Academic Placement for Transfer Students

The following information applies to both full-time and part-time transfer students.


If you have transferred in credits for ENG 110 or 112 you do not need a placement for English composition. If you did not transfer in either of listed English composition, your English placement will be assessed by the Academic Advisement Center based on the following guidelines:

  1. If you transferred in two semesters or more of college credits, but have not transferred in an English composition equivalent and have an overall college GPA of a 2.5 or lower, you will be placed in ENG 110.
  2. If you transferred in two semesters or more of college credits and have transferred in an ENG Transfer Elective and have an overall college GPA of a 2.5 or better, you will be placed into ENG 112.


If you have transferred in credits for MAT 095, 100 or greater, you do not need to take the math test placement. SAT scores may not be used for placement by transfer students.  If you have not transferred in math credits you must register for an on campus placement by clicking on the Register button below.  You may not take a math placement if you have transferred in math or after you have taken a math course at Southern.

World Language

Southern has a Multilingual Communication requirement that may be fulfilled by completing a language course or by new world language policies effective for transfer students admitted in Fall 2017.  Current transfer students wishing to utilize the new policy must change their catalog term to Fall 2017 and will be required to meet any requirement changes under the new catalog term.

Transfer Students with 60 or more transfer credits at time of transfer are waived from the Multilingual Communication requirement.

Transfer students with 30-59 transfer credit at time of transfer may waive the Multilingual Communication requirement with completion of Level 3 high school or Level 2 college world language. 

All native speakers and heritage learners of languages other than English who are either current students or transfer students with less than 59 transfer credits and have not taken a world language in high school or college are encouraged to waive the requirement by taking a waiver examination (STAMP Test, ACTFL exam or CLEP test) or by presenting a transcript from a foreign high school to the Chair of the World Languages and Literatures Department. 

If you wish to take a World Language and would like to assess what level to begin with you may take an online placement.  You will have 90-minutes to complete the placement with only one opportunity to take it. You may not stop and come back to it; you must complete it in one sitting. All devices (computers, smartphones, and handhelds) and browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) are compatible with the placement. However, while you can use smartphones and handhelds, it is highly recommended that you use a computer.

When you’re ready to take the placement make sure you have your Southern email address (i.e. and student ID number (8 digit number that begins with a 7) in front of you before beginning it. Simply click on the language you wish to take and begin.

Below are world language placement options that begin as soon as you click on the link, so please do not click a link until you are ready to begin.