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 October 2023

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InstitutionSchool ReportTeacher Recommendations RequiredCounselor Recommendation Required*Additional Info
Adelphi UniversityNo1NoOne 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.
Agnes Scott CollegeYes1NoInvitations sent via Common App
Allegheny CollegeYes1NoOptional letter from pastor, coach, employer, etc.
American UniversityYes1NoOptional additional recommendation letter; Counselor can provide optional recommendation letter
Amherst CollegeYes2YesFrom an English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language
Appalachian State UniversityNo0No
Arizona State UniversityNo0No
Auburn UniversityNo0No
Augustana College (IL)Yes0NoTeacher recommendation is encouraged, but not required
Austin CollegeNo0NoSchool Report/Couselor Recommendation/ Teacher Recommendations are optional
Babson CollegeYes1Yes
Bard CollegeYes2YesOne from Math/Science & One from Language/Humanities/Art
Barnard CollegeYes2YesFrom an English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language during 11th & 12th Grade
Bates CollegeYes1YesForms included in Common Application or Coalition Application; Can submit up to 2 teacher recommendations
Baylor UniversityNo0NoTwo letters of recommendation are recommended
Belmont UniversityYes*0Yes*Requires either the School Report or Counselor Recommendation Letter
Beloit CollegeYes0NoStrongly recommended - Recommend 1 but will read 3; Prefer academic teachers
Bennington CollegeYes2YesTeacher recommendations at least two different subject areas: English, mathematics, foreign languages, science, & social studies. Additional recommendations from other teachers, mentors, & employers maybe submitted. Use the form provided by the Common Application.
Bentley UniversityNo1Yes
Berea CollegeNo0NoOptional - teachers, coaches, mentors, counselors, etc.
Binghamton UniversityNo1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Boston CollegeYes2YesRecommend that these evaluations are written by teachers who have taught you in one of the five main academic subject areas (English, Social Studies, Science, Math, or Foreign Language).
Boston UniversityYes1YesSubmit through Common App
Bowdoin CollegeYes2YesTeacher who has taught applicant either junior or senior year in an academic core subject (English, math, lab sciences, social sciences, and foreign languages) that appears on their official high school transcript. Other recommendation - may be second teacher, clergy, coach, community-based organization counselor, employer, peer, or community member who can speak to the applicant's contributions to the wider community or share insights not otherwise captured in the application.
Bowling Green State UniversityNo0No
Bradley UniversityNo0NoOne letter of recommendation may be valuable for some students. Students may elect to include a letter from a teacher, school counselor, coach, or school activity advisor.
Brandeis UniversityYes1YesFrom a teacher who has instructed you in a core academic course (math, science, history, foreign language or English)
Brigham Young UniversityNo2-3NoBYU sends email request to one religious, one core class teacher, one additional
Brown UniversityYes2YesFrom a teacher who has instructed you in a core academic course (math, science, history, foreign language or English)
Bryant UniversityYes1NoWe require one academic letter of recommendation, either from a counselor or teacher
Bryn Mawr CollegeNo2Yes
Bucknell UniversityNo0No
Butler UniversityYes0NoOptional recommendations will be considered
Cal Poly, PomonaNo0No
Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoNo0No
Yes2YesOne from math/science & One from humanities/social science + One optional
Carleton CollegeYes2Yes
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNo1Yes
Yes2YesAdditional recommendations are allowed
Catholic University of AmericaYes1Yes
Central Michigan UniversityNo0No
Centre CollegeYes1NoA teacher evaluation completed by someone who has taught you in a college preparatory course in your sophomore, junior or senior year.
Chapman UniversityYes1NoUp to one additional recommendation may be submitted; Your counselor may also submit an attached letter of recommendation, although it is not required.
