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College of Business & Technology
Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR)
The Summer Orientation & Registration (SOAR) program is one of the first steps that students take in their transition to the University. During Summer Orientation and Registration, you will meet with an academic advisor from your intended major in the College of Business and Technology, register for classes, and interact with other students. You will also learn academic requirements and services that will be invaluable your first semester. In addition to being a great transition for you as a new student, the program is also beneficial to parent and family members as well by providing family orientation session and information about campus resources and services.
You will be initially placed into your freshman English composition course based on your ACT or SAT scores:
- ACT - Students making an 18 or below on either the English component or the Reading component will be placed into ENG 100 (likewise, students making a 19 or above on both English component and the Reading component will be placed into ENG 180).
- SAT - Students making a 430 or below on the Writing component or a 450 or below on the Critical Reading component will be placed into ENG 100 (likewise, students making a 431 or above on the Writing component and a 451 or above on the Critical Reading component will be placed into ENG 180).
If you are not satisfied with your placement, ask your academic advisor about procedures to appeal your English placement.
The Mathematics Department will do an initial placement into math courses using a student's math ACT score and the math courses completed in high school as guidelines. The department may recommend that a student take the math placement test (called COMPASS) to improve the placement level. A math letter (pdf) was sent to freshmen that plan to attend in the fall 2013. It gives a detailed description of placement as well as the placement grid.