Congratulations, new Dietrich School students! We're excited to welcome you on campus this summer. There are a few things you need to know in order to make sure you are set up for your PittStart advising appointment.

Academic Advising

  • Information and instructions regarding course enrollment will be mailed and emailed to you from the Dietrich School Advising Center after you register for your PittStart session.
  • You will complete the Dietrich School Online Orientation, and enroll in your fall term classes prior to attending your PittStart session. The First-Year Online Orientation will provide you with many resources. You will have access to the information until the Fall 2017 Semester begins.
  • Assignment of the PittStart individual advising appointments will occur during the 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Group Session on Day One of PittStart.

Placement Exams

First of all...don't panic! These tests are simply tools that help to determine the courses that are your most appropriate starting points for various subjects. Your success is important to us, and that means registering for classes in which you will have every opportunity to perform well and learn.

  • Beginning May 1, Dietrich School students should complete online placement exams as soon as possible.
  • Carefully read the guidelines in the grid below so that you can determine which placement exams apply to you.
  • If you have questions about placement exams, contact your academic advising center.

Please note: If you have completed three years of study in one foreign language in high school with a B or higher, you are exempt from the language requirement.

Placement Exam Guidelines for Dietrich School Students

Exam Required Location Time Take this exam if...
Math Yes Online 90 min. You plan to take a math course beyond the level of college algebra (MATH 0031) and you have not earned college credit for Calculus 1 (MATH 0220) or have not scored a 4 or 5 on the Math AB or Math BC Advanced Placement Exam.

You have college credit for Calculus 1 (Math 0220) or have scored a 4 or 5 on the Math AB or Math BC Advanced Placement Exam, but would like to repeat Calculus 1.

You scored below a 620 on your math SAT or below a 27 on your math ACT and would like to see if you can place into a course at a higher level than college algebra.

Get detailed information about this exam.
Music Theory No On Campus Day One of PittStart 60 min. You are considering a major or minor in music. A sufficient score will exempt you from the required course for music majors and minors - Music 0100 Fundamentals of Western Music.
French No Online 60 min. You wish to continue studying the same foreign language you have previously studied, have spoken at home, or have learned abroad.
German No Online 60 min. You wish to continue studying the same foreign language you have previously studied, have spoken at home, or have learned abroad.
Spanish No Online 60 min. You wish to continue studying the same foreign language you have previously studied, have spoken at home, or have learned abroad.

For specific details about determining placement in college level Spanish classes, please click here.

All students taking the online Spanish exam must also sign up for a Spanish oral interview that will take place during your PittStart session. Starting May 1, you can schedule an interview online.
Russian No On Campus Day One of PittStart 60 min. You wish to continue studying the same foreign language you have previously studied, have spoken at home, or have learned abroad.
Portuguese No On Campus Day One of PittStart 60 min. You wish to continue studying the same foreign language you have previously studied, have spoken at home, or have learned abroad.
Latin No On Campus Day One of PittStart 60 min. You wish to continue studying the same foreign language you have previously studied, have spoken at home, or have learned abroad.
Italian No Online 60 min. You wish to continue studying the same foreign language you have previously studied, have spoken at home, or have learned abroad.

For placement testing in other languages offered at Pitt, please contact the language faculty directly.