Introduction

All Yale-NUS students are sorted into one of the three Residential Colleges (RC), Saga, Elm, or Cendana, which they will call home for the rest of their college experience. Yale-NUS’ model for residential life, however, differs greatly from both Yale University’s and NUS’ model of residential living. At Yale-NUS, living on campus does not equate to a bed conveniently located near one’s classroom. RCs intentionally build intimate nested communities for every student to call home, and community members who will create shared memories that they will carry with for a long time, even after graduating from Yale-NUS. Every RC houses students across the four class years, and also tries to replicate the same diversity of student demographics that the entire college has. RCs also design and execute signature programmes to build a distinct RC culture. Living on campus grows students into independent and mature individuals who become accustomed to living with others who come from different countries or backgrounds. Residential living is one of the first places where Yale-NUS students learn to communicate interculturally, and resolve issues collectively.

Student Support

Each RC is led by a Rector and Assistant Dean (AD) of Students who are both faculty members of the college. Rectors design and create the academic culture for their own RC, and often invite high-profile academics and guests on campus to hold Rector’s Teas, which is an intimate gathering for students to learn more about the guest’s research or professional career. Assistant Deans are the primary academic advisors for students charting their academic careers in Yale-NUS, and also provide academic and wellness counselling for students in need. All first-year students will be assigned a Residential College Advisor (RCA), a junior or senior year student who will welcome them into college, participate in orientation, design community building programmes on campus, and be the first line of help for any kind of issue or problem. The sophomore, junior, and senior cohorts are each supported by a Residential Life Officer (RLO), typically a recent graduate from a liberal arts and sciences institution, who support the entire cohort for all their needs. Besides taking the lead on academic and wellness programming in the RC, they also provide academic counselling, follow-up care for mental and physical health crises, and serve on various committees in the Dean of Student’s Office. The RCAs, RLOs, and ADs are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help any student if the need arises on campus.

A Community of Living and Learning

Besides students, Rectors, Assistant Deans of Students, Residential Life Officers, and some faculty members also stay on campus to build a culture of living well and learning holistically in an intimate yet intercultural setting. Residential staff and faculty often meet students in the dining halls, courtyards, butteries, and other public spaces, which facilitates conversations and building relationships that carry on even after graduation. These staff and faculty members have deliberately chosen to live on campus as they take an active interest in student affairs, and brings them closer to supporting and mentoring students.

Vibrant Campus Life

The campus is always a hive of activity, and this is especially true once classes have ended for the day. Various events by independent student organisations begin after classes end, and many departments run their programmes after classes to accommodate student schedules. On a typical evening in Yale-NUS, a visitor walking through campus can easily find: an academic talk or panel, pre-professional workshops run by students, athletes training for a competition, a performing arts group rehearsing for their next show, the butteries serving home-cooked meals at affordable price with students hanging out while taking a break from studying, visual artists working in the studio, a meeting by leisure groups or a cultural club, social-identity groups offering support space for the community, writers working on their next article for publishing, or a group of friends up in a sky garden trying to coordinate a midnight birthday surprise for one of their suitemates!

To learn more about Residential College Life at Yale-NUS College, visit our Dean of Students website

A Day in the Life at Yale-NUS

Residential College Tour!

A Semester in the Life - Cora (2019)

Freshmen Voices: Meet Yanni!

A Day in the Life at Yale-NUS

Residential College Tour!

A Semester in the Life - Cora (2019)

Freshmen Voices: Meet Yanni!

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Calendar
OCT
01
DEC
11
Virtual Visit Day
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OCT
01
NOV
30
Application Tips Session
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OCT
01
NOV
30
International Info Sessions
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OCT
28
Double Degree Programme in Law and Liberal Arts Information Session
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OCT
01
DEC
11
Virtual Visit Day
Virtual Event
Interested in finding out more about Yale-NUS from the convenience of your home? Then sign up for our new Virtual Visit Day programme where we will bring the Yale-NUS experience directly to you! Virtual Visit Day is an hour-long webinar that brings you the best parts of a campus visit through an online platform. Each webinar will include: a short information session, a virtual campus tour, and the opportunity to chat with our current students through a themed panel. Please note that these webinars will be held in Singapore Standard Time (GMT+8). These sessions come at no charge, so all you need is an hour of time, internet access, and an open mind to explore what opportunities await at Yale-NUS College!
Locations and Dates
Panel Theme: Liberal Arts & Sciences
Oct 23
Panel Theme: Residential Life
Nov 06
Panel Theme: Campus Culture & Student Organisations
Dec 04
Panel Theme: From A Levels to Yale-NUS
Dec 11
OCT
01
NOV
30
Application Tips Session
Virtual Event
Confused about holistic admissions? Not sure what you need to include in a Yale-NUS application? Join us for a virtual session where a member of the Admissions team will guide participants through every part of the Yale-NUS application. This hour-long webinar will walk you through the holistic admissions process, as well as provide some tips for students as they begin their Yale-NUS application. Get insight, tips, and the opportunity to ask any of your questions!

Don't miss our upcoming special session with Director of Admissions, Jasmine Seah on Nov 13!


Personal Essay Workshop (Nov 20): Get expert writing advice from an Admissions Team member who will explain how you can make the most of your personal essay. Join us on the journey of crafting your story, and making your personality shine!
Locations and Dates
Special Session with Jasmine Seah, 5:00pm
Nov 13
Personal Essay Workshop, 5:00pm
Nov 20
OCT
01
NOV
30
International Info Sessions
Virtual Session
Wondering how the educational system in your country fits into the application process at Yale-NUS College? At this information session, Admissions Counsellors will share application information specific to you! This session includes a short presentation, a virtual campus tour, a sharing session by current Yale-NUS students, and a Q&A to wrap up the session. This session is for students who are currently schooled in the specified country. Families of students, and high school educators are also welcome to attend.
All event timings are in Singapore Standard Time (GMT +8).
Locations and Dates
Eastern Europe, 7.00pm
Oct 24
Western Europe/UK, 6:00pm
Oct 27
Malaysia, 4:00pm
Oct 28
Japan, 9.00pm
Oct 28
Australia & NZ, 5:00pm
Oct 29
Western Europe/UK, 5:00pm
Oct 31
Malaysia, 10:00am
Oct 31
Pakistan, 2:00pm
Nov 07
OCT
28
Double Degree Programme in Law and Liberal Arts Information Session
Virtual Event
Interested in studying law while pursuing the liberal arts and sciences? Attend this event to find out more about our five-year Double Degree Programme in Law and Liberal Arts. Learn more about the admission requirements, application process, scholarships and financial aid from our admissions representatives, and chat with current students and alumni about their experience in the Double Degree Programme. Registration information can be found here.
Locations and Dates
Info Session, 4.00pm
Oct 28