Advising and Placement

You will meet with your academic advisor and pre-register for fall classes at Summer or Fall Orientation. Your First-Year Seminar (FYS) instructor also serves as your academic advisor for the first year at Barton.

All students take FYS their first year. Check out the FYS Course Descriptions to choose the course for you. In addition, you may take courses in subjects including English, math, communication and information technology, science, social science, and/or physical education during the first semester. You may also take introductory courses to explore your intended major.

You will receive your final course schedule at Orientation.


Students may take three placement tests at Orientation – English, foreign language, and math. All placement tests are given on the first day of Orientation.

The Mathematics Readiness Test 1 is required for students with a math score of 500 or less on the SAT or 24 or less on the ACT, or an unweighted high school GPA less than 3.25. Math Readiness Test 2 is recommended for students who took advanced high school math courses. The first mathematics course that a student takes at Barton is determined by either the student’s SAT/ACT math score and high school GPA or the score on the placement test. More information is available here.

The foreign language placement test is strongly recommended for any student who has recently taken one or more courses in high school Spanish.

Initial placement into English courses is based on SAT/ACT scores. Some students are advised to take the English placement test to ensure correct course placement. Your advisor will recommend the English placement test during the group advising session at Orientation.