The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies this week welcomed the 164 members of the Class of 2017, one of the most diverse and international groups of first-year students in the School’s 115-year history.
The incoming class includes 51 international students from 25 different countries, including Pakistan, Bhutan, Chile, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Colombia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and (two!) from Macedonia, as well as 26 U.S. states.
Their average age is 27.4, and they arrive at F&ES with an average of four years spent working in related fields. Four are Fulbright scholars.
The group also includes a diverse group of eight mid-career professionals who will share their many years of experience with the broader F&ES community.
Last week the first-year students completed the School's traditional summer modules, or MODs, the three-week orientation period when students learn skills critical to careers in environmental research, management, and policy — and become acquainted with one another. A cornerstone of the F&ES experience, MODs include fieldwork at the Yale Myers and Great Mountain forests and an urban ecosystem course conducted in the streets and green spaces of New Haven.
On Monday, F&ES Dean Peter Crane welcomed the group as they gathered for the start of academic orientation at Kroon Hall, urging them to become involved in the F&ES community and advising them how they can get the most out of their time at Yale.
“It is a exciting and inspiring to welcome this talented group of students to our school,” he said. “They come to F&ES from across the world with high ambitions to tackle the most pressing environmental challenges. I am confident that they will enrich and strengthen F&ES and that their time here will help prepare them to be the kind of leaders our world sorely needs.”