@WTFFacts July 5

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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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.

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.


swim test

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:

Swim 100 yards. No time restriction.

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

Swim 75 yards, no time restriction.

Swim continuously for 10 minutes, float on back for one minute and tread water for one minute.

Swim 50 yards in one minute, tread water for five minutes.

Swim 50 yards, no time restriction.

dartmouth college

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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