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2019-20 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 367 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 2019

InstitutionTeacher Recommendations RequiredCounselor Recommendation Required*Additional Info
University of Florida0No
Boston University1Yes
University of Evansville0No
Boston College2Yes
University of Denver0Yes
Birmingham Southern College0No
University of Delaware0Yes
Berry College0No
University of Dayton0No
Berea College1Yes
University of Dallas0Yes
Bentley University1Yes
University of Connecticut, Storrs0No
Bennington College2Yes
University of Colorado Boulder0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Beloit College1No
University of Cincinnati0NoOne teacher letter is highly encouraged
Belmont University0Yes
University of Chicago2Yes
Baylor University0No2 letters of recommendation are recommended
University of Central Florida0No
Bates College2Yes
University of California, Santa Cruz0No
Barnard College2Yes
University of California, Santa Barbara0No
Bard College2YesOne from math/science and one from humanities
University of California, San Diego0No
Babson College1Yes
University of California, Riverside0No
Austin College1Yes
University of California, Los Angeles0NoMay ask for a letter of recommendation as part of a supplemental application review
Augustana College (IL)0YesTeacher letter is recommended
University of California, Irvine0No
Auburn University0No
University of California, Davis0No
Arizona State University0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
University of California, Berkeley0NoMay ask for a letter of recommendation as part of a supplemental application review
Appalachian State University0No
University of Arizona0No
Amherst College2Yes
University of Alabama0No
American University1Yes
United States Naval Academy3Yes
Alma College0No
United States Military Academy3Yes
Allegheny College1Yes
United States Merchant Marine Academy2Yes
Alfred University0Yes
United States Coast Guard Academy2Yes
Albion College0Yes
United States Air Force Academy3Yes
Agnes Scott College1Yes
Union College1Yes
Tulane University0Yes
Tufts University1YesMust be junior or senior year teacher
Truman State University0No
Trinity University1Yes
Trinity College2Yes
Towson University0No
Thomas Aquinas College3No
The College of Wooster1Yes
The College of New Jersey0YesStrongly encourages 2-3 total letters of recommendation
Texas Tech University0No
Texas Christian University1Yes
Texas A&M University0NoOne (1) letter recommended for applicants to BBA Honors
Temple University0No
Syracuse University2Yes
Swarthmore College2Yes
Susquehanna University0Yes
SUNY, University at Albany0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
SUNY, Purchase College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
SUNY, Oswego0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
SUNY, Oneonta0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
SUNY, New Paltz0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
SUNY, Maritime College1YesCan be two teachers and no counselor, if desired
SUNY, Geneseo1No
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry0No
SUNY University at Buffalo0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
SUNY Stony Brook0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
SUNY Binghamton University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Stonehill College1Yes
Stevens Institute of Technology1Yes
Steston University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Stanford University2YesGrades 11 & 12 teachers recommended
St. Olaf College1No
St. Mary's College of Maryland2Yes
St. Lawrence University2Yes
St. John's College, Santa Fe1Yes
St. John's College, Annapolis1Yes
St. Edward's University0Yes
Spelman College2Yes
Southwestern University0Yes
Southern Methodist University0Yes
Smith College2Yes
Skidmore College2Yes
Simmons College1Yes
Siena College0Yes
Sewanee: University of the South1Yes
Seton Hall University1Yes
Seattle University1Yes
Scripps College2Yes
Sarah Lawrence College2Yes
Santa Clara University1Yes
San Francisco State University0No
San Diego State University0No
Samford University1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Saint Michael's College1Yes
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame0Yes
Saint Louis University0No
Saint Joseph's University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Saint John's University (MN)0No
Rutgers University0No
Rollins College0Yes
Rockhurst University0Yes
Rochester Institute of Technology0Yes
Roanoke College0NoRecommends one letter
Ripon College0No
Rice University2Yes
Rhodes College1Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute1YesPreferably a math or science teacher
Reed College2Yes
Ramapo College of New Jersey1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Quinnipiac University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Purdue University0No
Providence College1Yes
Principia College1Yes
Princeton University2Yes
Pomona College2Yes
Pitzer College2No
Pepperdine University1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Penn State University0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
Oregon State University0No
Ohio University0NoTwo (2) letters strongly recommended for applicants to Honors
Ohio State University0No
Oglethorpe University0No
Occidental College2Yes
Oberlin College2Yes
Northwestern University1Yes
Northeastern University1Yes
North Carolina State University0No
New York University1Yes
New Jersey Institute of Technology1Yes
New College of Florida0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Muhlenberg College1Yes
Mount Holyoke College2Yes
Morehouse College1Yes
Mississippi State University0No
Milwaukee School of Engineering0No
Millsaps College0No
Middlebury College2Yes
Michigan State University0No
Miami University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Messiah College0No
McDaniel College0No
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.
