Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 9:00am Residences open to sophomores
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 8:00pm Fall 2015 classes begin
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 8:00pm Friday classes do not meet; Monday classes meet instead
Monday, September 7, 2015 - 8:00am Labor Day; classes do not meet
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 5:00pm Final deadline to apply for a fall-term Leave of Absence


Placement Tests and Preregistration

Freshmen or sophomores who wish to take a Yale College language course at the L2 level of higher after having studied the language outside of Yale are advised to take a language placement test.  The Center for Language Study provides placement test information and, in the case of some online tests, links to the test themselves, on its Placement Testing page. Many online placement tests are available over the summer, between July 1 and August 15, 2015.

Freshmen or sophomores who wish to take introductory or advanced courses in certain other fields of study, such as 

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • economics
  • English
  • mathematics
  • music
  • physics

or — for freshmen only —

  • Directed Studies (DS)
  • Freshmen Seminars

or, for both freshmen and sophomores, would like general preregistration and placement information or information about ROTC, are advised to consult the Special Programs, Placement, and Preregistration page.

Goals for All Yale College Majors

The Yale College Dean’s Office launched the “Intensive Majors Project” in 2013-2014 with, as its top priority, the goal of helping to advise students about their courses of study.  Other goals centered on the faculty, the departments, and Yale’s national accreditation requirements.

It is expected that roughly fifteen majors will conduct self-reviews each year, allowing all majors to undergo review in a four- to five-year cycle, at which point — because major requirements and goals change over time — the self-reviews will begin anew.

The goals for each Yale College major are listed here, as approved by undergraduate departments and programs. 

How Do Yale Students Spend Their Summers?  What Do They Do after Graduation?

The Office of Career Strategy conducts a series of surveys to track students’ choices during their summers at Yale and after they graduate.  In addition, through Symplicity, students are encouraged to contact their peers to learn more about these specific experiences.

  1. First Destination Survey for the Class of 2013: Career choices and salaries of graduating students
  2. Summer 2013 Activities Survey: Summer choices of Yale College students

Academic Resources

Sophomores on Sophomore Year

“Sophomore year, and especially the summer after that, should be a time to explore different fields.” “Look ahead to junior and senior years because there are some provisions like studying abroad and class load in senior year that should be taken into account.”
“You can still join extracurricular groups in sophomore year. It’s a great time to try something new.” “It’s OK if you don’t have your entire life planned by now. Most will change their minds anyway.”
“The best advice I can give about ‘sophomore slump’ is just to stick it out. Don’t drop anything you’ve previously liked just because you’re feeling down. Chances are, when your situation improves, you’ll appreciate it even more. Be careful about making major decisions (changing a major, quitting an activity, etc.) when you know you’re not really at your best.” “Don’t be afraid to have fun! People get stressed out, but you should have a few nights when you just stay up watching movies with your friends. Make sure that you leave time for yourself in addition to all of your commitments. Also, sleep is good.”

Essay: Advice to Students So They Don’t Sound Silly in Emails

Students who use emojis in their emails and write “heeeeelp!” in the subject line don’t necessarily know how to distinguish between penning a text to their friends and an email to their professors. Or so say Paul Corrigan and Cameron Hunt McNabb, writing in Inside Higher Education on April 16, 2016.  The two assistant professors of English at Southeastern University present six tips for avoiding email pitfalls.

Jorge Cham, “How to Write an Email to Your Instructor or T.A.”