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CALENDAR FOR 1878. The third term of the collegiate year begins March 28, and continnes till June 26. The first term begins Aug. 29, and continues till Nov. 26. The second term begins Dec. 12, and continues till March 12, 1879.
There will be an examination of candidates for admission to the College, at the Botanic Museum, at nine A.M., Tuesday, June 25, and also on Thursday, Aug. 29. The Farnsworth Prize Declamations take place Monday evening,
The public examination of the graduating class for the Grinnell prize for excellence in agriculture, and the examination of the other classes in the studies of the term, will take place on Tuesday forenoon, June 25.
The exercises of Graduation Day occur June 26.
ADMISSION. Candidates for admission to the Freshman Class are examined, orally and in writing, upon the following subjects : English Grammar, Geography, Arithmetic, Algebra through simple equations, and the History of the United States.
Candidates for higher standing are examined as above, and also in the studies gone over by the class to which they may desire admission.
No one can be admitted to the College until he is fifteen years of age; and every student is required to furnish a certificate of good character from his late pastor or teacher, and to give security for the prompt payment of term-bills. Tuition and room-rent must be paid in advance at the beginning of each term, and bills for board, fuel, &c., at the end of every term.
The regular examinations for admission are held at the Botanic Museum, at nine o'clock, A.M., Tuesday, June 25, and on Thursday, Aug. 29 ; but candidates may be examined and admitted at any other time in the year.
Further information may be obtained of President W. S. Clark, Amherst, Mass.
$25 00 per term. Room-rent
$5 00 to 10 00 Board
3 50 per week. Expenses of chemical laboratory to students of practical chemistry
10 00 per term. Public and private damages, including value
of chemical apparatus destroyed or injured, at cost. Annual expenses, including books
$300 00 to 350 00
REMARKS. The regular course of study occupies four years; and those who complete it receive the degree of Bachelor of Science, the diploma being signed by the Governor of Massachusetts, who is president of the corporation.
Regular students of the College may also, on application, become members of Boston University, and upon graduation receive its diploma in addition to that of the College, thereby becoming entitled to all the privileges of its alumni.
The instruction in the languages is intended to qualify the gradmates to write and speak English with correctness and effect, and to translate German and French with facility. The scientific course is as thorough and practical as possible; and every science is taught with constant reference to its application to agriculture and the wants of the farmer.
The instruction in agriculture and horticulture includes every branch of farming and gardening which is practised in Massachusetts, and is both theoretical and practical. Each topic is discussed thoroughly in the lecture-room, and again in the plantboose or field, where every student is obliged to labor. The amount of required work, however, is limited to six hours per week, in order that it may not interfere with study. Students are allowed to do additional work, provided they maintain the necessary rank as scholars. All labor is paid at the rate of twelve and one-half cents per hour.
Iodigent students are allowed to do such work as may offer about the College and farm buildings, or in the field ; but it is hardly possible for one to earn more than from fifty to one hundred dollars per annum besides performing other duties. So far as is consistent with circumstances, students will be permitted to select such varieties of labor as they may for special reasons desire to engage in.
Those who pursue a select course attend recitations and lectures with the regular classes; but those properly qualified, who desire special instruction in botany, chemistry, civil engineering, veterinary science, agriculture, or horticulture, may make private arrangements with the officers having charge of these departments.
An expenditure of from ten to fifty dollars is necessary to provide furniture, which may be purchased at reasonable rates, either Der or second-hand. At the beginning of the second term of sttendance each student is required to provide himself with the fall uniform prescribed for the battalion of Agricultural Cadets, the cost of which is about thirty dollars.
On Sundays students are required to attend church in the foreDOOD, and invited to join a class for the study of the Bible in the afternoon. They will be permitted to select their place of attendance from among the churches in the town, of the following denominations; viz., Baptist, Congregational, Episcopalian, Methodist, and Roman-Catholic,
POST-GRADUATE COURSE. Graduates of colleges and scientific schools may become candidates for the degree of Doctor of Science, or Doctor of Philosophy, from the College or from the University, and pursue their studies under the direction of President Clark in botany, Professor Goessmann in chemistry, or other members of the Faculty in their respective departments.
BOOKS, APPARATUS, AND SPECIMENS IN NATURAL
HISTORY. The Library of the College contains about fifteen hundred volumes. Among them are several valuable sets of cyclopædias, magazines and newspapers, reports of agricultural societies and state boards of agriculture, and many standard works on agriculture and horticulture. There are also many useful works of reference in chemistry, botany, surveying, and drawing. The larger part of the books has been presented to the Institution by private individuals.
The faculty and students also have the privilege of drawing books from the excellent library of Amherst College, which contains over thirty thousand volumes.
The State Cabinet of specimens, illustrating the geology and natural history of Massachusetts, has been removed from Boston to the College, and is of much value for purposes of instruction.
The Knowlton Herbarium contains more than ten thousand species of named botanical specimens, besides a large number of duplicates. The Botanic Museum is supplied with many interest ing and useful specimens of seeds, woods, and fruit-models. There is also a set of diagrams illustrating structural and systematic botany, including about three thousand figures.
About fifteen hundred species and varieties of plants are cultivated in the Durfee Plant House, affording much pleasure and information to students of both colleges.
The very extensive, and in some respects unsurpassed, collections in geology, mineralogy and natural history, ethnology and art, belonging to Amherst College, are accessible to members of the Agricultural College.
The chemical, engineering, and military departments of the Agricultural College are well furnished.
The class in microscopy have the use of seven of Tolles's best compound microscopes, with objectives from four inches to oneeighth of an inch in focal distance, and a variety of eye-pieces.
FARNSWORTH RHETORICAL MEDALS. Isaac D. Farnsworth, Esq., of Boston has generously provided a fand of fifteen hundred dollars, which is to be used for the purchase of gold and silver medals, to be annually awarded, under the direction of the College Faculty, for excellence in Declamation.
GRINNELL AGRICULTURAL PRIZES. Hon. William Claflin of Boston has given the sum of one thousand dollars for the endowment of a first prize of fifty dollars, and a seconl prize of thirty dollars, to be called the Grinnell Agricultural Prizes, in honor of George B. Grinnell, Esq., of New York. These prizes are to be paid in cash to those two members of the graduating class who may pass the best oral and written examination in Theoretical and Practical Agriculture.
HILLS BOTANICAL PRIZES. For the best Herbarium collected by a member of the class of 1878, a prize of fifteen dollars is offered, and, for the second best, a prize of ten dollars ; also a prize of five dollars for the best collection of Woods.
TOTTEN MILITARY PRIZE. For the best Essay by a member of the Senior class on such topic as may be assigned, a prize of twenty-five dollars is offered.
Sabject for 1878, " The American Military Problem."
REGULATIONS. I. - Students are specially forbidden to combine together for the purpose of absenting themselves from any required exercise, or violating any known regulation of the College.
II. — The roll shall be called five minutes after the ringing of the bell for each exercise of the College, by the officer in charge, unless a monitor be employed; and students who do not answer to their names shall be marked absent, provided that any student coming in after his name has been called shall be marked tardy. Two tardinesses shall be reckoned as one absence.
III. – Absence from a single esercise may be allowed or excused by the officer in charge of the same, if requested beforehand; but permission to be absent from several exercises must be obtained in advance from the general excusing officer, or from the president.