Sophomore Web Site
This Web site was prepared by the Yale College Dean's Office in cooperation with the Sophomore Class Council. Send suggestions and comments to the director of sophomore advising, Dean John Loge.
"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."
"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."
"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."
Essential Information for Sophomores
- Sophomore distributional requirement. At the completion of sophomore year (after four terms), enrollment in at least one course credit in each disciplinary area (Hu, Sc, and So) and in at least one course credit in each skills category (foreign language, QR, and WR).
- 16 course credits are required for promotion to junior standing.
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Yale College Programs of Study (the "Blue Book")