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Is ASL considered a foreign language for college admissions?

Hi everyone! I'm currently taking American Sign Language (ASL), and I'm wondering if it's considered a foreign language by colleges when it comes to admissions. Does anyone have any info on this?

6 months ago

Hello! ASL is indeed considered a foreign language by many colleges and universities for admissions purposes. While it is called "American" Sign Language, it is a unique language with its own grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and it is distinct from English or any spoken language. More and more colleges have been recognizing ASL as a foreign language in recent years.

However, it's important to remember that language requirements and policies can vary among institutions, and some schools may still not recognize ASL as fulfilling their foreign language requirement. It's always a good idea to research the policies of the specific colleges you're planning to apply to, and even reach out directly to their admissions department or registrar directly if you're confused about whether or not your ASL studies will count.

Outside of the official requirements, know that being proficient in ASL can be a unique skill to showcase in your college applications regardless. It can demonstrate your interest in language, communication, and diverse communities, and it can be a valuable tool in your future academic and professional endeavors, so don't get discouraged - even if it doesn't fulfill the language requirement at some of your schools, it's still a wonderful skill to have.

Good luck with your ASL studies and college applications!

6 months ago

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