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 courses. 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.

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