Requirements

All undergraduate students must earn three (3) credits in physical education and complete a 50 yard swim to fulfill the graduation requirement for physical education. Credits may be earned by successfully completing activity courses, wellness-oriented non-activity courses, and participation in intercollegiate and club programs. Satisfactory completion of courses in physical education is based on skill improvement and participation.

Changes to Physical Education Requirements

Due to extenuating circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including impacts on students' schedules and ongoing concerns about virus transmission, the College has revised the Physical Education (PE) requirements for students graduating in the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024, and 2024-2025 academic years as follows:

2021-2022 academic year: All PE requirements are waived for students graduating in 2021 summer, 2021 fall, 2022 winter, and 2022 spring.

 

2022-2023 academic year: All PE requirements are waived for students graduating in 2022 summer, 2022 fall, 2023 winter, and 2023 spring.

 

2023-2024 academic year:  The swim test has been waived for students graduating in 2023 summer, 2023 fall, 2024 winter and 2024 spring. The number of required PE courses has been reduced to 2 PE courses for students graduating in these terms.

 

2024-2025 academic year: The swim test has been waived for students graduating in 2024 summer, 2024 fall, 2025 winter and 2025 spring. Students graduating in these terms are required to complete 3 PE courses.

Note these adjustments are contingent upon the student's graduation term, not class year. Contact Registrar@Dartmouth.edu with any questions.