Yale is founded in nearby Saybrook as the Collegiate School to educate students for “Publick employment both in Church & Civil State.” In the over 300 years since its founding, Yale has worked to educate those who would become leaders and contributors to every sector of society. Yale graduates include five Presidents of the United States (including four of the last six), forty-five Cabinet members, over 500 members of Congress, and too many other senior officials, judges, diplomats, and military officers to name. Yale Charter.