DARTMOUTH COLLEGE Physical Education
The following information should answer your questions about Physical
Education classes. If you do not find the answer to your question here,
please contact the Physical Education Administrative Assistant, Rhonda
Martin, at 646-2478 or e-mail Physical Education.
How many “credits” must I get in order to graduate?
Three credits must be earned in PE in order for a student to graduate. One credit is
earned for each successfully completed course. The Physical Education Department
encourages students to complete the three credits by the end of their sophomore
summer at Dartmouth, as the junior and senior years at Dartmouth can become very
A student who does not complete the three required credits before the end of the senior
year, will not graduate nor receive a diploma.
How does the swim test factor into the Physical Education requirement?
A student must also pass a 50-yard swim test as part of the physical education
requirement. You are encouraged to take this test before your DOC trip or during
orientation week. Otherwise, the test must be passed during recreational swim hours
under the supervision of the lifeguard on duty. The test must be passed in order for a
student to complete the physical education requirement for graduation.
What if I cannot swim?
If a student is unable to complete the 50 yard swim test, he or she may fulfill this
requirement by successfully completing a course in beginning swim. This course may
not count toward the 3 credit requirement. You should contact the physical education
administrative assistant to let her know that you wish to use the course to fulfill the swim
portion of the requirement.
Can I repeat a class for PE credit?
How do I drop or add a PE class?
All PE classes are added or dropped on Banner. NO ADD CARDS ARE USED BY THE
PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.
When is the add/drop period for PE classes?
The add/drop period for PE classes is different than the add/drop period for academic
classes. The dates of the add/drop period can be found in the Physical Education
website – www.dartmouthsports.com.
Can I just show up for a class and register or add there?
A student who is not registered on Banner for a PE class will NOT be allowed to enter
How do I know if my class has a fee?
A student should look at the Physical Education website – www.dartmouthsports.com.
The information on courses, including the fee, will be listed with the course description.
Can I get a refund on my PE class?
Credits to your account will ONLY be issued if you drop the class online during the drop
period. No credit will be issued after that time.
How do I know where a class is held?
Information on where a class is held is in the Physical Education website –
www.dartmouthsports.com. This information is part of the course description.
How do I know what day the class meets?
The PE timetable in banner and the PE website – www.dartmouthsports.com - have the
days and times that the class meets.
How do I know when my PE class starts?
PE classes begin the Monday following the start of PE registration. The dates are in the
PE website – www.dartmouthsports.com. Some instructors MAY e-mail the students
registered in their classes if there is a change in the start date or if there is special
information regarding the class. Familiarize yourself with the start date from the PE
website and do NOT wait for the instructor to contact you.
Ski classes – downhill, snowboard and telemark – begin two weeks into the term. The
start date is in the PE website – www.dartmouthsports.com. Consult the course
Can I simply take a class if I don’t want the credit for it?
Yes. Students must be enrolled on Banner in order to participate in any PE class,
whether the intention is to receive a PE credit or not.
How are PE “credits” applied?
A student must complete 13 hours (or more if the course requires it) to receive a PE
credit. All “grades” will be posted in Banner at the end of the academic term.
Does a PE “credit” affect my GPA?
PE “credits” do not carry a grade point and will not affect your GPA. The .000 under
credits for a PE course simply means you have no credit points toward your GPA. The
PE “credit” appears as P (pass) or NP (not pass).
If I do not pass a course, will the failure appear on my transcript?
Individual courses do not appear on your official transcript. Under Physical Education on
your transcript, it will simply say “yes” or “no”. This indicates whether or not the physical
education requirement is complete.
Can I make-up a class at a later date?
Banner is set up to acknowledge separate terms of the school year. All “credits” for a
term must be applied during that particular term. No credit can be given if not met during
the term you are registered for the course.
I am a varsity athlete. Does this give me a PE credit?
Students who participate in an intercollegiate sport may receive credit for that activity
during the term(s) in which they participate in traditional and non-traditional seasons.
Student-athletes must register during the Physical Education add/drop period in order to
obtain a PE credit for the term for their sport. All PE rules for adding/dropping courses
apply to student-athletes.
I participate in a club sport. Am I eligible to receive PE credit for my club
Club sport members may receive a maximum of 2 physical education credits for their
participation. Student-athletes must register during the Physical Education add/drop
period in order to obtain a PE credit for the term for their sport. All PE rules for
adding/dropping courses apply to student-athletes.
As a varsity or club sport athlete, do I need to register for this PE credit?
As a varsity or club sport athlete, can my coach register me?
Can I get retroactive credit for a varsity or club sport?
No retroactive credit is given for any varsity sport, club sport or PE course.
Does my participation on an intramural team get me a PE credit?
No. PE classes are instructional classes. Attendance is also a key factor in receiving a
PE credit. Therefore, participation on an intramural team will not earn you a PE credit.
Do any of the Hop Community Dance classes receive a PE credit?
A student must register BOTH through the Hop and in Banner for the PE credit during
the PE add/drop registration period.
How do I know which Hop Community Dance classes are eligible for PE
Look in the PE website – www.dartmouthsports.com. Under the Specialty classes, we
have listed the Hop Community Dance classes. Each term, classes that are eligible for
a PE credit will be listed.
Can I get PE credit for any of the Dartmouth dance groups?
There are a number of dance ensembles that have requested PE credit for their
participants. These groups can be found in the PE website – www.dartmouthsports.com
– under Specialty classes. Registration through Banner is required.
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