Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 5:00pm New MB&B Course Requires Application for Fall 2017; Fulfills WR
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 8:00am OCS Opens
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 11:45pm Preliminary Schedule Deadline
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 8:00am Fall Classes Begin


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Math & Science Survey: Advice for Students from Abroad

Over the summer

The instructions below are for members of the Class of 2021 who are taking GCE A-levels or other standardized exams that are not the United States’ AP tests or the IB Higher Level exams. They are intended to help you answer Yale’s Math and Science Survey for incoming first-year students.

Question 1 Indicate the level that most closely matches your most recent course
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For additional information, please email Dean Risa Sodi, assistant dean of academic affairs and director of advising and special programs in the Yale College Dean’s Office.  

In the fall

Please note that students from non-U.S. high schools often find it advisable to consult a departmental director of undergraduate studies (DUS) about proper placement. Once you arrive on campus for the fall term, please consider consulting the DUS of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, or Economics, if you plan to take courses in those fields.  The DUS list is updated over the summer; you can find it online here or your residential college dean’s office can help you locate DUS contact information.

Neuroscience Major Approved for Fall 2017

Yale College approved a new stand-alone Neuroscience major on April 6.  For more information about the major, please click here.

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.
“We ask that any students who may be interested register their interest here.  Additional information about the program is available here.
“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

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

Center for Teaching and Learning, Fall 2017

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

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.  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.”