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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — American Water Polo looks to the northeastern region of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) to examine the North Atlantic Division in this week’s Women’s Collegiate Club Division Spotlight.

HISTORY: Founded in 2005, the North Atlantic Division was formed to create additional playing opportunities for women’s teams in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut.  The division’s membership has fluctuated over time with Boston University and Boston College currently of the New England Division competing in the early days of the division, while current North Atlantic institutions Yale University and Middlebury College transitioned to their group in more recent years.

Currently comprised of teams from Connecticut (United States Coast Guard Academy “A” & “B”, Yale), Maine (Bates College, Bowdoin College), Massachusetts (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Wellesley College) and Vermont (Middlebury), the division has seen seven teams capture a championship and nine reach the title game since the group’s creation in 2005.

MIT has been the preeminent power in the division as the Engineers hold five titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2017, 2019) and a trio of runner-up marks (2008, 2009, 2010).  Middlebury (2010, 2011), Bowdoin (2012, 2014), Yale (2013, 2016) and Tufts (2018) have also garnered title game victories.  Further, Middlebury (2019), Bowdoin (2015), Bates (2011) and Wellesley (2012, 2016, 2017, 2018) have tallied second place finishes since 2010.

Former division members Boston University (Champion: 2015; Runner-Up: 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014) and Boston College (Champion: 2008, 2009; Runner-Up: 2007), which now compete in the New England Division, have also factored in the North Atlantic Division as the Beantown duo have combined for three championships and eight title game appearances.

On the National level, Middlebury is the only team to win a National Championship as the Panthers downed Washington University in St. Louis at Villanova University to claim the inaugural/2019 Women’s Division III National Collegiate Club Championship.

North Atlantic Division Champion/Runner-Up

  • 2005 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Boston University
  • 2006 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Boston University
  • 2007 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Boston College
  • 2008 – Boston College / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2009 – Boston College / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2010 – Middlebury College / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2011 – Middlebury College / Bates College
  • 2012 – Bowdoin College / Wellesley College
  • 2013 – Yale University / Boston University
  • 2014 – Bowdoin College / Boston University
  • 2015 – Boston University / Bowdoin College
  • 2016 – Yale University / Wellesley College
  • 2017 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Wellesley College
  • 2018 – Tufts University / Wellesley College
  • 2019 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Middlebury College

Division III Collegiate Club Champion/Runner-Up

  • 2019 – Middlebury College / Washington University in St. Louis

THE TEAMS:  The North Atlantic Division is primarily made-up of Division III schools as Bates, Bowdoin, MIT, Middlebury, Tufts, Coast Guard and Wellesley are joined by Division I institution Yale University.

Bates College

The 2011 North Atlantic Division runner-up, the Bobcats of Bates College are one of two schools located in Maine competing in the division.

A private liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is equidistant from the state capital of Augusta to the north, and the cultural hub of Portland to the south. Anchored by the Historic Quad, the campus of Bates totals 813 acres with a small urban campus which includes 33 Victorian Houses. It maintains 600 acres of nature preserve known as the “Bates-Morse Mountain” near Campbell Island and a coastal center on Atkins Bay.

Due to the school’s relatively small student enrollment of 1,800 students, Bates retains selective admission rates and little to no transfer percentages.

The college was founded on March 16, 1855, by abolitionist statesman Oren Burbank Cheney and textile tycoon Benjamin Bates. Established as the Maine State Seminary, the college became the first coeducational college in New England and went on to confer the first female undergraduate degree in the area. Bates is the third-oldest college in Maine, behind only fellow North Atlantic Division members Bowdoin College and Colby College.

Bates provides undergraduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering and offers joint undergraduate programs with Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and Washington University in St. Louis. A baccalaureate college, the undergraduate program requires all students to complete a thesis before graduation, and has a privately funded research enterprise. Its most endowed departments of politics, economics, and environmental science are particularly noted within U.S. higher education.  Approximately 200 of the college’s 1,800 students study abroad each semester.

