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Harvard UNIVERSITY. The number of students in the University, is 396; in the Divinity School 19; in the Law School 78; in the Medical College, 82; Undergraduates, 217; Seniors, 73; Juniors, 44; Sophomores, 54; Freshmen, 55; Resident Graduates, 2; and University student, 1.
The following regulations have been adopted by the Corporation and sanctioned by the Board of Overseers.
1. In Relation to the Mathematical Department.
1. Every Student, who has completed, during the Freshman year, the studies of Geometry, Algebra, Plane Trigonometry, with its application to Heights and Distances, to Navigation, and to Surveying and that of Spherical Trigonometry,- and who has passed a satisfactory Examination in each to the acceptance of tbe Mathematical Department and a Committee of the Overseers,— may discontinue the study of Mathematics at the end of the Freshınan year, at the written request of his parent'or guardian, (if under age,) made with a full knowledge of his standing as a scholar, of the future studies in the department, and of those to be substituted for them.
2. Those students who continue in the study of Mathematics after the commencement of the Sophomore year, may choose either of the following courses.
The first Course, designed for those, who wish to become better acquainted with Practical Mathematics, will include Mensuration, Dialling, the Construction of Charts, the general principles of Civil Engineering, Nautical Astronomy, the Use of the Globes, of Instruments of Surveying, and of the Quadrant.
The second Course, designed for those, who wish to become qualified to instruct in high schools or acadernies, will include Conic Sections, Fluxions, the Mathematical Theory of Mechanics, and a most careful review of Arithmetic, Geometry, and Algebra.
The third Course is designed for those, who wish to become accomplished Mathematicians, and to qualify themselves to instruct in all the bigher branches of Mathematics taught in colleges and the highest seminaries of learning.
Those who choose either the first or the second of these courses, will finish the study of Mathematics at the end of the Sophomore year.
Those who choose the third course, will be required to continue in the study during the remainder of their College life.
3. Those Students, who discontinue the study of Mathematics, shall choose as a substitute one or more of the following branches; Natural History, Civil History, Chemistry, a course in Geography and the use of the Globes, or studies in Greek or Latin additional to the prescribed course. The times and order of these studies will depend on the convenience of the instructers, and the decision of the Faculty.* The number of the recitations or lectures in them, during the Sophomore year, is to be at least equal to the number of those prescribed in the Mathematical branch.
4. Sophomores, who choose to continue the study of Mathematics, and also members of the Junior and Senior Classes, may pursue any of the above mentioned studies as a voluntary exercise. In such cases, they are to attend with members of the Sophomore Class, and to be subject to like rules and regulations. But no Student shall take more than one such voluntary study without a special vote of the Faculty.
Those Students, who have not, at the commencement of the Sophomore year, completed the Mathematical studies required in the Freshman year, will be allowed the same choice with the others as to their regular studies. But, in addition to their regular studies, and in place of a voluntary study, which they will not in this case be allowed, they shall, unless excused by a special vote of the Faculty, continue their Mathematical studies until they have completed those required in the Freshman year.
II. In relation to the Greek and Latin Departments.
1. The studies of Greek and Latin will be pursued during the Sophomore and Junior years in the following manner: Regular portions of text-books will be assigned for private study; at the hour prescribed for recitation, the whole Class will appear, and the time heretofore occupied in examining the Student as to his knowledge of the lesson, will be partly occupied in such examination, and partly in lectures or oral instruction, given by the Professor, on the book or author then studied by the Class, and referring particularly to such portions of the book, as have previously been assigned.
*In the early part of the coming Academical year, it may not be possible to provide instruction in Natural History, Civil History, and Chemistry. Until the arrangements are completed therefore, students may be compelled to continue for a short time in the Mathematical Department, or to accept one of the three last mentioned substitutes.
These familiar lectures will embrace the following particulars:
(1.) A general account of the branch of literature, to which the book belongs.
(2.) A sketch of the author's life, and a general account of his works.
(3.) An analysis of the particular work under consideration.
(4.) Interpretations and explanations, bistorical, grammatical, critical, and mythological.
These recitations or lectures may be extended, at the discretion of the instructer, to an hour and a half; and he will call upon as many of the Class, as the time not occupied in lecturing may permit, to interpret passages of considerable length, in order to prove the fidelity of each Student's previous study, and his acquaintance with the portion assigned as the subject of that day's recitation or lecture The instructer will estimate, by a scale established by the Faculty, the value of such recitations, and make weekly reports thereof to the President, to be used in determining the relative rank or merit of each Student.
