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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. All information was collected from institutional websites in August 2019 in order to provide our readers with the most up-to-date information.

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

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

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