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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 7:00pm History Student Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00am Financial Aid Info Session for Semester Study Abroad Students
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00pm FES 5th-Year Program (1-Year Masters Program) Information Session
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:00pm Portuguese Major and Study Abroad Info Session
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 1:30pm Spanish Major and Study Abroad Info Session

 


BIOL 101-104 FAQs, 2016-2017

Click here to access FAQs developed by Biology 101-104 course coordinator, Prof. Samantha Lin, for undergraduates.

Chemistry Placement Test Results, Fall 2016

Chemistry placement test results for the Class of 2020 are now available and can be viewed at the Chemistry Placement 2016 site on the classes*v2 server.

Additional information about undergraduate chemistry courses is available here.

Calendar of the Opening Days of the Semester, Fall 2016

Click here for a pdf of the Calendar of the Opening Days of the Semester. Freshmen will receive a copy at the meeting with their dean on Friday, August 26, at 8 pm.

The events in the COD are also be included in the freshman orientation app. To download on a mobile phone go to https://crowd.cc/s/lh2k. You can view the app events online at https://crowd.cc/ycfo2016.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Click here for a Guide to CTL Academic Support Services:

  • Academic Strategies
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Science and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Writing

Additional information is available at http://ctl.yale.edu/tutoring and http://advising.yalecollege.yale.edu/tutoring

Economics, Fall 2016

Freshmen interested in taking Econ 110 or 111 this fall must preregister between 9:00am to 7:30pm Monday, August 29, 2016 (Click here for Econ 110 and Click here for Econ 111). Because there are a limited number of slots in these courses, places will be assigned randomly to a subset of those that preregister. Assignments will be available on the preregistration site after 5:00pm Friday, September 2, 2016.
 

English 114 and 115, Fall 2016

Click here for short descriptions of the fall 2016 ENGL 114 and ENGL 115 sections, and here for instructions on how to preregister.

Physics, Fall 2016

Click here for “A Guide to Selecting the Best Introductory Physics Courses for You,” for fall 2016.

Placement Tests, Preregistration, and Preference Selection, Fall 2016

Click here for placement and preregistration information for the Class of 2020 — a summary of the placement and preregistration information available on the Freshman Website.

Freshmen or sophomores who wish to take introductory or advanced courses in certain other fields of study, such as 

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • economics
  • English
  • mathematics
  • music
  • physics

or are interested in

  • Directed Studies (freshmen only)
  • Freshmen Seminars (freshmen only)
  • Residential College Seminars (all)

are advised to consult the Special Programs, Placement, and Preregistration page.

Preregistration and preference selection information for the Residential College Seminars, Freshman Seminars, and other courses with applications or registration due before the fall semester begins, including courses in

  • Chinese
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mathematics
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

​and information about preference selection for discussion sections and labs in

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Physics

can be found on the Preference Selection, Preregistration, and Applications web page.

Political Science

Click here for advising information about Political Science for freshmen and potential majors, including

Psychology, Fall 2016

Students interested in psychology will find valuable information at http://psychology.yale.edu/undergraduate/recent-announcementswhich archives all DUS Prof. Woo-kyoung Ahn’s e-mails to psychology majors (e.g., information for special office hours). 
In addition, a web page with major information specifically for freshmen and sophomores is located at http://psychology.yale.edu/undergraduate/freshmen-and-sophomores and contains such sections as
  • FAQs
  • How would I decide whether to major in Psychology?
  • What should I take after Introduction to Psychology and when should I take each course?
  • What can I do with a Psychology major when I graduate?
  • I am trying to decide between majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science. What are the differences?
  • Where can I find information about the Neuroscience Track within the Psychology Major?

If you have questions about the psychology major that are not covered by the above sections, first check the FAQ section. If your questions are still not covered there, contact DUS of Psychology, woo-kyoung.ahn@yale.edu.


FAQs and Major Information for Freshmen and Sophomores

Biology

Mathematics

Political Science

Psychology

BIOL 101-102 and 103-104 Advising FAQs

Math Department FAQs for calculus advising and pre-registration (including placement information and lottery information)

Political Science Web Page with Major Information Specifically for Freshmen and Sophomores

Psychology Web Page with Major Information Specifically for Freshmen and Sophomores

In March 2016, the Psychology Department debuted a web page with major information specifically for freshmen and sophomores.  Located at http://psychology.yale.edu/undergraduate/freshmen-and-sophomores, it contains such sections as

  • FAQs
  • How would I decide whether to major in Psychology?
  • What should I take after Introduction to Psychology and when should I take each course?
  • What can I do with a Psychology major when I graduate?
  • I am trying to decide between majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science. What are the differences?
  • Where can I find information about the Neuroscience Track within the Psychology Major?

If you have questions about the psychology major that are not covered by the above sections, first check the FAQ section. If your questions are still not covered there, contact DUS of Psychology, woo-kyoung.ahn@yale.edu.


What Influences International STEM Students’ Decisions? British Council survey of 1,348 international undergraduate and graduate students studying in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States asked about factors affecting their decision making in choosing a country and course of study. The report found that undergraduates tend to choose U.S. universities with the goal of increasing their career prospects globally. Graduate students are drawn by perceptions of rigorous education and high-quality research, and affordability.

“The U.S. perhaps has the most well-rounded value proposition to international STEM students: it is a country where students perceive they can engage in high-quality education and gain skills and research experience to apply to work either there or in their home countries; post-study work experience in the U.S. has expanded and STEM students can now spend 29 months working – though there remains debate about the future sustainability of this policy,” the survey report states.

The survey found that while significant numbers of international students hope to stay in their destination countries to work after graduation, a comparatively small proportion (15 percent) hope to migrate permanently.

Inside Higher Ed Quick Take.


Goals for All Yale College Majors

The Yale College Dean’s Office launched the “Intensive Majors Project” with, as its top priority, the goal of helping to advise students about their courses of study.  Other goals centered on the faculty, the departments, and Yale’s national accreditation requirements.

It is expected that roughly fifteen majors will conduct self-reviews each year, allowing all majors to undergo review in a four- to five-year cycle, at which point — because major requirements and goals change over time — the self-reviews will begin anew.

The goals for each Yale College major are listed here, as approved by undergraduate departments and programs. 


Sophomores on Sophomore Year

“Sophomore year, and especially the summer after that, should be a time to explore different fields.” “Look ahead to junior and senior years because there are some provisions like studying abroad and class load in senior year that should be taken into account.”
“You can still join extracurricular groups in sophomore year. It’s a great time to try something new.” “It’s OK if you don’t have your entire life planned by now. Most will change their minds anyway.”
“The best advice I can give about ‘sophomore slump’ is just to stick it out. Don’t drop anything you’ve previously liked just because you’re feeling down. Chances are, when your situation improves, you’ll appreciate it even more. Be careful about making major decisions (changing a major, quitting an activity, etc.) when you know you’re not really at your best.” “Don’t be afraid to have fun! People get stressed out, but you should have a few nights when you just stay up watching movies with your friends. Make sure that you leave time for yourself in addition to all of your commitments. Also, sleep is good.”