New Student Frequently Asked Questions

 

PLACEMENT TESTING AND BASIC SKILLS COURSES

Will I be required to test during orientation?

Yes. During orientation you will take proficiency tests in mathematics, English, reading and possibly foreign language if applicable for your major. These placement tests determine if you currently have the proper foundation (knowledge) or if you need to take developmental courses in these areas. Please be aware that developmental courses do not count as credit toward graduation but do count toward full time student status (for financial aid and residence hall requirements). Students enrolled in developmental courses may be restricted as to the number of credits for which they can register.

 

I placed into a developmental course.  Can I retake the placement tests?

English and/or Reading:
During the first class meeting of Fundamentals of Composition I (ENWR 0098) and Fundamentals of College Reading I (READ 0097), a second and different assessment is given. If you place into a different level, you will be notified by your instructor and will need to adjust your schedule by meeting with your academic advisor.

Math:
The retest for any math course will be administered before the semester begins on specific test dates. You will only be allowed to retest once. To sign up for this retest, please register at www.fdu.edu/metromathretest.

 

Does a developmental course count towards my credits?

These classes count towards your full time status and in terms of financial aid for the semester, but do not fulfill graduation requirements.  However, these classes are designed to strengthen your skills so that you can be more successful in college level courses.  If you place into a developmental course, you are required to take the course and pass it in order to continue onto the next college level course.

 

YOUR SEMESTER SCHEDULE

During orientation I completed a Schedule Planning Guide (SPG) asking me about my preferences for courses.  Why aren’t some of those courses on my schedule?

When registering students for courses, noted preferences are always taken into consideration.  However, they can not always be guaranteed due to several reasons: course availability, curriculum requirements and placement test results.

 

I have AP credits and/or Middle College credits.  How do I get credit for those courses?

The University does not receive Advanced Placement (AP) scores until the middle of July. If you do not receive notification that your scores have been received by August 1st, please contact Coleen Curtis at coleen_curtis@fdu.edu or by telephone at (201) 692-2732 to ensure your scores have been received. If you receive AP credits, please contact your academic department or the Advisement Center to make sure your fall semester schedule is correct.

If you have questions regarding your Middle College credits, please contact Ms. Barbara Torna, Program Director of the Middle College Program at 201-692-6504 or via email at barbara@fdu.edu.

 

I have a course on my schedule called “SOS exams”. What are SOS exams?

Selected math, sciences, and engineering technology courses may require the participation in the Support Our Students (SOS) program. The SOS program is designed to provide additional support and enhance all students academic success.  For more information, please visit   http://view2.fdu.edu/academics/university-college/school-of-natural-sciences/support-our-students/

 

What is Transitioning to University Life?

Transitioning to University Life is a 1 credit course required for graduation by all students. This course helps students make a successful transition from high school to college.  It provides entering students with a learning experience that supports them during their first semester at FDU. 

 

Do I have to take a Foreign Language?

Certain majors may require a Language and Culture (foreign language) sequence consisting of two courses. Some students will begin this sequence during their first semester.  You will be placed in the appropriate course level based on your Foreign Language Skills Placement test &/or responses to certain questions on your Schedule Planning Guide.

 

I am interested in the QUEST Teacher Preparation program.  Can I take an Education course my first semester?

Students already accepted into the QUEST program will be registered for EDUC 1108 Seminar in Professional Practice I: The Teacher’s Role in School & Community (3 credits). Students who place into developmental courses may be required to delay entrance into QUEST until completing developmental courses.  If you are interested in QUEST but have not yet spoken to the QUEST Coordinator, please contact Dr. Miriam Singer at 201-692-2853 or through email at Miriam_singer@fdu.edu. 

 

ENGINEERING MAJORS

I took the placement test for math and placed into MATH 1105: College Algebra.  Does that class count towards graduation?

College Algebra is considered  to be a lower math than Precalculus and therefore will not carry credit toward graduation and will be considered excess credit.  


Why am I not registered for General Physics I if it is part of my requirements?

If you place in Precalculus or higher as determined by the placement test, you will be registered for General Physics I and its lab.  If you placed below Precalculus, you will be registered for an alternate required course.

 

My schedule does not show any Engineering courses.  Why?

If you placed in College Algebra or higher as determined by the placement test, you will be registered for
ENGR 1301: Engineering Practices, Graphics, & Designs.  If you placed below College Algebra (i.e. Algebra Skills or Computation & Algebra skills), you will be registered for an alternate required course.

 

SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCE MAJORS

I thought I needed to take CHEM 1201: General Chemistry I in my first semester.  Why aren’t I registered for it?

In order to take General Chemistry I, you must have a math score outlined by the School of Natural Sciences. If you did not receive the minimum score on your math placement test, you will be registered for an alternate course in place of General Chemistry I.

 

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN NURSING MAJOR

Students who desire Nursing as their major must be accepted into the program.  If you are not initially accepted into the program via your entrance into FDU through Admissions, your acceptance is then based on completing prerequisites along with attaining certain grades and GPA. 

It is necessary for the student who desires entrance into the Nursing program to directly contact the School of Nursing regarding specific entrance requirements. Please contact the School of Nursing at (201) 692-2880.