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(New student information below.  If you are a transfer student, please call 419-530-2671 for clarification)

For information about placement testing for the College of Arts and Letters, click here.

For information about placement testing for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, click here.

ALEKS Chemistry
The purpose of the ALEKS Chemistry Placement exercise is to both determine the best chemistry course placement for you, and, if you place into General Chemistry I, to permit you to review topics before you actually begin the class so you can start strong.  If you score 50% or higher on your Initial Assessment you can register for CHEM 1230 without restrictions.  

If you score less than 50%, ALEKS will place you in Learning Mode which will allow you to master additional topics.  Once you reach 50%, you can register for CHEM 1230 as long as you also take CHEM 1200, Problem-Solving in General Chemistry. You are urged to take the Initial Assessment seriously to allow the process to work best for you.  

After you achieve 50%  you are strongly encouraged to continue in the Learning Mode to better prepare you for General Chemistry I.

Note: a grade of B or better is the standard metric in General Chemistry I with successful professional program candidates; students are encouraged to take Elementary Chemistry if their overall assessment is low.

ALEKS Mathematics
The University of Toledo uses ALEKS® Placement to provide an accurate measure of students’ current mathematical skills so that they will be accurately placed in their mathematics courses. ALEKS® placement is available Online ( and in the Testing Center (Memorial Field House 1980).

ALEKS® uses adaptive questioning to determine exactly what students know and don't know about a topic. Students will gain a better sense of their strengths and weaknesses in math and have a chance to work on those weaknesses. The most important thing is that they take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects their level of knowledge and math preparedness. The more time students spend with ALEKS®, the more topics they will review and master - and the better their placement!

Students can take the placement test up to three times within a six-week period. Students must wait 48 hours and spend at least five hours of practice within the ALEKS® system in order to qualify for a retake. The cost is $20 and is paid directly to ALEKS®.

If a student is unsatisfied with their placement, they can participate in Math Camp over the summer.

Foreign Language
**For students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts**
*If you have one or more years of foreign language experience, take the placement test in that language if you intend to continue study in college. Depending on your program, it may be required. The test covers grammatical structures, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish foreign language placement tests can be completed at the Test Center (Field House, Room 1080).  Other languages such as Arabic and Chinese must be scheduled through the Foreign Language Department.


Academic Advisors assist students with academic issues, such as understanding program requirements and choosing courses to meet degree requirements. An Academic Advisor can be a Professional Advisor or a Faculty Advisor. Professional Advisors work with new students who have not declared a major, students who are changing colleges, transfer students, students who are returning to the university after an absence, and students who have been suspended. Faculty Advisors work with students who are advancing in a particular major. 

There are also advisors who help students in other areas of academic life, such as Financial Aid Advisors who help students in all aspects of financial aid and scholarships, and Career Services Advisors who help students explore various career options. 

Students also have a Success Coach. A success coach helps students who need connections to referrals like tutoring or counseling. Success Coaches helps students that are having trouble transitioning to college, and can also help with study strategies, time management, and budget management. Students will have the same success coach from orientation through graduation, no matter if they change their major.  If a student is unsure of who their Success Coach may be, they can check their student information page via the Student Tab in the MyUT Portal.  Students can also e-mail if unsure.

Degree Requirements

Read about your specific degree requirements by reviewing the undergraduate university catalog for your specific college. The college catalog shares academic policies, program requirements, course sequencing and other important information pertaining to your degree.

UT Core Curriculum

Regardless of major or program, students are required to complete a university core curriculum, which includes:

  • Composition I and II
  • Mathematics
  • Multicultural Non - Western
  • Multicultural Diversity of U.S. Culture
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (2)
  • Social Sciences (2)
  • Natural Sciences (2)
  • Natural Science Lab

Enrollment Status

The enrollment status of undergraduate students is based on the number of hours enrolled in credit bearing courses during a semester or during an entire summer term. Students should be cognizant of how many credit hours they are enrolled in to maintain financial aid and other university scholarship.

First Year Placement Model

The University uses a data-driven placement model for all first-year courses in and out of the major.  The academic departments determine which courses their student should attempt in the first and second semesters. Advisors work with students to select classes appropriate with the placement model and the student's interests.

AP Credit

AP credit from the most current academic year does not post until July. If AP credit is earned and you have requested the scores be sent to UT, you will be contacted and your fall schedule will be revised to reflect the AP credit earned. A list of AP Class/Score equivalencies is provided by the Office of the Registrar.

*AP for MATH majors: Students with a score of 3 or better on either AB or BC calculus will receive credit for MATH 1830 (or 1850). Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the BC calculus test will receive credit for both MATH 1830 (or 1850) and 1840 (or 1860). Students with a score below 3 may be able to obtain credit by taking a departmental test. Students with a score of 3 or better on the Statistics Test will receive credit for MATH 2630.


Last Updated: 8/4/20