How important is Foreign Language?

<p>.. I took French 8th, 9th and 10th grade. After taking the NY Regents, I didn't want to take AP. It would have been the same teacher as my 10th grade one and she positively murdered my french average. >_> </p>

<p>but now I see some schools say at least 3 years of foreign language. Is that a requirement for selective universities/LACs? If I don't have 3 years, I shouldn't even bother applying? :[ </p>

<p>Because if that's the case, I could probably beg my guidance counselor to put me into AP French next year, but I'd really rather not. ;o</p>