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Placement for Freshmen

All first year students (full-time and part-time) have been academically placed into English composition based on SAT scores. All first year students will participate in Math Placement during New Student Orientation.  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.

Learn more about English placement.


You will be placed into math based on your Math Placement score, taken during New Student Orientation, unless you have AP credit or plan to transfer in college credit taken during high school (i.e MAT 095 or greater).  SAT scores may not be used for placement by transfer students.

SAT/ACT Math score/AP = placement code Math Placement
SAT 520 or lower/ ACT 1-19 MAT 100P: Introductory & Intermediate Algebra (3 credits, requires 2 additional math lab hours)
SAT 530-560/ ACT 20-22 MAT 100, MAT 103, or MAT 105 (3 credits, chosen major may require specific course from these three classes) 
SAT 570 or higher/ACT 23 or higher or a B or better in AP Statistics

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)

SAT 600 or higher PLUS a grade of B or better in high school Precalculus or Calculus shown to have included trigonometry (please contact Calculus with Grade of B or better

Any math course with MAT 100 or MAT 112 or MAT 120 or MAT 122 as a prerequisite.  These include MAT 103, MAT 105, MAT 107, MAT 108MAT 120, MAT 122, MAT 124, MAT 125, MAT 139, MAT 150, and MAT 221.  (3 or 4 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from the list.)

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.