Most students are required to complete the online Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) and the Composition Self-Directed Placement process before attending Ram Orientation.
You may be exempt from these placement requirements if you meet the following criteria:
- You’ve earned grades of C- or better in college-level mathematics or college composition from another regionally-accredited college/university (this includes credit earned through concurrent enrollment).
- You’ve earned a score of 3 or better on an Advanced Placement (AP) mathematics or composition exam, a score of 4 or better on an International Baccalaureate (IB) mathematics or composition exam, or CLEP credit for math and/or composition.
To receive advanced standing credit for transfer or test out work, be sure to submit your official college transcript and/or official test results, and bring a copy of your results to orientation for your advisor’s reference. If you haven’t yet received your grade/test score, mention the pending result to your advisor at orientation.
When in doubt, complete the placement requirements; results do not bind you to a particular course of action, but they can help you keep your options open.
When you review the placement procedures, you’ll see information about two additional placements:
- Foreign Language Placement Exam: Required before you can register for a world language course if you have had previous study of French, German, or Spanish. The department recommends completing the exam at least three days prior to Ram Orientation.
- Chem Prep: Required for any student whose major includes the General Chemistry I (Chem 111) course. Learn more about whether you should complete Chem Prep before Ram Orientation.