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STEP 2: Directed Self-Placement (DSP)

DSP is a Web-based method for you to select the required English course that is best for you. It also evaluates your reading skills and determines if a college reading course is recommended.

You must complete the DSP online before your Orientation date and before you can prepare a class schedule or enroll in classes.

NOTE: The recommended browsers for DSP are Internet Explorer and Firefox. You may encounter issues in other browsers.

Q: How do I complete my DSP?

Budget a minimum of 30 minutes to sit at a computer and concentrate. Have your high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores handy. You’ll be asked for them along the way.

Q: Do I have to complete the DSP placement section all at once during the DSP process?

You can stop the process and log back in later. All of your decisions will be saved.

Q: What can I do if I have questions about my DSP choices?

You will be given specific instructions and explanations about your choices and the recommendations on the site. You will also have the opportunity to email advisors in The Center for Teaching and Learning with your questions. They will answer you within 24 hours Monday through Friday.

Q: What should I do if I have technical problems during this process?

Contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at (703) 526-6935, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., if you experience technical problems. Also, be sure to use Internet Explorer or Firefox when completing DSP.

Q: What happens after I choose my English course?

Once you have chosen your English course, you will be given guidelines for making a fall schedule of classes. You will see a list of required and recommended first-semester courses based on your major, and will be directed to Marynet, where you will be able to access the schedule of classes, select your classes, and register.

Q: What about my Math course?

Not everyone will take a math course their first semester at Marymount. During NSO, all students will take a math assessment to see which math course you should take, when needed. If you need accommodations for the math assessment during NSO, please contact Hope Fisher at (703) 526-6925

Q: Are there any deadlines for completing DSP, creating my schedule, and registering?

Yes, there are deadlines for different stages of the process.

You must complete your DSP choices before you attend your NSO in June.

You can pick your courses and plan your schedule as soon as you complete your DSP, but you cannot register for your classes online until May 30. Online registration will open for first-year students on May 30 - June 13. Remember, you won’t be able to register until you have done your DSP.

Q: What happens if I don't complete my DSP by the Math 30 deadline?

If you complete your DSP on or after the deadline, you will have a 24-hour waiting period before you can register on Marynet. By completing your DSP prior to May 30, you will have a better chance of getting your first-choice class times and sections.

Q: What happens if I don't complete DSP or register by June 13?

You still need to complete your DSP before your orientation session, but will be unable to prepare your own schedule once online registration ends June 13. Based on your DSP choices, we will prepare a schedule and register you for fall classes following the typical first semester courses for your major. You will be given this schedule when you come to your NSO.

Q: I have generated my student account, registered for an orientation session, and completed my Directed Self-Placement. Now, what do I do?

Once you have completed these items, the next step is to register for classes. Class registration is open May 30 - June 13. Prior to May 30, you can browse classes and even list them as "preferred" in your Marynet account. Just remember, you're not enrolled in them until you register.

Log in to Marynet, select Marynet for Students > Register for Sections. In the options, select "Search and Register for Classes." You can use this option if you would like to look for sections, add them to your preferred list of sections, and later register for them. For more information on registering for classes, see the Office of the Registrar.

Q: What if I want to change my major on the DSP?

You will be asked to verify your major when you begin your DSP. If the major listed is not the one you want, you can change it on the DSP site.

If you have no further questions, you are ready to begin the DSP process:

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