Men who transfer to Harvard College next fall from other colleges or universities will be admitted provisionally to one or the other of the College classes instead of being rated as "unclassified students" as heretofore.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has voted that the man who is admitted to the College without examination after a year or more at another college will become at once either a regular Freshman or a provisional member of the Sophomore or Junior class, and will at once be eligible for all the privileges of membership in the class to which he is assigned. If he is assigned to the Sophomore or Junior class, however, the fact that his membership is only provisional will be noted on the College records and he will be held to a specially high standard of work.
Must Have Good Record No man will be thus admitted to Harvard by transfer whose record in his last year at his former college contains a single failure or deficiency of any kind, and in case his record during his provisional year at Harvard proves unsatisfactory, he will be denied promotion or dropped to a lower class.
The transferred student who is rated as a "Provisional Sophomore" or "Provisional Junior" will be qualified to vote for officers of the class to which he is. assigned and to engage in College activities. The only thing he will not be allowed to do in his first year will be to take part in intercollegiate sports, this being forbidden by an intercollegiate agreement.
For the past few years the transferred undergraduates at Harvard have been rated as "unclassified" during their first year, and not being placed in regular college classes, have been ineligible for most College activities. Meanwhile, they have increased greatly in numbers and this year there are 279 of them.
Recently there has arisen a feeling that these men, most of whom come in twos and threes from a great number of colleges and universities scattered all over the United States, lose some of the advantages of college life from the fact that they spend their whole first year at Cambridge outside the class organizations on which student activities, and therefore intimacies, are in large part based. In his recent annual report President Lowell urged that "it would be better if those who have spent one year in colleges with less advanced instruction were here treated as Freshmen and the rest, so far as possible, assigned at once to the class where they most nearly belong."
The Committee on Admission, studying the question, found that in most cases it could be determined in advance with some accuracy what class the transferred student was qualified to join. The Faculty has, therefore, now voted that President Lowell's recommendation be put into effect