Yale Tours

Guided Tours

Yale College students provide a glimpse into the history and architecture of the University. The tours start at the Yale Visitor Center at the address listed below. Hear about Yale’s rich 300-year history and aspects of student life at several of Yale’s twelve residential colleges. The tour also includes the Gothic Sterling Memorial Library, Yale’s largest, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Constructed with more than one hundred panels of translucent marble, the Beinecke is home to one of the world’s preeminent collections of rare materials, including the Gutenberg Bible.


Tours depart from the Visitor Center (149 Elm Street), cover the central campus area, and last between 1 hour and 1 hour and 15 minutes. Groups of 10 or more visiting the campus are required to schedule a private tour (see their website). A video about campus life is offered 15 minutes before each of these scheduled tours. Please note that the Visitor Center does not offer information sessions. Information sessions are held at the Undergraduate Admissions Office.


Student Tours for Prospective Undergraduates
Please note that the Visitor Center provides campus tours that are geared toward a broad audience of visitors. Undergraduate Admissions also provides separate tours. If you are a prospective undergraduate student you should consider attending an Undergraduate Admissions tour at Yale Admissions if possible. Tours for prospective undergraduates depart from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions located at 38  Hillhouse Avenue. Check the Admissions website for the prospective undergraduate tour schedule.


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