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Yale will increase its undergraduate enrollment by 15 percent, or 200 students per class, with the addition of two new residential colleges, according to Yale's website.

The colleges mark the first expansion of the residential college system since 1961, bringing the total number of colleges up to 14, and the enrollment increase will significantly increase the student body for the first time since Yale became co-ed in 1969.

At a ceremony on April 16, Yale president Peter Salovey, Yale president emeritus Richard C. Levin, university leaders, alumni benefactors, New Haven city officials and project team members celebrated the construction. The speakers described how the project builds on Yale’s history in the present to prepare for the future.

“In the buildings taking shape just across the street, we can see a future with hundreds more Yale undergraduates each year — students who will be innovators, citizens, leaders,” Salovey said.

Ed Bass, a leader on the Yale Corporation, Yale’s governing board, said the new colleges reaffirm the university’s commitment to transmitting fundamental values over the generations, including the dedication of knowledge to the benefit of mankind.

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