Shortly after establishing themselves in the new world, clergymen began to look towards the future and began to organize for a college to continue the tradition of European education. In 1701 a charter for Yale was granted and it opened its doors the following year. It took a few years to find its present location in New Haven but quickly took off. The Revolutionary War did nothing to quell the growth of the school and by the early 1800s it was adding the schools of Medicine, Divinity, Law, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.So many figures from history have graduated or been involved in Yale that in a very real way it has left its mark on major events since its inception. In 1930 Yale took on the organizational structure of medieval universities such as Oxford and Cambridge dividing itself into more manageable and intimate colleges in the undergraduate section. Each residential college has about 450 students and can offer the attention of a smaller institution with the benefits of a large university. Yale's international presence began early with the first foreign student attending in the 1830s, and it has grown not only in its international student body but in its global presence since then becoming a highly recognized institution. Some of our foremost thinkers, leaders, artists, and innovators have come from this school, such as Nobel laureates Paul Krugman and Sinclair Lewis, Pulitzer prize winners Garry Trudeau, Thornton Wilder, and Bob Woodward, the inventors Eli Whitney and Samuel Morse, as well as famous actors such as Jodie Foster and Frances McDormand. For more helpful and excellent information for your college and university search, check us out at About.com.
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