Welcome

Welcome to Calhoun College

E Pluribus Hounum
 

Established in 1933, Calhoun College is one of Yale’s twelve residential colleges. The building, located on the corner of College and Elm Streets, was beautifully renovated in 2007. Calhoun’s over 400 undergraduate residents—or Hounies—are led by Professor Julia Adams, Head of College, and Dean April Ruiz.

Welcome, Class of 2020

Julia Adams, Head of Calhoun College

Professor Julia Adams
Head of Calhoun College

April Ruiz, Dean of Calhoun College

Dr. April Ruiz
Dean of Calhoun College

We are delighted to welcome you to Calhoun College, your home at Yale -- and ours, too. We each live in the college with our families (and pets), and our offices are here as well. We will be on hand to say hello when you arrive, and we are very much looking forward to meeting you in person.

By way of introduction to the college, here's some information you can use right away: First year Hounies live in Bingham Hall, on Old Campus, then move into Calhoun in their sophomore year. When you receive your room assignment, be sure to introduce yourself to everyone in your suite; everyone's contact information will reach you on June 22. Then be sure to activate your Yale e-mail account so that you can open this key line of communication with your suitemates and with us.

Your Freshman Counselor, one of seven fabulous seniors from our college who will be living with your class in Bingham, is supremely well-versed in all things Yale. She or he will help you make the ongoing transition (academic and social). In addition to providing advice about matters academic, for example, your counselor will also be able to help with personal ones, including even … what to pack. You’ll be hearing from your counselor over the summer, so keep an eye out for that message! And before you know it, you’ll meet the counselors (accompanied by a small army of excited upperclass Hounies), the moment you set foot on campus on one of our favorite days of the year: Move-In Day. 

Shortly before the fall semester, you’ll be assigned an advisor from among the Fellowship of the college. Your advisor is someone who will play an important role – in tandem with the relevant directors of undergraduate studies and the freshman counselors -- as you navigate your freshman year within the broader context of your Yale academic career. You’ll meet with your advisor even before classes begin, and then throughout the academic year. We will be there to facilitate that first meeting.

You can’t help but have noticed that we in Calhoun College have been much in the national and even international news this past year, as Yale discussed and debated its residential college names. Our residential college community participated wholeheartedly in this important process. Throughout we have remained a strong, solidary, and self-reflective group -- one comfortable with complexity and difference, whether of backgrounds, intellectual styles or personal views and opinions. You can catch a glimpse of this complexity by exploring this website. When you arrive on campus, you’ll also find that your Freshman Counselors, as well as either of us, would be happy to talk with you about this aspect of residential college life. 

Calhoun is a cozy college (with the homiest courtyard and best buttery at Yale!), and we are eager to welcome the wonderful Class of 2020 as our newest family members. We hope the rest of your summer is delightful, restful, productive... and everything else that you want it to be. Be prepared for a fantastic year. We can hardly wait to greet you! 

Boola boola!
Professor Adams and Dean Ruiz