FIRST-YEAR ISSUE 2021: NEWS
UNIVERSITY
YCC focuses on financial aid reform and student mental health in 2020-2021 academic year

The 2020-2021 academic year saw the election of two new presidential administrations for the Yale College Council, as well as a renewed advocacy for first-generation, […]

Yale reforms shopping period, implements early course registration system

In a March 2021 email to undergraduate students, Dean of Yale College Marvin Chun announced a new registration timeline for the fall 2021 term. Under […]

First years to be housed both in the residential colleges and on Old Campus

Due to the large size of the class of 2025, Dean of Yale College Marvin Chun announced changes to housing for incoming first years and […]

University launches comprehensive “Belonging at Yale” initiatives — a year later, where are they now?

Over the past academic year, University President Peter Salovey and the rest of The President’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging have worked with students, […]

Yale admits Class of 2025, record high applicant pool

The admissions cycle for the class of 2025 was unlike any Yale had seen before, with a test optional policy and an exceptionally large applicant […]

DOJ drops lawsuit against Yale; university faces new legal challenges

Following a presidential transition, the Biden administration dropped the Department of Justice lawsuit in February. The lawsuit, originally filed last October by then-President Donald Trump, […]

Yale eliminates spring break, introduces break days for 2021 spring term

On Oct. 6, 2020, administrators announced their plans for a modified spring term schedule as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, delaying the start of […]

Yale’s COVID-19 case count and a year and a half of changing alert levels

Before bringing students to campus last fall, Yale made a COVID-19 dashboard to track case counts among students, faculty and staff. Throughout the year, Yale […]

Amid student criticism, Yale expands mental health resources

In April 2021, following years of student advocacy for improved mental health resources and a rising number of students seeking counseling, University officials announced two […]

University plans for return to in-person classes and full residential experience, requires universal vaccinations

University President Peter Salovey and University Provost Scott Strobel are “cautiously optimistic” that fall term will closely resemble the pre-pandemic Yale experience — with in-person instruction […]

Sigma Phi Epsilon begins process to disaffiliate from national chapter and welcomes non-male members

In September 2020, Yale fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon disaffiliated from its national chapter and rebranded themselves as a social group called The Edon Club.  The […]

Yale College introduces peer liaison program for first-year students with disabilities

Starting this fall, first year students with disabilities will have access to a new peer liaison program designed to provide them with support as they […]

Welcome to Yale, Class of 2025! — Yale acceptance reactions

Special thanks to Miriam Viazmenski ’25, Maelle Tanoh ’25 and Kane Xu ’25 (listed in order of appearance) for sending in videos.

CITY
Numerous Yale affiliates serve in top positions in the Biden administration

In the past year, a number of Yale affiliates and alumni have been tapped for various prominent positions within the Biden administration.  Yale has historically […]

Yale creates new principles for fossil fuel divestment

In April 2021, the University announced a set of new principles that will guide Yale’s investment in the fossil fuel industry, and said that it […]

City residents demand more from Yale as budget crisis continues

New Haven’s budget crisis has dominated local political discourse this year, as city politicians and residents deliberated on Yale’s responsibility to help resolve it. New […]

Calls to defund, dismantle the Yale Police Department continue

After a summer of reckoning for police departments around the country following the police murder of George Floyd, Black Students for Disarmament at Yale and […]

New Haven Public Schools’ year on Zoom

After over a year of remote learning, New Haven Public School students and teachers are making the switch to in-person education. New Haven Public Schools […]

SCI-TECH
COVID-19 vaccine rollout for New Haven’s communities of color

For the last six months, cities around the country have been grappling with the inequitable rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. In New Haven, organizations have been […]

New Haven businesses impacted by COVID-19

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic left many New Haven businesses relying on state assistance to remain open, and others closing their doors.   After Gov. […]

Amidst changing policies, Yale students receive vaccinations

  Throughout the spring term, the University navigated changing federal and state guidelines in an effort to vaccinate students before they left campus. Most Yale […]

In-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic bring new challenges to students and professors

Although the few in-person classes offered at Yale may have provided the only relief for rampant cases of Zoom fatigue, the inherent challenges of holding […]

Researchers at Yale’s School of Public Health and School of Medicine respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Amid a nationwide effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine produced some of the […]

ARTS
Residential colleges operated differently amid pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale’s 14 residential colleges made many changes in their dining hall and facilities operations to abide with Centers for Disease […]

Humanities Quadrangle and Schwarzman Center Set to Debut in Fall Semester of 2021

The reopening of most of Yale’s buildings will offer familiarity to returning students who have experienced a large number of closures during the pandemic, but […]

Yale Peabody Museum undergoes major renovations to increase accessibility

From a towering Brontosaurus skeleton to an ancient egyptian mummy from the 4th century B.C., the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History provides a comprehensive […]

First years showcase original plays in virtual FroShowCase performances

This spring, the Yale Dramatic Association — also known as the Dramat — presented four plays that were staffed, crewed and starred by first year […]

Beinecke Library finds online success in a largely remote school year

Despite a difficult transition to online operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library attracted more viewers to its online academic […]