22 Facts About Yale University

1. Yale University is a large research institution chartered in 1701, making it the third-oldest institution of higher education in the US.

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2. Yale University eventually succumbed to Mather's requests, donating both money and personal effects to the college.

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3. Yale University does not require students to take out loans to attend.

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4. Yale University is founded in nearby Saybrook, CT as the Collegiate School to educate students for "Publick employment both in Church and Civil State.

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5. Yale University is home to the oldest collegiate daily newspaper still in existence.

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6. Yale University maintains the Gales Ferry site where the heavyweight men's team trains for the Yale-Harvard Boat Race.

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7. Yale University has numerous athletic facilities, including the Yale Bowl, located at The Walter Camp Field athletic complex, and the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, the second-largest indoor athletic complex in the world.

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8. Yale University hosts a variety of student journals, magazines, and newspapers.

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9. In 2014, Yale University had 385 registered student organizations, plus an additional one hundred groups in the process of registration.

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10. Yale University acknowledged that Calhoun "believed that the highest forms of civilization depend on involuntary servitude.

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11. Yale University described Calhoun as "a notable political theorist, a vice president to two different US presidents, a secretary of war and of state, and a congressman and senator representing South Carolina".

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12. Yale University is the largest taxpayer and employer in the City of New Haven, and has often buoyed the city's economy and communities.

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13. Yale University was listed as a Campus Sustainability Leader on the Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card 2008, and received a "B+" grade overall.

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14. In 2008, Yale University purchased the 136-acre former Bayer Pharmaceutical campus in West Haven, Connecticut, the buildings of which are now used as laboratory and research space.

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15. Yale University has a history of difficult and prolonged labor negotiations, often culminating in strikes.

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16. Yale University has three major academic components: Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools.

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17. Yale University changed so much between the class of '68 and the class of '71.

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18. In 1966, Yale University began discussions with its sister school Vassar College about merging to foster coeducation at the undergraduate level.

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19. Yale University established the "Yale System" of teaching, with few lectures and fewer exams, and strengthened the full-time faculty system; he created the graduate-level Yale School of Nursing and the Psychiatry Department, and built numerous new buildings.

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20. Yale University bested President Noah Porter, who disliked social science and wanted Yale to lock into its traditions of classical education.

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21. Yale University was swept up by the great intellectual movements of the period—the Great Awakening and the Enlightenment—due to the religious and scientific interests of presidents Thomas Clap and Ezra Stiles.

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22. Yale University is organized into fourteen constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and twelve professional schools.

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