2021-22 College Recommendation Requirements

Hopefully, you won’t be asking your high school teachers to write you a letter of recommendation hours before the application deadline. In fact, we recommend locking down your recommenders well in advance. Enlightened College Applicants will get ahead of the game by utilizing our user-friendly list of recommendation requirements at over 400 premier colleges and universities. Also included is whether each institution requires a recommendation from a guidance counselor.

*Data collected from institution websites.

Table updated August 2021

InstitutionTeacher Recommendations RequiredCounselor Recommendation Required*Additional Info
188429Adelphi University1NoOne or more letters of recommendation from a school/college counselor, teacher or school-based administrator. Letters from other sources, such as a volunteer coordinator, may also be considered.
138600Agnes Scott College1Yes
210669Allegheny College1Yes
131159American University1Yes
164465Amherst College1Yes
197869Appalachian State University0No
104151Arizona State University0No
100858Auburn University0No
143084Augustana College (IL)0YesTeacher letter is recommended
222983Austin College1Yes
164580Babson College0No
189088Bard College2Yes1 from Math/Science & 1 from English/Humanities
189097Barnard College2YesCore class 11th/12th grade
160977Bates College2Yes
223232Baylor University0No2 letters of recommendation are recommended
219709Belmont University0Yes
238333Beloit College1No
230816Bennington College2Yes1 from core class + 1 additional
164739Bentley University1Yes
156295Berea College1YesCore class teacher
196079Binghamton University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
211158Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania0No
164924Boston College2YesCore class teachers
164988Boston University1Yes
161004Bowdoin College2Yes1 core class 11th/12th grade + 1 additional
201441Bowling Green State University0No
143358Bradley University0NoRecommended but not required
165015Brandeis University1Yes1 fom core class
230038Brigham Young University-Provo2-3NoBYU sends email request to 1 religious, 1 core class teacher, 1 additional
217156Brown University2YesCore class teachers
217165Bryant University0YesMandatory counselor, Teacher is optional
211273Bryn Mawr College2Yes
211291Bucknell University0No
150163Butler University0NoUp to 2 optional recommendations may be submitted
110529Cal Poly, Pomona0No
110422Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo0No
110404California Institute of Technology2Yes1 from math/science & 1 from humanities/social science + 2 optional
110556California State University, Fresno0No
110565California State University, Fullerton0No
110583California State University, Long Beach0No
173258Carleton College2Yes
211440Carnegie Mellon University1Yes
201645Case Western Reserve University2Yes
131283Catholic University of America1Yes
169248Central Michigan University0No
156408Centre College1YesCore Class 11th/12th grade
111948Chapman University1NoUp to 1 additional recommendation may be submitted
231712Christopher Newport University0No1 recommendation is optional
217864Citadel Military College of South Carolina0Yes
112260Claremont McKenna College1Yes
165334Clark University1Yes
190044Clarkson University1Yes
217882Clemson University0No
218724Coastal Carolina University0No
161086Colby College2YesCan send additional recommendations
190099Colgate University2Yes
217819College of Charleston0NoUp to 2 optional recommendations are welcome
174747College of Saint Benedict0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
166124College of the Holy Cross1Yes
231624College of William and Mary0Yes
126678Colorado College2NoCore class 11th grade, additional recommendations are welcome
126775Colorado School of Mines0Yes
126818Colorado State University1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
190150Columbia University2YesCore class teachers recommended
128902Connecticut College2YesRecommended core class 11th/12th grade
190372Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art1NoNeed additional when applying for Engineering
153162Cornell College0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
190415Cornell University2Yes
181002Creighton University0YesOptional recommendations are welcome
190512CUNY Bernard M Baruch College0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
190594CUNY Hunter College0NoRecommendations are optional
182670Dartmouth College2YesPeer recommendation strongly encouraged
198385Davidson College0NoPeer recommendation required
202523Denison University1YesAdditional recommendations are optional
144740DePaul University1YesUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
150400DePauw University1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
212009Dickinson College1Yes2 teacher recommended
153269Drake University0NoA recommendation is not required, but strongly encouraged
184348Drew University1Yes
212054Drexel University1Yes
198419Duke University2YesOptional additional recommendations are welcome
212106Duquesne University0No1 recommendation letter is required for health sciences majors, optional for other programs
150455Earlham College1Yes
198464East Carolina University0No
133492Eckerd College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
198516Elon University0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
133553Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University0No2 recommendations are suggested
165662Emerson College1Yes
139658Emory University2Yes
129242Fairfield University0Yes
133669Florida Atlantic University0No
433660Florida Gulf Coast University0No
133881Florida Institute of Technology0NoOptional by counselor or teacher recommendation
133951Florida International University0NoRecommended
134079Florida Southern College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
134097Florida State University0No
191241Fordham University0No2 recommendations are required
212577Franklin and Marshall College1YesAddtional recommendations are welcome
441982Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering2Yes1 must be from science/math teacher
