Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Originally chartered as the "Collegiate School", the institution traces its roots to 17th-century clergymen who sought to establish a college to train clergy and political leaders for the colony. In 1718, the College was renamed "Yale College" to honor a gift from Elihu Yale, a governor of the British East India Company. In 1861, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences became the first U.S. institution to award the PhD. Yale became a founding member of the Association of American Universities in 1900. Yale College was transformed, beginning in the 1930s, through the establishment of residential colleges: 12 now exist and two more are planned. Yale employs over 1,100 faculty to teach and advise about 5,300 undergraduate and 6,100 graduate and professional students. Almost all tenured professors teach undergraduate courses, more than 2,000 of which are offered annually.

The University's assets include an endowment valued at $19.4 billion as of 2011, the second-largest of any academic institution in the world. Yale's system of more than two dozen libraries holds 12.5 million volumes. 49 Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the University as students, faculty, and staff. Yale has produced many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and several foreign heads of state. Yale Law School is particularly well-regarded and the most selective law school in the United States.

Yale students compete intercollegiately as the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA Division I Ivy League. The oldest intercollegiate athletic event in the United States is the Yale-Harvard regatta.

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... (69 pounds), good health, and his ability to deal with the raucous Yale Precision Marching Band ... "We beat Princeton three of four years," Jeff Mroz, Yale's quarterback ... We want to beat Harvard." At his first Harvard-Yale Game in 2005, Handsome Dan XVI was briefly stolen by a pair of Harvard undergraduates, in response to a Yale student stealing the Harvard ...
Navy Midshipmen Football - Coaches
... Vauix Carter 0. 1.000 Ben Crosby (Yale) 0..714 Josh Hartwell (Yale) 0..625 Bill Wurtenburg (Yale) 2..714 Matt McClung (L. 3 1917-19 0..850 Bob Folwell (Penn) 5 1920-24 2..658 Jack Owsley (Yale) 1..688 Bill Ingram (USNA) 5 1926-30 4..694 Rip Miller (Notre Dame) 3 1931-33 2..448 ...
Reva Siegel - Career
... Siegel graduated from Yale Law School in 1986, where she was an editor of The Yale Law Journal ... She joined the Yale faculty in 1994 after teaching at the Boalt Hall School of Law ... is an active member of the American Constitution Society and faculty advisor to the ACS chapter at Yale Law School ...
Yale, Washington
... Yale is an unincorporated community in Cowlitz County, Washington, United States ... Named for Yale University, the only school teaching forestry in the 19th century, Yale is located in the Speelyai Creek Valley at the junction of State Route 503 and Lewis River Road ... Yale has several view locations for Mount Saint Helens ...
The Yale Herald
... The Yale Herald is a newspaper run by undergraduate students at Yale University since 1986 ... The paper has a circulation of about 3,000 and is distributed free of charge throughout the Yale campus ...

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