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Placement for Freshmen

All first year students (full-time and part-time) have been academically placed into English composition and mathematics based on SAT scores. You have an opportunity to challenge your math placement if you feel your SAT scores do not accurately reflect your writing and math skills. All first year students who took a World Language in high school must take an online placement. If you need special testing accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (203) 392-6828.

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You will be placed into English composition based on your SAT reading score/ACT score unless you have AP credit or plan to transfer in college credit taken during high school (i.e. ENG 110, 111, or 112). 

SAT REading score/ACT/AP Score * = placement code first semester second semester

SAT 24 or lower/ ACT 17 or below = EPL 1

ENG 110 ENG 112
SAT 25-30/ ACT 18-24 = EPL 2 None ENG 112
SAT 31 or above/ ACT 25 or better / AP Score 4 = EPL 3 ENG 112  
AP Score 5

 credit earned for ENG 112


* Your highest score will be applied.

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You will be placed into math based on your math SAT or ACT score unless you have AP credit or plan to transfer in college credit taken during high school (i.e MAT 095 or greater).  All Freshmen who place into MAT 112 will complete a math placement at New Student Orientation to determine if their placement should be higher. If you placed lower than MAT 112 and believe that your SAT or ACT score does not correctly reflect your ability level in math, you may take the math placement after Orientation.  SAT scores may not be used for placement by transfer students.


SAT/ACT Math score/AP = placement code Math Placement
SAT 440 or lower/ ACT 1-15 = MPL 1 MAT 100P: Introductory & Intermediate Algebra (3 credits, requires 2 additional math lab hours)
SAT 450-480/ ACT 16-17 = MPL 2 MAT 100P or MAT 100 (3 credits)
SAT 490-520/ ACT 18-19 = MPL 3 MAT 100 only  (3 credits)
SAT 530-550/ ACT 20-22 = MPL 4 MAT 103, MAT 105, or MAT 107 (3 credits, chosen major may require specific course from these three classes) 
SAT 560 or higher/ACT 23 or higher or a B or better in AP Statistics = MPL 5

Any math course with a MAT 100, Intermediate Algebra, prerequisite.  This includes MAT 103, MAT 105, MAT 107, MAT 108, and MAT 112. (3 credits , chosen major may require a specific course from this list)

 B or better in AP Statistics

MAT 103, MAT 105, MAT 107, MAT 108, MAT 112, MAT 120, MAT 122, MAT 139, MAT 150, MAT 178 (if CSC requirement is met), MAT 221.

Learn more about Math placement.

World Language

Proficiency in a language other than English is required to graduate from Southern. The World Language placement is required for all students who have had two or more years of high school world language unless you plan to transfer in AP credit or college credit earned during high school or unless you are fluent in a foreign language. The online placement should be completed prior to attending Orientation.

You will have 90-minutes to complete the placement with only one opportunity to take it. You may not stop and come back to it; you must complete it in one sitting. All devices (computers, smartphones, and handhelds) and browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) are compatible with the placement. However, while you can use smartphones and handhelds, it is highly recommended that you use a computer.

When you’re ready to take the placement make sure you have your Southern email address (i.e. and student ID number (8 digit number that begins with a 7) in front of you before beginning it. Simply click on the language you wish to take and begin.

Click on the link of the language you wish to take for placement and remember it begins as soon as you click on it .

If you want more information about World Language click here.