218070Furman University0No
232186George Mason University1Yes
131469George Washington University1Yes
131496Georgetown University1Yes
139861Georgia College0No
139755Georgia Institute of Technology0NoOptional submission of 1 teacher & 1 counselor recommendation
139931Georgia Southern University0No
139940Georgia State University0No
212674Gettysburg College1Yes
235316Gonzaga University1No
162654Goucher College1YesCounselor is recommended, not required
153384Grinnell College2Yes
173647Gustavus Adolphus College0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
191515Hamilton College1Yes
166027Harvard University2YesAdditional recommendations are welcome
115409Harvey Mudd College2Yes1 must be from math/science & 1 must be from humanities/social science/arts teacher
212911Haverford College2Yes
107080Hendrix College1No
198695High Point University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
191630Hobart William Smith Colleges1Yes
191649Hofstra University1YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
170301Hope College0NoHomeschool students need a letter of recommendation from a non-family member
131520Howard University1Yes
145725Illinois Institute of Technology0Yes1 required from counselor or teacher, up to 3 accepted
145813Illinois State University0No
145646Illinois Wesleyan University0Yes1 required from counselor or teacher. additional welcome
151351Indiana University Bloomington0No
151111Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis0No
153603Iowa State University0No
191968Ithaca College0Yes1 required from counselor or teacher, additional welcome
232423James Madison University0No1 letter of recommendation is accepted
203368John Carroll University0YesOptional teacher recommendations are welcome
162928Johns Hopkins University2Yes
213251Juniata College1No
170532Kalamazoo College1Yes
155399Kansas State University0No
203535Kenyon College1YesCore class 11th grade, Up to 2 additional letters may be submitted
169983Kettering University0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
146427Knox College1Yes
213385Lafayette College1YesCore class 11th/12th grade
146481Lake Forest College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation, additional recommendations are welcome
239017Lawrence University1Yes
213543Lehigh University1Yes
209056Lewis & Clark College1YesCore Class teacher from 10th-12th grade
159391Louisiana State University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
117946Loyola Marymount University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
146719Loyola University Chicago0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
163046Loyola University Maryland1Yes
173902Macalester College1YesApplicants can submit an additional recommendation
192703Manhattan College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
192819Marist College0YesTeacher recommendation is optional
239105Marquette University0NoRecommendations are optional
166683Massachusetts Institute of Technology2Yes1 must be from a math/science & 1 must be from a humanities/social science/language teacher
166692Massachusetts Maritime Academy1Yes2 letters are required
164270McDaniel College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
140447Mercer University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
213987Mercyhurst University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
166850Merrimack College0NoOptional
204024Miami University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
171100Michigan State University0No
171128Michigan Technological University0No
230959Middlebury College2Yes
214041Millersville University of Pennsylvania0NoRecommended but not required
239318Milwaukee School of Engineering0No
176080Mississippi State University0No
178411Missouri University of Science and Technology0No
185572Monmouth University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
140553Morehouse College1Yes
166939Mount Holyoke College2YesCore class teachers
214175Muhlenberg College1Yes
262129New College of Florida0NoOptional
185828New Jersey Institute of Technology0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
187967New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology0No
193900New York University1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
199193North Carolina State University0No
167358Northeastern University1Yes
105330Northern Arizona University0No
147767Northwestern University1Yes
204501Oberlin College2Yes
120254Occidental College2YesCore class teachers from 10th-12th grade
204796Ohio State University0NoOptional
204857Ohio University0NoOptional
204909Ohio Wesleyan University0NoTeacher evaluation is encouraged
207388Oklahoma State University0NoOptional
232982Old Dominion University0NoOptional
209542Oregon State University0No
214777Pennsylvania State University - University Park0No
121150Pepperdine University1NoCan be core class teacher or counselor recommendation
121257Pitzer College1NoCore class 11th/12th grade, Optional from counselor or another teacher will be reviewed
121345Pomona College2Yes2 core class teachers, 1 optional from non-core is welcome
186131Princeton University2YesCore Class teacher from higher-level courses
217402Providence College0YesAdditional recommendations are welcome
243780Purdue University0No
130226Quinnipiac University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
186201Ramapo College of New Jersey1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
209922Reed College2Yes
194824Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute1YesPreferably a math/science teacher
217493Rhode Island School of Design1NoUp to 3 letters may be submitted
221351Rhodes College1YesCore class recommended, Up to 3 letters may be submitted
227757Rice University2Yes
195003Rochester Institute of Technology0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
217518Roger Williams University1NoCan be teacher or counselor recommendation
136950Rollins College0Yes
152318Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology1NoCan be teacher, counselor or principal recommendation
