Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and is a member of the Ivy League. Particularly well-known are its undergraduate school, Yale College, and the Yale Law School, each of which has produced a number of U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state. In 1861, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences became the first school in the United States to award the Ph.D. degree. Also notable is the Yale School of Drama which has produced many prominent Hollywood and Broadway actors, as well as the art, music, medical and architecture schools, each of which is often cited as among the finest in their respective fields.
The school mascot is "Handsome Dan," the famous Yale bulldog, and the Yale fight song (written by alumnus Cole Porter) contains the refrain, "Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow." The school color is Yale Blue.
Yale has won four Ivy League championships - 1957, 1962, 1963 and 2002.
- The Bulldogs captured the first official Ivy League title in 1957 as they finished 12-2 and lost to eventual national champion North Carolina, 90-74, in the NCAA East Regional.
- The 1962 club finished 13-1 in Ivy play, but lost in overtime to Wake Forest, 92-82, in the East Regional.
- The 1963 team tied Princeton for the Ivy title with an 11-3 record, but fell to the Tigers in a playoff, 65-53.
- In 2002, the Bulldogs were part of the first three-way tie in Ivy history. Yale beat Princeton 76-60 in the first Ivy playoff game, but fell to Pennsylvania 77-58 in the game to determine the NCAA berth.
Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League Champions
Before the official formation of the Ivy League, there was the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League - the forerunner to the Ivy Group. Yale won eight EIBL titles - 1902, 1903, 1907, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1933 and 1949.