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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 University2ASU
University of Arizona22UA
Northern Arizona University2NAU
University of Arkansas2
Hendrix College22
California Institute of Technology3Caltech
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo24
Cal Poly, Pomona2
California State University, Fresno2
California State University, Fullerton22
California State University, Long Beach22
University of California, Berkeley23UC Berkeley
University of California, Davis23UC Davis
University of California, Irvine23UC Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles23UCLA
University of California, Riverside23UCR; UC Riverside
University of California, San Diego23UCSD; UC San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara23UCSSB; UC Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz23UCSC; UC Santa Cruz
Chapman University24
Claremont McKenna College33CMC
Harvey Mudd College2HMC
Loyola Marymount University3LMU
Occidental College3OXY
University of the Pacific2
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College33
Pomona College34
University of Redlands23
San Diego State University3SDSU
University of San Diego34USD
San Francisco State University22SFSU
University of San Francisco2USF
San Jose State University2SJSU
Santa Clara University23SCU
Scripps College3
Saint Mary's College of California23
Sonoma State University22
University of Southern California23USC
Westmont College23
Whittier College23
University of Colorado Boulder3CU Boulder
Colorado CollegeCC
Colorado School of Mines12
Colorado State University12CSU
University of Denver2
University of Northern Colorado11UNC
United States Air Force Academy2USAA
Connecticut College
University of Connecticut23UCONN
Eastern Connecticut State University22
Fairfield University24
Quinnipiac University22
Sacred Heart University24
Southern Connecticut State University24
Trinity College3
United States Coast Guard AcademyUSCGA
Wesleyan University4
Yale University
University of Delaware24
American University23AU
Catholic University of America33
George Washington University24GWU; GW
Georgetown University24
Howard University22
University of Central Florida2UCF
Eckerd College2
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityERAU
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University2
Florida Atlantic University2FAU
Florida Institute of Technology2FIT
Florida International University2FIU
Florida Southern College2
Florida State University24FSU
University of Florida2UFL
University of Miami4UM
University of North Florida2UNF
Rollins College23
University of South Florida22USF
Stetson University2
University of Tampa22
Agnes Scott College22
Berry College2
Emory University4
Georgia Institute of Technology2Georgia Tech
Georgia College2
Georgia Southern University2GSU
Georgia State University22GSU
University of Georgia23UGA
Mercer University2
Morehouse College2
Spelman College22
Boise State University2
University of Idaho
Augustana College12
Bradley University2
University of Chicago3Uchicago
DePaul University2
University of Illinois at Chicago22UIC
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign24UIUC
Illinois Wesleyan University3
Illinois Institute of Technology2IIT
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-IndianapolisIUPUI
Indiana University Bloomington2IU; IUB
University of Notre Dame24UND
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Saint Mary's College24
Valparaiso University22
Wabash College2
Cornell College22
Drake University2
Grinnell College3
Iowa State University23ISU
University of Iowa24
University of Northern Iowa4
University of KansasKU
Kansas State UniversityKSU; K-STATE
Wichita State University3
Berea College2
Centre College24
Eastern Kentucky University2
Georgetown College22
University of Kentucky2UKY
University of Louisville23
Murray State University2
Transylvania University22
Louisiana State University2LSU
University of Louisiana at Lafayette2
Tulane University3
Bates College24
Bowdoin College4
Colby College3
University of Maine2
Goucher College24
Johns Hopkins University4JHU
Loyola University Maryland34
University of Maryland, Baltimore County2UMC
University of Maryland, College Park22UMD
Salisbury University23
St. Mary's College of Maryland4
St. John's College (MD)24
Towson University2
United States Naval Academy2USNA
Washington College24
McDaniel College34
Amherst College3
Assumption College2
Babson College4
Bentley University33
Boston College4BC
Boston University24BU
Brandeis University4
Clark University2
Emerson College33
Endicott College2
Fitchburg State University2
Hampshire College34
Harvard University4
College of the Holy Cross4
University of Massachusetts Lowell22UMass Lowell
University of Massachusetts Amherst2UMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Boston2UMass Boston
Massachusetts Institute of Technology2MIT
Massachusetts Maritime Academy22MMA
Merrimack College2
Mount Holyoke College34MHC
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 Institute2WPI
Albion College2
Central Michigan University22CMU
Kettering University
Hillsdale College3
Hope College4
Kalamazoo College34
University of Michigan24UMich
Michigan State University22MSU
Michigan Technological University2
University of Michigan-Dearborn22
Northern Michigan University2
Oakland University2
Wayne State University2
Western Michigan University2WMU
Carleton College3
Gustavus Adolphus College23
Macalester College3
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities22UMN
University of Minnesota-Duluth2
University of Minnesota-Morris2UMM
College of Saint Benedict2
Saint Johns University2SJU
St Olaf College4
University of St Thomas4
Millsaps College12
University of Mississippi22Ole Miss
Mississippi State UniversityMSU
University of Missouri-Columbia2Mizzou
Missouri University of Science and Technology2