Christopher Newport UniversityNo0No1 core subject teacher evaluation recommended (English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, or science); School Report is optional
Claremont McKenna CollegeYes1YesRecommendation should be completed by a teacher who taught you in a core academic area (English, mathematics, foreign language, science, or social sciences)
Clark UniversityNo1YesCan submit up to 2 teacher recommendations
Clarkson UniversityNo1YesLetter of recommendation from a core subject teacher; Additional letters of recommendation from employers, coaches, etc. accepted
Clemson UniversityNo0No
Coastal Carolina UniversityNo0NoLetters of recommendation may be supplied if applying test optional
Colby CollegeYes2YesCan send additional recommendations
Colgate UniversityNo2YesRecommendations must be from core academic teachers who worked with a student in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
College of CharlestonNo0NoUp to 2 optional recommendations are welcome (from guidance counselor and/or teachers)
College of Saint BenedictNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
College of the Holy CrossNo1YesAddtional letters of support from coaches, parents/guardians, and mentors welcome
College of William and MaryYes0YesOptional teacher evaluation form including teacher letter of recommendation
Colorado CollegeNo2NoTeacher recommendations preferably from 11th grade core classes; additional recommendations are welcome; Counselor letter recommended but not required
Colorado School of MinesNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
Colorado State UniversityNo0No
Columbia UniversityYes2YesMust come from teachers who taught academic disciplines; For engineering applicants, one must come from a math or science teacher
Connecticut CollegeYes2YesPreferably from junior or senior year; academic teachers
No1-2Yes (Engineering)Engineering encourages at least one from STEM instructor; 2 (Engineering), 1 (Art and Architecture); Additional letters can be submitted
Cornell CollegeNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
Cornell UniversityYes2YesEngineering - one must be from math teacher (pre-calculus or calculus teacher preferred)
Creighton UniversityYes*0Yes*Optional recommendations are welcome; Requires either Secondary School Report or a Counselor Recommendation
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
CUNY Hunter CollegeNo0NoRecommendations are optional
Dartmouth CollegeYes2YesTeacher recommendations must be from academic teacher; Peer recommendation strongly encouraged; Additional recommendation allowed
Davidson CollegeYes2+YesTwo recommendations from academic instructors, one must come from a core academic subject (English, math, science, history/social science, or a second language); Peer Recommendation - We ask that someone of similar age to the applicant (a friend, a coworker, a teammate, etc) complete the online peer recommendation.
Denison UniversityYes1YesMust be from core course
DePaul UniversityYes0YesUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
DePauw UniversityYes1NoLetter of recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, coach/mentor or church/youth group leader
Dickinson CollegeNo1YesAcademic teacher recommendations (through the Common Application; one required, two recommended)
Drake UniversityNo0NoOptional - teacher or high school counselor
Drew UniversityNo1Yes
Drexel UniversityNo1Yes2 letters of recommendation are required - one must be from school counselor
Duke UniversityNo2YesTeacher recommendations must be from English, math, social studies, sciences, and foreign languages); Preferably from last two years of secondary school; Pratt School of Engineering requires one recommendation from math or science teacher; Can submit one personal recommendation from employer, mentor, etc.
Duquesne UniversityNo0 or 1No1 recommendation letter is required for health professions applicants; Optional for other programs
Earlham CollegeNo1NoCan be completed by school counselor or core teacher
East Carolina UniversityNo0No
Eckerd CollegeNo1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Elon UniversityYes0No
Emerson CollegeYes1YesTeacher evaluation from academic subject (English, history, science, math, social studies, or foreign language)
Emory UniversityYes2YesCore-area academic teachers
Fairfield UniversityYes0NoOptional recommendations from teachers, counselors, others
Florida Atlantic UniversityNo0No
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNo0No
Florida Institute of TechnologyNo0NoOptional - Can be from teacher, mentor, or coach
Florida International UniversityNo0No
Florida Southern CollegeNo1NoTeacher or school counselor
Florida State UniversityNo0No
Fordham UniversityNo1NoPrefer letter come from academic source; May provide additional letters
Franklin and Marshall CollegeNo1YesFrom teacher during high school years
Yes2YesOne Letter of Recommendation must be from a STEM teacher. The other Letter of Recommendation may be from a teacher of your choice.
