About Yale University
Yale, a 300+ year old university, is recognized around the world as one of the preeminent institutions of learning and research. It was founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School in the home of Abraham Pierson, its first rector, in Killingworth, Connecticut. In 1716 the school moved to New Haven and, with the generous gift by Elihu Yale of nine bales of goods, 417 books, and a portrait and arms of King George I, was renamed Yale College in 1718.
Yale's mission is to advance, disseminate, and preserve knowledge. This knowledge is our "product" and we all do our part to make that product the gold standard by which all other universities are judged. It takes a combined effort of faculty, students, and staff to make this a world-class University.
Yale is a non-profit, overseen by a board called the Yale Corporation.
To learn about the leadership at Yale, click here.
For more facts and figures, such as the types of graduate schools or the number of students, check out the Yale FactSheet.
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