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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 8:00am OCS Opens
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:00am Economics Online Preregistration
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 9:00am French Online Make-up Placement Exam
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 9:00am Spanish Online Make-up Placement Exam
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 2:00pm Academic Fair



Economics Preregistration

Preregistration information for Econ 108, Econ 110 and Econ 111 is posted on Economics Department Undergraduate webpage: http://economics.yale.edu/undergraduate/freshman-placement

In addition:

  • Enrollment in Econ 108 requires a personal placement into the course (see ClassesV2 for your personal placement for Economics) or permission of the DUS, and all interested students must apply for permission to take the course here.
  • First-year students interested in taking Econ 110 or 111 in fall 2017 must preregister between 9:00 am on Wednesday, August 23, and 5:00 pm Monday, August 28, 2017 (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 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

Links for Econ 108, Econ 110 and Econ 111 preregistration:

Neuroscience Major Approved for Fall 2017

Yale College approved a new stand-alone Neuroscience major on April 6. Learn more information about the Neuroscience major.

New MB&B Course Requires Application for Fall 2017; Fulfills WR

MB&B 459a/EVST215/ENG459, Writing about Science, Medicine, and the Environment.  Professor Carl Zimmer

Advanced non-fiction workshop in which students write about science, medicine, and the environment for a broad public audience. Students read exemplary work, ranging from newspaper articles to book excerpts, to learn how to translate complex subjects into compelling prose.   Prerequisites:  Admission by permission of the instructor only.  Applicants should email the instructor at carl@carlzimmer.com with the following information: 

  1. One or two samples of nonacademic, nonfiction writing. (No fiction or scientific papers, please.) Indicate the course or publication, if any, for which you wrote each sample. 
  2. A note in which you briefly describe your background (including writing experience and courses) and explain why you’d like to take the course.

WR  T 9:25-11:15.

This seminar is capped and requires an application sent to the email above by the deadline of August 16, 2017.


ONEXYS for Physics: Summer Online Math Training for PHYS 170 & 180 Students

  • Who: current Yale students planning to take physics next fall
  • What: summer online math training program for students who intend to take PHYS 170 or 180 in fall 2017
  • When: six weeks from late June through early August
  • How: students can participate from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection

Professor Simon Mochrie (PHYS & APHY, and DUS of Physics) announces a summer online math training program for students who intend to take PHYS 170 or 180 in fall 2017:

Each year a small number of sophomores, juniors, and seniors, who enroll in intro. physics, struggle significantly with some of the basic high-school level mathematics that we use in the class.  In a number of cases, these students’ lack of mathematics skills prevents them from keeping up with the pace of the class, so that they fall behind early in the semester and even the additional resources, that we have in place, such as peer tutoring, are not sufficient for them to be fully successful.
“To provide help to these students, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Mathematics and Physics departments are offering an online program in Summer 2017, modeled on the ONEXYS (Online EXperiences for Yale Scholars) program for incoming freshmen (http://onexys.yale.edu), which provides students with structured online math training, and leads to significant student learning gains. 
“ONEXYS for Physics is aimed at current Yale students planning to take physics next fall. Over the summer, participants in this program will receive access to online content, including videos built by Jim Rolf of the Mathematics Department and his team, real-time discussions with other students in the program, advice and mentoring from math-savvy Yale students who serve as coaches, and a variety of problem sets, quizzes and other assessments to help them enhance their mathematics skills in preparation for intro. physics in the fall.
“Although sometimes students avoid or delay asking for needed extra help, because they are concerned about what the instructors will think, we would like to emphasize that participation in this program will only be viewed positively by the intro physics instructors.
“Interested students will be asked to take an online diagnostic before admission into the program in order to ensure a proper match between the program and students’ mathematics skills. The program  will run for 6 weeks from late June through early August, and will involve between 5 and 10 hours work per week for participating students. Students can participate from anywhere in the world that they have an internet connection.

BIOL 101-104 FAQs, Fall 2017

Access Biology FAQs developed by Biology 101-104 course coordinator, Prof. Samantha Lin, for undergraduates.

Center for Teaching and Learning, Fall 2017

Read a Guide to CTL Academic Support Services:

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

Additional information is available at the tutoring web page and the advising tutoring page.

FAQs and Major Information for First-year Students and Sophomores



Political Science


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.  Be sure to read the Psychology page for First-Years and Sophomores. It contains sections such 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.

You can now read the goals for each Yale College major, 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.”