Yale-NUS Facts

Background and history

  • Established in: 2011
  • Founding institutions: Yale University and the National University of Singapore
  • Length of study: 4 years in a residential college
  • Location: 16 College Avenue West, #01-220, Singapore 138527
  • College community: Approximately 250 Students per Class, 130 Faculty, 180 Staff
  • Vision and Mission:
    A community of learning,
    Founded by two great universities,
    In Asia, for the world.


  • Basis for selection: We practise holistic admissions. We read every application thoroughly and consider the following attributes in applicants in order to build a diverse class:
    • Academic achievement
    • Intellectual curiosity
    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Global mindedness
    • Leadership
    • Community engagement
    • A sense of adventure

For more details, please refer to: Admissions & Financial Aid

Student Body

  • Male students: 46%
  • Female students: 54%
  • Singaporean – Permanent Resident and International students ratio: Approximately 50:50
  • Student-Faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Average class size: 18-20
  • Common curriculum: Yes, 31% of total curriculum
  • Majors:
    • Anthropology
    • Arts & Humanities
    • Economics
    • Environmental Studies
    • Global Affairs
    • History
    • Life Sciences
    • Literature
    • Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences
    • Philosophy
    • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    • Physical Sciences
    • Psychology
    • Urban Studies
  • Independent Minors:
    • Chinese Studies
    • Global Antiquity


  • 626 students from the College’s first four cohorts have graduated, and are living and working across five continents in cities as diverse as Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai and Stockholm, in addition to Singapore. 513 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and 113 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours.

Graduate Employment and Postgraduate Studies

  • 2020 graduates:
      • 187 students
      • Employment rate: 90.9%
      • Median gross starting salary: S$4,038

    Across our four graduate cohorts, approximately 13 per cent went on to pursue Master’s and PhD programmes in the world’s top institutions, such as Johns Hopkins University, London School of Economics, Stanford University, National University of Singapore (NUS), Tsinghua University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and Yale University.

    Employment and salary data is based on the 2020 Joint Graduate Employment Survey[1]. For more information on our alumni, please go to: Meet our Alumni

    [1] The Joint Graduate Employment Survey is conducted by the six Autonomous Universities (NTU, NUS, SIT, SMU, SUSS and SUTD) every year to collect information on the employment status of graduates around six months after the completion of their final examinations.


  • Tuition fees AY2021/22:
Singapore Citizens Singapore PRs International Citizens
With Tuition Grant Without Tuition Grant
(with GST)
With Tuition Grant
(with GST)
Without Tuition Grant
(with GST)
Tuition Fees S$20,750 S$29,750 S$31,850 S$45,500 S$45,500
Residential College Fees S$9,050 S$9,050 S$9,050 S$9,050 S$9,050
Miscellaneous Student Fees S$241 S$241 S$241 S$363 S$363
Supplementary Fee  – S$19,650  – S$19,650
Total Fees S$30,041 S$39,041 S$60,791 S$54,913 S$74,563

Residential Colleges (RCs) and the new campus

  • Yale-NUS is a four-year residential college. Students live in and become active members of the three residential colleges during their four years.
  • Our campus, located next to NUS University Town, spans 63,238 square meters and includes:
    • 3 courtyards
    • 32 sky gardens
    • Sports hall and fitness centre
    • Amphitheatre, costume shop and music practice rooms
    • Multimedia Hub
    • Art and dance studios and science labs
    • Black box theatre

Campus Architecture and Design Awards

  • 2020: Winner (Facilities Management) of the Building Performance Awards, awarded by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
  • 2019: Winner (Energy Efficient Building – Tropical building) of the ASEAN Energy Awards, awarded by ASEAN Centre for Energy
  • 2018: Green Mark Platinum recertification, awarded by Building and Construction Authority
  • 2017: Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF) re-certification, awarded by National Parks Board (NParks)
  • 2016: International Architecture Award, awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
  • 2014: Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF) certification, awarded by National Parks Board (NParks)
  • 2013: Green Mark Platinum Award, awarded by Building and Construction Authority

Governing Board and College Leadership

Governing Board College Leadership
Chair: Mdm Kay Kuok Oon Kwong
Director, Shangri-La Hotel Limited, Singapore

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee
Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Ms Chong Siak Ching
Chief Executive Officer, National Gallery Singapore

Professor Marvin M Chun
Dean, Yale College and the Richard M Colgate Professor of Psychology, USA

Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS
President, Oak Spring Garden Foundation and Senior Research Scientist, School of the Environment, Yale University, USA

Mr Nelson W Cunningham
President and Co-founder, McLarty Associates, USA

Professor Catharine Bond Hill
Managing Director, Ithaka S + R, USA

Ms Melissa Khoo
Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Education, Singapore

Professor Richard C Levin
President Emeritus, Yale University and Senior Advisor, Coursera, USA

Ms Linda K Lorimer
Senior Counselor to the President and Provost (ret.), Yale University, USA

Professor Peter Salovey
President, Yale University, USA

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan
Chief Health Scientist and Executive Director, Office for Healthcare Transformation, Ministry of Health, Singapore

Professor Tan Eng Chye
President, National University of Singapore

Mr Tan Wah Yeow
Non-Resident Ambassador (Norway), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Professor Tan Tai Yong
National University of Singapore, BA (Hons) (First Class), MA; University of Cambridge, PhD

Professor Joanne Roberts
Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs)
University of Waterloo, BA; Queen’s University, MA, PhD

Ms Kristen Lynas
Executive Vice President (Administration)
University of Michigan, BA; University of Chicago, MBA

Dr Trisha Craig
Vice President (Engagement)
Swarthmore College, BA; Yale University, MA, PhD

Professor Jeannette Ickovics
Dean of Faculty
Muhlenberg College, BA; George Washington University, PhD

Ms Laura Severin
Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid
Dickinson College, BA

Mr Ronald Milne
Dean of Educational Resources & Technology
University of Edinburgh, MA (Hons); University College London, MA; University of Oxford, MA

Dr Dave Stanfield
Dean of Students
Texas A&M University, BBA; Miami University, MSc; Boston College, PhD

For more information on our Governing Board, please go to: Yale-NUS College Governing Board

For more information on our Leadership, please go to: Yale-NUS College Leadership

Updated: March 2021