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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
Yale became a founding member of the
Association of American Universities
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 $20.80 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.
51 Nobel Laureates
with the University as students, faculty, and staff. Yale has nurtured many notable
, including five
U.S. Supreme Court Justices
, and several foreign heads of state.
Yale Law School
is the most selective
in the country.
Yale students compete intercollegiately as the
. The oldest intercollegiate athletic event in the United States is the
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