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


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