Furman UniversityYes0No
George Mason UniversityYes1Yes
George Washington UniversityYes1YesAcademic teacher
Georgetown UniversityYes1YesThe Recommendations Request section of the supplement that will ask you to provide the names and email addresses of your high school counselor and recommending teacher(s). Emails are sent to them automatically to request these documents for your application.
Georgia CollegeNo0NoHighly recommended; 1-2 letters from teachers/counselor
Georgia Institute of TechnologyYes0NoOptional - May submit up to four recommendations; Counselor - 1; Teachers - up to 2; Clergy member, college access counselor, or empoyer - 1
Georgia Southern UniversityNo0No
Georgia State UniversityNo0NoOptional - 1 counselor letter and up to 2 teacher recommendations
Gettysburg CollegeYes*1Yes*Can submit School Report and/or Counselor Recommendation Letter
Gonzaga UniversityYes1NoAcademic Teacher
Goucher CollegeYes1NoRecommendation letter from counselor is not required, but recommended); Letter of recommendation from academic teacher
Grinnell CollegeYes2Yes
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
Hamilton CollegeNo1YesMay submit an additional teacher recommendation
Harvard UniversityYes2YesAdditional recommendations are welcome
Harvey Mudd CollegeYes2Yes1 must be from math/science & 1 must be from humanities/social science/arts teacher; Counselor recommendation when available
Haverford CollegeYes2YesEnglish, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language
Hendrix CollegeYes0NoOptional
High Point UniversityYes1NoProvide one letter of recommendation from either your counselor or a teacher
Hobart William Smith CollegesNo1NoOne teacher or counselor recommendation
Hofstra UniversityNo1NoMinimum of 1 recommendation letter from a guidance counselor or teacher. Two preferred.
Hope CollegeNo0No
Howard UniversityNo1Yes
Illinois Institute of TechnologyNo0NoOptional - up to 3 accepted
Illinois State UniversityNo0No
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNo00Optional - Can submit if candidate wants to
Indiana University BloomingtonNo0No
Iowa State UniversityNo0No
Ithaca CollegeYes1NoOne letter of recommendation either from your school counselor or an academic teacher; Can submit more letters from coach, employer, club leader, etc.)
James Madison UniversityNo0No1 letter of recommendation is accepted
John Carroll UniversityYes0YesOptional teacher recommendations are welcome
Johns Hopkins UniversityYes2Yes
Juniata CollegeNo1NoMore can be submitted
Kalamazoo CollegeYes1YesAlso accept alternative recommendations: coach, employer, pastor, friend of the family
Kansas State UniversityNo0No
Kenyon CollegeYes1YesWe prefer the recommendation be provided by an instructor who taught you in a year-long, traditional college-preparatory course in your junior year; May submit up to 2 more recommendations
Kettering UniversityNo0No
Knox CollegeYes1NoA teacher from an academic subject area (English, math, social studies, science, or language)
Lafayette CollegeYes1YesTeacher recommendation by a person who taught you in an academic subject during your junior and/or senior year
Lake Forest CollegeNo1NoWe require a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or a college counselor. Though not required, you may also submit one additional reference from an athletic coach, scout leader, community service coordinator, or work supervisor.
Lawrence UniversityYes1No
Lehigh UniversityYes1Yes
Lewis & Clark CollegeYes1NoA teacher in an academic course (English, mathematics, science, foreign language, history, or social studies) 10th-12th grade
Louisiana State UniversityNo1NoFrom an academic source (counselor, teacher, advisor, administrator, etc.) or someone who can speak to your ambitions, work ethic, or perseverance through challenges.
