Tours

To guard against the spread of COVID-19, the Yale Visitor Center will remain closed until further notice.

View admissions tours and information sessions for prospective undergraduate students

Guided Tours

Tour schedule

To guard against the spread of COVID -19 The Yale Visitor Center will remain closed until further notice.

Yale College students provide a glimpse into the history and architecture of the University. The tours start at the Yale Visitor Center at 149 Elm Street New Haven, CT 06511. Hear about Yale’s rich 300-year history and aspects of student life at several of Yale’s fourteen 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 approximately 1 hour. Groups of 10 or more visiting the campus are required to schedule a private tour (see below). All private tour company groups, regardless of size, are require to schedule a private tour. A video about campus life is offered 10 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.  All tours, information sessions and forums at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions have been canceled until further notice to guard against the spread of COVID-19. 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.

Tour Accessibility

The Yale Visitor Center wants to make certain that individuals with special needs will be able to access all of the programs and tours scheduled through the center.

If you or a member of your group believe that they will require a specific accommodation, please notify the visitor center as soon as possible.

Accommodations such as assistive listening devices and interpreters may be arranged by contacting the office at 203-432-2302. Please make this request at least 2 weeks in advance of the date needed.

Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours offer five different tour experiences you can choose from: Campus, Science, Engineering, Athletics, Residential Colleges. Take one or all of these tours and experience Yale. Take a virtual tour of Yale Campus.

Private Tours/Special Groups by Appointment

Groups of 10 or more visiting the campus are required to  schedule a private tour. All private tour company groups, regardless of size, are require to schedule a private tour.  For each group of up to 25 people, there will be a $40 fee. Private tours may also be arranged for individuals or smaller groups. Tour requests may be made by calling 203-432-2302. 

Foreign Language Tours

International groups can request to have a tour given in a foreign language by contacting the Visitor Center at 203-432-2302. There is a $40 fee per guide. One guide is appropriate for up to 25 people.

Yale’s West Campus

Learn more about Yale’s West Campus, by visiting the  West Campus website. Located 7 miles west of downtown New Haven on 136 acres, the campus includes 1.6 million square feet of research, office, and warehouse space that provides opportunities to enhance the University’s medical and scientific research and other academic programs. Click here to take a virtual tour of West Campus.

Yale Architecture, Public Art, Sustainability and Women at Yale

You can explore information online at Architecture of YalePublic Art at Yale, Sustainability at Yale and Women at Yale.

Kids’ Architectural Treasure Hunt

Parents taking the campus tour with children ages 6-11 can request a brochure that encourages the children to hunt for architectural details and designs. Group tours for the treasure hunt can be arranged by calling 203-432-2302.