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09/15/2020 at 04:28PM

Does taking ASL in high school count as a foreign language for college admissions?

I couldn't fit another language into my schedule and I have to take ASL. Do most colleges think that it's okay for admissions? Is there any major colleges who might reject my application because I am not taking something like French or Spanish?

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09/15/2020 at 05:27PM

Hi, it depends on the college you are applying to. It seems like many Top College do.

So I recommend you look at these ASL resources with your list of colleges and see if you are in clear.

You might want to add some colleges to your list that do accept ASL as a foreign language requirement

Here is a partial list of the most well know colleges that do -

And ASLCollege is a lookup website that you click on the State and it returns a list of colleges in that state and their ASL policies.

Best of luck in your college admissions journey!

@DebaterMAX09/15/2020 at 08:31PM

I’m not 100% of what this means but something to keep in mind is the quote UNM says that “accept ASL in fulfillment of GRADUATION requirements. It does NOT address ADMISSION requirements.” I don’t know if that means gen ed or if it will satisfy enrollment/admissions criteria

@CameronBameron09/16/2020 at 01:02AM

@DebaterMAX You must have missed the 2nd link which specifically covers admissions requirements for every college that consider ASL as a foreign language.

@DebaterMAX09/16/2020 at 01:58AM

Yeh that was the first one just clarifying that in case it’s glanced over by OP.

09/16/2020 at 05:58PM

@CameronBameron provided great resources here, but I'll just generally say that you should be all right. Colleges just like to see proficiency in a foreign language, and ASL is accepted by many colleges as a foreign language (be sure to check). If you become highly-skilled/fluent, it may actually be a "hook," as ASL is much less common than French or Spanish, but incredibly useful!