Accomodation - Yale University
Yale's residential college system, now more than seventy years old, is perhaps the most distinctive feature of the College. The residential colleges allow students to experience the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school while still enjoying the cultural and scholarly resources of a large university, fostering spirit, allegiance, and a sense of community.
Before freshman year, all incoming undergraduates are randomly assigned to one of Yale's twelve residential colleges. Students remain affiliated with their residential college for all four years (and beyond). Yale makes every effort to represent, on the level of the college, the diversity of the entire undergraduate community. In this sense each college is a microcosm of the larger student population. The residential college system offers students a familiar, comfortable living environment, personal interaction with faculty members and administrators, and exciting opportunities for academic and extracurricular exploration.
The Residential Colleges
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Every residential college has its own master and dean, both of whom are Yale faculty members who live in the college with their families and eat their meals with students in the dining hall.
The master is the chief administrative officer as well as the presiding faculty presence in each residential college. He or she is responsible for the physical well being and safety of students in the residential college, as well as for fostering and shaping the social, cultural, and educational life and character of the college. During the year, he or she hosts lectures, study breaks (especially during finals), and Master's Teas - intimate gatherings where students have the opportunity to talk with renowned guests from academic and popular culture.
The dean serves as the chief academic and personal adviser to students in his or her residential college. All students must go to the residential college dean's office to submit course schedules, to drop courses, or to convert a course from the Credit/D/Fail option to a letter grade. If a student is having difficulty with a particular course, the college dean can often help by talking with the student's instructor or with the relevant department's director of undergraduate studies, or by referring the student to one of the tutoring programs administered by each residential college. Getting to know all residential college students as individuals helps the dean to address their concerns as pleasantly and effectively as possible.
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