The undergraduate and graduate programs in Yale University focus on the liberal curriculum. 5,200 undergraduate students specialize in 70 majors, with the proportion of 20% to sciences, 35% to social sciences and 45% to the humanities and art. The majority of undergraduate courses enroll fewer than 20 students. Yale's graduate programs in drama, art, classics, architecture, history, law and medicine are offered to 6,000 graduate students. The total number of faculty members in yale university exceeds 3,200. The residential college housing system is unique in yale university, resembling the systems of Cambridge and Oxford. Each of twelve residential colleges features a variety of programs, facilities and provides support to the student body. Residential colleges bear the names of important places or notable personalities in yale university: Berkley College, Branford College, Calhoun College, Ezra Stiles College, Davenport College, Jonathan Edwards College, Morse College, Pierson College, Silliman College, Saybrook College, Timothy Dwight College and Trumbull College. A thirteen college was planned to be created in Yale University in the late 1960s, but the plan failed. Among the notable nonresidential campus buildings are Harkness Tower, Woolsey Hall, British Art Center, Ingalls Rink, Payne Whitney Gymnasium, Battel Chapel, Yale School of Architecture, Osborne Memorial Laboratories, Sterling Hall of Medicine, Kline Biology Tower, Peabody Museum, Beinecke Rare Book Library and Sterling Memorial Library. The Yale university library system boasts the second-largest collection in the world with a total of nearly 11 million of volumes. Over a half of this amount is concentrated in Sterling Memorial Library, the main library in yale university.
Student life is rich and varied in yale university due to a large number of unions, organizations and sport teams. The largest and the oldest student organization is the Yale Political Union, advised by political leaders. In 1878 the Yale Daily News was established, regarded as the oldest college newspaper in the United States. Yale has a number of athletic facilities, including Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Like any other member of the Ivy League, the University of Yale doesn't grant athletic scholarships. Among the university musical groups are the most prominent organizations, composed of undergraduates: the Yale Concert Band, the Yale Jazz Ensemble, the Yale Precision Marching Band, the Yale Glee Club and the Yale Symphony Orchestra.
From the very outset of its foundation Yale has been generously donated to by numerous benefactors, including Edward S. Harkness, William Harkness, John William Sterling, Payne Whitney and Paul Melon. The school's first real benefactor was a successful businessman from Wales by the name of Elihu Yale, whose name was given to the university.