Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013


The ATTIC (Advising, Tutoring, Testing, International Center) provides academic support services to students at SPSU. Located in the Student Center (A-160), the ATTIC houses Advising, Testing, Tutoring, International Student Services, Disability Services, and Multi-Cultural Affairs. For more information, call (678) 915-7361.

Joint Enrollment Advising

The Joint Enrollment Advisor/Move On When Ready Advisor guides Joint Enrollment and Move On When Ready students in selecting courses they need for their high school graduation and for their college careers. The Advisor also works with high school counselors.


The ATTIC provides individualized assistance and small-group study options to Southern Polytechnic students. Tutors help students with core courses in english, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics. Tutoring occurs in the Student Center in rooms A-184 & A-185. The tutoring schedule can be viewed online at the ATTIC's website ( * Please Note: The schedule may vary from semester to semester.


The ATTIC administers the following tests:

Math Advisory Test (MAT)

SPSU students take the math test to determine the level of math placement. The test consists of college algebra and pre-calculus. MAT scores will determine the appropriate starting point in SPSU's math sequence. Students may obtain MAT scores from their academic advisor or a program representative during an advising session, from the Testing Coordinator, the Coordinator of Disability Services, or from Banner Web.

Placement is based on the following scale:

If your score is

On this test

Start in this Mathematics Course

23 or lower

MAT 1+2

MATH 1111 College Algebra

24 or higher

MAT 1+2

MATH 1113 Pre-calculus

26 or higher

MAT 1+2

MATH 2253 Calculus




8 or higher


MATH 2240 Elements of Calculus

28 or higher

MAT 1+2

MATH 1113 Pre-calculus OR



MATH 2253 Calculus I OR

630 or higher OR



MATH 2240 Survey of Calculus

28 or higher

ACT (Math)

(MATH 1113 is recommended)

Students are eligible to take any mathematics course at SPSU for which they have met all prerequisites. The ATTIC and the Mathematics Program offer math tutoring.


Non-traditional students-students should take COMPASS. The test consists of writing, reading, and math sections. A proctoring fee must be paid in advance of the test. Students may call (678-915 -7361 to make an appointment to take the COMPASS test. COMPASS testing can also be scheduled online via

Disability Services

The Disability Services Advisor coordinates academic support services for students who have a permanent or temporary disability. Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to, those with mobility, hearing, learning, visual, speech, or specific neurological disabilities. Services are available free of charge on a self-referral basis.

Students at Southern Polytechnic State University who have a disabling condition and need academic accommodations have the responsibility to voluntarily self-identify by scheduling an appointment with the Disability Services Advisor as soon as possible.

The ATTIC is responsible for providing special assistance for students diagnosed as having specific learning disabilities. To become eligible for special services at Southern Polytechnic State University, students must verify the specific learning disability by having a psychological evaluation on file in the ATTIC.

If you believe you have a specific learning disability, visit the ATTIC for more information.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), special services are available through the ATTIC to any learning-disabled student at Southern Polytechnic State University. All such services are offered based on individual needs.

International Student Services

International Student Services advises the University's international student body, faculty, and staff on Immigration and Naturalization regulations. The coordinator provides student assistance with banking, social security, insurance, housing, employment, practical and curricular practical training, travel regulations, income tax, and the lottery.

International Student Services provides cultural, social, and educational programs. Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Friends of Internationals and AMIS (American Ministry of International Students) sponsor family and community activities.