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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.

InstitutionForeign Language (Required)Foreign Language (Recommended)
Yale University4
Worcester Polytechnic Institute2
Williams College4
Wesleyan University4
Wellesley College4
Washington University in St. Louis2
Washington and Lee University34
Wake Forest University24
Virginia Tech3
Villanova University24
Vassar College4
Vanderbilt University4
University of Wisconsin34
University of Washington23
University of Virginia25
University of Texas at Austin2
University of Southern California23
University of Rochester
University of Richmond24
University of Pittsburgh23
University of Pennsylvania4
University of Notre Dame4
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2
University of Minnesota22
University of Michigan24
University of Miami2
University of Maryland22
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign24
University of Georgia23
University of Florida2
University of Delaware24
University of Connecticut, Storrs23
University of Chicago3
University of California, Santa Barbara2
University of California, San Diego2
University of California, Los Angeles2
University of California, Irvine2
University of California, Davis2
University of California, Berkeley2
United States Naval Academy2
United States Military Academy
United States Air Force Academy22
Tulane University23
Tufts University34
Texas A&M University22
Syracuse University3
Swarthmore College3
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stanford University3
Southern Methodist University23
Smith College3
Sewanee: University of the South24
Scripps College3
Santa Clara University23-4
Rutgers University2
Rice University2
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Purdue University2
Princeton University4
Pomona College34
Pepperdine University
Penn State University23
Ohio State University23
Occidental College3
Oberlin College3
Northwestern University2
Northeastern University23-4
New York University34
Mount Holyoke College3-4
Middlebury College3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology2
Macalester College3
Lehigh University2
Lafayette College2
Kenyon College34
Johns Hopkins University4
Haverford College3
Harvey Mudd College2
Harvard University4
Hamilton College3
Grinnell College3
Georgia Institute of Technology2
Georgetown University24
George Washington University24
Fordham University24
Emory University4
Duke University3
Davidson College24
Dartmouth College4
Cornell University4
Columbia University4
Colorado School of Mines1
Colorado College
College of William and Mary4
Colgate University34
Colby College3
Clemson University23
Claremont McKenna College33
Case Western Reserve University23
Carnegie Mellon University2
Carleton College3
California Institute of Technology
Bucknell University24
Bryn Mawr College3
Brown University34
Brigham Young University2
Brandeis University4
Bowdoin College4
Boston University24
Boston College4
Bates College24
Barnard College3
Babson College
Amherst College3-4
American University23

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