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Placement Procedures at UNE

The placement process allows us to consider your current skill level in writing and mathematics and will help us determine which courses are most appropriate as we endeavor to maximize your academic success. Placement decisions are made by staff from the Student Academic Success Center. Results are reported to your advisor prior to registration.

Writing Placement

Incoming undergraduate students will be placed in an appropriate writing course (College Reading & Writing sequence, Writing Lab with English Composition, or English Composition) based on a review of multiple measures of their achievement, including high school grade point average, high school English grades, Advanced Placement credit, or English Composition transfer credit.

Placement Challenge

If you believe that your writing capabilities are not accurately captured in your academic profile, you may submit up to three writing samples to the developmental writing supervisor of the Student Academic Success Center. Writing samples should be non-fiction, engage the ideas of other writers, and have gone through a multi-stage drafting, revision, and editing process. Submissions should include drafts (preferably with teacher's comments) and final versions of papers and have been written in grades 11 or 12. Contact Eric Drown at or (207) 602-2584 for more information.

You can learn more about Writing Lab and whether you would benefit by registering on the Writing Lab webpage.

How Writing Placement Results Affect Registration

As a result of the assessment process, you are placed in the writing class most appropriate to your demonstrated level of skill:

  1. College Reading & Writing I, the first part of a two-course sequence that is equivalent to English Composition, taken concurrently with Writing Lab 
  2. Writing Lab with English Composition
  3. English Composition. 

Writing lab credits count toward full-time enrollment requirements, and the grade received in the course is computed in your grade point average (GPA), but the course does not fulfill graduation requirements. English Composition is part of the University's Core Curriculum and is required of all students as one component of that curriculum.

Math Placement Quick Reference

  • Placement is made based on student credentials prior to New Student Orientation
  • Students are encouraged to challenge placement
  • A mathematics bridge program is available for students who want to advance their placement
  • Students whose major requires pre-calculus, calculus, chemistry, and/or physics, need a UL4 placement to avoid pre-requisite coursework

Mathematics placement levels

First-year students are assigned one of five levels (UL2 thru UL6) using a combination of data: high school mathematics courses and grades, other high school transcript information, GPA, and SAT/ACT or other standard mathematics test scores. Transfer students are placed based on available high school records and college transcripts.

  • A UL2 or UL3 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 570 or lower (ACT 21 or lower). A higher score may be assigned based on high school mathematics courses and grades. Students are encouraged to participate in UNE's Mathematics Bridge Opportunity.
  • A UL4 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 580 or higher (ACT 22 or higher) or a Math SAT between 540 and 570 and either high school Calculus with a grade of A or B or high school Precalculus with a grade of A.
  • A UL5 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 580 or higher (ACT 22 or higher) and high school Calculus with a grade of A or B. ​
  • UL5 or UL6 may be assigned based on AP credit or transfer credit. 

Challenging Placement

Students who feel that their initial placement does not accurately reflect their mathematical ability are encouraged to submit additional evidence of achievement, including Advanced Placement scores, updated or additional transcripts, or Accuplacer results from another college. In particular, students who enrolled in any mathematics class during their senior year should send a final senior transcript directly to Lori Wall at

Mathematics Bridge Opportunity

Please refer to Mathematics Placement levels above to determine your math placement. If you place UL2 or UL3, consider UNE's Mathematics Bridge as an option to advance your math placement level. The curriculum is online, individualized, and completely self-paced. The cost is less than $50 for a six-week access code. 

To create an account at, select "sign up now" and use the course code JUHKF-GWVGJ. Contact Lori Wall at or (207) 602-2794 with questions or concerns.

How math Placement results affect registration

Every degree program has a mathematics requirement and mathematics prerequisites exist for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Your initial mathematics placement level will determine your first-semester course schedule. Placement levels and corresponding courses are listed below.

University Placement level

Math Courses

Science Courses


SAS021* Introductory Algebra



SAS022*Advanced Algebra

MAT110 Quantitative Reasoning

MAT120 Statistics

BIO104 General Biology

BIO105 105/106

CHE130 Principles of Chemistry


MAT150 Statistics for Life Sciences MAT180 Precalculus

CHE110 General Chemistry

CHE125 Intro to Chem/Phys

PHY110 General Physics


MAT190 Calculus I

any entry level science course


MAT195 Calculus II

any entry level science course

If you change your major, you will be required to follow the prerequisites of that program which may include a different math requirement.

*Courses with a SAS designation are offered through the Student Academic Success Center and serve as prerequisites to mathematics and science courses. SAS courses count towards full-time enrollment for the purposes of athletic eligibility and financial aid but do not satisfy core curriculum or graduation requirements and do not earn credit toward graduation. Grades for SAS courses are computed into your grade point average. If you are required to enroll in SAS mathematics courses, you will be invited to participate in UNE’s Mathematics Bridge Opportunity.