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- Created 2012-03-12
. Founded in 1701 in the
Colony of Connecticut
Originally chartered as the "Collegiate School", the institution traces its roots to 17th-century clergymen who sought to establish a
and political leaders for the colony. In 1718, the College was renamed "Yale College" to honor a gift from
, a governor of the
British East India Company
. In 1861, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences became the first U.S. institution to award the PhD. Yale became a founding member of the
Association of American Universities
in 1900. Yale College was transformed, beginning in the 1930s, through the establishment of
: 12 now exist and two more are planned. Yale employs over 1,100 faculty to teach and advise about 5,300 undergraduate and 6,100 graduate and professional
s. Almost all tenured
s teach undergraduate courses, more than 2,000 of which are offered annually.
The University's assets include an
valued at $19.4 billion, the second-largest of any academic institution in the world. Yale's system of more than two dozen libraries holds 12.5 million volumes. 49
with the University as students, faculty, and staff. Yale has produced many notable
, including five
U.S. Supreme Court Justices
, and several foreign heads of state. At the graduate level,
Yale Law School
Yale School of Art
Yale School of Architecture
Yale School of Drama
are consistently ranked the top programs in their field. Yale Law School is the most selective law school in the United States.
Yale students compete intercollegiately as the
. The oldest intercollegiate athletic event in the United States is the
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