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. In addition, you may take courses in subjects including English, math, 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. Students are encouraged to take placement tests in advance of Orientation. Tests are available through the student’s Canvas account. All placement tests are also offered 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. 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.