The academic year is broken up into three terms, primary, secondary, and short term, also known as the 4–4–1 academic calendar. This includes two semesters, plus a Short Term consisting of five weeks in the Spring, in which only one class is taken and in-depth coursework is commonplace. Two Short Terms are required for graduation, with a maximum of three.

Students at Bates take a first-year seminar, which provides a template for the rest of the four years at Bates. The student selects a specific topic offered by the college, and works together in a small class with a scholar-in-field professor of that topic, to study and critically analyze the subject. All first-year seminars place importance on writing ability, and composition in order to facilitate the process of complex and fluid ideas being put down on paper. Seminars range from constitutional analysis to mathematical theorizing. After three complete years at Bates, each student participates in a senior thesis or capstone that demonstrates expertise and overall knowledge of the Major, Minor or General Education Concentrations (GECs). The Senior Thesis is an intensive program that begins with the skills taught in the first-year program and concludes with a compiled thesis that stresses research and innovation.

For the class of 2023, Bates admitted 12.1% of all applicants, the lowest-ever for the college.  During the 2018-19 admission rounds, Bates accepted seven transfer students from 205 applicants, yielding a 3.4% acceptance rate.

For more information on the Bates women’s collegiate club team, contact either Meg Robinson (mrobins2@bates.edu), Lily Edelman-Gold (ledelman@bates,edu) or Sam Tyler (styler2@bates.edu).

Bowdoin College

A two-time champion (2012, 2014) and past runner-up (2015) in the North Atlantic Division, the women’s club team at Bowdoin College is tied for the second most division titles in the group with Middlebury College (2010, 2011), Boston College (2008, 2009) and Yale University (2013, 2016) behind five-time winner the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005, 2006, 2007, 2017, 2019).

A private liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine, Bowdoin was chartered in 1794, while Maine was still a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  At the time of its founding, it was the easternmost college in the United States, as it was located in Maine.

Bowdoin began to develop in the 1820s, a decade in which Maine became an independent state as a result of the Missouri Compromise and graduated U.S. President Franklin Pierce. The college also graduated two literary philosophers, the writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, both of whom graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1825.

Harriet Beecher Stowe started writing her influential anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in Brunswick while her husband was teaching at the college, and Brigadier General Joshua Chamberlain, a Bowdoin alumnus, professor, and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who later served as governor of Maine, adjutant-general of Maine and president of Bowdoin, is known as the hero of the Battle of Gettysburg as he was in command of the 20th Maine in defense of Little Round Top.

The main Bowdoin campus is located near Casco Bay and the Androscoggin River. In addition to its Brunswick campus, Bowdoin also owns a 118-acre coastal studies center on Orr’s Island and a 200-acre scientific field station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy.

The college offers 34 majors and 36 minors, as well as several joint engineering programs with Columbia University, the California Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College and The University of Maine.

The acceptance rate for the Class of 2022 was 10.3 percent, the lowest ever and a decrease of over three percentage points from the previous year’s rate of 13.6 percent. The applicant pool consisted of 9,081 candidates, up from 7,251 for the Class of 2021, representing a 25 percent increase.

Bowdoin’s dining services was ranked #1 among all universities and colleges nationally by Princeton Review in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016, with The New York Times reporting: “If it weren’t for the trays, and for the fact that most diners are under 25, you’d think it was a restaurant.”  Bowdoin uses food from its organic garden in its two major dining halls, and every academic year begins with a lobster bake outside Farley Fieldhouse.

Other interesting facts about the school relate to its mascot and school colors.  The school’s mascot of the polar bear was selected in 1913 to honor Robert Peary, a Bowdoin alumnus who led the first successful expedition to the North Pole.  Further, the school’s colors are white and black – like the polar bear which has white fur over a black skin for heat.

