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Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in Saybrook Colony to train Congregationalist ministers, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Yale University
Yale University Shield 1.svg
Latin: Universitas Yalensis
Former names
Collegiate School
Yale College
Motto אורים ותמים (Hebrew) (Urim V'Thummim)
Lux et veritas (Latin)
Motto in English
Light and truth
Type Private
Established October 9, 1701 (1701-10-09)
Academic affiliations
AAU
IARU
NAICU Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
Endowment $25.57 billion (2015)
President Peter Salovey
Academic staff
4,410
Students 12,312
Undergraduates 5,453
Postgraduates 6,859
Location New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Campus Urban/college town, 1,015 acres (411 ha)
Colors Yale Blue     
Nickname Bulldogs
Mascot Handsome Dan
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FCSIvy LeagueECAC Hockey – NEISA
Website yale.edu
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Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in Saybrook Colony to train Congregationalist ministers, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

The "Collegiate School" moved to New Haven in 1716, and shortly after was renamed Yale College in recognition of a gift from British East India Company governor Elihu Yale. Originally restricted to theology and sacred languages, the curriculum began to incorporate humanities and sciences by the time of the American Revolution. In the 19th century the school introduced graduate and professional instruction, awarding the first Ph.D. in the United States in 1861 and organizing as a university in 1887.

Yale is organized into fourteen constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and twelve professional schools. While the university is governed by the Yale Corporation, each school's faculty oversees its curriculum and degree programs. In addition to a central campus in downtown New Haven, the University owns athletic facilities in western New Haven, including the Yale Bowl, a campus in West Haven, Connecticut, and forest and nature preserves throughout New England. The university's assets include an endowment valued at $25.6 billion as of September 2015, the second largest of any educational institution. The Yale University Library, serving all constituent schools, holds more than 15 million volumes and is the third-largest academic library in the United States.

Yale College undergraduates follow a liberal arts curriculum with departmental majors and are organized into a social system of residential colleges. Almost all faculty teach undergraduate courses, more than 2,000 of which are offered annually. Students compete intercollegiately as the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA Division I Ivy League.

Yale has graduated many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 13 living billionaires, and many heads of state. In addition, Yale has graduated hundreds of members of Congress and many high-level U.S. diplomats. 52 Nobel laureates, 5 Fields Medalists, 247 Rhodes Scholars, and 119 Marshall Scholars have been affiliated with the University.

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