College of William and Mary Admission Requirements
1890’s: No specific classes were required for admission to the College of William and Mary. The wording from the 1899 catalog: To be admitted as a student of the College, the applicant must be at least 15 years of age. If the applicant for admission has been a student at any other incorporated institution, he should produce a certificate from such institution, or other satisfactory evidence of general good conduct.
1907: Candidates for B.S. must have a year’s work in Latin and a year’s work in either German or French. Candidates for B.A. must have a fundamental knowledge of Latin grammar and four books of Caesar and a year’s work in French.
1910: Candidates for B.S. must have 2 units in either Latin or Modern Languages. Candidates for B.A. must have 3 units in Latin.
1920: Candidate for B.S. degree must have 3 units in a foreign languages. Candidate for B.A. degree must have 3 units in Latin.
1930: Candidate for B.S. degree must have 3 units in one foreign language, or 2 units in each of two foreign languages. Candidate for B.A. degree must have 3 units in Latin.
1945: Credit in Foreign Language is required for the degrees of B.A. and B.S. Such study may be begun in college, but if the student presents at least 2 years in a foreign language to be continued in College, the amount of credit required for a degree will be lessened. For a B.A. in Modern Language, the degree requirements in Language necessitate a year of Latin or of Greek.
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