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How many students attend FSY?

Approximately seventy two students will attend FSY in 2019.

How and why was I invited to FSY?

FSY is designed prepare students for the transition to Yale by providing early access to Yale’s resources and opportunities. Students may receive an invitation to join FSY for a variety of reasons. For example, some students may not have had access to mentors, family, or friends who have attended college. Mentorship, preparation, and good advice can be critical to success in college, and FSY is designed to help provide those resources to allow all students the foundation for a successful transition.

Much like the Yale admissions process, students are selected for FSY based on a holistic review that assesses whether a student is a strong match for the program and will contribute positively to the discourse and community throughout the program.

I wasn’t invited to FSY, but can I apply to attend the program?

FSY is an invitation-only program. Yale offers a range of resources to incoming first-year students in order to assure their smooth transition to college, including a residential college dean, first-year student counselors, academic adviser, and pre-orientation and orientation programming. Non-FSY students are welcome to apply to Yale Summer Session as individual applicants.

How much does it cost?

FSY is free!  All costs – including tuition, books, room, and all meals are covered by the scholarship. Yale will also help arrange flights (if applicable) and cover the cost of travel to and from campus for the summer program. In addition, First-Year Scholars will receive a $250 stipend, and Yale will waive the student income contribution. Students may want to bring some extra spending money for optional activities and trips.. 

How can I attend FSY and earn the student share portion of my financial aid award?

Yale will waive the first year summer student share for all First-Year Scholars. This means an additional $1,600 in Yale Scholarship will be added to your financial aid award for your first year.

Is there time for fun at FSY?

While this will be a rigorous academic experience, the FSY staff also realize that students need ample time to unwind and recharge during summer months. With that in mind, the FSY Counselors will schedule free time into the daily and weekly calendars, including a ton of fun community events for First-Year Scholars to relax and hang out.

Where will I live during FSY?

First-Year Scholars will live in Ezra Stiles College, one of fourteen residential colleges at Yale, along with other students enrolled in Yale Summer Session. The FSY Counselors will live in the college and oversee FSY students’ residential life.

How many meals will I receive?

FSY students will have access to three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), seven days per week in the residential college dining halls. In addition, social events in the residential college will often offer free food! The Buttery is also available at night as a place to meet new friends and have a snack.

Do I get to choose the classes I will take? When will I learn about my schedule?

Each First-Year Scholar will enroll in a section of English 114, which is a popular Yale writing seminar that covers a variety of topics. Scholars will be given the chance to rank their topic preferences, however we will assign each student to a specific section of English 114 to keep the class size of each section at 12 students. Students will also be assinged a Quantitaive Reasoning course.Placement will be based on student’s quantitative reasoning assessment as well as his or her particular interests in the STEM disciplines. Schedules will be distributed to students when they arrive on campus.

Can I go home on weekends?

Since FSY is a very short but intensive program, we highly recommend that all students, even those who live nearby, stay on campus for the duration of the program. Weekends are a huge part of the academic and social experience of the program, and there will be many activities and free time to explore Yale, New Haven, and to develop relationships with other Scholars.

First-Year Scholars may not bring cars on campus.

Will I have a roommate? May I choose this roommate?

Yes, First-Year Scholars will have a roommate from within the program. Roommates will be assigned by program staff, so First-Year Scholars will not be able to choose their own roommates.

Can I stay on campus at the end of FSY?

Ezra Stiles College will close at Noon on Wednesday, August 7 for First-Year Scholars, and your first-year residence will not open until Orientation begins in late August. We encourage students to return home for a few days or weeks before First-year Orientation and Pre-orientation programs. All airfare will be booked as round-trip tickets, with a return date of August 7.

Will I be able to participate in Cultural Connections, FOCUS, FOOT, or Harvest if I attend FSY?

Absolutely! We highly encourage you to participate in these programs.

Pre-orientation programs (Cultural Connections, FOCUS, FOOT, Harvest) will begin a week after FSY, so you will return home for a short break if you plan to attend a pre-orientation program.

FSY will end two weeks before the First-Year Orientation for all first year students begins.

Quote: I can't think of a better way to be introduced to Yale than FSY!"