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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 2020-21 Common Data Set (CDS) forms.

Table updated October 2021

InstitutionForeign Language units (Required)Foreign Language units (Recommended)
University of Alabama at Birmingham1
University of Alabama12
Auburn University1
Birmingham Southern College
Samford University22
Arizona State University2
University of Arizona22
Northern Arizona University2
University of Arkansas2
Hendrix College22
California Institute of Technology3
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo24
Cal Poly, Pomona2
California State University, Fresno2
California State University, Fullerton22
California State University, Long Beach22
University of California, Berkeley23
University of California, Davis23
University of California, Irvine23
University of California, Los Angeles23
University of California, Riverside23
University of California, San Diego23
University of California, Santa Barbara23
University of California, Santa Cruz23
Chapman University24
Claremont McKenna College33
Harvey Mudd College2
Loyola Marymount University3
Occidental College3
University of the Pacific2
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College33
Pomona College34
University of Redlands23
San Diego State University3
University of San Diego34
San Francisco State University22
University of San Francisco2
San Jose State University2
Santa Clara University23
Scripps College3
Saint Mary's College of California23
Sonoma State University22
University of Southern California23
Westmont College23
Whittier College23
University of Colorado Boulder3
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines12
Colorado State University12
University of Denver2
University of Northern Colorado11
United States Air Force Academy2
Connecticut College
University of Connecticut23
Eastern Connecticut State University22
Fairfield University24
Quinnipiac University22
Sacred Heart University24
Southern Connecticut State University24
Trinity College3
United States Coast Guard Academy
Wesleyan University4
Yale University
University of Delaware24
American University23
Catholic University of America33
George Washington University24
Georgetown University24
Howard University22
University of Central Florida2
Eckerd College2
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University2
Florida Atlantic University2
Florida Institute of Technology2
Florida International University2
Florida Southern College2
Florida State University24
University of Florida2
University of Miami4
University of North Florida2
Rollins College23
University of South Florida22
Stetson University2
University of Tampa22
Agnes Scott College22
Berry College2
Emory University4
Georgia Institute of Technology2
Georgia College2
Georgia Southern University2
Georgia State University22
University of Georgia23
Mercer University2
Morehouse College2
Spelman College22
Boise State University2
University of Idaho
Augustana College12
Bradley University2
University of Chicago3
DePaul University2
University of Illinois at Chicago22
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign24
Illinois Wesleyan University3
Illinois Institute of Technology2
Illinois State University22
Knox College3
Lake Forest College24
Loyola University Chicago22
Northwestern University22
Wheaton College (IL)23
Ball State University2
Butler University2
DePauw University2
Earlham College22
Hanover College24
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Indiana University Bloomington2
University of Notre Dame24
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Saint Mary's College24
Valparaiso University22
Wabash College2
Cornell College22
Drake University2
Grinnell College3
Iowa State University23
University of Iowa24
University of Northern Iowa4
University of Kansas
Kansas State University
Wichita State University3
Berea College2
Centre College24
Eastern Kentucky University2
Georgetown College22
University of Kentucky2
University of Louisville23
Murray State University2
Transylvania University22
Louisiana State University2
University of Louisiana at Lafayette2
Tulane University3
Bates College24
Bowdoin College4
Colby College3
University of Maine2
Goucher College24
Johns Hopkins University4
Loyola University Maryland34
University of Maryland, Baltimore County2
University of Maryland, College Park22
Salisbury University23
St. Mary's College of Maryland4
St. John's College (MD)24
Towson University2
United States Naval Academy2
Washington College24
McDaniel College34
Amherst College3
Assumption College2
Babson College4
Bentley University33
Boston College4
Boston University24
Brandeis University4
Clark University2
Emerson College33
Endicott College2
Fitchburg State University2
Hampshire College34
Harvard University4
College of the Holy Cross4
University of Massachusetts Lowell22
University of Massachusetts Amherst2
University of Massachusetts Boston2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology2
Massachusetts Maritime Academy22
Merrimack College2
Mount Holyoke College34
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts2
Northeastern University24
Salem State University2
Simmons University3
Smith College3
Stonehill College34
Suffolk University24
Tufts University34
Wellesley College4
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wheaton College (MA)4
Williams College4
Worcester Polytechnic Institute2
Albion College2
Central Michigan University22
Kettering University
Hillsdale College3
Hope College4
Kalamazoo College34
University of Michigan24
Michigan State University22
Michigan Technological University2
University of Michigan-Dearborn22
Northern Michigan University2
Oakland University2
Wayne State University2
Western Michigan University2
Carleton College3
Gustavus Adolphus College23
Macalester College3
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities22
University of Minnesota-Duluth2
University of Minnesota-Morris2
College of Saint Benedict2
Saint Johns University2
St Olaf College4
University of St Thomas4
Millsaps College12
University of Mississippi22
Mississippi State University
University of Missouri-Columbia2
Missouri University of Science and Technology2
Truman State University22
Saint Louis University33
Washington University in St. Louis24
Montana State University
The University of Montana2
Creighton University23
University of Nebraska-Lincoln2
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of Nevada-Reno
Dartmouth College4
University of New Hampshire23
Saint Anselm College24
Drew University22
Rowan University2
Monmouth University2
Montclair State University24
