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Old 05-13-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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I was shocked to learn that certain Ivy League schools make you pass a swim test before you can graduate. I think that is kind of crazy. What about anybody else?
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Almost as bad as admitting student athletes who perform poorly at "pluses and takeaways" while rejecting kids with 3.9 GPAs.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:04 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Meh... doesn't matter to me.
If anyone doesn't like the graduation requirements, they can CHOOSE to go elsewhere! Simple enough.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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If they are a private school, then their school, their rules. I know MIT requires it, they have four years to pass it and it isn't very stringent.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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If they are a private school, then their school, their rules. I know MIT requires it, they have four years to pass it and it isn't very stringent.

I know what you are saying it just seems like such an odd requirement
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:44 PM
 
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I went to a school that had this requirement and I think it is a good thing. For one thing, basic swimming ability is a fundamental life skill everyone should have "just in case." Second, it can build confidence which is also important.

I wouldn't mind seeing a basic CPR course requirement and a basic finacial management requirement either.

I don't know of anyone who failed to graduate due to the swimming requirement. It is pretty easy and there is help available if you need it.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:49 AM
 
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Mortimer Adler was one of the more interesting cases of someone who refused to take the Ivy-League swimming test on principle. Columbia University withheld his Bachelors degree as a result. Nevertheless, he became a lecturer and then a professor at Columbia, received his PhD there, and later went on to the faculty at the University of Chicago. He is also remembered as an enthusiastic proponent of the Great Books and as editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Columbia relented at some point, and gave him his BA late in life.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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What seems weird to me is why "Ivy League" is even mentioned. My daughters college, NOT an Ivy league, had a swim test requirement for graduation. Some colleges have a financial literacy requirement. If a college feels some life skill is essential they require it..
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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Tradition. Seems pretty strange now, especially since students with disabilities are admitted and accommodated. I don't remember if I had a swim test (a long time ago now) but I remember we did have a required semester of gym.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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Mortimer Adler was one of the more interesting cases of someone who refused to take the Ivy-League swimming test on principle. Columbia University withheld his Bachelors degree as a result. Nevertheless, he became a lecturer and then a professor at Columbia, received his PhD there, and later went on to the faculty at the University of Chicago. He is also remembered as an enthusiastic proponent of the Great Books and as editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Columbia relented at some point, and gave him his BA late in life.
"....Though he refused to take the required swimming test for a bachelor's degree (a matter that was rectified when Columbia gave him an honorary degree in 1983), ..."

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