A hallmark of the residential college system, the Freshman Counselor program pairs Yale College seniors with a group of first-year students, helping them make the transition to college and to Yale. FroCos live in residential college dorms with their students, helping them navigate academic, social, and cultural life in Yale College. FroCos work closely with residential college deans and receive training and support from the Yale College Dean’s Office.
Peer liaisons are Yale College sophomores, juniors, and seniors who help first-year students navigate the specific resources available from the following offices:
- Chaplain’s Office
- Afro-American Cultural Center
- Asian American Cultural Center
- Office of International Students and Scholars
- La Casa Cultural
- Office of LGBTQ Resources
- Native American Cultural Center
Trained by the Office of LGBTQ Resources, Queer Peers Graduate and Professional Counselors (QP/GPs) provide support to graduate and professional students, advising on a number of issues faced by LGBTQ and gender non-conforming community members. QP/GPs study at various graduate and professional schools on campus; you may choose to speak with someone from your school or from another. For a list of Queer Peers, visit the link below.
One of the oldest undergraduate peer counseling organizations in the U.S., Walden Peer Counseling is an anonymous and confidential hotline and walk-in peer counseling service staffed by Yale students and advised by Dr. Carole Goldberg. Though Walden Counselors do not give advice, and offer a one-time service, they are available to talk through issues and to refer students to helpful resources at the university. Walden’s services are available to all undergraduates every night that school is in session during the academic year, either in-person at the Walden office from 8 p.m.