1.     Berkeley College
  2.     Branford College
  3.     Calhoun College
  4.     Davenport College
  5.     Jonathan Edwards College

*When reading this list, we ask you to please keep in mind that each one of Yale’s residential colleges is unique and beautiful in its own way. The twelve colleges differ in architectural style and size, but every one of them features state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant community where academics and friendship are held above all else. The structure of this list was very constraining in that the rankings were based entirely on the alphabetical order of the colleges. In no way were they based off the experiences one would have in any of the residential college: the quality of life and vibrancy of Berkeley, Branford, Calhoun, Davenport, Jonathan Edwards, Morse, Pierson, Saybrook, Silliman, Stiles, Timothy Dwight and Trumbull are wonderful and will surely guide a student along the path needed for him or her to excel at Yale and to lead a successful and prosperous life after graduating.

—J. Houston