At Columbia University, most undergraduate students must pass a swim test in order to graduate.
Engineering students at the school’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, however, are not required to complete the test.
The reason? Well, in the event of a flood, engineering students could simply whip up a bridge or a boat to escape the raging water (at least, that’s what the tour guides at Columbia will jokingly tell you).
Exemption from the swim test isn’t the only perk of majoring in engineering at Columbia. Graduates of this program also typically go on to earn pretty hefty paychecks.