Yale Alumni College
Yale Alumni College (YACOL) offers courses in a variety of locations throughout the U.S. in the fall and spring semesters. This program presents a unique learning environment for Yale alumni, family, and friends, including:
- Exceptional faculty (either Yale professors or Yale alumni who teach in the area)
- Highly motivated classmates who share a passion for lifelong learning
- Small seminar format to encourage participation and discussion, with no more than 25 students per class
- Cultural outings with students from all classes to share the learning experience
Since its inception in 2012, Yale Alumni College has welcomed more than 1,000 alumni, family, and friends, and featured more than 100 courses at nine different locations, including Atlanta, New Haven, New York, Princeton, Washington, D.C., and more.
Yale Alumni College is an educational program that is open to all Yale alumni and your families and friends. This program provides a way for you to reconnect with Yale in a far deeper and more meaningful way – through a seminar setting with the vigor of a Yale classroom and the experience and wisdom of 20 or so fellow scholars.
So whether you want to rediscover a subject from long ago or finally take that course you never had time for while at Yale, Yale Alumni College can offer that opportunity.
Spring 2020 Courses: COVID-19 Update
Due to concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are making adjustments to our spring programming, postponing or canceling some classes and transitioning the remaining ones to online courses. We are updating that information on our courses as we learn of new developments. If you have further questions, please email Sharon Small in the YAA's Lifelong Learning and Travel department or check with your course instructor as to how your particular class is moving forward.
Courses: Spring 2020
Professor Seth Green
Professor Graziella di Tullio Zinn
Professor Hugh Flick
Professor Murray Biggs
Rabbi James Ponet
Professor Marcus Rathey
Professor Lydia Martin
Professor Peter Conolly-Smith
Professor Christine Curtis
Professor Reuven Russell
Professor Jeff Nunokawa
Professor Thomas Stanton
Looking for a sampling of past Yale Alumni College courses? We have them here for you, broken down by subject area and with notes about location and professors.
"The program is an excellent way of engaging Yalies in selected locations with some of the best professors in the world. They are the world experts in their fields. It is a great way for Yale to reach out to its alums with something very special." -John Wellemeyer '59 (Fall 2018, Princeton)
"The short story course I took as part of the Yale Alumni College Program was in my opinion the ideal alumni activity: I learned a great deal, met alums I didn't already know, engaged in meaningful conversation and left each evening very proud of being a Yalie. I cannot wait to take another class." -Julia Levy ’81 (Spring 2017, Atlanta)
"The course exceeded my expectations. The professor was excellent – she not only was a deep subject matter expert on the topic, she also did a great job facilitating the discussion. I appreciate the opportunity to have this caliber of learning and intellectual discussion with other alumni." -Ann Manikas ’93 (Fall 2018, Chicago)
"I highly recommend the class. The amount reading for each class was reasonable, the professor was really engaging, [and] the discussions were extremely interesting both from a strategic thinking and historical standpoint. I would sign up again without hesitation." -Anthony Allard ’07 (Fall 2018, Washington D.C.)