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2020-21 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 nearly 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 2020

InstitutionTeacher Recommendations RequiredCounselor Recommendation Required*Additional Info
Agnes Scott College1Yes
Albion CollegeYes
Alfred UniversityYes
Allegheny College1Yes
Alma CollegeNo
American University1Yes
Amherst College2Yes
Appalachian State UniversityNo
Arizona State UniversityNoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
Auburn UniversityNo
Augustana College (IL)No
Austin College1Yes
Babson College1Yes
Bard College2Yes
Barnard College2Yes
Bates College2Yes
Baylor UniversityNo
Belmont UniversityYes
Beloit College1No
Bennington College2Yes
Bentley University1Yes
Berea College1Yes
Berry CollegeYes
Birmingham Southern CollegeNo
Boston College2Yes
Boston University1Yes
Bowdoin College1YesA second recommendation is required, but it doesn't have to come from a teacher.
Bradley UniversityNo
Brandeis University1Yes
Brigham Young University1NoA second recommendation from a religious leader is required.
Brown University2Yes
Bryant UniversityYes
Bryn Mawr College2Yes
Bucknell University1Yes
Butler UniversityNo
California Institute of Technology2No
Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoNo
Calvin University1No
Canisius College1Yes
Carleton College2Yes
Carnegie Mellon University1Yes
Case Western Reserve University2Yes
Catholic University1Yes
Centre College1Yes
Champlain College1Yes
Chapman University1Yes
Christopher Newport UniversityNo
Claremont McKenna College2Yes
Clark University1Yes
Clarkson University1Yes
Clemson UniversityNoOne (1) teacher and one (1) counselor recommendation required for Honors applicants
Coe CollegeNo
Colby College2Yes
Colgate University2Yes
College of CharlestonNoOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
College of the Atlantic2Yes
College of the Holy Cross1Yes
College of the Ozarks2No
College of William and MaryYes
Colorado College2Yes
Colorado School of MinesNo
Colorado State UniversityNoOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
Columbia University2Yes
Connecticut College2Yes
Cooper Union2Yes
Cornell CollegeNo
Cornell University2Yes
Creighton UniversityYes
CUNY Baruch CollegeNoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Macaulay Honors
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeNoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Macaulay Honors
CUNY, City CollegeNoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Macaulay Honors
CUNY, Hunter CollegeNoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Macaulay Honors
Dartmouth College2YesPeer recommendation encouraged
Davidson College2Yes
Denison University1Yes
DePaul UniversityNo
DePauw University1No
Dickinson College1Yes
Drake UniversityNo
Drew University1Yes
Drexel University1Yes
Duke University2Yes
Duquesne UniversityNoOne (1) letter required (2 recommended) for health sciences majors
Earlham College1Yes
East Carolina UniversityNo
Eckerd CollegeYes
Elizabethtown CollegeYes
Elon UniversityYes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityNoTwo letters of recommendation are suggested
Emerson College1Yes
Emory University2Yes
Evergreen State CollegeNo
Fairfield UniversityYes
Florida Atlantic UniversityNo
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNo
Florida Institute of TechnologyYes
Florida International UniversityNo
Florida Southern CollegeYes
Florida State UniversityNoOne (1) teacher and one (1) counselor recommendation required for Honors applicants
Fordham UniversityYes
Franklin & Marshall College1Yes
Furman UniversityNo
George Mason UniversityNo
George Washington University1Yes
Georgetown CollegeNo
Georgetown University1Yes
Georgia College and State UniversityNo
Georgia Institute of TechnologyNo
Georgia State UniversityNo
Gettysburg College1Yes
Gonzaga University1No
Goucher College1Yes
Grinnell College2Yes
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNo
Hamilton College1Yes
Hampshire College1Yes
Harvard University2Yes
Harvey Mudd College2YesHMC requires one (1) recommendation from a math or science teacher and one (1) recommendation from a humanities, social science, or arts teacher.
