On June 6, 2008, members of the Yale Corporation convened in New Haven for their June meeting and the long-anticipated vote on the expansion of Yale College. With their unanimous assent, two new residential colleges were approved for construction, a move that will allow Yale to expand the undergraduate student body by about 15 percent.
Currently, more than 29,000 men and women apply each year for the 1,300 places in Yale’s freshman class. The added colleges will permit the University to admit about 200 more students in every class, while maintaining Yale College’s standards of academic and personal excellence. The remaining capacity will be used to ease overcrowding in Yale’s existing facilities.