For more information on the Bowdoin women’s collegiate club team, contact either Holly Harris (hharris4@bowdoin.edu) or Ismerai Ortiz (iortiz@bowdoin.edu).

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The most successful program in the 16-year history of the women’s North Atlantic Division, the Engineers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have built a legacy of five championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2017, 2019) and a trio of runner-up finishes (2008, 2009, 2010) in eight title game berths.

Reformed in 1993 after the team’s early days in the late 1970’s, the Engineers have constructed a program from the ground up that reeled off six consecutive title game appearances (2005-to-2010) prior to reascending to the top in both 2017 and 2019.  Prior to joining the North Atlantic Division, MIT garnered back-to-back second place finishes in the New England Division versus Yale University (2001) and Dartmouth College (2002) as the team has appeared in 10 title games since the turn of the century.

Considered by many to be the preeminent private research university in the United States, MIT is located in Cambridge, Mass., minutes away from Harvard University.  The school encompasses a number of major off-campus facilities such as the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Bates Center, and the Haystack Observatory, as well as affiliated laboratories such as the Broad and Whitehead Institutes.

Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. It has since played a key role in the development of many aspects of modern science, engineering, mathematics, and technology, and is widely known for its innovation and academic strength.

As of October 2019, 96 Nobel laureates, 26 Turing Award winners, and 8 Fields Medalists have been affiliated with MIT as alumni, faculty members, or researchers. In addition, 58 National Medal of Science recipients, 29 National Medals of Technology and Innovation recipients, 50 MacArthur Fellows, 73 Marshall Scholars, 48 Rhodes Scholars, 41 astronauts and 16 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force have been affiliated with MIT.

MIT has five schools (Science, Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Management, and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) and two colleges (Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology, Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing), but no schools of law or medicine.

MIT offers a comprehensive doctoral program with degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields as well as professional degrees. The Institute offers graduate programs leading to academic degrees such as the Master of Science (which is abbreviated as SM at MIT), various Engineer’s Degrees, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Science (ScD) and interdisciplinary graduate programs such as the MD-PhD (with Harvard Medical School) and a joint program in oceanography with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Admission to graduate programs is decentralized; applicants apply directly to the department or degree program. More than 90% of doctoral students are supported by fellowships, research assistantships (RAs), or teaching assistantships (TAs).

MIT enrolled 4,602 undergraduates and 6,972 graduate students in 2018–2019. Women constituted 45 percent of undergraduate students.  Undergraduate and graduate students came from all 50 US states as well as from 115 foreign countries.

MIT received 20,075 applications for admission to the undergraduate Class of 2024: it admitted 1,457 (7.2 percent).  In 2019, 29,114 applications were received for graduate and advanced degree programs across all departments; 3,670 were admitted (12.6 percent) and 2,312 enrolled (63 percent).

The faculty and student body place a high value on meritocracy and on technical proficiency. MIT has never awarded an honorary degree, nor does it award Latin honors upon graduation. However, MIT has twice awarded honorary professorships: to Winston Churchill in 1949 and Salman Rushdie in 1993.

Many upperclass students and alumni wear a large, heavy, distinctive class ring known as the “Brass Rat”.  Originally created in 1929, the ring’s official name is the “Standard Technology Ring”.  The undergraduate ring design (a separate graduate student version exists as well) varies slightly from year to year to reflect the unique character of the MIT experience for that class, but always features a three-piece design, with the MIT seal and the class year each appearing on a separate face, flanking a large rectangular bezel bearing an image of a beaver (the school mascot and “nature’s engineer”).

For more information on the MIT women’s collegiate club team, contact either the team’s general account (polo-ditch@mit.edu) or Abby Smith (ajsmith@mit.edu).

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Middlebury College

Led by head coach Brian Goodwin, the Panthers of Middlebury College have played for a league title 10 times with a pair of North Atlantic Division crowns (2010, 2011) and a runner-up mark in 2019 accompanying three New England Division championships (2008, 2013, 2016) and four second place finishes (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015).

