Welcome to Benjamin Franklin College, Class of 2026 students and families!
Welcome to Benjamin Franklin College at Yale University. Benjamin Franklin College is one of Yale’s newest residential colleges. With our sister college, Pauli Murray, Yale was able to increase our enrollment from 5,400 undergraduates to 6,200. We are the first new colleges built at Yale since 1961.
Our college boasts amazing architecture, 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. We welcomed our first students in August of 2017.
While the colleges were built to look as if you stepped back into the 1930’s, the modern amenities make it the perfect place for Yale’s newest class of students. We have a student run coffee shop (“The Beanjamin”), a 2800 square foot gym with state-of-the-art equipment, 4 music rooms, a ballroom dance studio, and a brand-new recording studio. We share spaces with Pauli Murray, music rooms with a marimba and a drum set, a barre/yoga studio, a pottery studio, and a black box theater.
Now in our sixth year of welcoming Franklinites, we are looking forward to the Class of 2026 joining us and help build a larger community.