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I limit this question to universities in Canada, UK, and the US. In general:

Please see the titled question, and provide dates if known.

2 Examples: p. 10 of 17 of this PDF states Oxford University's admissions requirement of Ancient Greek until 1920 and Latin until 1960. This Quora answer quotes this book:

In 1883, the last year in which the classical languages were compulsory for Harvard freshman, all studied Latin and Greek.

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    I added the reference-request tag because presumably a good answer to this question would need to cite supporting documentation... – ff524 Jul 21 '15 at 21:16
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    I'm downvoting this question because I don't think it is relevant to the site. I think it would be a better fit at history stackexchange, or something similar. – Johanna Jul 21 '15 at 22:46
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    @Johanna I am upvoting because I think that it is an interesting piece of the history of academia, and I'd really like to know the answer. – jakebeal Jul 21 '15 at 23:15
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    @jakebeal While I'm also really curious about this question, wouldn't it be more suited for the history stackexchange site? Not trying to ruffle any feathers or be a contrarian, I just haven't seen many questions in this vein in my (very short) time as an Academia.SE user. – Shmoo Jul 22 '15 at 0:20
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    If the question were phrased as "How many universities require Ancient Greek or Latin", I think it would be clearly on-topic, even if easily answered with "none". I don't see that asking a question about practices in academia from a historical perspective makes a question off-topic. – user6726 Jul 22 '15 at 4:37
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I don't think any "major" or "top tier" universities in the USA have any language requirements other than English. Even then, you don't really have to speak English as much as be able to manage HW's and exams in English.

St. Johns would certainly appreciate it but most courses won't read classics in their native language.

My friend is finishing a PhD in classical history at an Ivy League program and he was unique in his knowledge of Latin from high school. I'm pretty sure 0 colleges require Latin or Greek.

  • HW refers to what? – Daniel R. Collins May 20 '18 at 8:35
  • HW is short for home work – mk mcmahon Aug 14 '18 at 23:01
  • Foreigners are often required to take the TOEFL test of English and have a certain score. – Vladimir F Sep 7 at 16:10

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