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High School Course Requirements for College

High schools in the United States set graduation requirements according to state regulations, with further input from the local board of school directors. The lack of a one-size-fits-all policy at the high school level can lead to difficulty when it comes time to apply to college. For example, Rhode Island requires four years of mathematics but Ohio mandates only three. California and Wisconsin high school standards do not meet the entry requirements of their own state university systems. In the absence of a cohesive set of rules, students need to be aware of the minimum requirements in the areas of science, math, social studies, and English. College Transitions is happy to provide you with an exhaustive list of post-secondary institutions’ discipline-specific requirements that will help you better plan your high school courses and avoid any unpleasant surprises when you go to submit your applications.

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

Table updated August 2019

InstitutionEnglish (Required)English (Recommended)Math (Required)Math (Recommended)Science (Required)Science (Recommended)Social Studies/History (Required)Social Studies/History (Recommended)
Yale University4444
Worcester Polytechnic Institute44243
Williams College4444
Wesleyan University4444
Wellesley College4434
Washington University in St. Louis4444
Washington and Lee University44341424
Wake Forest University44341424
Virginia Tech434232
Villanova University444444
Vassar College4444
Vanderbilt University4444
University of Wisconsin44443434
University of Washington44342434
University of Virginia4452414
University of Texas at Austin4444
University of Southern California44342323
University of Rochester
University of Richmond44342424
University of Pittsburgh44343423
University of Pennsylvania4435
University of Notre Dame4444
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill4432
University of Minnesota44443433
University of Michigan443-443-4444
University of Miami4435
University of Maryland44443333
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign443-3.542424
University of Georgia44444433
University of Florida4433
University of Delaware44343444
University of Connecticut, Storrs4322
University of Chicago4444
University of California, Santa Barbara4322
University of California, San Diego4322
University of California, Los Angeles4322
University of California, Irvine4322
University of California, Davis4322
University of California, Berkeley4322
United States Naval Academy4422
United States Military Academy
United States Air Force Academy44444433
Tulane University4333
Tufts University4444
Texas A&M University44343434
Syracuse University4444
Swarthmore College4333
Stevens Institute of Technology443
Stanford University4433
Southern Methodist University44343333
Smith College4332
Sewanee: University of the South44342424
Scripps College43-43-43-4
Santa Clara University44342333
Rutgers University43-42
Rice University4322
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute443433
Purdue University4433
Princeton University4444
Pomona College44342424
Pepperdine University
Penn State University4333
Ohio State University44343323
Occidental College4333
Oberlin College4333
Northwestern University4324
Northeastern University434345
New York University44343434
Mount Holyoke College43-43-43
Middlebury College444
Massachusetts Institute of Technology4432
Macalester College4333
Lehigh University434242
Lafayette College432
Kenyon College44443433
Johns Hopkins University4444
Haverford College4333
Harvey Mudd College44443412
Harvard University4445
Hamilton College4333
Grinnell College4433
Georgia Institute of Technology4443
Georgetown University44241424
George Washington University44242424
Fordham University44343434
Emory University4444
Duke University4333
Davidson College43424
Dartmouth College4444
Cornell University4444
Columbia University4444
Colorado School of Mines4433
Colorado College44
College of William and Mary4444
Colgate University44343434
Colby College4322
Clemson University43432
Claremont McKenna College44342322
Case Western Reserve University44343434
Carnegie Mellon University443
Carleton College4333
California Institute of Technology34442313
Bucknell University44342224
Bryn Mawr College4322
Brown University44343422
Brigham Young University4432
Brandeis University4444
Bowdoin College4444
Boston University44343434
Boston College4444
Bates College44343434
Barnard College4333
Babson College
Amherst College4434
American University44343424