North Carolina-College Swim Test-January 8


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-January 8
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

When I attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC I and all other students had to pass a swim test to graduate. I didn’t realize that their are still colleges that require you to pass a swim test to graduate.

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Picture of the pool at ECU

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Many colleges in the US in the past have required their students to pass swim tests prior to graduation. Although most of them have since either dropped the requirement or no longer enforce it, some universities still insist on it.

Requiring graduates to pass a swim test seems to have originated about the time of World War I, as part of a Red Cross effort to teach swimming skills to all Americans.

I have heard different urban myths that many private schools required swimming because a wealthy benefactor had a child drown and bequeath a gift to the school under the premise that swimming would be required. I found several articles on line that debunk that myth.

I did find that the schools listed below still have a swim test:

MIT:
Swim 100 yards. No time restriction.

MIT

CORNELL UNIVERSITY:
Swim three lengths in the 25-yard swimming pool – at least one on front and one on back. No time restriction.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY:
Swim 75 yards, no time restriction.

BRYN MAWR COLLEGE:
Swim continuously for 10 minutes, float on back for one minute and tread water for one minute.

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY:
Swim 50 yards in one minute, tread water for five minutes.

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE:
Swim 50 yards, no time restriction.

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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME:
Swim 100 yards, two on front and two back, no time restriction.

The high cost of attending these universities might have you drown in debt but they have you prepared not to drown in water.

 

 

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