Loyola Marymount UniversityNo1NoA letter from a teacher and a letter from your counselor or principal is recommended
Loyola University ChicagoNo1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Loyola University MarylandNo1Yes
Macalester CollegeNo1YesA teacher in one of the core academic subjects (English, social studies, world language, mathematics, or science)
Manhattan CollegeNo1NoA teacher or guidance counselor is required; Applicants may submit up to three academic letters; Also permitted to submit an additional character reference.
Marist CollegeNo0YesTeacher recommendation is optional
Marquette UniversityNo0NoRecommendations are optional
Yes2YesRecommend one evaluation from a math/science teacher, and one from a humanities, social science, or language teacher; One additional supplemental evaluation allowed
No1NoRecommendations can come from any source who is not a relative (i.e. coaches, employers, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.); Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 must submit a letter of reference from a teacher or school counselor
McDaniel CollegeNo0NoOptional but strongly recommended to submit at least one letter
Mercer UniversityNo1*NoOnly for Test-Optional Students: From one of your high school teachers or counselors about your work ethic, school engagement, academic achievement, and more
Mercyhurst UniversityNo1NoDoes not specify who the letter must come from
Merrimack CollegeNo1NoFrom a teacher or school counselor
Miami UniversityNo1NoFrom a school counselor or academic teacher
Michigan State UniversityNo0No
No0NoOptional; Counselor can send in High School Counselor Information form
Middlebury CollegeYes2Yes
No0NoLetters of reference are recommended, but not required
Mississippi State UniversityNo0No
Monmouth UniversityNo1No
Morehouse CollegeNo1Yes
Mount Holyoke CollegeYes2YesFrom core academic classes
Muhlenberg CollegeNo1YesTeacher in core academic area
New College of FloridaNo0NoOptional - From your college counselor, principal, dean or teacher who has taught you in an academic subject
New York UniversityYes1NoFrom a teacher, counselor, coach, supervisor, or anyone else in a position of authority; Up to 3 allowed
North Carolina State UniversityNo0No
Northeastern UniversityNo1YesCan submit 1-2 additional recommendations
Northern Arizona UniversityNo0No
Northwestern UniversityYes1YesWill accept supplemental letters of recommendation
Oberlin CollegeYes2NoFrom teachers who have taught in core academic subjects (English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, or an AP/IB class) in either the junior or senior year
Occidental CollegeYes1YesCore academic subject area is preferred. Ideally, we’d like a letter from those who taught you in 10th, 11th, or 12th-grade.
Ohio State UniversityNo0NoNot required; Counselor may send a maximum of two letters of recommendation
Ohio UniversityNo0NoOptional
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityYes0NoTeacher evaluation is encouraged
Oklahoma State UniversityNo0No
Old Dominion UniversityNo0NoOptional; Strongly recommended
Oregon State UniversityNo0No
Pepperdine UniversityNo1NoMust be from a core subject (math, science, English, history, foreign language, religion) teacher or counselor
Pitzer CollegeYes1NoShould come from a teacher who has taught you during your junior or senior year in a core academic subject. A recommendation from your college counselor and one additional recommendation will be accepted, but both are optional.
Pomona CollegeYes2YesTeachers of core academic subject areas: English, foreign languages, math, science or social sciences; Optionally, a recommendation from a teacher of an elective subject (music, art, journalism, etc.), or by a coach, employer or other individual who can speak to your skills or special qualities may serve as an additional recommendation.
Princeton UniversityYes2YesHigher-level courses (e.g. AP, IB Higher/Standard Level, A-levels, etc.) in different academic areas of study from core academic areas, such as English, language, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or math
Providence CollegeYes0YesMay submit additional letters from teachers, coaches, employers, or others who may want to advocate on your behalf.
