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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am Math Online Make-up Placement Examination
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:00am Online Course Selection (OCS) Opens Today for Spring 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 9:00am Spanish Online Make-up Placement Examination
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 9:00am French Online Make-up Placement Exam
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 11:45pm Preliminary Worksheet in OCS Due


►Math Department “Calculus Town Halls” and Placement Advising Session

Both events take place on Monday, August 26, 2019.

1. Town hall meetings for individual courses. These will provide essential information about the courses, including grading policies, expectations for homework, exams and classwork, as well as strategies for success. The Math Department encourages incoming students to attend the session for the course you intend to take (or two courses, if you are planning to discuss a possible change of placement at the advising session, and want to learn more about both classes). 

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Math 110 town hall: 10:45 - 11:30am in WLH 201
  • Math 115 town hall: 10:45 - 11:30am in SSS 114
  • Math 112 town hall: 11:45am - 12:30pm in WLH 201
  • Math 120 town hall: 11:45am - 12:30pm in SSS 114 

2. The Math placement advising session will take place from 1pm until 5pm in 431 DL.  This session is optional, available to students who have additional questions about the courses, wish to discuss their placement, or want to learn more about other calculus options (such as Math 116, 118, 121, or 230).  Please note that we can only help you with placement if you have already taken the placement exam (you do not need to bring the test — the advisors will have access to it). 

►Make-up Placement Exams in FREN, GMAN, KREN, ITAL, MATH, SPAN

Six departments that offer summer online placement exams are also offering online make-up placement exams during First-Year Orientation.

Please see the calendar for the open and close dates for the French, Math, and Spanish make-up exams.

The German, Korean, and Italian make-up placement exams will remain open into September, with information about access on the departmental websites and the Center for Language Study’s placement page.

►Peer Advisers & Peer Mentors


Students interested in the Art major are encouraged to consult the Art major peer advisers, as well as Prof. Lisa Kereszi, the DUS:


Students interested in economics are encouraged to consult the Economics Department’s peer mentor web page or contact the peer mentors:

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Resource Office on Disabilities

Students  living with a disability at Yale also have a peer mentoring resource, the Disability Peer MentorsThis could include physical impairments, chronic illness, mental illness, “invisible illness,” or anything similar.  

If you would like peer guidance, sign up to be matched with a Disability Peer Mentor.  You will be paired with an upperlevel student for connection and guidance, who you can talk to about the unique issues you may be facing.  There’s no need to put any personal medical information on your sign-up form, and all sign-ups are confidential.

► As a Freshman, You Can’t Avoid Reinvention

Meera Navlakha writes in her The New York Times Opinion piece, “Before I went to college, I thought of change as something I could control.” As a Freshman, You Can’t Avoid Reinvention

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURES)

CURES are courses that offer opportunities for first-years and sophomores to get involved in STEM research  (no prior research experience required).  First-years and sophomores who seek additional information about CURES are advised to contact Prof. Paul E. Turner, Interim Dean of Science and Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Course descriptions are available here.

►Major Roadmaps

The Yale College Deans Office in consultation with the Directors of Undergraduate Studies has undertaken a project to create a series of “roadmaps,” or visual representations, indicating

  • how students go through that major
  • a typical course sequence, in some cases

Many majors offer multiple paths, and the maps are designed to facilitate comparison. The roadmaps and typical course sequences are visually uniform so that students may easily compare one major with another at a glance. 

There are currently over two dozen roadmaps; more are on the way.

More detailed descriptions of the requirements for each major can be found under Subjects of Instruction in the Yale College Programs of Study.

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry “Quick Facts”

All students who desire information about the MB&B major, including faculty advising, the curriculum, working in a research lab, and MB&B activities are invited to click here for the MB&B “Quick Facts about Majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry.”

►Yale Undergraduate Research Association Database

The Yale Undergraduate Research Association (YURA)  released a new version of the Research Database (RDB), a cross-disciplinary, searchable, integrated database of 1400+ professors across all undergraduate departments and fields of study. It was built to help fellow undergraduates find potential mentors for research and beyond, and learn more about their professors.

The database can be found at https://yura.yale.edu/database.

Questions or inquiries can be addressed to yura@yale.edu.

► Applications Accepted for Environmental Studies Major

 Students interested in joining either the BA or BS Programs must complete a short application. Details can be found here. If you have questions, please email studies.environment@yale.edu.

EVST offers rolling admission to the major, and applications can be submitted at any time. 

The Yale Environmental Humanities Newsletter also circulates every Monday to help students and faculty learn about public events happening across the campus. Undergraduates interested in finding out about Yale events in environmental history, politics, ethics, culture and the arts can sign up for the weekly newsletter here.

Email: environmentalhumanities@yale.edu

Center for Teaching and Learning

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.


►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.”