2. An examination of each Student will be made on each textbook, at such times as may be found convenient, but not less frequently than once every termi; to be conducted by the department, in presence of the Committee of the Overseers and such gentlemen as may be invited to attend. These examinations will be conducted orally and in writing, and will be continued until the attainments of every Student are fully ascertained. Estimates will be made of the value of the examination by some scale to be established by the Faculty; and these will be delivered to the President, to be used in determining the relative rank or merit of each Student.
3. Every Student shall be required to write one exercise every fortnight in each department, to be corrected by the instructers; their value to be estimated by a scale prescribed, and to be used in determining relative rank or merit.
4. The Professors, in addition to the exercises prescribed above will deliver respectively a course of general lectures on the history and criticism of Greek and Latin literature.
5. An extended course will be given, to continue through the Senior year, designed for those, who wish to become accomplished classical scholars, or to qualify themselves thoroughly to instruct in classical schools and colleges.
III. In relation to Examinations and Certificates of Scholarship.
1. Every student, who has passed a satisfactory examination in all the text-books of any department, attended the recitations and lectures, and performed all the exercises to the satisfaction of the instructers, shall on taking his degree, be entitled to receive, in addition to the usual Diploma, a certificate, signed by the President and the Professor of such department, stating the fact.
2. Students desiring to prosecute their studies, in any department, beyond the usual collegiate course, may do so, on the principles established by the department. In such case they will be subjected to the usual examination, and those, who have satisfactorily studied such advanced course, shall be entitled to a specification of this additional study in the above mentioned certificate.
3. Those, who have faithfully pursued the course designed to qualify.students to instruct in any department, will be entitled to a like certificate, and a special recommendation for the office of instructer.
IV. In relation to Commencement, Terms, and Vacations.
1. Coromencement will be hereafter on the fourth Wednesday in August.
2. The first term will commence on the Friday next succeeding Commencement, and continue twenty weeks.
3. The first vacation will commence at the end of the first term, and continue six weeks.
4. The second term will commence at the end of the first vacation, and continue twenty weeks.
5. The second vacation will commence at the end of the second term, and continue until the Friday after Commencement.
Yale COLLEGE. This venerable University is still distinguished by its overflowing abundance of students. In the Theological school are 74; in the Law school, 32; in the Medical college, 46; of the Undergraduates, 411; Seniors, 95; Juniors, 102; Sophomores, 106; Freshmen, 108; Total 559. This furnishes the best evidence of ample means of education, and thorough instruction. We can not but admire the steadiness with which this college treads in the old paths of instruction and has resisted the influence of the wild and unsound theories that have inundated the country. To this steadiness of purpose and adherence to the carefully ascertained results of long experience, it bas owed its success, which, we trust, it will long continue to merit and receive.
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE. The academical department of this College is conducted by Rev. N. Lord, D. D. President, seven Professors, and three Tutors. The number of Undergraduates is, in the Senior class, 61; Junior, 56; Sophomore, 83; Freshmen, 101 ; Total, 301. The number of Medical Professors, is 6; and of students, 78.
“There is a public examination of the several classes, annually, in all the branches to wbich they have attended during the year, continued not less than ten days, in the presence and under the direction of a committee of gentlemen of education, invited by the Faculty to attend for that purpose. The comioittee are expected, at the close of the examination, to express their judgment upon the merits of every student, and to recommend that he be advanced or degraded, as in their opinion he may deserve."
- The Vacations are: from commencement four weeks; from about the 25th of November fourteen weeks, for such students as are engaged in teaching schools; for others, seven weeks—and from the second Wednesday of May, two weeks.”
« This arrangement has been adopted with a view to the accommodation of students whose circumstances render it necessary for them to take schools during the winter. They may be absent, for a three months school, without interrupting the regular course of study while those who do not need such an accommodation, are classed, during a short terin, for a collateral course. Upon this arrangement the regular pursuits of College are not disturbed, nor the minds of students distracted and dispirited by the unseasonable absence and return of those who engage in teaching. The recitations, lectures and other exercises are so appointed, that there is no reduction in the usual College course, to any students; while to some there is a gain of an additional course of study; and exactness and entireness are secured in the action of all the departments of instruction.”
“In the exercises of the Graduating Class, at Commencement, no distinctions are admitted but such as the merits of the respective perforinances may secure !"
AMHERST COLLEGE. The recently published catalogue of this institution, gives in the list of students, 3 Resident Graduates; 57 Seniors; 48 Juniors; 47 Sophomores; 37 Freshmen. Total 192. The College Library contains about 4000 volumes, and 3 Libraries, belonging to the students contain each between 2000 and 3000 volumes. A Library and