184782Rowan University1Yes
186371Rutgers University-Camden0No
186380Rutgers University-New Brunswick0No
186399Rutgers University-Newark0No
130253Sacred Heart University1NoCan be teacher or other recommendation
183239Saint Anselm College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
174792Saint Johns University (MN)0NoOptional
215770Saint Joseph's University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
179159Saint Louis University1NoCan be teacher, counselor, or other recommendation
152390Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame)0Yes
123554Saint Mary's College of California0NoNot required but encouraged
231059Saint Michael's College1Yes
163851Salisbury University0NoAdditional recommendations are welcome
217536Salve Regina University1Yes
102049Samford University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
122409San Diego State University0No
122597San Francisco State University0No
122755San Jose State University0No
122931Santa Clara University1Yes
195304Sarah Lawrence College1Yes2nd letter of recommendation is optional
123165Scripps College2YesPreferrably 11th/12th grade classes
236595Seattle University1Yes
186584Seton Hall University1Yes
221519Sewanee: The University of the South1YesCore class 11th/12th grade
195474Siena College0Yes
167783Simmons University1Yes
195526Skidmore College2Yes
167835Smith College2Yes
399911Soka University of America1YesCan be counselor, teacher or principal recommendations, need 2
228246Southern Methodist University1Yes
228343Southwestern University0YesCan be counselor or core class teacher recommendation
141060Spelman College1Yes
195809St John's University-New York0NoRecommended for test optional students
195216St Lawrence University2Yes
174844St Olaf College1NoCore class teacher
163976St. John's College (MD)1Yes
245652St. John's College (NM)1Yes
163912St. Mary's College of Maryland1Yes2 additional evaluations are welcome
243744Stanford University2YesGrades 11 & 12 teachers recommended
196176State University of New York at New Paltz0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
137546Stetson University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
186867Stevens Institute of Technology1Yes
167996Stonehill College1Yes
196097Stony Brook University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
168005Suffolk University0Yes
196060SUNY at Albany0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
196219SUNY at Purchase College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation; some programs require more than 1
196167SUNY College at Geneseo1No
196194SUNY College at Oswego0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
196200SUNY College at Potsdam0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
196103SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry0NoWill be considered if submitted
196149SUNY Cortland0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
196185SUNY Oneonta0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
216278Susquehanna University0YesAdditional teacher recommendations are welcome
216287Swarthmore College2Yes
196413Syracuse University1Yes
216339Temple University0NoUp to 2 optional letters will be reviewed
228723Texas A & M University-College Station0NoUp to 2 optional letters will be reviewed
228875Texas Christian University1Yes
187134The College of New Jersey1YesStrongly encourages 2-3 total letters of recommendation
206589The College of Wooster1Yes
180489The University of Montana0No
221759The University of Tennessee-Knoxville0NoOptional
228778The University of Texas at Austin0NoUp to 2 optional letters may be submitted
228787The University of Texas at Dallas0NoUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
164076Towson University0No
157818Transylvania University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
130590Trinity College0YesCan be counselor, teacher, or mentor; Additional recommendations are welcome
229267Trinity University1Yes
178615Truman State University0No
168148Tufts University1YesCore class 11th/12th grade
160755Tulane University0Yes
196866Union College1Yes
128328United States Air Force Academy3YesAFTER nomination, 1 Math 11th/12th grade, 1 English 11th/12th grade + 1 additional
130624United States Coast Guard Academy2Yes1 from math, 1 from english
197027United States Merchant Marine Academy2YesAFTER nomination, 1 from math, 1 from english, 1 from chem/physics
197036United States Military Academy3Yes
164155United States Naval Academy3Yes
196088University at Buffalo0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
100751University of Alabama0No
100663University of Alabama at Birmingham0No
104179University of Arizona0No
106397University of Arkansas0No
110635University of California, Berkeley0NoMay ask for a letter of recommendation as part of a supplemental application review
110644University of California, Davis0No
110653University of California, Irvine0No
110662University of California, Los Angeles0NoMay ask for a letter of recommendation as part of a supplemental application review
445188University of California, Merced0No
110671University of California, Riverside0No
110680University of California, San Diego0No
110705University of California, Santa Barbara0No
110714University of California, Santa Cruz0No
132903University of Central Florida0No
144050University of Chicago2YesCore class teachers
201885University of Cincinnati0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
126614University of Colorado Boulder0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
129020University of Connecticut0NoUp to 2 optional letters may be submitted
224323University of Dallas1Yes
202480University of Dayton0Yes
130943University of Delaware0YesAdditional letters are considered
127060University of Denver0YesAdditional letters are considered
134130University of Florida0No
139959University of Georgia1Yes
225511University of Houston0No
145600University of Illinois at Chicago0NoRecommendations are encouraged
145637University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign0No
