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Foreign Language Requirements for College

One would think that high school graduation requirements in the area of foreign language would match those of the nation’s premier colleges and universities. Sadly, that would be giving the public educational system far too much credit. Presently, 23 U.S. states do not require the two years of foreign language study that is required for admittance into many colleges. Therefore, an unfortunate number of high school students may mistakenly think that they do not need to take a language to get into their dream university—after all, their high school must know what it's doing, right? Before a teenager decides whether or not to say "bonjour," "hola," or "hallo" to the language of their choosing, they should be fully aware of the standards for admission at their prospective schools. Below, College Transitions has put together a list of foreign language requirements at many of the top institutions in the United States.

*Data collected from institution websites and 2019-20 Common Data Set (CDS) forms.

Table updated August 30, 2020

InstitutionForeign Language (Required)Foreign Language (Recommended)
Adelphi University2
Agnes Scott College2
Albion College2
Alfred University23
Allegheny College2
American University23
Amherst College3
Appalachian State University2
Arizona State University2
Auburn University1
Augustana College (IL)12
Austin College23
Babson College4
Ball State University3
Bard College4
Barnard College3
Baruch College (CUNY)2
Bates College24
Baylor University2
Belmont University22
Beloit College2
Berea College2
Bennington College
Bentley University34
Binghamton University3
Birmingham Southern College2
Boise State University1
Boston College4
Boston University24
Bowdoin College4
Bowling Green State University2
Bradley University2
Brandeis University4
Brigham Young University2
Brooklyn College (CUNY)3
Brown University34
Bryant University22
Bryn Mawr College4
Bucknell University24
Butler University2
California Institute of Technology3
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo24
Cal Poly, Pomona2
California State University - Fresno2
California State University - Fullerton23
California State Univesrsity - Long Beach2
Calvin College2
Canisius College24
Carleton College3
Carnegie Mellon University22
Case Western Reserve University23
Catholic University3
Centre College24
Chapman University24
Christopher Newport University33
City College (CUNY)3
Claremont McKenna College33
Clark University2
Clarkson University
Clemson University23
Colby College3
Colgate University34
College of Charleston3
College of New Jersey, The22
College of St Benedict2
College of the Atlantic2
College of the Holy Cross4
College of William & Mary4
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines1
Colorado State University12
Columbia University34
Connecticut College
Cooper Union2
Cornell College2
Cornell University3
Creighton University23
Dartmouth College4
Davidson College24
Denison University4
DePaul University2
DePauw University2
Dickinson College23
Drake University2
Drew University2
Drexel University1
Duke University3
Duquesne University2
Earlham College22
East Carolina University22
Eckerd College2
Elon University23
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University1
Emerson College1
Emory University4
Evergreen State College2
Fairfield University24
Florida Atlantic University2
Florida Institute of Technology2
Florida International University2
Florida State University24
Fordham University24
Franklin & Marshall College24
Franklin W Olin College of Engineering2
Furman University23
George Mason University23
George Washington University24
Georgetown College
Georgetown University2
Georgia College2
Georgia Institute of Technology2
Georgia Southern University2
Georgia State University2
Gettysburg College34
Gonzaga University23
Goucher College24
Grinnell College3
Gustavus Adolphus College23
Hamilton College3
Hampshire College34
Harvard University4
Harvey Mudd College2
Haverford College3
Hendrix College2
High Point University23
Hobart and William Smith Colleges4
Hofstra University23
Hollins University3
Hood College23
Hope College4
Howard University2
Hunter College (CUNY)2
Illinois Institute of Technology2
Illinois Wesleyan University3
Indiana University - Purdue U Indianapolis
Indiana University Bloomington2
Iowa State University23
Ithaca College23
James Madison University2
Johns Hopkins University4
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College34
Kansas State University
Kennesaw State University22
Kent State University2
Kenyon College34
Kettering University
Knox College3
Lafayette College2
Lake Forest College24
Lawrence University2
Lehigh University23
Lewis & Clark College2
Louisiana State University2
Louisiana Tech University2
Loyola Marymount University3
Loyola University Chicago22
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans2
Macalester College3
Manhattan College23
Marist College23
Marquette University2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology2
Messiah College22
Miami University2
Michigan State University2
Middlebury College3
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Missouri Univ of Science and Technology2
Montana State University
Morehouse College2
Mount Holyoke College4
Muhlenberg College24
New College of Florida24
New Jersey Institute of Technology2
New Mexico State University1
New York University34
North Carolina State University2
Northeastern University2
Northwestern University2
Oberlin College3
Occidental College
Oglethorpe University2
Ohio State University23
Ohio University2
Ohio Wesleyan University23
Oklahoma State University
Old Dominion University33
Oregon State University2
