Swim Test

Williams swims. Period.

Since 1793, Williams has required all students to demonstrate the ability to swim before they graduate. Whether you can swim like a fish or have never dipped a toe in the water, you must report for the Swim Test at the designated time during First Days.

The swimming facility is located in Chandler Gym. Please report to the pool with your own swim gear and towel.


Non-swimmers are not required to take the test, but you must sign up for a beginning swim class during the first quarter. Please identify yourself to the person in charge upon arrival at the pool.

Testing in a Private Setting

We hope that taking the swim test will be a safe and comfortable experience for everyone. If, for reasons of religious observance or gender identity/expression, you would prefer to take your test in a private setting, we’ll work with you to find an alternative. Please contact Dean Dave Johnson ([email protected]) or Dean Ninah Pretto ([email protected]) with any questions or concerns.