Purdue UniversityNo0No
Quinnipiac UniversityNo1NoFrom a teacher, guidance counselor or someone who can reflect on your dedication and work ethic
Ramapo College of New JerseyNo1NoFrom a school counselor, teacher or other individual who can attest to your abilities
Reed CollegeYes2YesTeacher Evaluations (from two different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor)
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNo1NoFrom a counselor or teacher, preferrably a math or science teacher who knows you well
Rhode Island School of DesignNo1NoAs many as three may be submitted. Recommendation letters should be written by teachers or other professionals who have firsthand knowledge of your art or academic achievements and can comment on your potential as a student.
Rhodes CollegeYes1YesMay submit more than one recommendation, but no more than three. Ask a teacher from any class, but those from academic core subjects tend to provide the most informative letters
Rice UniversityNo2YesFrom teachers of core academic subjects, and ideally one recommendation would relate to the applicant's intended area of study: Supplemental recommendations allowed - can be from an employer, supervisor, coach, mentor, or another teacher
Roger Williams UniversityNo1NoA minimum of one letter of recommendation; Additional letters welcome
Rollins CollegeYes1NoFrom a teacher, counselor, or other academic reference
No1NoFrom a teacher, counselor or principal
Rowan UniversityYes1YesFrom a teacher or school counselor
Rutgers University-CamdenNo0No
Rutgers University-NewarkNo0No
Sacred Heart UniversityNo1NoFrom an individual other than a family member
Saint Anselm CollegeYes1NoBy a school counselor or a teacher (preferably from the last two years). We will also accept additional recommendations from teachers, coaches, clergy members, employers, alumni, etc.
Saint Johns University (MN)No0NoOptional; Recommended
Saint Joseph's UniversityNo1NoFrom a teacher or counselor
Saint Louis UniversityNo0NoOptional; Strongly encouraged; From counselor, teacher, coach, advisor, mentor, boss, volunteer supervisor (no family members); School Report optional but strongly encouraged
Yes0YesCan submit additional recommendations from teachers, coaches, and other personal acquaintances
No0NoOptional; Counselor or teacher
Saint Michael's CollegeNo1YesFrom teachers, counselors, coaches and employers
Salisbury UniversityNo1NoOne letter required; Can be satisfied by the Secondary School Counselor’s Recommendation Form submitted by your school counselor; Applicants are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendation
Salve Regina UniversityNo1Yes
Samford UniversityNo1NoFrom a school counselor or teacher from your high school; Encouraged to submit school report
San Diego State UniversityNo0No
San Francisco State UniversityNo0No
San Jose State UniversityNo0No
Santa Clara UniversityYes1No
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYes1NoRequires one letter of recommendation from a teacher of a core academic courses (English, math, science, history, or foreign language), and a second letter is optional.
Scripps CollegeYes2YesPreferably from junior or senior year classes
Seattle UniversityYes1Yes
Seton Hall UniversityYes1YesTeacher or Mentor
Yes1Yes1 core junior or senior teacher recommendation and 1 counselor recommendation; May submit 2 additional recommendations
Siena CollegeNo0Yes
Simmons UniversityNo1Yes
Skidmore CollegeYes2No
Smith CollegeYes2Yes
Soka University of AmericaNo2NoAcademic recommendations (from a principal, headmaster, school counselor, or teacher) are preferred. Optional to submit school report.
Southern Methodist UniversityNo1Yes
Southwestern UniversityNo1NoRecommendation must be from either your school counselor or a teacher in a core academic subject, (English/language arts, math, science, social science, or language other than English)
Spelman CollegeNo2NoOne letter must be from a teacher at the student’s current school
St John's University-New YorkNo0NoLetters of Recommendation are strongly encouraged for test-optional students
St Lawrence UniversityNo2YesTeacher recommendation must be from high school teachers
St Olaf CollegeNo1NoOne letter of recommendation from a teacher in a core academic subject: English, international language, history, social studies, mathematics, or the natural sciences; Addtional recommendations allowed.