Penn State University, University Park23
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College3
Pomona College34
Princeton University4
Providence College34
Purdue University - West Lafayette3
Quinnipiac University2
Ramapo College of New Jersey2
Reed College3
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College2
Rice University2
Rochester Institute of Technology2
Rollins College2
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University2
Saint Louis University3
Saint John's University (NY)2
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame24
Saint Michael's College24
Samford University2
San Diego State University2
San Francisco State University22
San Jose State University2
Santa Clara University24
Sarah Lawrence College24
Scripps College3
Seattle University22
Seton Hall University2
Sewanee - The University of the South24
Siena College23
Simmons University3
Skidmore College4
Smith College3
Soka University of America2
Southern Methodist University23
Southwestern University23
Spelman College22
St John's College (MD)4
St John's College (NM)4
St John's University (MN)2
St Joseph's University24
St Lawrence University4
St Mary's College of Maryland4
St Olaf College4
Stanford University3
Stevens Institute of Technology2
Stonehill College34
Stony Brook University3
SUNY, Oneonta34
SUNY, Maritime College1
SUNY, Polytechnic Institute3
SUNY, New Paltz24
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry3
SUNY, Geneseo4
SUNY, Oswego24
SUNY, Purchase College3
University at Albany (SUNY)13
Susquehanna University2
Swarthmore College3
Syracuse University3
Temple University22
Tennessee Technological University2
Texas A&M University - College Station22
Texas Christian University24
Texas Tech University22
Thomas Aquinas College2
The Citadel2
The College of Wooster2
Towson University2
Transylvania University22
Trinity College (CT)3
Trinity University22
Truman State University22
Tufts University34
Tulane University3
Union College23
United States Air Force Academy2
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Merchant Marine Academy2
United States Military Academy2
United States Naval Academy2
University at Buffalo (SUNY)3
University of Alabama12
University of Arizona22
University of Arkansas2
University of California, Berkeley23
University of California, Davis23
University of California, Irvine23
University of California, Los Angeles23
University of California, Merced23
University of California, Riverside23
University of California, San Diego23
University of California, Santa Barbara23
University of California, Santa Cruz23
University of Central Florida2
University of Chicago3
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado Boulder3
University of Connecticut23
University of Dallas23
University of Dayton2
University of Delaware24
University of Denver3
University of Florida2
University of Georgia23
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Houston2
University of Illinois at Chicago2
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign24
University of Iowa2
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky2
University of Louisville23
University of Maine2
University of Mary Washington34
University of Maryland, Baltimore County2
University of Maryland, College Park22
University of Massachusetts Amherst2
University of Memphis2
University of Miami4
University of Michigan24
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities2
University of Minnesota, Morris2
University of Mississippi22
University of Missouri, Columbia2
University of Missouri, Kansas City2
University of Montana2
University of Nebraska2
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
University of Nevada - Reno
University of New Hampshire23
University of New Mexico2
University of North Carolina at Asheville2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2
University of North Carolina at Charlotte23
University of North Carolina at Greensboro2
University of North Carolina at Wilmington2
University of North Texas2
University of Notre Dame24
University of Oklahoma2
University of Oregon2
University of Pennsylvania4
University of Pittsburgh23
University of Portland23
University of Puget Sound3
University of Redlands23
University of Rhode Island2
University of Richmond24
University of Rochester4
University of San Diego34
University of San Francisco2
University of Scranton2
University of South Carolina2
University of South Florida22
University of Southern California23
University of St Thomas (MN)4
University of Tennessee - Knoxville2
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga2
University of Texas at Austin, The2
University of Texas at Dallas, The23
University of Texas at Arlington, The23
University of the Pacific2
University of Tulsa2
University of Utah2
University of Vermont2
University of Virginia24
University of Washington - Seattle23
University of Wisconsin - Madison34
University of Wyoming
Ursinus College23
Vanderbilt University23
Vassar College4
Villanova University34
Virginia Commonwealth University23
Virginia Military Institute34
Virginia Tech3
Wabash College2
Wake Forest University24
Washington & Jefferson College23
Washington & Lee University34
Washington State University22
Washington University in St. Louis24
Wayne State University2
Wellesley College4
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University4
West Chester University of Pennsylvania2
West Virginia University2
Western Washington University2
Westmont College23
Wheaton College (IL)23
Wheaton College (MA)4
Whitman College2
Whittier College23
Willamette University4
Williams College4
Wittenberg University23
Wofford College3
Worcester Polytechnic Institute2
Xavier University2
Yale University4
Yeshiva University
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