Grace Hopper College – founded as Calhoun College in 1933 and renamed in honor of Grace Hopper ‘30 M.A., ‘34 Ph.D. in 2017 – is one of the smaller residential colleges. But don’t let that fool you! Its size encourages tight-knit community, and its central location and intimate space make it a wonderful place to be.
The college boasts a wide array of facilities, including a cabaret; dance studio; recording studio and music practice rooms; ceramics studio and art room; fitness and weight facilities; student kitchen, and the casual Dolphin Den (to name a few). Hopper students can also be found playing pool in the Buttery or cozying up with a good book in our beautiful library.
But by far the best part of Grace Hopper College is the people. Hopper students are involved in everything the university and city have to offer, whether leading New Haven service trips, rocking Yale’s halls in music groups, or playing on the intramural fields. So students are busy, but that doesn’t detract from the sense of community—for all four undergraduate years, Hopper is a home away from home. Hopper students are friendly, curious, and encouraging, look out for each other and work together.
That description matches our Head of College and residential college Dean as well. The Head and Dean shape community and its engagement with its complex history and the world outside its gates. The staff of the College goes above and beyond to make the College even more unique, from organizing special meals in the Roosevelt L. Thompson Dining Hall to working with students to throw events like HoppFest or September Soiree.
2017-18 was the baptismal academic year of Grace Hopper College. With a fascinating history, so many interesting people within its walls, and such dynamism, diversity and spirit, we have already enjoyed six wonderful inaugural years! We enter our septennial anniversary year with equal enthusiam and excitement.