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McDougal Graduate Student Center

The McDougal Center has services and facilities designed specifically for graduate students. Created in 1997 through a generous gift from the late Alfred McDougal ’53 and his wife Nancy Lauter, its mission extends beyond the walls of HGS throughout Yale and New Haven. It's a place for graduate students and a collection of grad student-focused service offices that help you make the most of your life inside and outside of the classroom, library, and lab at Yale.

The McDougal Center is a great physical space at  HGS, with the large and comfortable restored McDougal Common Room and Blue Dog  Café, meeting rooms, other resources, and offices for the Graduate Student Assembly, the McDougal GSL and ODEO staff and fellows, and other collaborating grad services. 

Graduate Student Life at the McDougal Center has 20 Graduate Student Life Fellows and 2 professional staff who organize events and services for your needs and interests throughout your time at Yale.

The McDougal Center Endowment supports the Center facilities and 5 collaborating offices to serve graduate students like you:

HGS Courtyard entrance to McDougal Center


McDougal Center established as the first endowed graduate student center in USA.