Benjamin Franklin College is a residential college for
Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut. It opened to
students for the 2017 academic year.
Benjamin Franklin, namesake of the college
Yale University President
Rick Levin announced that the
college had the resources to educate more students and thus would
expand its enrollment by opening two new residential colleges for a
total of fourteen. Architectural models were unveiled by Robert
A.M. Stern Architects in May 2009, featuring "a sampling of Gothic
styles from across Yale’s campus," notably inspired by the early
20th-century buildings of James Gamble Rogers. Construction began
in the fall of 2014, with an official groundbreaking ceremony in
April 2015. In April 2016, the university announced that the
colleges would be named after
Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin was chosen at the behest of Charles B. Johnson, class of
1954, who had made the single largest gift in Yale's history. Johnson
saw Franklin as a personal role model and was the chairman of Franklin
Templeton Investments, a global investment firm named after Franklin.
Johnson asked for its consideration but did not stipulate that Yale
use the name. The naming decision was met with an outcry by
students and faculty.
Benjamin Franklin College is the southern of the two new colleges,
referred to as "South College" in some earlier documents. Upon
their opening to students for the 2017 academic year, the two colleges
increased Yale's undergraduate capacity by 15 percent from 5,400 to
A. Bartlett Giamatti
A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Astronomy and
Physics, is the first head of
Benjamin Franklin College, and Jessie
Hill, the former dean of Silliman College, is its first dean.
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^ "Deans for Murray and Franklin colleges announced". Yale News.
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