Cardinal Day Resources


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Cardinal Day Tips 

Prior to your arrival for Cardinal Day, the College will carefully review your file and will assign you to take one or two specific Level 1 CTI (Critical Thought and Inquiry) courses within Jewell’s Core Curriculum. Your academic advisor will have this information. 

Determining Your Class Schedule 

  • If you have already decided on a major or area of study, look through the section of the Course Catalog that describes your intended major. 
  • If you have not yet decided on a major, that's fine! View this is an opportunity to explore. Take a careful look at the list of elective courses. Be prepared to suggest at least one of these courses to your advisor, who will work with you to construct a balanced, enriching and intellectually challenging schedule of courses. 

Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and/or Dual Credit
It is possible you could bring in college credit earned through AP, IB or dual credit programs. These courses may satisfy CTI requirements, major requirements or fulfill elective credit. Some or all may apply toward graduation. If you did not provide information about earned college credit when you registered, your admission counselor will contact you to verify courses taken and grades/test scores received. You are expected to submit all coursework one week prior to your Cardinal Day appointment.

Academic Advising 

At Cardinal Day, you will meet one-on-one with an academic advisor. Academic advisors are Jewell faculty members who will assist you with course registration for fall classes. If you are unclear regarding any matter, please bring a list of questions with you. You and the advisor will work together to come up with the schedule that is best for you during your first semester at Jewell and the semesters to come. (During your advising meeting, parents will be participating in a different activity.)

Calculus Placement 

If your academic program requires calculus, you will be enrolled in Pre-Calculus on Cardinal Day. Shortly after Cardinal Day you will receive instructions to take the Math Placement Exam. If the Placement Exam indicates that you are prepared for Calculus, the College will move you over to a Calculus course that meets at the same time as the Pre-Calculus course in which you originally enrolled.

Foreign Language Placement Examination 

If you have completed two or more years of a foreign language in high school and you elect to continue your study in that language based on your degree and academic interests, you will take a Foreign Language Placement Exam to determine your proficiency level. If your language is Spanish, you will take the Placement Exam prior to your Cardinal Day visit; if your language is French or Latin you will take the Placement Exam on the first day of class. There is no study guide or preparation necessary for this exam. You will receive information about taking this exam from the Office of Admission.