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Placement Testing and First Year Requirements


Placement in English, math, and chemistry courses is determined using multiple measures, including standardized test scores, such as ACT and SAT, high school coursework, high school grades, and AP/IB/Honors classes. In some cases, more information is needed for placement. Students may be required to complete a placement test or a summer workshop prior to taking a placement test.

English General Education Requirement

  1. All incoming undergraduate students without acceptable transfer credit in English 101 or 120 will be placed in English their first or second semester at the the University.
  2. All students are required to complete ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing. Selected students will also enroll in a Writing Lab.
  3. Students participating in the University Honors Program enroll in Honor 150: Honors English.
  4. 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.
  5. Typically 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.
  6. Students are expected to enroll in English 120 (or in English 120 and a Writing Lab, as described above) during their first or second 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 General Education Requirement

  1. All incoming undergraduate students without acceptable transfer credit must complete a minimum of 3 semester hours of college-level mathematics. Specific academic programs may require the completion of additional math coursework.
  2. All graduate and undergraduate students must complete math course prerequisites. Prerequisite completion may be demonstrated by placement or transfer credit.
  3. Students may be required to begin at either MATH 095: Elementary Algebra or MATH 099: Intermediate Algebra prior to enrollment in a college-level mathematics course. MATH 095 and MATH 099 credit does not apply toward hours for graduation.

Chemistry Requirement

Students must place into a college-level math class in order to enroll in Chemistry 111: General Chemistry I or Chemistry 109: General, Organic and Bio-Chemistry Survey.

Communications 101 General Education Requirement

  1. Students are expected to enroll in Communications 101: Speech Fundamentals during their first year at the University.
  2. Successful completion of Communications 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 Communications 101 General Education requirement only if that credit was earned before the student first attended Saint Xavier University.
  4. Students expecting to qualify for state teaching certificates are required to have 3 credit hours of speech.

Academic Support Requirement

Newly admitted undergraduate students are expected to complete the following University requirement during the first semester of attendance in one of the two ways that follow:

  1. TRANS 100: Transitions is a 1 credit-hour seminar required of all students entering Saint Xavier University with 29 credit hours or less. Students must complete Transitions in the first semester of attendance. The curriculum is an extended orientation that includes an introduction into the Saint Xavier University mission and core values, development of an appreciation of the broader culture of a university education, diversity, academic support services and strategies and the use of technology.
  2. ACSU 101: Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) is designed for students with 30 or more transfer-hours or for students who have transferred the equivalent of a Transitions course. Completion of Transfer Student Orientation or Transitions is a graduation requirement. Topics covered include academic support services, library/computer facilities and student life. This course does not carry an academic credit.