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.


Based on placement testing results, students are assigned one of five 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 prior to March, 2016.  All students with ACT scores may use this rubric to estimate their placement.

Placement Rubric


SAT <470, ACT 19 or lower




SAT 470-540, ACT 20 or 21


SAT <470 + HS math higher than Algebra II (‘A’ or ‘B’)


SAT >=550, ACT 22 or higher


SAT 500-540 + HS Calc (‘A’ or’ B’) or Pre-Calc grade(‘A’)


SAT>=550 + HS Calc with grade A or B



Petition to Math department


AP Calculus Exam score of 4 or 5


Petition to Math department

Students with RSAT Math scores taken March, 2016 and after will be evaluated using a new rubric currently in development.  RSAT Math scores greater than or equal to 580 will receive a minimum initial placement of UL4.

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.  Measuers 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 mor information, contact .


The Student Academic Success Center offers professional and peer tutoring to support a variety of undergraduate 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.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2017-2018 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 28, 2017.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.

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