Truman State University22
Saint Louis University33
Washington University in St. Louis24WashU
Montana State University
The University of Montana2
Creighton University23
University of Nebraska-Lincoln2UNL
University of Nevada-Las VegasUNLV
University of Nevada-RenoUNR
Dartmouth College4
University of New Hampshire23UNH
Saint Anselm College24
Drew University22
Rowan University2
Monmouth University2
Montclair State University24
New Jersey Institute of Technology2NJIT
Princeton University4
Ramapo College of New Jersey22
Rutgers University-Camden2
Rutgers University-New Brunswick22RU
Rutgers University-Newark2
Seton Hall University2
Stevens Institute of Technology24Stevens Tech
Stockton University
The College of New Jersey22
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology2NMIT
University of New Mexico2UNM
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 Colleges23HWS
Hofstra University23
Ithaca College23
Manhattan College23
Marist College23
New York University34NYU
Niagara University22
New York Institute of Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteRPI
Rochester Institute of Technology3RIT
University of RochesterURI
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 University3SU
Union College23
United States Merchant Marine Academy2
United States Military Academy2USMA
Vassar College4
Wagner College2
Yeshiva University2
Appalachian State UniversityApp State
Davidson College24
Duke University4
East Carolina University22ECU
Elon University23
High Point University23
University of North Carolina at Asheville2UNC Asheville; UNCA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2UNC Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte23UNCC: UNC Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro22UNCG; UNC Greensboro
North Carolina State University22NCSU; NC STATE
University of North Carolina Wilmington2UNCW; UNC Wilmington
Wake Forest University24WFU
Warren Wilson College2
Western Carolina University22WCU
University of North DakotaUND
North Dakota State University-Main Campus
University of Akron Main Campus
Bowling Green State University2
Case Western Reserve University23
University of CincinnatiUC
University of Dayton2
Denison University4
John Carroll University23
Kent State University at Kent2
Kenyon College34
Miami University2MU
Oberlin College3
Ohio State University23OSU
Ohio University2OU
Ohio Wesleyan University23OWU
University of Toledo2
The College of Wooster22TCNJ
Xavier University2
Oklahoma State UniversityOSU
University of Oklahoma2OU
University of Tulsa2
Lewis & Clark College2
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus2
Oregon Institute of Technology2
Oregon State University2OSU
University of Oregon2UO
Portland State University2
University of Portland23
Reed College
Willamette University4
Allegheny College2
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania2
Bryn Mawr College4
Bucknell University24
Carnegie Mellon University22CMU
Dickinson College23
Drexel University1
Duquesne University2
Elizabethtown College22
Franklin and Marshall College24F&M
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 Park23PSU; PENN STATE
University of Pennsylvania4UPenn
University of Pittsburgh23
Saint Joseph's University2SJU
University of Scranton22
Susquehanna University2SU
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 Island1URI
Rhode Island School of DesignRISD
Roger Williams University2
Salve Regina University2
College of Charleston3CofC
Citadel Military College of South Carolina2
Clemson University23
Furman University23
Presbyterian College23
University of South Carolina2USC
Coastal Carolina University2
Winthrop University22
Wofford College33
South Dakota State University
University of South DakotaUSD
Belmont University22
University of Memphis2
Rhodes College2
The University of the South24Sewanee
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga2UTC
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville2UTK
Tennessee Technological University2
Vanderbilt University22Vandy
Austin College23
Baylor University2
University of Dallas23
University of Houston2UH
University of North Texas2UNT
Rice University2
Sam Houston State University2
Southern Methodist University23SMU
Southwestern University23
Texas State University22TCU
Texas A & M University-College Station22
The University of Texas at Arlington22UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Austin2UT Austin
The University of Texas at Dallas23UT Dallas
Texas Christian University24
Trinity University22
Brigham Young University-Provo2BYU
University of Utah2
Bennington College3
Middlebury College4
Norwich University2
Saint Michael's College24
University of Vermont2UVM
College of William and Mary4
Christopher Newport University33
George Mason University23GMU
James Madison University33JMU
University of Mary Washington34
Old Dominion University33
Randolph-Macon College23
University of Richmond24
Roanoke College22
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University3Virginia Tech
Virginia Commonwealth University23VCU
University of Virginia-Main Campus24UVA
Virginia Military Institute34VMI
Washington and Lee University34WLU
Gonzaga University23
University of Puget Sound3
Seattle University22
Washington State University22WSU
University of Washington23UW
Western Washington University2
Whitman College2
Whitworth University22
Marshall University2
West Virginia University2WVU
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-Madison34UW; UW Madison
University of Wyoming
Stanford University3
Purdue University22
St. John's College (NM)24
New College of Florida24
University of Washington-Bothell CampusUW Bothell
Soka University of America2
Florida Gulf Coast University2FGCU
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering2
University of California, Merced23UC Merced
University of North Georgia22UNG
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