What We Do

Are you a graduate of either Yale College or a Yale graduate school who lives in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, or the Dakotas? Congratulations! You are automatically a member of YAANW and eligible to come to any of our events. Below is just a taste of the many things our local alumni association does in the area:

Host Events


Nearly every month, the Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest hosts lectures, luncheons, and social events for Yale alumni in the area. From baseball games at the Saint Paul Saints to academic lectures at the Minneapolis Club to building houses with Habitat for Humanity, our events span the spectrum of events local alumni might want to attend. In particular, our events tend to fall into one of three categories:

  • Networking/Social Events

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Community Service

To find out more, sign up for our monthly newsletter and check out the calendar of events online.

Interview Prospective Students

As we have done for decades, Yale alums—both undergraduate and graduate—interview high school applicants to Yale. Many of us participate. The ones who don’t voice common concerns: my student didn’t get accepted; I am a graduate student, what do I know. We provide a very important community relations service by our interviews—making Yale real to students, their families and the school counselors. And, our purpose is to evaluate students’ individual passion and motivation, not to sell the specifics of undergraduate life. If you’re interested in becoming a Yale interviewer for the upcoming admissions cycle, please email one of the following:

Bulldogs on the Lakes

Bulldogs on the Lakes is a nine-week program that brings Yale students to the Twin Cities for meaningful (paid) internships and gives them a chance to work and live in a new city, alongside their Yalie peers.

Our influential corporate and non-profit employers – that have ranged from Cargill to the Minneapolis Mayor’s Office – provide Yale students an opportunity to expand their minds (and resumes!) and gain valuable work experience while they enjoy a summer full of fun and adventure in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Bulldogs on the Lakes connects students with their Yale peers and provides community networking with all the best that the Twin Cities has to offer.

Find out more about the Bulldogs on the Lakes program here.