Institutions and Faith Affiliations Represented
A wide range of faith traditions characterizes the YDS student body, and the ecumenical nature of YDS—coupled with diverse racial, cultural, and social associations on campus—nurtures students in their own faiths while enhancing their understanding of the many other traditions represented on campus. Students also hail from a variety of prior educational affiliations representing colleges and universities across the United States and abroad. In 2015–16, students identified with twenty-eight different faith traditions including many of the largest mainline U.S. denominations such as the Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church; the Roman Catholic Church; evangelical denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention; and historic black churches including the African American Episcopal Church. Alumni of 386 colleges and universities were represented, ranging from Ivy League institutions such as Yale and Harvard; to small liberal arts institutions including Amherst College and Fisk University; to large state universities such as the University of Michigan; to Christian colleges like Wheaton College (Illinois).