The inaugural/2019 Women’s Division III Collegiate Club Champion, Middlebury rejoined the North Atlantic Division last season as the Panthers competed in the group during the 2010 and 2011 seasons prior to joining the New England Division for the 2012-to-2018 seasons.

A private liberal arts college in Middlebury, Vt., the school was founded in 1800 and currently enrolls 2,526 undergraduates from all 50 states and 74 countries and offers 44 majors in the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences and natural sciences.

Middlebury’s history includes a number of firsts.  The college was the first American institution of higher education to have granted a bachelor’s degree to an African-American, graduating Alexander Twilight in the class of 1823.  Middlebury was also one of the first formerly all-male liberal arts colleges in New England to become a coeducational institution, following the trustees’ decision in 1883 to accept women. In 1886, May Belle Chellis was the first woman to graduate, and she was the valedictorian (although she was not allowed to address the graduating class because she was a woman).

The most popular majors at Middlebury by number of recent graduates are: economics, international studies, English and American literatures, political science, psychology, and environmental studies.  Close to 40 percent of graduating seniors choose a single major in a traditional academic discipline, and about 30 percent of students complete a double or joint major combining two disciplines. Another 30 percent of students major in one of the College’s interdisciplinary programs.

The academic year follows a 4–1–4 schedule of two four-course semesters in the autumn and spring plus a what is known as a “Winter Term” session in January. The Winter Term, often called “J-Term” for January Term, allows students to enroll in one intensive course, pursue independent research, or complete an off-campus internship. Winter Term courses are taught by a mix of traditional faculty and special instructors.

For the class of 2023, the college offered admission to 1,547 students out of an applicant pool of 9,750, yielding an overall acceptance of 16%.

Middlebury enrolls around 600 students to begin in the fall semester and an additional 100 to begin in the spring. Those accepted for the fall admissions program begin the academic year in September and are referred to as “Regs.” Those accepted for the spring admissions program begin the academic year in February and are referred to as “Febs.” Students accepted to the Feb program use the fall semester to travel, volunteer, enroll at other universities or work. Febs graduate in the annual mid-year commencement at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, a ski area in Hancock, Vt.

For more information on the Middlebury women’s collegiate club team, contact coach Brian Goodwin (waterpolow@middlebury.edu / goodwinjsd@gmail.com).

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Tufts University 

The Jumbos of Tufts University joined the division in 2017 after being recognized by the institution and made their presence felt the following season by capturing the 2018 North Atlantic Division Championship.  Prior to 2017, the women competed exclusively on the men’s collegiate club team during the fall.

Located on the border of Medford and Somerville, Mass., the school was founded in 1852 as Tufts College and was a small New England liberal arts college until its transformation into a larger research university in the 1970s.  Tufts emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all its disciplines, and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.

Tufts offers over 90 undergraduate and 160 graduate programs across ten schools in the greater Boston area and Talloires, France. It has the country’s oldest graduate school of international relations, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The largest school is the School of Arts and Sciences, which includes both the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, which is affiliated with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The School of Engineering offers an entrepreneurial focus through its Gordon Institute and maintains close connections with the original college.

The university has a campus in Downtown Boston that houses the medical, dental, and nutrition schools, as well as the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, affiliated with several medical centers in the area. Tufts offers joint undergraduate degree programs with the New England Conservatory, and the Sciences Po Paris with additional programs with the University of Paris, University of Oxford and constituents of the University of London.  Several of its programs have affiliations with the nearby institutions of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Graduate education is offered in eight of the schools. In addition to Arts and Sciences and Engineering, Tufts offers graduate degrees in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the oldest U.S. school for international relations and foreign affairs, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine, the School of Biomedical Sciences, the Friedman School of Nutrition, and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Tufts is considered highly selective, admitting only 15% of applicants in Fall 2018.

