Brief History Of Yale
Yale University, private university in New Haven, Connecticut, one of the Ivy League schools. It was founded in 1701 and is the third oldest university in the United States. Yale was originally chartered by the colonial legislature of Connecticut as the Collegiate School and was held at Killingworth and other locations. In 1716 the school was moved to New Haven, and in 1718 it was renamed Yale College in honour of a wealthy British merchant and philanthropist, Elihu Yale, who had made a series of donations to the school. Yale’s initial curriculum emphasised classical studies and strict adherence to orthodox Puritanism.
In 1810 Yale’s medical school was organised. The divinity school arose from a department of theology created in 1822, and a law department became affiliated with the college in 1824. The geologist –Benjamin Silliman, who taught at Yale between 1802 and 1853, did much to make the experimental and applied sciences a respectable field of study in the United States. While at Yale he founded the American Journal of Science and Arts (later shortened to American Journal of Science), which was one of the great scientific journals of the world in the 19th century. Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School, begun in the 1850’s, was one of the leading scientific and engineering centres until 1956, when it merged with Yale College and ceased to exist.
Popular People Who Attended Yale
Yale’s graduates have included U.S. Presidents William Howard Taft, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush; Civil War-era leader John C. Calhoun; theologian Jonathan Edwards; inventors Eli Whitney and Samuel F.B. Morse; and lexicographer Noah Webster. After several years of debate, in 2017 the university announced that the name of Calhoun College, one of the original residential colleges, would be changed to Hopper College, after the 20th-century mathematician, naval officer, and Yale alumna Grace Hopper. Advocates of the renaming had argued that it was inappropriate for the university to honour Calhoun, who had been an ardent proponent of slavery and a white supremacist.
Life at Yale
Yale is more than an institution of higher learning; it is a community where people of diverse cultures and nationalities live, work, and play — connected by their similarities and enriched by their differences.
Our community members have a wide range of talents, interests, vocations, and needs, and the university is committed to providing the services and opportunities to keep them strong in mind, body, and spirit.
We celebrate our hometown of New Haven, CT for all that it offers, including its renowned restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions.