This is the the question that we get quite often and many ASL students are worried that they will have problems getting higher education. There happens to be two built-in questions to the primary question here. One is that the question of will the admission requirements be fulfilled by the American Sign Language? The other one is that whether ASL can meet with the course needs in order to graduate while studying in college?

Talking about the first question here, it happens to be that the people who use American Sign Language in order to communicate still stick with English for both writing and reading purposes. Then the question comes up that if Englishes used, then it cannot be considered as a foreign language. But since the signs vary from that of English it can be considered so. Looking into that, iris noticed that more than fifty percent of universities accept ASL as a foreign language.

There are a number of colleges which accept the ASL and students can apply to that belonging from different states. While the list grows, students have to limit their college applications to one in 191 when applying to universities accepting ASL. Hopefully, the list changes with academic requirements which are changed every year. The method of accepting ASL differs from each college. Some colleges accept with the formal policies. However, there are many other colleges which take in ASL only for certain majors. The list keeps growing undone has to keep in mind that this is only the first part of the issue.

Talking about the other question of whether or not ASL will be able to fulfill the course requirements in respect to the course which is chosen by the student. Thinking on the terms of picking out a college major, there are the options where if the student gets to spend almost two to three years of ASL before starting off with the college education, then chances are that the requirements for the course will be met. There is, however, this confusion where if a college course requires about three or four semesters of study for a language then is the option to continue with ASL still available? Or in any case, will the student be forced to move to another language?

One has to remember that not every high school does offer the ASL course. While some schools to come up with this option there are some which provide online courses too.   In case if it’s not available one can go with dual enrollment in local universities or stick with College credit plus options in order to cope up with high school credit. But before joining in any of these it is ideal for the student to just go for a short course or an introductory class in order to see if ASL is really the cup of tea and if it will suit them.

Universities which seem to accept ASL also do come up with coursework for ASL. There are colleges which do not accept ASL as a course of study too. In those colleges, ASL is not considered as a language option or for credit points when it comes to admission.

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