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Placement Testing and First Year Requirements

University placement tests and surveys are administered by the Office of Records and Advising. All students who have been admitted to the University for study toward a degree are required to take the Saint Xavier University placement tests appropriate to their academic program prior to registration of classes. Transfer credit may exempt students from placement tests. The results of these tests are used for placement in courses and for academic advising.

English Placement

  1. All incoming undergraduate students without acceptable transfer credit in English 120 will be placed in English their first semester at the University and must participate in the English Placement Program. This placement test will be required to determine appropriate course enrollment.
  2. Students will be placed in either English 100: Reading, Writing and Rhetoric or English 120: Rhetoric and Writing based on the results of the English Placement Test.
  3. Students participating in the University Honors Program enroll in Honor 150: Honors English.

English 120 Core Requirement

  1. Successful completion of English 120 or the equivalent with a grade of C or better in the course is required for graduation from Saint Xavier University. Courses not completed with a grade of C or better must be repeated the next semester.
  2. Normally transfer credit will be accepted as satisfying the English 120 core requirement only if that credit was earned before the student first attended Saint Xavier University. The English and Foreign Languages Department chairperson and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences must approve any exceptions to this policy.
  3. Students are expected to enroll in English 120 (or in English 100, as described above) during their first semester at the University and during every following semester until they have met the core requirement. Failure to satisfy this English 120 requirement during the student's first 60 credit hours or first four semesters at the University may prevent students from registering for future semesters.

Mathematics Placement

All incoming undergraduate students (matriculated and students-at-large) without acceptable mathematics transfer credits must participate in the Mathematics Placement Program. Graduate students enrolling in a mathematics course must present evidence of completion of a college-level mathematics course or must participate in the Mathematics Placement Program. The University mathematics placement test will be required to determine placement. Students may be required to begin at either MATH 090: Introduction to Algebra or MATH 099: Intermediate Algebra prior to enrollment in a college-level mathematics course. As these classes are pre-college math classes, a student will not earn college credit for either course.

Chemistry Placement

Previous chemistry coursework and the mathematics placement test are used to assist in placing students in college-level chemistry. Science students may be required to complete Chemistry 106: Chemistry Essentials before taking Chemistry 111: General Chemistry I. Nursing students may be required to complete Chemistry 106 before taking Chemistry 107: Principles of Inorganic Chemistry. Students must place into a college-level math class in order to begin in either Chemistry 111 or Chemistry 107.

Communication 101 Core Requirement

  1. Students are expected to enroll in Communications 101: Speech Fundamentals during their first year at the University.
  2. Successful completion of Communication 101 or the equivalent with a grade of C or better is required for graduation from Saint Xavier University.
  3. Normally, transfer credit will be accepted as satisfying the Communication 101 General Education requirement only if that credit was earned before the student first attended Saint Xavier University. The Communication Department chairperson and the dean of Arts and Sciences must approve any exceptions to this policy.
  4. Students expecting to qualify for state teaching certificates are required to have 3 credit hours of speech.

Academic Support Requirements

Newly admitted undergraduate students are expected to complete the following University requirement during the first semester of attendance.

  1. TRANS 100: Transitions is a 1 credit hour seminar required of all students entering Saint Xavier University with 45 credit hours or less. Students must complete the Transitions in the first semester of attendance. The curriculum includes an introduction into the Saint Xavier University community, development of an appreciation of the broader culture of a university education, diversity, wellness, academic support services and strategies and the use of technology.
  2. ACSU 101: Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)  is a one-day orientation program designed for students with 45 or more transfer-hours or for students who have transferred the equivalent of Transitions. All newly entering students must enroll in either Transfer Student Orientation or in SXU Transitions, as it is a graduation requirement. Topics covered include academic support services, library/computer facilities, and student life. This course does not carry an academic credit, but it is a graduation requirement. 
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