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2018-19 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 as well as whether additional recommendations are permitted. All information was collected from institutional websites in August 2018 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)0Yes
Austin College1Yes
Babson College1Yes
Bard College2Yes
Barnard College2Yes
Bates College2Yes
Baylor University0No
Belmont University0Yes
Beloit College1No
Bennington College2Yes
Bentley University1Yes
Berea College2Yes
Berry College0Yes
Birmingham Southern College0No
Boston College2Yes
Boston University1Yes
Bowdoin College2Yes
Bradley University0No
Brandeis University1Yes
Brigham Young University0No
Brown University2Yes
Bryant University0Yes
Bryn Mawr College2Yes
Bucknell University1Yes
Butler University0No
California Institute of Technology2No
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo0No
Calvin College1No
Canisius College1Yes
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 University1Yes
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 University0NoOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
Columbia University2Yes
Connecticut College2Yes
Cooper Union1No
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 College2Yes
Denison University1Yes
DePaul University0No
DePauw University1No
Dickinson College1Yes
Drake University0No
Drew University1Yes
Drexel University1Yes
Duke University2Yes
Duquesne University0NoOne (1) letter required (2 recommended) for health sciences majors
Earlham College1Yes
East Carolina University0No
Eckerd College0Yes
Elizabethtown College1Yes
Elon University0No
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University1No
Emerson College1Yes
Emory University2Yes
Evergreen State College0No
Fairfield University0Yes
Florida Atlantic University0No
Florida Gulf Coast University0No
Florida Institute of Technology0Yes
Florida International University0No
Florida Southern College0Yes
Florida State University0NoOne (1) teacher and one (1) counselor recommendation required for Honors applicants
Fordham University0Yes
Franklin & Marshall College2Yes
Furman University0No
George Mason University0No
George Washington University1Yes
Georgetown College0No
Georgetown University1Yes
Georgia College and State University0No
Georgia Institute of Technology0No
Georgia State University0No
Gettysburg College1Yes
Gonzaga University1No
Goucher College1Yes
Grinnell College2Yes
Gustavus Adolphus College0No
Hamilton College1Yes
Hampshire College2Yes
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 University0Yes
Hiram College0No
Hobart and William Smith Colleges1Yes
Hofstra University2Yes
Hollins University0Yes
Hood College0No
Hope College0No
Howard University1Yes
Illinois Institute of Technology1No
Illinois Wesleyan University0No
Indiana University0NoOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
Ithaca College0Yes
James Madison University0No
Johns Hopkins University2Yes
Juniata College1No
Kalamazoo College1Yes
Kenyon College1Yes
Kettering University0No
Knox College1Yes
Lafayette College1Yes
Lake Forest College1Yes
Lawrence University1Yes
Lehigh University1Yes
Lewis & Clark College1Yes
Louisiana State University0No
Loyola Marymount University1Yes
Loyola University Chicago1NoRequired letter can be submitted by teacher or counselor
Loyola University Maryland1Yes
Macalester College2Yes
Marietta College0Yes
Marist College1Yes
Marlboro College2No
Marquette University0No
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 University0Yes
Michigan State University0No
Middlebury College2Yes
Millsaps College0No
Milwaukee School of Engineering0No
Mississippi State University0No
Morehouse College1Yes
Mount Holyoke College2Yes
Muhlenberg College1Yes
New College of Florida0Yes
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 University1No
Pitzer College2No
Pomona College2Yes
Princeton University2Yes
Principia College1Yes
Providence College1Yes
Purdue University0No
Quinnipiac University0No
Ramapo College of New Jersey1No
Reed College2Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute1Yes
Rhodes College1Yes
Rice University2Yes
Ripon College0No
Roanoke College0No
Rochester Institute of Technology0Yes
Rockhurst University0Yes
Rollins College0Yes
Rutgers University0No
Saint John's University (MN)0No
Saint Joseph's University0Yes
Saint Louis University0No
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame0Yes
Saint Michael's College1Yes
Samford University1No
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 Maryland1Yes
St. Olaf College1No
Stanford University2Yes
Steston University0Yes
Stevens Institute of Technology1Yes
Stonehill College1Yes
SUNY Binghamton University0Yes
SUNY Stony Brook0No
SUNY University at Buffalo0Yes
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry0No
SUNY, Geneseo1Yes
SUNY, Maritime College1Yes
SUNY, New Paltz1No
SUNY, Oneonta1Yes
SUNY, Oswego0Yes
SUNY, Purchase College1Yes
SUNY, University at Albany0Yes
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 Jersey0Yes
The College of Wooster1Yes
Thomas Aquinas College3No
Towson University0No
Trinity College2Yes
Trinity University1Yes
Truman State University0No
Tufts University1Yes
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 Cincinnati0No
University of Colorado Boulder1No
University of Connecticut, Storrs0No
University of Dallas0Yes
University of Dayton0No
University of Delaware1Yes
University of Denver0Yes
University of Evansville0No
University of Florida0No
University of Georgia0YesOne (1) letter required for applicants to Honors
University of Hawaii at Manoa0No
University of Houston0No
University of Illinois at Chicago0No
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign0No
University of Iowa0No
University of Kansas0No
University of Kentucky0No
University of Louisville0No
University of Maine0Yes
University of Mary Washington0Yes
University of Maryland1Yes
University of Maryland, Baltimore County0No
University of Massachusetts Amherst0Yes
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 Hampshire0Yes
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 Dame1Yes
University of Oklahoma0No
University of Oregon0NoTwo (2) letters required for applicants to Honors
University of Pennsylvania2Yes
University of Pittsburgh0No
University of Portland1Yes
University of Puget Sound1Yes
University of Redlands1No
University of Rhode Island0Yes
University of Richmond0Yes
University of Rochester1Yes
University of San Diego0Yes
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 California0Yes
University of St. Thomas (MN)0No
University of Tennessee0No
University of Texas at Austin0No
University of Texas at Dallas0No
University of Tulsa0No
University of Utah0No
University of Vermont0Yes
University of Virginia1Yes
University of Washington0No
University of Wisconsin1No
Ursinus College0Yes
Vanderbilt University2Yes
Vassar College1Yes
Villanova University1Yes
Virginia Tech0No
Wabash College0Yes
Wake Forest University1Yes
Warren Wilson College0Yes
Washington & Jefferson College1Yes
Washington and Lee University2Yes
Washington State University0No
Washington University1Yes
Wellesley College2Yes
Wentworth Institute of Technology0Yes
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 Institute1Yes
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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