Student Academic Success

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The Student Academic Success Center (SASC), a unit within the Division of Student Support, provides a comprehensive array of academic support services, including placement evaluation and testing, courses, workshops, tutoring and individual consultations. The goal of the Student Academic Success Center is to assist students in becoming more independent and efficient learners so that they are able to meet the University's academic standards and to attain their personal educational goals.

Placement Testing

Before Orientation, all new undergraduate and transfer students are assessed for competence in mathematics and writing. SAT or ACT scores and a review of each incoming student's previous coursework are considered. In the absence of this information, or if the information is more than 5 years old, students will be required to complete a placement test. Students are strongly encouraged to complete placement prior to Orientation.

Students who do not meet the University's predetermined criteria are placed into an appropriate developmental mathematics course, developmental writing course, or both. SAS courses are subject to the academic policies and procedures set forth by CAS and CHP. SAS courses, however, do not satisfy core curriculum or graduation requirements.


Placement is based on Math SAT and high school curriculum and grades. Students are assigned one of five placement levels in Mathematics.

L2: Introduction to Algebra and Problem Solving (SAS 021)
L3: Advanced Algebra and Problem Solving (SAS 022), Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 110 or MAT 110G), Statistics (MAT 120), or Applications of Functions (MAT170)
L4: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (MAT 130), Statistics for the Life Sciences (MAT 150), or Pre-calculus (MAT 180)
L5: Calculus I (MAT 190) or Geometry (MAT 240)
L6: Calculus II (MAT 195), Linear Algebra (MAT 220), or Foundations of Mathematics (MAT 230).

The rubric below applies only to SAT Math tests taken after March, 2016.  Students may estimate their placement with this rubric.

Placement Rubric

UL2 or UL3

SAT <=570


Higher placements may be assigned based on high school mathematics courses and grades


SAT >=580, ACT 22 or higher


SAT between 540 and 580 and either high school Calculus with a grade of A or B or high school Precalculus with a grade of A.


SAT>=580 + HS Calc with grade A or B



Petition to Math department


AP Calculus Exam score of 4 or 5


Petition to Math department

Students wishing to challenge their initial placement may submit additional evidence such as: Advanced Placement scores, updated or additional transcripts, or Accuplacer® results from another college, or take the placement test at UNE, or complete ALEKS bridge.

Students may complete placement testing by appointment at the Student Academic Success Center or at another testing site that administers the Accuplacer®. Students are strongly encouraged to complete placement prior to Orientation. Students who do not complete required placement testing will be assigned a UL2 placement level.


Based on the placement process, students are assigned one of three courses in Writing.

  • Stretch English Composition (ENG 122+SAS 011, ENG 123)
  • English Composition with Writing Lab (ENG 110+SAS 011)
  • English Composition (ENG 110)     

The Writing Placement Process considers multiple measures of each student's current skill in writing to determine the most appropriate writing course.  Measures of writing skill include reported high school GPA, high school English grades, and in some cases, grades in writing-intensive college courses.

Students wishing to challenge their initial placement may submit additional evidence as detailed in the Writing Placement Challenge procedure.  For more information, contact .


The Student Academic Success Center offers professional and peer tutoring to support a variety of courses. Peer tutors complete a training program certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. Peer and professional writing support services are also available. Tutors' regularly scheduled hours are accessible online at

Individual Consultation

Learning specialists are available (by appointment) to meet with students seeking assistance with their specific course demands. Consultations regarding learning strategy, note-taking skills, active reading skills, time management skills, test-taking skills, and preparation for professional boards are available.