Yale University is an American private Ivy League research education located in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale was founded in 1701 and is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the USA.
Yale’s intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Yale Bulldogs and they compete in the NCAA Division I Ivy League. They have a strong athletic rivalry with Harvard culminating in ‘The Game’ and the Harvard-Yale Regatta. The Harvard Crimson and the Yale Bulldogs play in November of each year, and the game alternates between Harvard Stadium and the Yale Bowl.
Originally, Yale’s educational goals were to train clergymen and political leaders for the colony of Connecticut. It has since developed into a full-fledged university with 12 colleges (2 more colleges are in the planning and development stage). Annual enrollment at Yale is approximately 5300 undergraduate students. Graduate and professional students make up another 6100 students each year.
Famous Yalies in the political arena include William Howard Taft, Cyrus Vance, Dean Acheson, George H.W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, John Kerry, Sargent Shriver, Joseph Lieberman, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Howard Dean, Gary Hart, Paul Tsongas, Pat Robertson, George Pataki, and Jerry Brown. There has been a Yale connection to every presidential political campaign from 1972 through 2004.
Three current Supreme Court justices received their education at Yale: Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas.
Many actors, actresses, and film directors also got their education at Yale. These include Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Paul Newman, Oliver Stone, George Roy Hill, Vincent Price, Angela Bassett, and Elia Kazan.
Yale educations have helped (among many others) Boeing CEO James McNerney, FedEX founder Frederick W Smith, Time-Warner president Jeffrey Bewkes, Morgan Stanley founder Harold Stanley, and Time magazine co-founder Henry Luce.
Yale has three publications that are produced on campus. These include the Yale Daily News, the weekly Yale Herald, and the Yale Record. The Yale Record was first established in 1872 and holds the distinction of being the oldest college humor magazine.
The acceptance process for Yale is arduous. In 2012, Yale accepted only 6.8% of all applicants (1975 students out of 28,975 applications). Yale’s student makeup is much more diverse than Harvard’s is, with a full 50% of Yale undergraduates being female and 30% being minorities. 55% of Yale undergraduates attended public schools and 45% came from private, religious, or international schools. Yale also admits a small group of nontraditional students each year through the Eli Whitney Students Program.