Established in 1701, Yale University traces its roots to clergymen who wanted to preserve European liberal education in the New World. Today, it is among the Ivy League of schools and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the United States. Through its 13 academic schools, Yale awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science, Economics, History, Biology and other majors. Yale is also known for its school of drama, graduating talented actors like Angela Bassett. African-American students will find spiritual, cultural and intellectual support at the Afro-American Cultural Center, which is home to many organizations for students of color, including the Black Student Alliance, Sphere Magazine, Yale Black Women’s Coalition and the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. For more than 300 years, Yale University has been dedicated to the academic success of every student. It is the school’s mission to provide a curriculum that nurtures academic interest, independent thinking and leadership skills in its students.  

Location: New Haven, CT

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research university

Tuition and Fees:

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $21,150

Size: 11,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 6%

Percentage of Men: 50%

Percentage of Women: 50%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Architecture, Arts, Divinity School, Drama, Engineering and Applied Science, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Law, Management, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Public Health, Sacred Music

Housing: On-campus housing provided


     • African-American Greek: N/A

     • Others: African Student Association, Black Student Alliance, Caribbean Club, National Society of Black Engineers, Black Men’s Student Union, Black Men’s Union 

Famous Black Alumni/Faculty: Angela Bassett, Jennifer Beals, Charles Dutton, Sanaa Lathan

City Life: Museums, art galleries, theater/performing arts, outdoor festivals, dining, shopping