Pauli Murray College

Pauli Murray College[1] is a residential college for undergraduates of Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut.[2] The college, which opened to students in 2017, was designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects. It is named for Pauli Murray, an American civil and women's rights activist, Christian minister, and a 1965 graduate of Yale Law School.[3]

Pauli Murray College
Residential college at Yale University
Yale University
Coat of arms of Pauli Murray College
Location130 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06520
Coordinates41°18′56″N 72°55′32″W / 41.315508°N 72.925486°W / 41.315508; -72.925486Coordinates: 41°18′56″N 72°55′32″W / 41.315508°N 72.925486°W / 41.315508; -72.925486
Named forPauli Murray
ArchitectRobert A.M. Stern Architects
HeadTina Lu
DeanAlexander Rosas

The college's buildings reflect a modern revival of the Collegiate Gothic style. The college is located near Yale's Science Hill, Hillhouse Avenue, the Yale School of Management, and Grove Street Cemetery.


Pauli Murray, the namesake of the college

In 2008, Yale University president Rick Levin announced that the college had the resources to educate more students and thus would expand its enrollment by opening two new residential colleges for a total of fourteen.[4] Architectural models were unveiled by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in May 2009, featuring "a sampling of Gothic styles from across Yale’s campus," notably inspired by the early 20th-century buildings of James Gamble Rogers.[5] Construction began in the fall of 2014,[6] with an official groundbreaking ceremony in April 2015.[7] In April 2016, the university announced that the colleges would be named after Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin.[8]

Pauli Murray College is the northern of the two new colleges,[9] referred to as "North College" in some earlier documents.[10] When the colleges opened to students for the 2017-2018 academic year, they increased Yale's undergraduate capacity by 15 percent from 5,400 to 6,200 seats.[11]

Tina Lu, Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature, is the first head of Pauli Murray College,[1] and Alexander Rosas, the Associate Director of Graduate Programs at Yale Law School, is its first dean.[12][13]

The college's mascot is the lemur.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Heads of the two new residential colleges are named". Yale University. July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Yale retains Calhoun College's name, selects names for two new residential colleges, and changes title of 'master' in the residential colleges". YaleNews. Yale University. April 27, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "About Pauli Murray". Yale College. Pauli Murray College. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Lewin, Tamar (June 8, 2008). "Yale to Expand Undergraduate Enrollment by 15 Percent". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Stern unveils models of new colleges". Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Work begins on new colleges, unofficially". Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Construction of new residential colleges an 'affirmation of Yale's future'". YaleNews. April 17, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Remnick, Noah (April 27, 2016). "Yale Defies Calls to Rename Calhoun College". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  9. ^ Salovey, Peter (April 27, 2016). "Decisions on Residential College Names and "Master" Title". Yale University (Official Yale University Messages). Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "Architect's Renderings of the New Residential Colleges" (pdf). Yale University. April 15, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Anderson, Nick (December 21, 2016). "Yale set for biggest expansion in 40 years". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286.
  12. ^ "Deans announced for Ben Franklin, Pauli Murray".
  13. ^ "Deans for Murray and Franklin colleges announced". Yale News. December 9, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "We are officially the Pauli Murray Lemurs! | Pauli Murray College". Retrieved December 21, 2017.

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