About the First-Year Scholars at Yale Program

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FSY is a program for approximately 96 students. The program is run by the Yale College Dean’s Office and Yale Summer Session in conjunction with Yale staff, faculty, and students. Yale student counselors will guide FSY participants throughout the program.

First-Year Scholars will have the opportunity to develop close relationships. The tight-knit community that emerges from the FSY program will help support First-Year Scholars as they enter their first year at Yale. The FSY experience, including the support systems and mentors in the program, will help position students to take advantage of the many choices and opportunities that await them as students at Yale.


Regardless of their intended major, all incoming Yale students will need fundamental writing and quantitative reasoning skills to be successful at Yale. In preparation for this transition, all First-Year Scholars will enroll in a popular Yale College writing seminar, English 114,  for which they will receive one Yale credit. Students will also be placed in a half-credit Math or Statistics course that is focused on enhancing their critical thinking and quantitative skills.

In addition, FSY will host a variety co-curricular workshops, seminars, and activities to acquaint students with campus resources such as academic advisers, career counselors, personal librarians, museum resources, and much more. Social and cultural events will provide ample opportunities for students to interact and learn from one another.


The 2022 program will begin on Tuesday, June 28 and end on Wednesday, August 10.


Please see the 2022 FSY Calendar here

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