153658University of Iowa0NoUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
155317University of Kansas0No
157085University of Kentucky0NoUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
157289University of Louisville0No
161253University of Maine0YesUp to 2 optional letters may be submitted
232681University of Mary Washington0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
163268University of Maryland, Baltimore County0NoUp to 2 optional letters may be submitted
163286University of Maryland, College Park1YesUp to 2 additional letters may be submitted
166629University of Massachusetts Amherst0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
166638University of Massachusetts Boston0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
166513University of Massachusetts Lowell0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
220862University of Memphis0No
135726University of Miami0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
170976University of Michigan1YesUp to 2 additional letters may be submitted
171137University of Michigan-Dearborn0NoLetters may be requested
174233University of Minnesota-Duluth0No
174251University of Minnesota-Morris0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
174066University of Minnesota-Twin Cities0No1 optional letter is welcome
176017University of Mississippi0No
178396University of Missouri-Columbia0No
181464University of Nebraska-Lincoln0No
182281University of Nevada-Las Vegas0No
182290University of Nevada-Reno0No
183044University of New Hampshire0YesCan be counselor or core class teacher; 1 additional recommendation maybe submitted
187985University of New Mexico0NoReconsideration may require recommendations
199111University of North Carolina at Asheville0YesUp to 2 optional recommendations will be considered
199120University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1No2 addttional recommendations will be considered
199139University of North Carolina at Charlotte0No1 optional recommendation will be considered
199218University of North Carolina Wilmington0No2 optional recommendation will be considered
200280University of North Dakota0NoUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
136172University of North Florida0No
227216University of North Texas0No
152080University of Notre Dame1YesTeach recommendation must be a core class; Counselor evaluation recommended but not required
207500University of Oklahoma0NoUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
209551University of Oregon0No
215062University of Pennsylvania2Yes Prefer 11th/12th grade classes, 1 additional recommedation may be submitted
215293University of Pittsburgh0No
209825University of Portland0YesCan be counselor or teacher
236328University of Puget Sound1Yes
121691University of Redlands1Yes
217484University of Rhode Island0YesCan be a teacher, but counselor is prefered; 1 additional recommendation will be considered
233374University of Richmond0YesCan be a teacher, but counselor is prefered; up to 2 additional recommendations may be considered
195030University of Rochester1Yes
122436University of San Diego0YesCan be counselor or teacher; additional recommendations are welcome
122612University of San Francisco0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
215929University of Scranton0YesOptional recommendations are welcome
218663University of South Carolina0No
219471University of South Dakota0No
137351University of South Florida0No
123961University of Southern California0YesCan be counselor or teacher
174914University of St Thomas (MN)0NoTwo letters are suggested
137847University of Tampa0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
120883University of the Pacific0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
207971University of Tulsa0NoCounselor recommendation is suggested
230764University of Utah0No
231174University of Vermont0YesCan be counselor or teacher
234076University of Virginia-Main Campus1Yes
236948University of Washington0No
240329University of Wisconsin-La Crosse0NoUp to 2 optional recommendations will be considered
240444University of Wisconsin-Madison1NoCan be counselor or teacher; 1 additional recommendation is welcome
240727University of Wyoming0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
216524Ursinus College0Yes
152600Valparaiso University0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
221999Vanderbilt University2Yes
197133Vassar College1YesTeacher recommendation must be from a core class
216597Villanova University1Yes
234030Virginia Commonwealth University0No
234085Virginia Military Institute0No
233921Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University0No
152673Wabash College0YesUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
199847Wake Forest University1Yes
216667Washington & Jefferson College0No1 letter from a counselor or teachers is recommended
234207Washington and Lee University2Yes
164216Washington College0YesTeacher recommendation is recommended
236939Washington State University0No
179867Washington University in St. Louis1Yes
168218Wellesley College2Yes
130697Wesleyan University2Yes
216764West Chester University of Pennsylvania0No
238032West Virginia University0No
200004Western Carolina University0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
237011Western Washington University0No
125727Westmont College1No
149781Wheaton College IL1Nocore class teacher; 1 additional recommendation is needed from a Christian mentor or an interview
168281Wheaton College MA1YesTeacher 11th/12th grade class
237057Whitman College1Yes
125763Whittier College1Yes
237066Whitworth University0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
210401Willamette University0YesOptional core teacher recommendations are welcome
168342Williams College2Yes
218973Wofford College0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
168421Worcester Polytechnic Institute1Yes
206622Xavier University0Yes
130794Yale University2Yes
197708Yeshiva University2No

*In addition to the School Report form that counselors are also required to complete (for most schools).

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