Swimming to Graduate from MIT

Source: WSJ, Nov 2012

There is no clear count of how many U.S. colleges still make students demonstrate swimming skills. A 1997 survey by three North Carolina State University professors found that just 5% of four-year universities required swim tests, while at least 25% had them at one time. (In decades past, male students at some single-sex schools could take the tests in the nude, colleges say.)

At colleges that remain swim-test stalwarts—including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell, Columbia University and the University of Notre Dame—advocates hope the practice will remain.




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