St. John's College (MD)Yes1YesCan submit one additional letter
St. John's College (NM)Yes1YesCan submit one additional letter
St. Mary's College of MarylandYes1YesCounselors, teachers, coaches, or supervisors
Stanford UniversityYes2Yes
No1NoRecommendation from the guidance counselor or an academic teacher
Stetson UniversityNo0NoOptional
Stevens Institute of TechnologyNo2NoPrefer one from a teacher and one from a guidance counselor
Stonehill CollegeYes1No
Stony Brook UniversityNo1NoFrom a teacher or counselor; Two letters required for honors program; If applying for WISE, one letter must be from a math or science teacher
Suffolk UniversityNo1No
SUNY at AlbanyNo1NoFrom a teacher or counselor
SUNY at Purchase CollegeNo1NoRequire one letter of recommendation for each applicant, however some programs require multiple letters
SUNY College at GeneseoYes1NoFrom a teacher or counselor
SUNY College at OswegoNo1NoFrom a school counselor, teacher, coach, work-based supervisor or volunteer-based supervisor
SUNY College at PotsdamNo1NoPreferably from a school-based counselor or teacher
SUNY CortlandNo1NoFrom a teacher or college counselor
SUNY OneontaNo1NoFrom a teacher or college counselor
Susquehanna UniversityYes0Yes
Swarthmore CollegeYes2YesAcademic teachers
Syracuse UniversityNo1Yes
Temple UniversityNo0NoUp to 2 optional letters will be reviewed
No0NoOptional; Will consider the first two letters received as part of your admission file
Texas Christian UniversityYes1Yes
The College of New JerseyNo2NoStrongly encourages 2-3 total letters of recommendation; One must be from a teacher. The other letters can come from other teachers, school counselors, coaches, employers, or extracurricular advisors.
The College of WoosterYes1Yes
The University of MontanaNo0No
No0NoOptional; Academic, professional, personal
No0NoUp to two optional letters of recommendation; From teachers, mentors or people who know you well, either within or outside of your high school
No0NoUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted
Towson UniversityNo0No
Transylvania UniversityNo0NoOptional; School administrator (guidance counselor, teacher, principal, etc.)
Trinity CollegeYes1NoFrom school counselors, high school teachers, and community-based organizations are welcome; Additional letters are welcome
Trinity UniversityYes1NoFrom counselor or teacher
Truman State UniversityNo0No
Tufts UniversityYes1YesFrom a teacher in a junior or senior year major academic course (math, natural science, social science, English, or a foreign language); Combined Degree (BFA+BA/BS) applicants must submit three letters of recommendation: one from a school counselor, one from an art teacher, and one from a teacher in a junior or senior year major academic course; An additional letter from all other applicants, though not encouraged, may be submitted if the student feels it can add new perspective to their application.
Tulane UniversityYes0YesWill review additional recommendations
Union CollegeNo1Yes
Yes3NoPre-Candidate: Require nomination from congressional member/Vice President/Other military affliation; AFTER nomination; 11th- or 12th-grade English instructor, 11th- or 12th-grade math instructor, and one other instructor; Two additional letters can be submitted
No2YesFrom math instructor and English instructor; Up to 2 more letters accepted; Commanding Officer letter accepted if currently serving
Yes3YesPre-Candidate: Nomination from Congressional member; AFTER nomination - Must be from English, Math, Lab science teachers
United States Military AcademyNo4NoRequire Congressional/Service-Connected Nomination; Must be from English instructor, math instructor, a lab science instructor (physics or chemistry), and a physical education instructor
United States Naval AcademyNo0NoPre-candidate: Must receive Congressional/Vice Presidential Nomination
University at Buffalo0NoStrongly recommends one letter from a school counselor, teacher, community member or employer; May submit up to 3
University of AlabamaNo0No
University of ArizonaNo0No
University of ArkansasNo0No
University of California, BerkeleyNo0NoMay ask for up to 2 letters of recommendation as part of a supplemental application review; One must be from a core academic teacher
University of California, DavisNo0No
University of California, IrvineNo0No
University of California, MercedNo0No
University of Central FloridaNo0No
