College Admissions and Graduation Policies
Regarding American Sign Language

A project by Jason E. Zinza, PhD


Institution Name
Survey Date
Contact Telephone Number
ASL Study Satisfies Admissions Requirements
Number of Years of ASL Study
ASL Satisfies Graduation Requirements
AIB College of Business [closed in 2016]8/9/2016515.244.4221N/AN/AN/A
Allen College8/9/2016319.226.2014No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Ashford University - Clinton1/3/2016866.711.1700No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Briar Cliff University8/8/2016712.279.5200NoN/ANo
Buena Vista University8/25/2016800.383.9600Yes1 yearYes
Central College8/8/2016877.462.3687No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Clarke University8/25/2016800.383.2345Yes2 yearsNoWill need to take 1-2 semesters of any language offered on campus
Coe College8/25/2016319.399.8500Yes2 yearsYes
Cornell College8/25/2016800.747.1112Yes2 yearsNoStudents must take at least 1 year of a language on campus
Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center [does not offer undergraduate degrees]8/25/2016515.271.5000N/AN/AN/A
Divine Word College8/25/2016563.876.3353No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Dordt College8/25/2016800.343.6738Yes2 yearsYes
Drake University8/25/2016515.271.3181No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Emmaus Bible College8/25/2016563.588.8000No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Faith Baptist College8/25/2016515.964.0601No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Graceland University - Lamoni8/26/2016641.784.5196No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Grand View University8/26/2016512.263.2800Yes1 yearYes
Grinnell College8/25/2016641.269.3600Yes3 yearsYes
Hamilton Technical College8/25/2016563.386.3570No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
INSTE Bible College10/21/2016515.289.9200No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Iowa State University - Ames8/25/2016800.262.3810Yes3 yearsYes
Iowa Wesleyan University8/25/2016800.582.2383No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
ITT Technical Institute - Des Moines [CLOSED IN 2016]N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kaplan University - Cedar Falls8/25/2016319.277.0220No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Kaplan University - Cedar Rapids8/25/2016319.363.0481No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Kaplan University - Council Bluffs [closed in 2015]8/25/2016712.328.4212N/AN/AN/A
Kaplan University - Davenport8/25/2016800.987.7734No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Kaplan University - Des Moines8/25/2016515.927.2100No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Kaplan University - Mason City8/25/2016641.423.2530No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Loras College8/26/2016563.588.7236No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Luther College8/25/2016563.387.1287Yes2 yearsNoMust take 1 year of any language on campus
Maharishi University of Management8/25/2016800.369.6480No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Mercy College of Health Sciences8/25/2016515.643.3180No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Morningside College8/26/2016712.274.5000No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Mount Mercy College8/25/2016319.368.6460No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Northwestern College8/26/2016712.707.7000No language pre-requisiteN/ANoMust take 3 semesters of language on campus or take ASL at another college and transfer those credits. Dual enrollment for high school courses is accepted.
Palmer College of Chiropractic8/28/2016800.722.3648No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Saint Ambrose University8/25/2016563.333.6000Yes3 yearsNoMust take at least 1 year of spoken language
Simpson College8/25/2016515.961.6251No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
St. Luke’s College11/30/2016800.352.4660No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
University of Dubuque8/25/2016563.589.3000Yes2 yearsYes
University of Iowa8/25/2016319.335.3847Yes4 yearsYesTaking 4 years in high school fulfills all entrance and graduation requirements. Taking 2 years in high school fulfills entrance, but not graduation requirements. If taken 2 years in high school, students will need to take at least 2 more semesters of college-level language.
University of Northern Iowa8/25/2016319.273.2311Yes2 yearsYes
Upper Iowa University8/25/2016800.553.4150No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Waldorf University8/26/2016800.292.1903No language pre-requisiteN/AYes
Wartburg College8/26/2016800.772.2085No language pre-requisiteN/ANoWill need to take 1 year of any language on campus
Wartburg Theological Seminary [does not offer undergraduate degrees]8/26/2016N/AN/AN/AN/A
William Penn University8/25/2016641.673.1012No language pre-requisiteN/ADepends on major / minorOnly foreign language majors will need to take more foreign language

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