The school’s mascot of Jumbo is one of two college mascots to appear in Webster’s Dictionary with the other being the Billiken of St. Louis University. The mascot comes from P. T. Barnum’s circus, as Barnum was one of the original trustees of Tufts College. According to legend, Jumbo the Elephant heroically jumped in front of a train, sacrificing himself to save a younger elephant from dying. Jumbo’s stuffed skin was donated to the school, and was displayed until a 1975 fire destroyed the body, except for the tail, which had been removed for conservation work. Now, a statue of the elephant is a prominent landmark on the quad, near Barnum Hall, the Biology building. Some of Jumbo’s ashes were recovered in a peanut butter jar that has remained in the athletics director’s office where students continue to rub it for good luck.

For more information on the Tufts women’s collegiate club team, contact Rica Generoso (rica.generoso@tufts.edu) or Jenna Kupa (Jenna.kupa@tufts.edu).

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United States Coast Guard Academy

The United States Coast Guard Academy men’s and women’s water polo teams were discontinued by the athletic department of the school in 2017. However, the cadets banded together and using their own funds and funds from a go-fund-me they purchased floating goals because they were not allowed to use the pool facilities. The practiced in the Thames River and paid their way for a season. The next year in 2018, the programs were reintegrated into a different department at CGA and permitted to resume play. Since the near elimination of the team, the programs have risen to new heights with the men’s team taking third place at the Division III Collegiate Club Championship, while the women have a roster of 37 athletes.

In 2020, Coast Guard was the lone program in the North Atlantic Division – and among a handful in the nation – to field both “A” and “B” teams in women’s water polo.

The service academy of the United States Coast Guard and located in New London, Conn., the institution was founded in 1876.  The second smallest of the five U.S. service academies, the school provides education to future Coast Guard officers in one of nine major fields of study. Unlike the other service academies, the Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination for admission.

Students are officers-in-training and are referred to as cadets, and upon graduation receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as Coast Guard ensigns with a five-year active-duty service obligation, with additional years if the graduate attends flight school or subsequent government-funded graduate school. Out of approximately 250 cadets entering the academy each summer, around 200 graduate. Cadets can choose from among nine majors, with a curriculum that is graded according their performance in a holistic program of academics, physical fitness, character and leadership.

Those who have received appointments as cadets report to the USCGA in late June or early July for “Swab Summer”, a basic military training program designed to prepare them for the rigors of their Fourth Class year.  About 35 percent of cadets admitted to the school are women.

Each cadet takes two semesters of classes during the school year and then spends the majority of the summer in military training to produce officers of character with the requisite professional skills. Among these are courses in leadership, ethics, organizational behavior, and nautical science. The majority of cadets report to their first units after graduating, which are either afloat units, shore units, or basic flight training as student naval aviators, with the training conducted under the auspices of the United States Navy. Those that are assigned afloat serve as either deck watch officers or student engineers. Professional maritime studies courses help prepare cadets in piloting, voyage planning, deck seamanship, and all aspects of shiphandling, as well as Coast Guard leadership and administrative duties

Cadets are required to adhere to the academy’s “Honor Concept,” “Who lives here reveres honor, honors duty,” which is emblazoned in the halls of the academy’s entrance. The academy’s motto is Scientiæ cedit mare, which is Latin for “The Sea Yields to Knowledge.”

Players note:

  • “CGA is an incredibly stressful environment, having a chance to play the sport that I love is one of the things that gets me through.”
  • “The comraderie among the girls team is amazing. We are truly a group of sisters, and I think that has a lot to do with how many cadets want to join the team.”

Led by head coach/Lt. Kent Hunt, Coast Guard was primed to win the North Atlantic Division for the first time in 2020 prior to the Coronavirus terminating the season early.