University of ChicagoYes2NoTeachers who have taught you in an academic subject: mathematics, social studies, history, science, English or literature, foreign language, and other courses in which you are doing substantial amounts of reading, writing, or class discussion; A third letter may be submitted - from another teacher, an employer, role model, youth leader, or friend
University of CincinnatiNo0NoOptional recommendation is welcome
University of Colorado BoulderNo1NoOne academic letter of recommendation
University of ConnecticutNo0NoUp to 2 optional letters may be submitted
University of Dallas0YesOne optional teacher recommendation can be submitted
University of DaytonNo0NoLetters of recommendation are optional
University of DelawareYes*0Yes*Provide a school counselor letter or the Common Application secondary school report; Additional letters are considered
University of DenverYes*0Yes*Counselor can submit either a counselor letter or the school report; Additional letters are considered
University of FloridaNo0No
University of GeorgiaYes 0NoOptional; From a source who has seen you demonstrate and can vouch for your ablility to complete rigorous academic coursework independently
University of HoustonNo0No
University of Illinois at ChicagoNo0NoRecommendations from teachers, counselors, or extracurricular activity supervisors are encouraged; Honors College requires 2 recommendations
University of IowaNo0No
University of Kansas00NoThree letters of recommendation required for pharmacy program
University of Kentucky00No
University of Louisville00No
University of MaineNo1No
University of Mary WashingtonYes1NoSchool counselor, teacher, or school official
No0NoUp to 2 optional letters may be submitted; Will be reviewed in the order they are received
No1YesAdditional letters of recommendation may be submitted
Yes1NoAt least one academic letter of recommendation
No1NoSchool-based counselor or teacher
No1NoA teacher, college counselor, coach, employer, etc.
University of MemphisNo0No
University of MiamiYes1NoFrom either a school counselor or a teacher
University of MichiganYes1NoCore academic teacher or other non-relative who can speak directly to the student's academic aptitude, potential, and classroom performance
University of Michigan-DearbornNo0NoLetters may be requested
University of Minnesota-DuluthNo0No
University of Minnesota-MorrisNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
University of MississippiNo0No
University of Missouri-ColumbiaNo0NoRecommendation letters can be submitted as supplemental materials
University of Nebraska-LincolnNo0No
University of Nevada-Las VegasNo0No
University of Nevada-RenoNo0No
University of New HampshireNo1NoSchool counselor or a core academic teacher
University of New MexicoNo0No
Yes1NoFrom a teacher who taught you in a core academic area, like English, math, science, social science, or world language
No0NoOptional recommendation will be considered
No0NoSubmitting a letter of recommendation is encouraged, but not required; Should be from a core academic teacher or school counselor
University of North DakotaNo0No
University of North FloridaNo0No
University of North TexasNo0NoMay be requested if additional information is needed
University of Notre DameNo1NoCore academic subject area (math, science, English, social science, or foreign language); Counselor evaluation recommended but not required
University of OklahomaNo1NoUp to 3 optional letters may be submitted; Recommend at least one letter come from a high school official such as your principal, counselor, or teacher
University of OregonNo0No
University of PennsylvaniaYes2YesOne recommendation should be from a instructor from junior or senior year in major academic subjects (such as math, science, history, English, or foreign language); Second recommendation can be from teacher or from a supervisor at work, mentor, coach, arts or music instructor, spiritual leader, or cultural leader
University of PittsburghNo0No
University of PortlandYes*0Yes*Counselor letter OR school report required
University of Puget SoundYes1YesOne from a counselor or advisor at your current school and one from a teacher at your current school
University of RedlandsYes*1Yes*Requires either the School Report OR counselor's letter; Additional recommendations from coaches, teachers, or other sources accepted
University of Rhode IslandNo1NoCan be a teacher, but counselor is prefered; One additional recommendation will be considered; Pharmacy applicants are required to submit two letters
