Helpful Hints: Math Placement at UD

Every incoming student must take the math placement exam (MPE), and completing a math course is required for graduation from UD in nearly all cases. To register for a math​ class, you must attain a particular score on the MPE. Your enrollment in the appropriate math class is based on your (intended) major. For example, most business major require MATH221: Calculus, whereas most arts and humanities majors require MATH113.

To determine your recommended math course, use the Math Placement Goal chart or contact an academic advisor.

Helpful Tips: Course and Section Numbers

Section numbers are used to designate the day, time, and location of a course. The section number appears after the course number: PSYC100-010 refers to General Psychology 100, section 010, which meets on M/W/F at 10:10 am in the Fall 2017 semester.

Some sections are offered online, including 194 and 195. Some are designated for special populations – such as Honors 080, 081, etc.. Some sections are not available to full-time students enrolled at UD’s main campus because they meet in another part of the state (or even the world!) – such as 310, 510, 710, and 070.

In the Know: Course Registration during the Free Drop/Add Period

For some college students, course selection and registration is a positive experience. After having limited choices in high school, they may feel excited by the opportunity to take a class in a subject they’ve never been exposed to and grateful  they can develop a schedule that is consistent with their preferred sleep habits. Other students feel overwhelmed by the wide range of classes available, disappointed that they have to take more general education classes, or anxious about securing a seat in a popular course that filled before they could add it to their schedules. Although there are limits on how much choice you have in course selection, students do have the option of making changes to their Fall 2017 schedules beginning
Tuesday, August 1 using the WebReg system.       

Your academic advisor can not enroll you in a full course or a course that a department has reserved for specific populations. If you receive an error message when you try to register for a class, read the corresponding note and follow the instructions provided.


Sharon Grayson is a UD alum who majored in Communication with a minor in Legal Studies. While completing her undergraduate degree, she thought she would pursue a career in strategic communication and public relations. As she got closer to graduation, she considered law school, but ultimately decided to complete a master’s degree program in Communication. After working with college students as an academic advisor and instructor at Towson University and Community College of Baltimore County, Sharon secured her current position as a UST advisor and FYS instructor. Sharon also teaches sections of BUAD212 and COMM350, both public speaking courses.

Sharon told us, “I definitely use the theory and practice I learned from the Communication major in advising undergraduate students and facilitating presentations for UST.” Even though she did not go to work at a PR firm, she definitely uses some of the strategic communication skills she learned to contribute to the UST unit’s programming initiatives and social media campaigns.


Lys Murray is an academic advisor for the University Studies Program and the Assistant Director for the Office of Academic Enrichment at UD’s Center for Academic Success. Her undergraduate major was in Choral Music Education. Lys told us that her first job after college was as a 6th-8th grade choir director: “I did that for a few years, but decided that teaching in the schools (especially middle school!) was not for me. I found a job as an administrative assistant and did that type of work until I found my passion here at UD, working with college students. My Master’s degree in Individual & Family Studies helped me to move up to my current position.” In her free time, Lys is still very active in the music world, where she sings in UD’s Schola Cantorum and directs other choirs when the opportunity arises. Lys said, “I had a great education in music, and it has had a profound effect on my life. I wouldn’t change a thing.”