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Why Choose Yale?

August 23, 2016

Yale is one of the world’s pre-eminent scientific research institutions, with state-of-the-art facilities and top lab teams.

From nanotechnology to neuroscience, from pharmacology to physics, from genetics to geology, Yale has the laboratories and the people to make ground-breaking, world-changing discoveries. Yale recently invested over $1.5 billion in new research facilities. Here’s a tiny sampling of what’s happening in a few of the labs: The GRAB Lab works on robot manipulation and biorobotic systems. The Flavell Lab studies the molecular and cellular basis of the immune response. The Schoelkopf Lab focuses on the development of superconducting devices for quantum information processing. The Carlson Lab explores olfaction in Drosophila. The Donoghue Lab is interested in the evolution of plants. The Harris Lab studies the quantum aspects of motion. The Post Lab explores complex food web structure and dynamics and interactions between ecology and evolution. We could go on (and on).

Yale is a cultural treasure, with libraries, galleries, collections, and other facilities that provide extraordinary research opportunities (and wonderful browsing).


The library system has more than 15 million volumes and maintains significant holdings ranging from ancient Babylonian artifacts to contemporary periodicals. The special collections include written material of every kind: rare books and manuscripts, ancient clay tablets, posters, even greeting cards. Beyond the written word, Yale has extensive collections of maps, photographs, sound and video recordings, coins, and other items of great cultural and historical importance. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses a vast collection of hand-written and printed materials, including ancient papyri, medieval illuminated manuscripts, photographs, and the correspondence of hundreds of major literary and historical figures. The Yale University Art Gallery has more than 100 thousand objects from around the world, dating from ancient Egyptian times to the present. The Yale Center for British Art houses the most comprehensive collection of British paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and sculpture outside Great Britain.

Yale offers comprehensive financial packages for all Ph.D. students for a minimum of five years.

Yale offers a generous funding package for all incoming Ph.D. students for a minimum of five years, and many students are eligible for a sixth year of funding. Most science students are funded for the duration of their study, irrespective of its length of time. The financial aid package includes full tuition, an annual stipend, and comprehensive health care coverage. In 2015-2016, the minimum stipend is $29,000 — more than the estimated cost of living in New Haven for a year.

Our professors are more than world-class educators, scholars, and scientists: they are true mentors.

Yale’s faculty is brilliant. Their research has been ground-breaking in every field, and they routinely win major awards that acknowledge their original contributions. But our scholars and scientists are also great teachers and outstanding mentors. Every year, the Graduate School honors professors whose teaching inspires and enlightens, and who dedicate themselves to the academic, professional, and personal well-being of their students.

 

The total value of Yale’s financial aid package for a Ph.D. student, from matriculation to graduation, averages $369,000. 

The typical financial aid package includes full tuition in every year during which tuition is due, a standard departmental stipend for a minimum of five years, comprehensive health care coverage, and free admission to many Yale facilities and activities. Students with families receive additional support to cover the cost of family health care premiums.

Yale has a proven track record of improving its financial aid package each year.

As early as 2000-2001, all doctoral students received full funding — scholarships that covered tuition as well as stipends to cover living expenses. That year, the minimum stipend was $11,500. This year, the minimum stipend is $29,000 — an increase of more than 152%. When the package increases, all students, both incoming and continuing, receive the new amount. This insures that all Ph.D. students at Yale enjoy comparable rates of support.

Yale offers more financial support to graduate student parents and their families than any other comparable university.

In 2013-14 through 2014-15, Yale Graduate School provided incremental stipends to students who took “family leave” (parental relief) after the birth or adoption of a child. This benefit added up to a total of $940,000 in stipend support and enabled doctoral students to devote themselves to parenting without jeopardizing their academic status. In addition, Yale pays 100% of family health insurance premiums for the on-campus medical center at Yale Health.

Yale graduate students have a strong, effective student government that reviews and recommends Graduate School policies.

The Graduate Student Assembly consists of 64 student representatives, one from each department or program, elected by their peers to present students’ concerns to the administration. The GSA reviews policy decisions, and its recommendations are taken seriously. The Graduate School provides $60,000 in Conference Travel Fellowships that the GSA awards annually to enable students to attend academic meetings.

Yale gives outstanding pre-professional training to students seeking both academic and non-academic careers.

Learning to teach is a fundamental part of graduate education. At Yale, students develop teaching skills, under faculty guidance, by serving as teaching fellows for undergraduate sections, labs, and classes. Additional training is provided by the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning. Teaching requirements vary by department or program, but are normally for two to four semesters during years two through four. In addition to pedagogical training, the Graduate School offers fellowships in its museums and collections for those interested in considering curatorial, library, or research careers. The time commitment for either kind of fellowship ranges from 10 to 20 hours a week.

Yale helps graduating students launch their careers, both in and outside of academia.

Every department has a designated faculty member to guide and assist students going on the job market. The Graduate School’s dossier service acts on behalf of students from their first job to their retirement. The Office of Career Services has staff devoted specifically to helping graduate students with every aspect of the job search, including CV and resume preparation, practice interviews, and networking opportunities with Yale’s extraordinary alumni. The Graduate School Alumni Association hosts “Where do I go from Yale?” every year, featuring successful alumni from all walks of life.

 

Yale is a really fun place to be. Sure, you’ll work hard and accomplish a lot. But you can also have a great time on campus.

Want to dance the tango, play rugby, train for a triathlon, sing a capella, learn calligraphy, or get together with people who share your ethnic, cultural or religious background? Easily done. Clubs for these and many other activities are there for you. And you can always launch a new affinity group, with support from the Graduate School. In addition, students get free membership to Payne Whitney Gym, free tickets to Yale home games, free use of the Yale shuttle buses, free “First Friday at Five” happy hours, free entrance to Yale’s museums, and invitations to lots of (free) lectures, receptions, films, and more.

New Haven is amazing. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Located midway between New York City and Boston, New Haven has excellent shopping, bookstores, coffee shops, clubs, movies, and live theater, all within an easy walk of campus. Because of its 100+ great restaurants, Livability.com called New Haven “the nation’s number one spot for foodies.” The city is alive with activity, both on and off campus. During Open Studios in the fall, over 200 local artists invite visitors to see where they work. At the Festival of Arts & Ideas in June, performances of every kind — from Shakespeare to African drumming — are mounted. Free pop and jazz concerts draw crowds to the New Haven Green on summer weekends, and in August, the New Haven Open at Yale brings some of the world’s best tennis players to town.