Yale awarded the first Ph.D. degrees in the United States.
We look forward to your arrival! To travel to/from Yale and New Haven, see the Yale Transit Options pages, including area airports and ground transportation information. Yale does not offer airport pickup service for new students, but you can arrange for a ground transportation service that best meets your needs.
There are many resources available for incoming students. Please visit the
After you have accepted our offer of admission, beginning in early April you will receive an email containing
Instructions on how to activate your Net ID and your activation PIN are sent to you via email during April.
Your Net ID and SID are separate from your physical Yale Student Photo ID card, which is used for identification and for accessing many facilities. Yale ID cards are not available until GSAS Orientation - please see the New Student Checklist for information on uploading your photo for your new Yale ID card.
New student Orientation (link to page) - The Graduate School organizes a week-long comprehensive New Student Orientation program in mid-August prior to the start of classes.
*Non-degree students are not expected to attend GS Orientation events, as some of you will not arrive at the start of the academic year. However, if you are in New Haven, you may attend any GSAS Orientation events of interest to you, unless noted.
Orientation Questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Student Life by email or by phone 203-432-2583 with any questions or concerns regarding Orientation.
GSAS Course Enrollment and Registration online. Starting in late August, new students can begin selecting fall courses, under the advice of their department/degree program.
Academic Calendar of Yale Graduate School
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) serves as immigration adviser for all Yale international students and their accompanying family members.
Arrival and Immigration task list for New Students from OISS - see here for a list of tasks and processes to get your immigration documents and to prepare to come to Yale. OISS will contact all international students who have accepted Yale’s offer of admission directly with necessary visa and immigration information.
Yale and New Haven provide an attractive, relatively affordable array of resources and services for graduate students and families, which make this a great place to study and to live during graduate school. Please review the comprehensive info in the Life at Yale section for detailed information on all topics about housing option, health care, partner and families, transit, social life, graduate student services through the McDougal Graduate Student Center, and more.
Graduate Student Housing Notes - Degree-seeking graduate students can choose from on-campus graduate housing in dormitories & apartments, Yale-owned off-campus housing privately managed by Elm Campus, and traditional non-Yale off-campus housing in apartments and houses in greater New Haven. Visiting and non-degree students are generally not eligible for on-campus housing.
New Student Checklist online - After you have have accepted Yale’s offer of admission, in mid-May we will send you an email which includes the link to the online New Student Checklist, and other information about IDs, health care forms and information, and tasks to prepare for starting at Yale. The Checklist information will be updated annually as of mid-April, so you are welcome to go there and get started with your tasks as of then.