University of RichmondYes1NoCan be a teacher, but counselor is prefered; Up to two additional recommendations may be considered
University of RochesterYes1YesRequires one teacher recommendation, however you may submit up to three; Optional family or peer recommendation may be submitted (member of your family, a close friend, coach, employer, or community leader who knows you well)
University of San DiegoNo1NoHigh school counselor or a teacher who taught you in an academic class; Additional recommendations accepted
University of San FranciscoNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
University of ScrantonNo0YesMay submit optional teacher recommendations
University of South CarolinaNo0No
University of South DakotaNo0No
University of South FloridaNo0No
University of Southern CaliforniaNo1NoFrom either your school counselor or a teacher from your school; Applicants to the School of Cinematic Arts must submit two letters of recommendation
University of St Thomas (MN)No0NoWe suggest that you submit one or two letters of recommendation from teachers or other people in your life
University of TampaNo0NoOptional; Guidance counselor or teacher recommendation
University of the PacificNo1NoFrom high school counselor or teacher; Can submit additional letter from a mentor, employer, community service project leader or other non-family member who can speak to your leadership, character and community involvement
University of TulsaNo0NoOptional but strongly encouraged to submit counselor recommendation and school report
University of UtahNo0No
University of VermontNo1No
Yes1NoOptional school counselor recommendation can be submitted; If school counselor cannot submit recommendation, a second teacher or school administrator can submit instead; Teacher recommendation must be from an academic teacher;
University of WashingtonNo0No
No0NoUp to two optional recommendations will be considered
No1NoA teacher, school counselor, or faculty member; Can also submit another letter of recommendation from an additional source, such as an employer, coach, research mentor, community leader, or clergy; Engineering students should obtain recommendation from math or science teacher
University of WyomingNo0No
Ursinus CollegeYes0Yes
Valparaiso UniversityNo0No
Vanderbilt UniversityNo2Yes
Vassar CollegeYes1No
Villanova UniversityYes1NoOptional letter from school counselor or college-access advisor also allowed
Virginia Military InstituteYes0Yes
Wabash CollegeYes0Yes
Wake Forest UniversityYes1NoCounselor recommendation highly recommended
No0NoOne recommendation from a teacher or high school counselor is recommended
Washington and Lee UniversityYes2Yes
Washington CollegeNo0YesTeacher recommendation is strongly recommended
Washington State UniversityNo0No
Wellesley CollegeYes2No
Wesleyan UniversityYes2YesYou are encouraged to submit one from a humanities or social sciences teacher and one from a math or science teacher.
West Virginia UniversityNo0No
Western Carolina UniversityNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
Western Washington UniversityNo0No
Westmont CollegeNo1NoFrom a teacher in a major subject (i.e. English, Science, History, Math, etc.); Optional pastoral/character reference may be submitted
Wheaton College ILNo2NoRecommendation by an academic teacher (English, social science, science, math, or foreign language); Recommendation by a Christian mentor; Recommendation from music teacher required for Conservatory applicants
Wheaton College MAYes1YesFrom an instructor who has taught you in an academic subject within the last two years
Whitman CollegeYes1Yes
Whittier CollegeYes2NoThe first letter must come from a teacher who taught you in a STEM, Language Arts, or Social Sciences class. The second letter of recommendation may come from a teacher in any area of study or a counselor, coach, clergy, or employer/supervisor.
Whitworth UniversityNo0NoOptional recommendations are welcome from high school teacher or counselor
Willamette UniversityYes0YesOptional core teacher recommendations are welcome
Williams CollegeYes2Yes
Wofford CollegeYes0NoOptional recommendations are welcome
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNo1Yes
Xavier UniversityYes0YesUp to two additional recommendations can be submitted
Yale UniversityYes2YesFrom teachers who have taught you in core academic subjects (e.g. English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies)
Yeshiva UniversityNo1No

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