Haverford College2Yes
Hendrix CollegeNo
High Point UniversityYes
Hiram CollegeNo
Hobart and William Smith Colleges1Yes
Hofstra University2Yes
Hollins UniversityYes
Hood CollegeNo
Hope CollegeNo
Howard University1Yes
Illinois Institute of Technology1No
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNo
Indiana UniversityNoOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
Ithaca CollegeYes
James Madison UniversityNo
Johns Hopkins University2Yes
Juniata College1Yes
Kalamazoo College1Yes
Kenyon College1Yes
Kettering UniversityNo
Knox College1Yes
Lafayette College1Yes
Lake Forest College1No
Lawrence University1Yes
Lehigh University1Yes
Lewis & Clark College1No
Louisiana State University1No
Loyola Marymount University1Yes
Loyola University ChicagoYesRequired letter can be submitted by teacher or counselor
Loyola University Maryland1Yes
Macalester College2Yes
Marietta CollegeYes
Marist College1Yes
Marquette UniversityNo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology2YesMIT requires one (1) recommendation from a math or science teacher and one (1) recommendation from a humanities, social science, or language teacher.
McDaniel CollegeNo
Messiah CollegeNo
Miami UniversityYes
Michigan State UniversityNo
Middlebury College2Yes
Millsaps CollegeNo
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNo
Mississippi State UniversityNo
Morehouse College1Yes
Mount Holyoke College2Yes
Muhlenberg College1Yes
New College of FloridaNo
New Jersey Institute of Technology1Yes
New York University1Yes
North Carolina State UniversityNo
Northeastern University1Yes
Northwestern University1Yes
Oberlin College2Yes
Occidental College2Yes
Oglethorpe UniversityNo
Ohio State UniversityNo
Ohio UniversityNoTwo (2) letters strongly recommended for applicants to Honors
Oregon State UniversityNo
Penn State UniversityNoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
Pepperdine University1No
Pitzer College1No
Pomona College2Yes
Princeton University2Yes
Principia College1Yes
Providence CollegeYes
Purdue UniversityNo
Quinnipiac UniversityNo
Ramapo College of New Jersey1No
Reed College2Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute1Yes
Rhodes College1Yes
Rice University2Yes
Ripon CollegeNo
Roanoke CollegeNo
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYes
Rockhurst UniversityNo
Rollins CollegeYes
Rutgers UniversityNo
Saint John's University (MN)No
Saint Joseph's UniversityYes
Saint Louis UniversityNo
Saint Mary's College, Notre DameYes
Saint Michael's College1Yes
Samford UniversityYesRequired letter can be submitted by teacher or counselor
San Diego State UniversityNo
San Francisco State UniversityNo
Santa Clara University1No
Sarah Lawrence College2Yes
Scripps College2Yes
Seattle University1Yes
Seton Hall University1Yes
Sewanee: University of the South1Yes
Siena CollegeYes
Simmons University1Yes
Skidmore College2Yes
Smith College2Yes
Southern Methodist UniversityYes
Southwestern UniversityYes
Spelman College1Yes
St. Edward's UniversityYes
St. John's College, Annapolis1Yes
St. John's College, Santa Fe1Yes
St. Lawrence University2Yes
St. Mary's College of Maryland1Yes
St. Olaf College1No
Stanford University2Yes
Steston UniversityYes
Stevens Institute of Technology1Yes
Stonehill College1Yes
SUNY Binghamton UniversityYes
SUNY Stony BrookNo
SUNY University at BuffaloNo
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryNo
SUNY, Geneseo1Yes
SUNY, Maritime College1Yes
SUNY, New Paltz1No
SUNY, Oneonta1Yes
SUNY, OswegoYes
SUNY, Purchase College1Yes
SUNY, University at AlbanyNo
Susquehanna UniversityYes
Swarthmore College2Yes
Syracuse University2Yes
Temple UniversityNo
Texas A&M UniversityNoOne (1) letter recommended for applicants to BBA Honors
Texas Christian University1Yes
Texas Tech UniversityNo
The College of New JerseyNoThough not required, TCNJ strongly encourages the submission of 2-3 recommendations
The College of Wooster1Yes
Thomas Aquinas College3No
Towson UniversityNo
Trinity College2Yes
Trinity University1Yes
Truman State UniversityNo
Tufts University1Yes
Tulane UniversityYes
Union College1Yes
United States Air Force Academy3Yes
