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First Year Advising Center
121 North Foundation Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-3227

Orientation & New Student Programs
105 North Foundation Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-GOLD

Course Placement & Testing

Some general courses at Oakland, including mathematics, modern languages and writing and rhetoric, require students to take placement exams or to meet certain criteria. New students are strongly encouraged to complete necessary placement exams prior to attending orientation. 

All new students are placed into a mathematics class based on their Math ACT subscore. Please review the chart below to determine your math placement.

 Your Math ACT Subscore

 Your Math Placement 

 0-17  MTH 061* (Elementary Algebra) OR
 MTH 118 (Mathematical Sciences in the Modern World) 
 18-21  MTH 062* (Intermediate Algebra) OR
 MTH 118 (Mathematical Sciences in the Modern World) 
 22-27  MTH 118 (Mathematical Sciences in the Modern World) OR 
 MTH 121 (Linear Programming, Elementary Functions) OR
 MTH 141 (Precalculus) OR
 MTE 210 (Numerical Structures) OR  
 STA 225 (Intro to Statistical Concepts and Reasoning) 
 28 or above  MTH 118 (Mathematical Sciences in the Modern World) OR 
 MTH 121 (Linear Programming, Elementary Functions) OR
 MTH 122 (Calculus for Social Sciences) OR 
 MTH 154 (Calculus I) OR
 MTE 210 (Numerical Structures) OR  
 STA 225 (Intro to Statistical Concepts and Reasoning) OR
 STA 227 (Intro to Statistical Methods) OR
 STA 228 (Statistical Methods for Biology)

* No more than 16 credits in courses numbered 050-099 may count toward graduation requirements. 

Math Placement Testing

Students who have not taken the ACT or who feel their ACT - Math subscore does not reflect their current abilities, should take a Math Placement Test prior to orientation.  There are two ways to take the placement test:

  1. The math placement test is offered year-round, with no appointment necessary, Monday through Friday from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. in the Science and Engineering Building, Room 368. You should set-up your OU email address and password prior to taking the test, bring your grizzly ID number to the test and allow one hour to take the test and receive your results. For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at (248) 370-3430.
  2. If you are a new first-year student attending a one-day New Student Orientation program in May, June or August, you can take the test in the Oakland Center at 7:30 a.m. on the day of your scheduled orientation.  For students attending the overnight orientation, you will be able to take the test on the morning of day two of your scheduled orientation.

For more information on Math placement and prerequisites, visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website.

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Oakland University has a language requirement for all students as a part of the general education curriculum. Students who have taken a college-level language class at an accredited institution have satisfied this requirement. Students needing the language placement exam are those who have no previous college coursework in a language, but who have prior high school coursework in French, German or Spanish and who intend to satisfy the language requirement by continuing in this language. Students with no previous high school- or college-level language experience do not need this test.

If you took French, German or Spanish in high school and wish to continue in that language at Oakland, take the online placement exam prior to orientation, using the password grizzlies1. Remember to bring a copy of your results with you to orientation. If you took Japanese, Chinese or Arabic, contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at (248) 370-2060 or visit 372 O'Dowd Hall.

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First Year Writing
Most students will complete the first year experience by taking Composition I (WRT 150) and Composition II (WRT 160). Some students may be required to take WRT 104 (Supervised Study) based on early writing samples in their classes.  To fulfill Oakland University’s general education writing foundations requirement, students must complete Composition II (WRT 160) or its equivalent with a 2.0 or higher. 

Students are placed into the writing foundations course (WRT 160), and in any courses they might need as a prerequisite to WRT 160, based on their ACT English subscore or Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam score. 

 Your Test Scores

 Your Writing Placement

 ACT English subscore 0-15  WRT 102 (Basic Writing)
 ACT English subscore 16-27  WRT 150 (Composition I)
 ACT English subscore 28 or above OR
 AP English Language and Composition      
 exam score of 3 or better
 WRT 160 (Composition II)

Students with an AP English Language and Composition exam score of 4 or 5 are exempt from both WRT 150 and 160.  They will receive four credits that satisfy the general education writing foundations requirement, equivalent to WRT 160. Placement by ACT score does not yield any course credit regardless of where students are placed.

Transfer students who did not take the ACT and do not have prior coursework in writing should consult the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, 378 O’Dowd Hall, (248) 370-2746, for appropriate placement prior to registration.

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