Center

Located on Yale’s campus at 55 Lock St., the Yale Health Center has a 24-hour Acute Care department for minor medical issues for a fee-for-service basis. We advise you to call Acute Care prior to your visit. They can triage you over the phone and advise on wait times in the department. Please be sure to identify yourself as a Yale Summer Session student and bring your health insurance card to your visit. Present your card upon arrival to the receptionist.

Reminder: If you take medication, make sure to bring enough medication with you for the time that you’re at Yale Summer Session.  (If you run out, there are pharmacies in New Haven, but you will have to arrange for your doctor to send a prescription to the local pharmacy.)  If you are on a long-range treatment plan and you will need services while you’re enrolled in Yale Summer Session, please contact your insurance provider in advance to make arrangements to access local health care professionals.

Health Insurance

Yale students who are covered by Yale Health during the spring term immediately prior to the summer program and who will be enrolled at Yale College in the fall term are covered by Yale Health during the summer.

Office of Student Accessibility Services

The Office of Student Accessibility Services coordinates services for students with disabilities. If you need accommodations, we suggest that you contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services as soon as you are admitted.

Tobacco-Free Yale

There will be no designated smoking areas on our tobacco-free campus.

As of Fall 2017, Yale University is a tobacco-free environment. On a tobacco free campus, smoking cigarettes, including e-cigarettes, and/or the use of tobacco products is prohibited in all areas including property leased or owned by the university.  University property includes, but is not limited to, our residential colleges and courtyards, classroom buildings, parking lots, paths, fields, sports/recreational areas, stadiums, facilities, and University vehicles regardless of location. 

Lo​st ID Card

If you lose your Yale ID card, come to Yale Summer Session at 55 Whitney Ave., 4th floor and you will be issued a verification card. Take that verification card over to the ID center to have your card replaced. There may be a fee associated with replacing your ID card.

Summer Session Tutoring

Tutors are available free of charge to all YSS students for quantitative reasoning, science, and writing. Please click here for the schedule.

Office of International Students and Scholars (for International Students)

Yale's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) serves as a resource on immigration and other student concerns.

2020 Student Handbook