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Swim test for MIT?

  1. Dec 21, 2013 #1
    I just had a interview yesterday and found that every student must pass the swim test once they get into MIT, is this true? Is the swim test hard? What if I don't know how to swim at all? What should I do then?
     
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  3. Dec 21, 2013 #2
    Learn how to swim.

    It might save your life one day.
     
  4. Dec 21, 2013 #3
    HAHAHA, that sounds great.
     
  5. Dec 21, 2013 #4
    Swimming should be the least of your worries if you get into MIT.
     
  6. Dec 21, 2013 #5

    Student100

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    If you look online, you just have to tread water for 100 yards. Seems kind of awkward to me, but MIT is a strange school.
     
  7. Dec 21, 2013 #6

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    If you can't swim, you can meet the requirement by taking beginning swimming. (And this took Google 0.15 seconds to find this information. This is something else you will need to do if you want to survive MIT)
     
  8. Dec 21, 2013 #7

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    Nonsense.
     
  9. Dec 21, 2013 #8
    You can also waive it in extenuating circumstances but you just need to register for beginning swimming and it is done.

    It has something to do with an old alum donating money with the condition of having that requirement.
     
  10. Dec 21, 2013 #9

    Student100

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    How so?
     
  11. Dec 21, 2013 #10

    WannabeNewton

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    My school has the same exact requirement.
     
  12. Dec 21, 2013 #11

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  13. Dec 21, 2013 #12
    Thanks, guys.
     
  14. Dec 21, 2013 #13

    SteamKing

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    I guess it's OK that I was turned down by MIT after I applied. I couldn't swim then and I can't swim now.

    I don't know how such requirements survive in these days of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title IX.

    As for the argument that such requirements are necessary because "Anything that prevents people from dying needlessly is a valuable skill", I wonder how many institutions would require that one be able to put 10 rounds through a target from say twenty paces? That seems to be a more valuable skill these days than being able to tread water or do a breast stroke (no pun intended).
     
  15. Dec 21, 2013 #14

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    MIT might, they still offer pirate certifications dont they? :tongue2:

    Yeah, but how these requirements haven't been challenged as racist or discriminatory is a mystery to me.
     
  16. Dec 21, 2013 #15

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  17. Dec 21, 2013 #16

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    I took pistol at MIT. One of the best classes I ever took.
     
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    There isnt an extra cost for the swimming classes outside of the tuition required to be enrolled as a student in the first.
     
  20. Dec 21, 2013 #19

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    Did you become a certified pirate Val?
     
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