Jillian Walsh is expected to lead Coast Guard in 2021 for another try at earning a spot at the National Collegiate Club Championship.  However, the team will need to replace nine seniors lost to graduation in 2020.

For more information on the Coast Guard women’s collegiate club team, contact Lt. Kent Hunt (kent.a.hunt@uscga.edu)

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Wellesley College

The only school that is not coed in the women’s North Atlantic Division, Wellesley College has placed as the runner-up in the group four times since 2012 with second place marks in 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The Blue, as Wellesley teams are known, have advanced to the Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship once as the program finished 12th at the 2018 even hosted at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., by the University of Washington.  Wellelsey eared the berth by placing second in the North Atlantic Division and taking the place of division champion Tufts University which was unable to compete.

A private women’s liberal arts college in Wellesley, Mass., Wellesley was founded in 1870 by Pauline and Henry Fowle Durant, believers in educational opportunity for women, who intended that the college should prepare women for “…great conflicts, for vast reforms in social life.”

The school is  home to 56 departmental and interdepartmental majors spanning the liberal arts, as well as over 150 student clubs and organizations.  Wellesley’s average class size is between 17 and 20 students, with a student-faculty ratio of 8:1.

Wellesley offers support to nontraditional aged students through the Elisabeth Kaiser Davis Degree Program, open to students over the age of 24.  The program allows women who, for various reasons, were unable to start or complete a bachelor’s degree at a younger age to attend Wellesley.

Wellesley offers dual degree programs with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Olin College of Engineering, enabling students to receive a Bachelor of Science at those schools in addition to a Bachelor of Arts at Wellesley.  Wellesley also has a joint five-year BA/MA program with Brandeis University’s International Business School, which allows qualified Wellesley students to receive a Masters of Arts degree from the school as well as a Bachelor of Arts at Wellesley.

Of Wellesley’s student body, as of 2019 less than half of students are Caucasian, with roughly a third of the student body identifying as Asian, and a significant number of Latina and African-American students. Students come from over 60 countries and all 50 states, with 90% of students hailing from outside of Massachusetts.

For more information on the Wellesley women’s collegiate club team, contact either Jordan Street (jstreet@wellesley.edu) or Huihan Li (hli3@wellesley.edu).

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Yale University

The 2013 and 2016 North Atlantic Division Champion following a pair of New England Division titles in 2001 and 2006, the Bulldogs of Yale University are the lone non-Division III institution among active North Atlantic schools.

The 2003, 2004 and 2005 New England Division runner-up, Yale accepts players of all skill level and experience with no cuts or tryouts.

Located in New Haven, Conn., and founded in 1701, Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.  The school moved to New Haven in 1716 and shortly after was renamed Yale College in recognition of a gift from British East India Company governor Elihu Yale.  In the 19th century, the college expanded into graduate and professional instruction, awarding the first PhD in the United States in 1861 and organizing as a university in 1887.

Yale is organized into 14 constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and twelve professional schools. While the university is governed by the Yale Corporation, each school’s faculty oversees its curriculum and degree programs. The university’s assets include an endowment valued at $30.3 billion as of September 2019, the second largest endowment of any educational institution in North America.  The Yale University Library, serving all constituent schools, holds more than 15 million volumes and is the third-largest academic library in the United States.

Yale College undergraduates follow a liberal arts curriculum with departmental majors and are organized into a social system of residential colleges. Almost all members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences – and some members of other faculties – teach undergraduate courses, more than 2,000 of which are offered annually.

In 2017, Yale accepted 2,285 students to the Class of 2021 out of 32,914 applicants, for an acceptance rate of 6.9%.  Approximately 98% of students graduate within six years.

Through its program of need-based financial aid, Yale commits to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all applicants. Most financial aid is in the form of grants and scholarships that do not need to be paid back to the university, and the average need-based aid grant for the Class of 2017 was $46,395.

For more information on the Yale women’s collegiate club team, contact Chloe Glass (chloe.glass@yale.edu).

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