About the Program

Cultural Connections began as the Puerto Rican Orientation Program in the 1970s, and as the needs of students of color changed on Yale’s campus, the program was renamed the Pre-Registration Orientation Program. In 1999, the pre-orientation program became Cultural Connections, and in 2004, the program was opened to all students. Each year, we host approximately 125 first year students during late August.

Our activities include an introduction to academic and co-curricular resources; presentations on campus life by ethnic counselors and current students; visits to local points of interest, and events showcasing the talent of program participants. CC creates a network of friends for program participants and introduces students to the various university support systems.

Many students come to Yale from a variety of towns, cities and neighborhoods. Cultural Connections is designed to help assist in your transition from high school to college. Our group of CC Aides, generally sophomores and juniors, are chosen for their familiarity with Yale’s resources, willingness to serve as an older brother/sister to incoming freshmen, and for their diverse interests (academic, community, extracurricular, etc.). These Aides serve as program staff during our five-day program and not only assist us in day-to-day logistics, but more importantly, help create a friendly atmosphere for our incoming freshmen.


Program Dates

Cultural Connections will run from Saturday, August 19 through Thursday, August 24, 2017. Application deadline to Cultural Connections 2017 is Saturday July 1st.


Housing and Meals

Room and board will be provided for the duration of the program beginning with dinner on Saturday, August 19 (parents are welcome to join us for dinner that night). All CC participants will be housed together on the Old Campus and will move directly into their permanent rooms at the end of the program.


Cost of the Program

The cost of the program is $200. This covers your housing and all of your meals for the duration of the program. FULL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL STUDENTS ON FINANCIAL AID (note: these scholarships do not cover the cost of your transportation to Yale). This means that if you are on financial aid, you simply need to submit the CC application to our office. If you are not on financial aid, your student account will be billed $200 automatically at the end of the program.