United States Coast Guard Academy2YesApplicants must submit a letter from an English instructor and math instructor
United States Merchant Marine Academy2Yes
United States Military Academy3Yes
United States Naval Academy3Yes
University of AlabamaNo
University of ArizonaNo
University of California, BerkeleyNoMay ask for a letter of recommendation as part of a supplemental application review
University of California, DavisNo
University of California, IrvineNo
University of California, Los AngelesNoMay ask for a letter of recommendation as part of a supplemental application review
University of California, RiversideNo
University of California, San DiegoNo
University of California, Santa BarbaraNo
University of California, Santa CruzNo
University of Central FloridaNo
University of Chicago2No
University of Cincinnati1No
University of Colorado Boulder1No
University of Connecticut, StorrsNo
University of DallasYes
University of DaytonNo
University of DelawareNo
University of DenverYes
University of EvansvilleNo
University of FloridaNo
University of GeorgiaYesOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
University of Hawaii at ManoaNo
University of HoustonNo
University of Illinois at ChicagoNo
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignNo
University of IowaNo
University of KansasNo
University of KentuckyNo
University of LouisvilleNo
University of MaineYes
University of Mary WashingtonYesRequired letter can be submitted by teacher or counselor
University of Maryland1Yes
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyNo
University of Massachusetts AmherstYes
University of Miami1Yes
University of Michigan1No
University of MinnesotaNo
University of Minnesota, MorrisNo
University of MississippiNoThree (3) letters required for applicants to Honors (2 teachers and 1 counselor)
University of Missouri, ColumbiaNo
University of Missouri, Kansas CityNo
University of MontanaNo
University of Nebraska-LincolnNo
University of New HampshireYes
University of North Carolina at AshevilleYes
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1No
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNo
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNo
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonNo
University of North TexasNo
University of Notre Dame1NoCounselor recommendation is encouraged but not required
University of OklahomaNo
University of OregonNoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
University of Pennsylvania2Yes
University of PittsburghNo
University of Portland1Yes
University of Puget Sound1Yes
University of Redlands1No
University of Rhode IslandYes
University of RichmondYes
University of Rochester1Yes
University of San DiegoYes
University of San FranciscoNo
University of ScrantonYes
University of South CarolinaNoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
University of South FloridaNo
University of Southern CaliforniaYes
University of St. Thomas (MN)No
University of TennesseeNo
University of Texas at AustinNo
University of Texas at DallasNo
University of TulsaNo
University of UtahNo
University of VermontYes
University of Virginia1Yes
University of WashingtonNo
University of Wisconsin1No
Ursinus CollegeYes
Vanderbilt University2Yes
Vassar College1Yes
Villanova University1Yes
Virginia TechNo
Wabash CollegeYes
Wake Forest University1Yes
Warren Wilson CollegeYes
Washington & Jefferson CollegeNoRecommended letter can be submitted by teacher or counselor
Washington and Lee University2Yes
Washington State UniversityNo
Washington University1Yes
Wellesley College2Yes
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyYes
Wesleyan University2Yes
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNo
Westmont College1No
Wheaton College (IL)1No
Wheaton College (MA)1Yes
Whitman College1Yes
Whittier College1Yes
Williams College2Yes
Wittenberg UniversityNo
Wofford CollegeYes
Worcester Polytechnic Institute1Yes
Xavier UniversityYes
Yale University2Yes
Yeshiva University2No

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

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