• Payne Whitney Gymnasium

    Payne Whitney Gymnasium is a Collegiate Gothic building constructed in 1932. At twelve acres, it is the largest gymnasium in the nation and one of the most elaborate and complete indoor athletic facilities in the world. The Lanman Center addition (1999) includes basketball, volleyball, badminton, and squash courts, a one-eighth-mile indoor running track, and the only all-glass-wall court in the country.

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    Old Campus

    The Old Campus quadrangle on the block west of the New Haven Green features a large courtyard, long walkways, and a grand entrance from the green at Phelps Gate. Among its dormitories, classrooms, chapels, and offices is Yale’s (and New Haven’s) oldest building, Connecticut Hall (1750–52).

  • Harkness Tower

    Harkness Memorial Tower, completed in 1921, was at the time the tallest (216 feet) freestanding masonry tower in the country. This prominent Yale icon contains a 54-bell carillon that is played daily by student and professional carillonneurs.

  • The Commons Dining Hall


    Commons was built in 1901–02 to serve as the dining hall for the entire University. It is now the freshman dining hall and cafeteria for faculty and staff. Commons covers 60,859 square feet and seats 1,200.

  • Sterling Memorial Library

    Sterling Memorial Library was completed in 1930. It is a Collegiate Gothic building with a dramatic nave and other features reminiscent of the great cathedrals of Europe. The library is so designed that all public reading rooms and departments are on the entrance floor; the stacks occupy sixteen floors in the tower.

  • Woolsey Hall

    Woolsey Hall, built in 1901–02 to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of Yale, is the University’s main auditorium, with a seating capacity of 2,700.

  • Yale Bowl

    The Yale Bowl, which opened on November 21, 1914, is a truly spectacular football stadium: 930 feet long, 750 feet wide, covering 12 1/2 acres. It has a seating capacity of 61,446, and every seat has an unobstructed view of the playing field.

About Us

Yale’s Campus Includes a Wide Range of
Architecture and Landscapes Old and New

Styles range from New England Colonial to High Victorian Gothic, from Georgian to contemporary.

Yale’s buildings, towers, lawns, courtyards, walkways, gates, and arches, on a central campus that covers 342 acres, comprise what one architecture critic has called “the most beautiful urban campus in America.” More than 275 buildings include contributions from distinguished architects of every period in Yale’s history. The University also maintains over 120 acres of athletic fields and 515 acres of golf course and natural preserves.  There are another 20 buildings and 136 acres at the newly acquired West Campus located in West Haven and Orange.

Television and Commercial Photography

Yale will consider requests to shoot for television, or commercial photography, provided that all requirements of the Film and Photography Guidelines are met and the filming does not interfere with the educational mission of the University.  Production companies must work directly with the Marketing and Trademark Licensing Office and their work is subject to fees.