Whichever language one chooses, studies have demonstrated that students studying world languages score significantly higher on the verbal SAT.
Students who achieve higher levels of language achievement in high school, place higher on college entrance exams. State of Wisconsin schools, among others, also give actual credits for accomplished work and/or for testing into higher levels of language study. Many students earn from 12-24 college credits, depending upon the level they achieved as high school students.
LATIN: 60% of English vocabulary is derived ultimately from Latin. Familiarity with Latin at the high school level increases facility with later terminology in legal and medical professions. Studying Latin provides greater understanding of the Graeco-Roman influence on Western Civilization.
SPECIFIC UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
These vary by school and by major. In general, students interested in preparing for university should expect to commit to 3 to 4 years of high school world language study, either for admission to or graduation from a university.