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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 Graduate Student 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 Diversity staff and fellows, and other collaborating graduate-focused services. It's a home base for grad students on campus outside their lab or library, the site for many grad activities and services, and hosts most major GSAS community events, from Orientation to Commencement.

The McDougal Center Endowment supports the Center facilities and the programs of 5 collaborating offices. Each office has professional staff and many McDougal Fellows, or graduate student peer leaders, who provide programs and services to serve graduate students like you:

HGS Courtyard entrance to McDougal Center

The McDougal Center has a Common Room, Blue Dog Cafe coffee bar, meeting rooms, and music room.