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Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a historic, small New England city about two
hours north of New York. A total of approximately 11,400 students attend Yale University's three
component parts – Yale College (which is the undergraduate institution), the Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences, and ten professional schools (the Schools of Art, Architecture,
Drama, Engineering, Music, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Law, Management, Medicine, and Nursing,
and the Divinity School). Today, most Americans probably think of Yale
in terms of undergraduate experience. However, Yale University is also a highly esteemed
research university, having produced Nobel laureates in economics, physics, chemistry,
and medicine. Yale University is also home to several world-renowned art collections
and libraries. Yale University has a long tradition of public
service, with faculty, officers, and alumni who have served (and continue to serve) in
government, education, business, and non-profit ventures. Among its most famous alumni are
five U.S. presidents: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford,
and William Howard Taft. Other contemporary leaders in public life who graduated from
Yale are John Kerry, George Pataki, and Hillary Clinton.
From an undergraduate's point of view, one of the most striking aspects of the Yale experience
is that it is a residential college, modeled on the Oxford and Cambridge systems. Incoming
students are assigned to one of twelve residential colleges, each of which houses about 450 students.
Each college is housed in its own building, which contains dining and sports and recreation
facilities as well as residential quarters and meeting rooms. The Colleges are staffed
by deans, masters, associated faculty, and fellows, and offer a rich variety of seminars,
lectures, and social events. This makes for an atmosphere in which students with widely
varying interests and backgrounds are constantly crossing paths, and gives all students an
exceptional opportunity to expand their educational and social horizons during their college years.
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