Policy R-50

Title: Acceptance and Placement of Students with Regards to Mathematics
Number: R-50
Date of Inception: March 2, 1999

(1.)          Any student who receives transfer credit for a mathematics course toward the fulfillment of the LAC (Liberal Arts Core) requirement in mathematics, or credit for a course equivalent to Math 099, may register for any 100-level mathematics course (see table below for suggested course placement). No math placement test is required.

(2.)          Any student who does not receive transfer credit for a mathematics course toward the fulfillment of the LAC requirement in mathematics, nor credit for a course equivalent to Math 099, but does have a current SAT and/or ACT score (less than five years old) will be accepted according to the following scale:

* SAT Math = 370- 430 (ACT Math = 16-18): Bridge Program Math acceptance; current Bridge Program policies apply. (Beginning 2014-2015 the minimum acceptable score on the Math SAT will be 400).  The student may be placed into a 100 level math course after achieving a sufficient score on the math placement exam.

* SAT Math = 440- 550 (ACT Math = 19-25): Regular acceptance with regards to mathematics, regardless of high school record. No math placement exam is required.

* SAT Math = 560 or better (ACT Math = 26 or better): Regular acceptance with regards to mathematics, regardless of high school record. Math placement exam is required.

(3.)          Any student who does not receive transfer credit for a mathematics course toward the fulfillment of the LAC requirement in mathematics, or credit for a course equivalent to Math 099, and does not have a current SAT and/or ACT score (less than five years old), but is admitted to the university through the university's admission policy for students over twenty-one (21) years of age has two options.

* Option l: Take the mathematics placement exam ONCE, prior to completion of their first major semester and prior to registering for any mathematics course. This exam will be used to determine whether a student is allowed to register for a credit-bearing Mathematics course, or if they must first complete Math 099, Foundations Algebra.

* Option 2: Elect to skip the mathematics placement exam, at which point this student must successfully complete Math 099, Foundations Algebra, before registering for a credit-bearing mathematics course.

Regardless of which option is chosen, all students placed into Foundations Mathematics will be required  to register for the Math 099 course no later than their first major semester following the placement exam (or during their first major semester if option 2 is selected). No student is allowed more than two attempts to pass Math 099.

Note:    *The following table provides regularly admitted students with a suggested starting point in mathematics at Charleston Southern. A regularly admitted student may register for any mathematics course  numbered in the 100's. Students wishing to register for mathematics courses numbered 200 and above without the suggested prerequisite coursework should contact the mathematics department to   determine their preparedness for the desired course.

SAT Math 440-480 (ACT Math 19-20). Regular acceptance. Placed into Math 110. No math placement exam required.

SAT Math 490-550 (ACT Math 21-25). Regular acceptance. Placed into Math 111. No math placement exam required.

SAT Math 560-800 (ACT Math 26-36). Regular acceptance. Math placement exam required.

The above policy clarification has been recommended by the Mathematics Department, the Evening College and the Enrollment Management Division and approved by the Deans' Council. Revised by the Registrar, Director of Admissions and Chair of the Mathematics department June 18, 2013. Revised by the Admissions Committee December 2013.