New Jersey Institute of Technology2
Princeton University4
Ramapo College of New Jersey22
Rutgers University-Camden2
Rutgers University-New Brunswick22
Rutgers University-Newark2
Seton Hall University2
Stevens Institute of Technology24
Stockton University
The College of New Jersey22
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology2
University of New Mexico2
New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Adelphi University2
Alfred University
Bard College44
Barnard College3
Canisius College24
Clarkson University
Colgate University34
Columbia University34
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art4
Cornell University
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College22
CUNY Brooklyn College3
CUNY City College33
CUNY Hunter College2
CUNY Lehman College22
Fordham University24
Hamilton College33
Hobart William Smith Colleges23
Hofstra University23
Ithaca College23
Manhattan College23
Marist College23
New York University34
Niagara University22
New York Institute of Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology3
University of Rochester
St Bonaventure University2
St Lawrence University4
Sarah Lawrence College24
Siena College23
Skidmore College4
St John's University-New York2
SUNY at Albany13
Binghamton University3
University at Buffalo3
Stony Brook University3
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry3
SUNY College at Brockport1
SUNY Cortland34
SUNY at Fredonia33
SUNY College at Geneseo4
State University of New York at New Paltz24
SUNY Oneonta34
SUNY College at Oswego24
SUNY College at Potsdam3
SUNY at Purchase College3
SUNY College at Plattsburgh3
Syracuse University3
Union College23
United States Merchant Marine Academy2
United States Military Academy2
Vassar College4
Wagner College2
Yeshiva University2
Appalachian State University
Davidson College24
Duke University4
East Carolina University22
Elon University23
High Point University23
University of North Carolina at Asheville2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2
University of North Carolina at Charlotte23
University of North Carolina at Greensboro22
North Carolina State University22
University of North Carolina Wilmington2
Wake Forest University24
Warren Wilson College2
Western Carolina University22
University of North Dakota
North Dakota State University-Main Campus
University of Akron Main Campus
Bowling Green State University2
Case Western Reserve University23
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton2
Denison University4
John Carroll University23
Kent State University at Kent2
Kenyon College34
Miami University2
Oberlin College3
Ohio State University23
Ohio University2
Ohio Wesleyan University23
University of Toledo2
The College of Wooster22
Xavier University2
Oklahoma State University
University of Oklahoma2
University of Tulsa2
Lewis & Clark College2
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus2
Oregon Institute of Technology2
Oregon State University2
University of Oregon2
Portland State University2
University of Portland23
Reed College
Willamette University4
Allegheny College2
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania2
Bryn Mawr College4
Bucknell University24
Carnegie Mellon University22
Dickinson College23
Drexel University1
Duquesne University2
Elizabethtown College22
Franklin and Marshall College24
Gettysburg College34
Grove City College3
Haverford College33
Juniata College22
La Salle University2
Lafayette College22
Lehigh University22
Lycoming College23
Mercyhurst University22
Messiah College22
Millersville University of Pennsylvania2
Moravian College22
Muhlenberg College24
Pennsylvania State University - University Park23
University of Pennsylvania4
University of Pittsburgh23
Saint Joseph's University2
University of Scranton22
Susquehanna University2
Swarthmore College3
Temple University22
Ursinus College23
Villanova University34
Washington & Jefferson College23
West Chester University of Pennsylvania2
Widener University22
Brown University34
Bryant University22
Providence College34
University of Rhode Island1
Rhode Island School of Design
Roger Williams University2
Salve Regina University2
College of Charleston3
Citadel Military College of South Carolina2
Clemson University23
Furman University23
Presbyterian College23
University of South Carolina2
Coastal Carolina University2
Winthrop University22
Wofford College33
South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota
Belmont University22
University of Memphis2
Rhodes College2
The University of the South24
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga2
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville2
Tennessee Technological University2
Vanderbilt University22
Austin College23
Baylor University2
University of Dallas23
University of Houston2
University of North Texas2
Rice University2
Sam Houston State University2
Southern Methodist University23
Southwestern University23
Texas State University22
Texas A & M University-College Station22
The University of Texas at Arlington22
The University of Texas at Austin2
The University of Texas at Dallas23
Texas Christian University24
Trinity University22
Brigham Young University-Provo2
University of Utah2
Bennington College3
Middlebury College4
Norwich University2
Saint Michael's College24
University of Vermont2
College of William and Mary4
Christopher Newport University33
George Mason University23
James Madison University33
University of Mary Washington34
Old Dominion University33
Randolph-Macon College23
University of Richmond24
Roanoke College22
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University3
Virginia Commonwealth University23
University of Virginia-Main Campus24
Virginia Military Institute34
Washington and Lee University34
Gonzaga University23
University of Puget Sound3
Seattle University22
Washington State University22
University of Washington23
Western Washington University2
Whitman College2
Whitworth University22
Marshall University2
West Virginia University2
Beloit College2
Lawrence University2
Marquette University2
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Ripon College2
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse3
University of Wisconsin-Madison34
University of Wyoming
Stanford University3
Purdue University22
St. John's College (NM)24
New College of Florida24
University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Soka University of America2
Florida Gulf Coast University2
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering2
University of California, Merced23
University of North Georgia22
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