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Yale Campus Tours: All Your Options on How to Tour Yale University


(Updated October 2022, Originally Posted March 2021) Whether you’re visiting New Haven as a tourist or as a prospective student, touring Yale’s incredible campus in the heart of the city is one of the best (and free) activities to do here. Catch a glimpse into what life is like as a student at this world-class institution and soak in the bustling atmosphere of thriving campus life.  Yale’s official campus tours are the perfect opportunity to find out what student life is like, what campus clubs are available and what special features each college has to offer.

Here are 4 key pieces of advice for taking a tour at Yale University:

  1. Get there early to ensure you have a spot on the tour!
  2. Dress appropriately for outdoor touring.
  3. Go to the restrooms in the Visitor Center or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before your tour begins. The 60-75 minute tours don’t have pit stops!
  4. Speak to your student guides. They are super friendly and are happy to answer your questions about their experiences.
student tours of Yale

Tour as a prospective student

Take in the sights of Yale’s campus through the eyes of a residing student and see if you can imagine yourself becoming one! September through May, Monday through Saturday, you can tour the residential colleges, libraries, green spaces and historical landmarks all while chatting with your student guide.

The university also offers specialized science and engineering tours that are led by students studying in those fields. Find out about the exciting programs, projects and research currently taking place in their labs.

All the sessions for prospective Yalies start at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (38 Hillhouse Ave). If you’re walking there from New Haven Green, stop at the Blue State Coffee on Wall Street, a student hot spot opposite Silliman College, for a drink to go!

Alongside tours, there are many admissions events that you can join throughout the year including visiting a class and requesting an on-campus interview. Check out the admissions website for schedules and registration.

Tour as a visitor

From the Visitor Center on one side of New Haven Green (149 Elm Street), you can take your spot on one of the campus tours.  The tour starts with a very informative and playful video that gives a broad overview of what this university has to offer its students.  This 60-minute walking tour covers central campus and shares plenty of interesting details about Yale’s 300-year history as well as what life is like through the eyes of the student guide. Take a look in one of the 14 residential colleges, the impressive record-breaking libraries and walk the paths previously taken by Yale’s many famous alumni.

One of the best parts of the walking tours is getting to hear from the student guides!  Take advantage of your time to ask them questions and hear about their classes, extra-curriculars and student life in New Haven. Wondering where to go next for a snack or directions around the downtown area? Your guide will be happy to help!

Tours during the current COVID pandemic (updated July 2022)

Yale University once again offers in person tours! COVID-19 vaccination is required for visitors 5 and older.

You can book a tour online to register for a campus tour.

Whether it’s in person or virtual, Yale University is an impressive place to visit. When you get the chance, I highly recommend enjoying the sights in person! Even if it’s not through an official tour, Yale’s campus is a beautiful place to walk through all year round.

Frequently Asked Questions About Touring Yale University

Yes! You will need to have prior reservations. If you are a group of 10 or more you will need to schedule a private tour.
Yes, Yale has accomodations for people with special needs including hearing devices and interpreters. Please be sure to notify the office in advance.
For the individual, it's free. For any private tour group it will be $50.
They do, and it's quite fascinating. Visit https://admissions.yale.edu/virtual-tour#virtualtour and choose from their Yale Campus Tour, Residential Colleges Tour and Science Tour.
Yale University offers tours and allows you to explore their historic campus and community. You will need to register first if you'd like to take a tour and visitors must be invited by a university host. View the Yale Visitors policy for more information.
Yale University has an app you can use to explore Yale on your own! It's called the Yale Admissions Campus Tour.

Please note: This post is for informational purposes only. Yale Tours are handled by Yale University and are subject to change according to the season. Please visit their website (listed above) if there is any questions.