Marquette University0Yes
Marlboro College2No
Marist College1Yes
Marietta College0Yes
Macalester College2Yes
Loyola University Maryland1Yes
Loyola University Chicago0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Loyola Marymount University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Louisiana State University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Lewis & Clark College1Yes
Lehigh University1Yes
Lawrence University1Yes
Lake Forest College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Lafayette College1Yes
Knox College1Yes
Kettering University0No
Kenyon College1Yes
Kalamazoo College1Yes
Juniata College1No
Johns Hopkins University2Yes
James Madison University0No
Ithaca College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Indiana University0NoOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
Illinois Wesleyan University0Yes
Illinois Institute of Technology0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Howard University1Yes
Hope College0No
Hood College0No
Hollins University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Hofstra University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Hobart and William Smith Colleges1Yes
Hiram College0No
High Point University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Hendrix College0No
Haverford College2Yes
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.
Harvard University2Yes
Hampshire College1Yes
Hamilton College1Yes
Gustavus Adolphus College0No
Grinnell College2Yes
Goucher College1Yes
Yeshiva University0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
Gonzaga University1No
Yale University2Yes
Gettysburg College1Yes
Xavier University0Yes
Georgia State University0No
Worcester Polytechnic Institute0YesCan be counselor or teacher
Georgia Institute of Technology0YesException made if counselor is unable to complete request
Wofford College0Yes
Georgia College and State University0NoHonors requires one letter from counselor or teacher
Wittenberg University0No
Georgetown University1Yes
Williams College2Yes
Georgetown College0No
Whittier College1Yes
George Washington University1Yes
Whitman College1Yes
George Mason University0No
Wheaton College (MA)1Yes
Furman University0No
Wheaton College (IL)1No
Franklin & Marshall College1Yes
Westmont College1No
Fordham University0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
West Chester University of Pennsylvania0No
Florida State University0NoOne (1) teacher and one (1) counselor recommendation required for Honors applicants
Wesleyan University2Yes
Florida Southern College0Yes
Wentworth Institute of Technology0YesCan be counselor or teacher
Florida International University0No
Wellesley College2Yes
Florida Institute of Technology0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Washington University1Yes
Florida Gulf Coast University0No
Washington State University0No
Florida Atlantic University0No
Washington and Lee University2Yes
Fairfield University0Yes
Washington & Jefferson College0YesCan be counselor or teacher
Evergreen State College0NoTwo required for scholarships
Warren Wilson College0Yes
Emory University2Yes
Wake Forest University1Yes
Emerson College1Yes
Wabash College0Yes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University0NoTwo recommendations are encouraged
Virginia Tech0No
Elon University0NoOne reccomendation needed for Honors Fellows consideration
Villanova University1Yes
Elizabethtown College1Yes
Vassar College1Yes
Eckerd College0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Vanderbilt University2Yes
East Carolina University0No
Ursinus College0Yes
Earlham College1Yes
University of Wisconsin1NoCan be counselor or teacher
Duquesne University0NoOne (1) letter required (2 recommended) for health sciences majors
University of Washington0No
Duke University2Yes
University of Virginia1Yes
Drexel University1Yes
University of Vermont0YesCan be counselor or teacher
Drew University1Yes
University of Utah0No
Drake University0NoOne letter is encouraged
University of Tulsa0NoCounselor recommendation is suggested
Dickinson College1YesTwo are strongly recommended
University of Texas at Dallas0No
DePauw University1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
