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Your Grad Student Space on Campus

The McDougal Center is a Graduate Space AND five collaborating Program Offices serving GSAS Graduate School students and their families. Created in 1997 through a generous gift from the late Alfred McDougal ’53 and his wife Nancy Lauter, its mission extends beyond the Graduate School throughout Yale and New Haven. The McDougal Center is a special place for graduate students and a collection of grad student-focused service offices. The McDougal Center can help you make the most of your life inside and outside of the classroom, library, and lab at Yale. 

135 Prospect Street - New Center Location - The McDougal Graduate Student Center is housed in renovated space at 135 Prospect Street (Founders Hall, corner Sachem) near Hillhouse Avenue and at the base of Science Hill. The McDougal Center is the on-campus home base for Graduate School students outside the lab or library. It's your place for many grad activities and services, and hosts most major GSAS community events from Orientation to Commencement. 

  • Yale Prox ID Card access - GSAS PhD and masters students, non-degree students, their spouses-partners and their accompanying guests welcome at the McDougal Center and its events. Other G&P students, postdocs and visitors are welcome as the guests of GSAS students.
    • GSAS students automatically get ProxID access to the McDougal Center when open. Tap your card at the access panels by any door.
    • Spouse/partner of GSAS Student with Yale Sponsored ID (SID) can have the student request prox card access to the Center for them using our online access request form
  • FacilitiesCommon Room with informal space for grad socializing, study and dining; a nearby program room for events. Outdoor spaces, too.
  • Offices for McDougal GSL Staff and Fellows, OCS (Careers) staff, and OGSDD Diversity Fellows.
  • Other McDougal Center Resources for grad students
  • Conveniently located on the Blue, Red, and Orange Yale Shuttle lines (135 Prospect or 130 Prospect stops) and across from the Food Trucks at the Whale.