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For Prospective Students

Are you thinking about applying to graduate school? We hope you will consider Yale, and we invite you to connect with us to learn more about our programs, the admissions process, and how to prepare a strong application to Yale. 

Consultations, Campus Visits, and Seminars

If you are from an underrepresented population, please contact Dean Michelle Nearon, director of the Office for Graduate Student Diversity and Development via email or phone (203-436-1301) year-round to schedule an appointment and discuss your questions and concerns about graduate study or any aspects of the application process. We would be delighted to welcome you on campus and will arrange for you to visit Dean Nearon, talk to faculty members, and meet with current graduate students.

We also encourage you to:

Meet Us on the Road

We can come to you! We travel across the country to meet and identify talented students from diverse populations. We have long-term relationships with colleges and universities that are committed to preparing diverse students to pursue the challenges of graduate education. 

Our current travel schedule can be found here: Meet Us on the Road

Our travels bring us to campuses across the United States and Puerto Rico, including: 

  • Morehouse College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Spelman College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Florida International University

We also attend educational events and conferences that convene a significant audience of diverse students, including:

Is your school or conference not on our list? Please contact OGSDD to request a visit to your undergraduate institution or suggest an event that we should attend.

Networks and Consortia

We also participate in nationally recognized networks that connect diverse students to graduate programs and help them identify career paths in research in the academic, public, and private sectors including:  

  • Leadership Alliance: Yale is an original member of this consortium of 33 of the leading research and teaching colleges and universities in the country that are dedicated to improving the participation of traditionally underrepresented students, and we participate in its summer research program for prospective graduate students. 
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers:  This organization recruits outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity and counsels them through the graduate school application process. 
  • National Name Exchange: This organization matches graduate schools with traditionally underrepresented students.
  • Graduate Horizons hosts an annual four-day graduate school admissions workshop for Native American, First Nation, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and master’s students.

Other Ways to Connect

Still unsure about applying to Yale for Graduate School? Here are some other things you can do that will help you decide if Yale is a good fit for you and also strengthen your application. 

Ready to Apply?

If you are ready to apply, the Ph.D./Master's Application Process site has everything you will need, including information on deadlines, required materials, and application fee waivers. 

The application becomes available in mid-August for the following academic year. 

We value our extraordinary community of diverse students. If you would like to join us, please apply!