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Will Two Years of Latin Suffice at Admissions Time?

Question: My daughter will have two years of Latin at the end of her sophomore year of high school. She has an "A" for all four semesters, and scored a Silver on the National Latin Exam. Her school is no longer offering Latin 3. Do all colleges accept Latin as meeting the foreign language requirement? And will only taking two years hurt her at admissions time? Her school says they will put a letter in with her transcript saying that the school does not offer Latin 3.

“The Dean" always likes to start with the good news. So, yes, all colleges definitely accept Latin as a foreign language. But the bad news is that applying with only two years of language on her transcript could disadvantage your daughter at the more selective colleges, which typically expect three years of foreign language (but often “prefer" four).

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