University of Texas at Austin0No
DePaul University0No
University of Tennessee0No
Denison University1Yes
University of St. Thomas (MN)0NoTwo letters are suggested
Davidson College2YesPeer recommendation required
University of Southern California0YesCan be counselor or teacher
Dartmouth College2YesPeer recommendation encouraged
University of South Florida0No
CUNY, Hunter College0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Macaulay Honors
University of South Carolina0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
CUNY, City College0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Macaulay Honors
University of Scranton0Yes
CUNY, Brooklyn College0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Macaulay Honors
University of San Francisco0Yes
CUNY Baruch College0No
University of San Diego0YesCan be counselor or teacher
Creighton University0Yes
University of Rochester1Yes
Cornell University2Yes
University of Richmond0YesCan be a teacher, but counselor is prefered
Cornell College0No
University of Rhode Island0YesCan be a teacher, but counselor is prefered
Cooper Union1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
University of Redlands1Yes
Connecticut College2Yes
University of Puget Sound1Yes
Columbia University2Yes
University of Portland0YesCan be counselor or teacher
Colorado State University1NoCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
University of Pittsburgh0No
Colorado School of Mines0No
University of Pennsylvania2Yes
Colorado College2Yes
University of Oregon0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
College of William and Mary0Yes
University of Oklahoma0No
College of the Ozarks2No
University of Notre Dame1YesCounselor evaluation recommended but not required
College of the Holy Cross1Yes
University of North Texas0No
College of the Atlantic2Yes
University of North Carolina at Wilmington0No
College of Charleston0NoOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
University of North Carolina at Greensboro0No
Colgate University2Yes
University of North Carolina at Charlotte0No
Colby College2Yes
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1No
Coe College0No
University of North Carolina at Asheville0Yes
Clemson University0NoOne (1) teacher and one (1) counselor recommendation required for Honors applicants
University of New Hampshire0YesCan be counselor or teacher
Clarkson University1YesTwo teacher recommendations are encouraged
University of Nebraska-Lincoln0No
Clark University1Yes
University of Montana0No
Claremont McKenna College2Yes
University of Missouri, Kansas City0No
Christopher Newport University0No
University of Missouri, Columbia0No
Chapman University1Yes
University of Mississippi0NoThree (3) letters required for applicants to Honors (2 teachers and 1 counselor)
Champlain College1Yes
University of Minnesota, Morris0No
Centre College1Yes
University of Minnesota0No
Catholic University1Yes
University of Michigan1Yes
Case Western Reserve University2Yes
University of Miami1Yes
Carnegie Mellon University1Yes
University of Massachusetts Amherst0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Carleton College2Yes
University of Maryland, Baltimore County0No
Canisius College0YesRecommended but not required
University of Maryland1Yes
Calvin College1No
University of Mary Washington0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo0No
University of Maine0YesCan be counselor or teacher recommendation
California Institute of Technology2YesOne from math/science and one from humanities
University of Louisville0No
Butler University0No
University of Kentucky0No
Bucknell University1Yes
University of Kansas0No
Bryn Mawr College2Yes
University of Iowa0No
Bryant University0Yes
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign0No
Brown University2Yes
University of Illinois at Chicago0NoEncouraged for all; Honors requires two letters
Brigham Young University1No
University of Houston0No
Brandeis University1Yes
University of Hawaii at Manoa0No
Bradley University0NoRecommended but not required
University of Georgia1YesOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
Bowdoin College2YesMust be teacher from 11th/12th grade

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