Colorado State University Department of Mathematics

Placement Information for Prospective & Incoming Students


Every degree program at Colorado State University requires a minimum of 3 credits in mathematics for graduation. The Colorado State University Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) has been developed by the Department of Mathematics to determine a studentís readiness for college-level mathematics at Colorado State.


All first-time freshmen and transfers who have not completed a transferable college-level mathematics course are required to complete the MPE.


Students are strongly encouraged to complete the MPE remotely (using a home computer) before participating in an Orientation and Registration Program.


Students may take the MPE remotely ONE TIME.

Students may take the MPE one time in a non-proctored setting prior to their term of admission using a compatible personal computer.The exam can be taken up to two (2) additional times in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138) once on campus.


A ONE-TIME $15 exam fee is charged to the studentís account the first time the test is taken.Payment of this fee is expected even if the student subsequently chooses not to attend Colorado State University.Students are not charged for additional attempts of the Mathematics Placement Exam.


We strongly recommend that students prepare before attempting this exam by using the online review materials that have been designed specifically for this exam.

Students must have an eID (electronic IDentification) in order to take the MPE remotely.

Shortly after students apply for admission to Colorado State University, the Office of Admissions mails an ACCESS KEY and instructions for using a secure site to establish an eID. If you have forgotten your eID, use I forgot my ePassword for help. If you need assistance establishing your eID, please contact the Office of Admissions at or (970) 491-6909.


During the academic year, the MPE is available remotely during specific dates and times.

The admission term for which a student has applied determines the exact dates of availability. The window of available dates closes prior to the start of the term for which you have applied. Log in to the MPE website using your eID to display the exact dates during which you are eligible to take the MPE remotely.
NOTE:   The remote MPE is not typically available between semesters.


MPE results are available immediately after completing the exam. In addition:

        Placement results are sent to the Universityís records system every evening at 10pm MST.

        Placement results for exams that are completed after 10pm MST are sent to the Universityís records system at 10pm MST on the next day.

        You can re-check your placement results at any time by logging in to the remote MPE site.

        Applicants who complete the MPE remotely to satisfy the admission requirement in mathematics must notify the Office of Admissions that a successful result has been achieved so that results can be matched with the application for admission.


The remote MPE is found at


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Last modified on: June 1, 2007