With all of the opportunities available and people to meet over the next four years, coming to Yale is exciting - but the unknown may create a little anxiety for new students. Everyone looks forward to successfully adjusting to the Yale environment and culture so that they can call this place their second home.

To aid in this process, the Cultural Connections program (CC) was designed to introduce first-years to Yale’s cultural resources as well as to explore the diversity of student experiences on the Yale campus, with emphasis on the experiences of traditionally underrepresented students and issues related to racial identity.

For over 40 years, first-year students have participated in an exciting multi-day program of engaging activities intended to facilitate their transition to Yale alongside their peers, CC Counselors (upperclassmen, many of whom have participated in CC before), and many members of the Yale staff. Activities include CC Poetry Jam, CC Olympics, CC Talent Show, and opportunities to interact with faculty, Yale’s cultural centers, and more. 

“Without CC, I wouldn’t know the Yale that I know. The CC community was my first home, and it will be always be the one I come back to.” - Esul Burton, YC 2020

We hope that you will join us! Follow us on Instagram @YaleCulturalConnections

CC ‘24 will take place August 21 - 25, 2024!

  • Application opens May 1, 2024
  • Application deadline is May 9, 2024
  • Registration link for all CYPs will be sent to you.

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