Exemptions for the Placement Process

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All Students (First Year, Transfer, Adult and Current Students)




Modern Language

All Schools
and Colleges (except for School for New Learning) (SNL)1

Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB or BC score of 3 or higher

AP English Language and Composition score of 4 or higher

AP German,
or Spanish Language or Literature score
of 3 or higher

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Math score of 5 or higher

SAT Verbal score
of 600 or higher

AP Latin Literature
or Vergil score
of 3 or higher

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Calculus score
of 50 or higher

ACT Reading score of 20 or higher
ACT English score of 24 or higher

CLEP German,
or Spanish score of 50 or higher

Students with Transfer Credit




Modern Language


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS)
(excluding Economics)

Science and Health (CSH) (majors not requiring Calculus)2

Computing and Digital Media (CDM) (majors not requiring Calculus)3

Theatre (excluding BFA Theatre Management)

College Calculus, Quantitative Reasoning OR in some cases, certain Statistics courses, with a grade of
D or better

Composition and Rhetoric II
with a grade of
C- or better

Applies to ALL Schools and Colleges, except SNL

Continued study in a language requires a placement test

Applies to ALL Schools and
Colleges, except SNL


LAS (Economics)

CSH (majors that require Calculus)2

CDM (Math/Computer Science Majors)

Theatre (BFA Theatre Management)

College Calculus with a grade of
C- or better

​College Calculus with a grade of C or better

  • (1) SNL does not exempt any students from taking the writing exam and does not require students to take a foreign language placement. SNL students who want to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language should read our form to learn more . In addition, SNL BAIFA students are not required to take the math placement exam. SNL BAGB, BAC and BADA students are required to take it.
  • (2) CSH majors requiring Calculus are: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Allied Health Technology, Mathematics, Math/Computer Science, Physics
  • (3) CDM major requiring Calculus: Math/Computer Science

Math Placement for Freshmen: The DePaul Placement Process is designed to reflect the structure of actual DePaul courses and thus provides students with an important assessment of their familiarity with specific subject areas. All incoming freshmen are required to complete the math placement process. If you are submitting advanced placement or other sources of college credit, these credits will be evaluated and, if appropriate, applied toward your degree. While it may be possible that you would not need to take the course into which you placed, the placement results will aid your advisor in better understanding your mastery of concepts included in pre-requisite math courses. This information will also be beneficial to you in your approach to your first term at DePaul as you can review math concepts that may present a greater challenge or those you have not studied for a while.

Math Placement for Transfer Students: Students transferring in math credit will be exempt from the Math Placement Process as outlined in the above grid. Transfer students who intend to inter-college transfer, to double major in another program, or to earn a dual degree in a different program with higher math requirements than the one outlined by their current primary major are urged to take the math placement test in order to measure readiness for the more rigorous math in store for them. Your transfer credit must be noted on your DePaul record for you to be exempt. All external credit should be sent to the Office of Admission. ​​​​​​