In a city founded by 1777 Yale graduate Moses Cleaveland, the Yale Alumni Association of Cleveland is one of the oldest and most robust alumni associations in the nation. In an 1886 supplement, the Yale Daily News listed Cleveland’s as the nation’s eighth oldest alumni group and one of the largest, after Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati and New York. Cleveland then was already beginning to enjoy the industrial and resources boom that would yield some of the most generous donors Yale ever enjoyed (Bingham Hall, Payne Whitney Gym, Ingalls Rink, to name a few). Yale CLE is preparing to mark its 140th year in 2021.


Cleveland is truly a Yale town, with many descendants of those early Yalies still active. Our alumni population today is highly diverse across multiple dimensions including age, gender, race, ethnicity, and Yale school affiliation. Indeed, our community includes old Blues and recent graduates; some of the first women to attend Yale; and alumni of the college as well as professional and graduate schools. We have fun, dynamic chapters of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni and of Yale Women, an active young alums group and a scholarship fund second to none that has helped generations of talented low-income students and students of color attend Yale.


Our 800 local alums enjoy working together on service projects; gathering for speeches, career, and social events; rooting the loudest at our joint Yale-Harvard game day parties; and supporting the next generation of Yalies through our scholarship fund, Alumni Schools Committee interviewing, and admitted student get-togethers.


We have something for everyone, and we want to welcome you. Please get involved!