School Profile: Yale University

Continuing our summer series of school profiles,  we will look at Yale University today. Brandon Marick, a Veritas Prep SAT 2400 instructor in Los Angeles, tells us what he loved about going to school at Yale, and why it just might be the perfect fit for you too!


1.     What is one thing you should see on campus?

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – On a campus of beautiful 300 year old Gothic architecture, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, erected in 1963, stands out for its unique architectural qualities. Beinecke is the largest building in the world reserved exclusively for the preservation of rare books and manuscripts. An air-tight, six-story glass chamber of books is enclosed by a windowless outer shell made of thin translucent marble. The marble shell protects the books from direct sunlight, while illuminating the building’s interior with a warm glow. While most students study in Sterling Memorial Library or Bass Library, the inside of the Beinecke can provide an awe-inspiring study break.

Yale Art Gallery – The art gallery is open to all students and houses an impressive collection of art from all over the world. Art History classes often incorporate gallery tours as part of the discussion sections. Graduate students in Art History lead undergrads through the art gallery, which allows students to see first-hand the works of art that are discussed in lecture.

2.     What made you choose this school?

Yale has a highly diverse set of course offerings that students are encouraged to explore, regardless of major. The most popular majors (History, Political Science, Economics) are some of the best in the world, but some might not know that Yale is also a top-ranked school in the fine arts. The Yale Drama School and the Yale Art School are considered by many to be the best of their kind. The opportunity to pursue a liberal arts education and learn from world-renowned professors in various disparate subject areas was one of the many reasons that I chose Yale.

The residential college system is another unique feature to Yale. Incoming freshmen are assigned to one of twelve residential colleges. Each residential college has a Master and a Dean, professor/advisors that facilitate social life and academics, respectively, for students within the college. The residential college system provides students with a smaller, more intimate community within the larger Yale community. The residential college system is often compared to the system of houses in Harry Potter.

3.     What is your favorite spot to eat off campus?

Lunch: Book Trader Cafe
A hole-in-the-wall bookstore that makes high quality sandwiches and salads with fresh ingredients. Enjoy a book and a sandwich in the atrium-style eating area attached to the store.

Dinner: Caseus
Caseus is a small bistro that specializes in artisan cheeses and meats. They use local organic ingredients and have an extensive wine and craft beer list.

4.     What else should a visiting student know about your school?

Payne Whitney Gymnasium is one of the largest athletic gyms in the world, with everything from crew tanks to an indoor golf center. While some of the specialized practice facilities are reserved for athletic teams, the majority of facilities at Payne Whitney are open to all students.

The Yale Golf Course is a fine example of American golf course architecture. Golfweek ranks Yale the #1 “Campus Course” in the world and #35 on the list of “Classic Courses”. The Yale course is an excellent test for golfers of all skill levels.

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  1. The current residential college system was instituted in 1933 through a grant by Yale graduate Edward S. Harkness , who admired the college systems at Oxford University and Cambridge University . Each college consists of a dormitory building or buildings, surrounding a quadrangle or courtyard. Each college includes a dining hall; student facilities, ranging from libraries to squash courts to darkrooms; and a few faculty, including a dean, a master, and two or more resident fellows. Most college buildings also feature distinctive architecture, and each has developed a different flavor or area of emphasis. Although Yale students take part in academic and social programs across the university, and all of Yale’s 2,000 courses are open to undergraduates from any college, each college has a carefully constructed academic and social structure for its students, including seminars, social events, and master’s teas with notable guests from around the world.

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