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The Eli Whitney Students Program
is an admissions program designed to attract students from non-traditional backgrounds to Yale College
Yale College was the official name of Yale University from 1718 to 1887. The name now refers to the undergraduate part of the university. Each undergraduate student is assigned to one of 12 residential colleges.-Residential colleges:...
. Students admitted through the program study either part or full-time and receive either a B.A. or a B.S. from Yale College. The program is different from Yale College's Non-Degree Students Program, which enrolls students into Yale College for credit but does not allow them to receive a Yale University
Yale University is a private, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States...
degree; students in the Non-Degree Program may only take a maximum of 18 credits at Yale.
Started in 1982 for students who do not attend college at the traditional age, the Eli Whitney Students Program typically admits anywhere from two to eight students each academic year. In 2007 it admitted two and in 2009 it admitted eight. For the 2010-11 year, it admitted five students out of a pool of over 120 applicants.
Unlike other non-traditional student programs such as Harvard Extension School
Harvard University Extension School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the thirteen degree-granting schools of Harvard University and is part of the Division of Continuing Education.-Origins:...
, Eli Whitney students take all of their classes, and receive most of their advising, within Yale College. The Eli Whitney Students Program serves strictly as an admissions program; with the exception of being required to live off campus, once admitted, Eli Whitney Students receive exactly the same residential college and university services provided to traditional Yale College students, have complete access to Yale facilities, student organizations and libraries, and receive the same degree awarded from Yale College. Eli Whitney students are fully eligible for Yale's need-based financial aid up to the cost of tuition.
Admissions standards used to evaluate Eli Whitney students mirror those applied to traditional Yale college applicants. However, while Eli Whitney candidates are subject to the same academic standards as regular Yale College candidates, in assessing more mature candidates, greater weight is given to achievement than to potential. In contrast to the traditional student application, an interview is required and granted to only a small number of applicants.
The program gets its name from the inventor Eli Whitney
Eli Whitney was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the Antebellum South...
, who in 1789 at the age of 23, matriculated into Yale College.