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Yale University- Admissions, Courses, Fees, and More
Basic Information:
Yale's roots can be traced back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a college in New Haven to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. This vision was fulfilled in 1701, when the charter was granted for a school “wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences [and] through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State.” In 1718 the school was renamed “Yale College” in gratitude to the Welsh merchant Elihu Yale, who had donated the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I.

Yale College survived the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) intact and, by the end of its first hundred years, had grown rapidly. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries brought the establishment of the graduate and professional schools that would make Yale a true university. The Yale School of Medicine was chartered in 1810, followed by the Divinity School in 1822, the Law School in 1824, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1847 (which, in 1861, awarded the first Ph.D. in the United States), followed by the schools of Art in 1869, Music in 1894, Forestry & Environmental Studies in 1900, Nursing in 1923, Drama in 1955, Architecture in 1972, and Management in 1974.

Undergraduate Programs:
The undergraduate Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry degree programs at Yale University are well suited for students planning to attend medical school or graduate studies in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, or biophysics. The MB&B major differs from the programs offered by the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) department in that MB&B places its central focus on studying biology using the tools of chemistry, physics, and biochemistry. MB&B students thus carry out more in-depth coursework in these areas, and typically take less coursework in other areas such as organismal biology, cell biology, and genetics.

The departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (MCDB) offer the major in biology jointly. Each department offers an area of concentration within the major that reflects its perspectives and approaches to research while allowing students flexibility in drawing electives from both departments. There are also two interdisciplinary tracks - in biotechnology and neurobiology - offered within the MCDB area of concentration. The major offers B.A., B.S., intensive B.S., and combined B.S./M.S. programs, the latter two for students who wish to devote more time to research.

Upper level undergraduate students in Biomedical Engineering select from classroom experiences in engineering, biology, and medicine and are introduced to independent research projects through one or more semester-long “Special Projects,” which are designed together with faculty advisors. Juniors will take core courses on the fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering, focused on mathematical modeling of transport processes and physiological systems. They will also take a full-year laboratory covering a number of current topics in the field. In addition, students will take at least three courses in a particular track (biomedical imaging, biomechanics, and biomolecular engineering), as well as a Senior Seminar to give them a broader perspective of the fields. Finally, it is important to note that as part of their Senior (Special) Project, Yale Biomedical Engineering students will select from research projects that combine Engineering and clinical medicine to address a range of important problems with direct impact on human health care.

Undergraduates must submit test scores from either the SAT and any two subject tests; or the ACT plus writing test. There are no score cutoffs for standardized tests, and successful candidates present a wide range of test results. During the most recent year, test score ranges (25th to 75th percentiles) for enrolled freshman were:

SAT-Verbal: 710-800
SAT-Math: 710-790
SAT-Writing: 720-800
ACT: 32-35

Graduate Programs:
The Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) is a doctoral program that enables you to take advantage of all of the resources found at a modern research university. Everything Yale has to offer – faculty, facilities, and campuses - is here in one comprehensive, interdisciplinary graduate program. Tracks in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program include: Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology; Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; Immunology; Microbiology; Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics, and Development; Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology; and Neuroscience. BBS has no boundaries, either departmental or geographical. Upon admission to Yale you will have access to courses, seminars, and faculty labs in every department. Because Yale is unusual among major universities in having its main campus and medical school within walking distance of one another, you can easily participate in research activities and courses on the main University campus as well as at the world-renowned Yale School of Medicine. Moreover, Yale’s brand new West Campus is connected to the rest of the university by non-stop shuttle service.

The Biomedical Engineering graduate program started in 2000 and immediately became a popular area of study. Doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering consist of two years of course work and of original research. The PhD program has a teaching requirement, and therefore English speaking proficiency is a requirement. The TOEFL test is required for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction. It is common for incoming PhD students to score 100 or higher on the TOEFL test overall and 26 or higher on the TOEFLSpeaking test, or 7 or higher on the IELTS. PhD candidates in BME have their tuition paid and receive a stipend for living expenses (~$2500 per month). Funding comes from the University for the first year, followed by support from the primary mentor, unless the student brings his/her own funding.

Doctoral students with a concentration in Biostatistics are prepared for conducting the following types of research in health or medicine: the design of comprehensive investigations; the novel employment of existing statistical methods to address meaningful scientific questions; the development of new statistical methodologies with immediate application to studies of the cause or treatment of disease. Applicants should have knowledge of the principles of biology and a strong undergraduate record in mathematics, including course work in advanced calculus and linear algebra. A master’s degree is not required to apply for this program. Since 1999 the Department of Biostatistics has also offered an MS in Biostatistics designed to train students to meet the growing need in managed care organizations, medical research, and the pharmaceutical industry for graduates with technical skills in data analysis. As opposed to the more general MPH degree, the MS degree, now known as the MS in Public Health in the Biostatistics track, emphasizes the mastery of biostatistical skills from the beginning of the plan of study. Graduates of this program may apply to the PhD degree program.

Other Information:
Undergraduates: 5,349 (2012)
Ranking: #3 National University (2012)
Acceptance rate: 7.70% (2012)
Tuition: $42,300 USD (2012)

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (BS)
Biology (BS)
Biomedical Engineering (BS)

Graduate Programs:
Biological and Biomedical Sciences (PhD)
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Biomedical Engineering (MS/PhD)
Biostatistics (MS/PhD)
Physiology (MS/PhD)
Genetics (MS/PhD)
Immunology (MS/PhD)
Microbial Pathology (MS/PhD)

Application Information:
To be accepted to study at Yale, interested applicants must apply directly to the school, college, or program where the degree will be awarded: Yale College for undergraduate degrees; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for doctoral programs and some master’s degrees; or one of the professional schools.

Undergraduate deadline: November 1st, single-choice early admission; December 31st, regular admission

Graduate deadline: December 1st
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