Here's a link to Yale's website where you can read more if interested! Knowing we can't possibly remember details about every place we visit, we try to take away one thing from each place that was new and interesting. For both of us, the concept of Residential Colleges was something we found unique. Before an incoming freshman arrives at Yale, they are assigned to one of 12 Residential Colleges where they will live, eat, play, etc for the four years they are at Yale. Each residential college has its own mini-campus (enclosed and secure) and a full-time "Master" (who lives in the residential college with his/her own family) and "Dean" who also lives within the specific college and oversees academic life. Students are randomly assigned to a residential college keeping the colleges of a manageable size, yet providing the diversity that supposedly represents the total Yale population. We know that those who are admitted to Yale are a special lot, but they are still just kids when they arrive for undergraduate study and after having visited the campus and observing the greater New Haven area, this would be totally overwhelming to any kid arriving from NormalTown USA. Our take on the Residential College concept is that it was ingenious! It has been in place for more than 70 years.
Enjoy these pictures - I had a hard time choosing....................... (BTW, in this and ALL posts, any picture can be enlarged by clicking on it!)