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University of Michigan Accepts Hebrew As a Language Admission Subject

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The University of Michigan will accept Hebrew toward fulfilling the foreign language requirement for admission.

Frank Egleston Robbins, assistant to Dr. Alexander G. Ruthven, president of the university, made this statement to the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, who inquired regarding college recognition of Hebrew in consequence of a statement made by Frank Cody, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, who said that one of the conditions upon which Hebrew would be introduced in Detroit high schools would be that colleges recognize Hebrew as constituting a proper substitute for Greek, Latin, German or Spanish.

Mr. Robbins made the following statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency representative:

“Hebrew, if presented for admission, would at the present time be acceptable at the University of Michigan toward fulfilling the foreign language requirement for admission. This is on the assumption, of course, that we are speaking of the Classical Hebrew and that the work offered by the prospective student is in all respects comparable in grade to our standards for admission generally. For purposes of comparison I may say that quite frequently Polish is offered by applying students and is acceptable, provided the work has been well done in an accredited high school. Chinese and Japanese have, I believe, been accepted on a few occasions.”

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