Yale University Mission Statement

Like all great research universities, Yale has a tripartite mission: to create, preserve, and disseminate knowledge. Yale aims to carry out each part of its mission at the highest level of excellence, on par with the best institutions in the world. Yale seeks to attract a diverse group of exceptionally talented men and women from across the nation and around the world and to educate them for leadership in scholarship, the professions, and society.

As Yalies, it is our responsibility to put forth out best effort to contribute towards our university’s mission. In additional to other ventures, YCSD engages in 3 standing community events every year:




Think Globally, Act Locally. For God, For Country, and For Yale!

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How is your community different because Yale alumni lived there?

From Dwight Hall’s student-led community based programs to the highest levels of government service, Yale alumni have risen to the challenge to ‘change the world,’ and indeed many are doing just that as volunteers for Yale, or in their professional lives in the nonprofit sector, or by serving on boards of foundations, or as elected officials, or by giving of their intellect and creative energy to volunteer community projects.

The Yale Day of Service is held every year on the second Saturday in May with the goal that Yale alumni around the world will come together on or around that day to serve their local communities.

This year, on May 12th, the Yale Club of San Diego prepped and served breakfast at Father Joe’s Villages in downtown San Diego, with volunteers ranging from the class of 1964 to the incoming class of 2022. To learn more, please click on the Yale Day of Service Website button below or contact our Community Service Chair Megan Schirmacher ’93 at

Visit the Yale Day of Service Website

Largest active alumni group at Yale with over 12,000 volunteers and 270 committees world-wide.

Alumni Schools Committee

The Alumni School Committee (ASC) is a committee established in most Yale Clubs around the nation and the world to support the Admissions office and the local students who are applying to Yale. Very often, as is the case with San Diego, the city is perhaps too far from New Haven for applicants to visit the Yale Campus. Interviewing with local Yale alumni offers the Yale applicant a way of getting to know a personal side of Yale without having to travel across the country.

Visit Yale ASC Website



Recognize outstanding juniors in local secondary schools by
sponsoring a Yale Book Award

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Each year in May, the Yale Club of San Diego presents the Yale Book Award to outstanding juniors attending public and private high schools in San Diego.

Recipients are selected by participating schools based on the following criteria:

  • The student must be in the current Junior Class,
  • The student should be in the top 2-3 % of the class,
  • The student should have leadership skills,
  • The student should be an “All-American,” demonstrating outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.

The schools currently participating in the program are (in alphabetical order): 

  • Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP)
  • The Bishop’s School
  • Canyon Crest Academy
  • Coronado High School
  • High Tech High
  • La Jolla Country Day
  • Mount Carmel High School
  • Pacific Ridge School
  • Patrick Henry High School
  • Point Loma High School
  • The Preuss School UCSD
  • San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts
  • San Dieguito Academy
  • Santa Fe Christian Schools
  • Scripps Ranch High School
  • St. Augustine High School
  • Torrey Pines High School

Please contact if you would like to donate $30 toward a Yale Book Award and/or attend our book award ceremony to meet the honorees, or for information on how you can participate in the Yale Book Award Committee.


Yale Book Award