Placement Information for Incoming Freshmen

** NOTE: in all references below, MPE refers to either the unproctored Math Placement Exam or the proctored Math Challenge Exam.

Every degree program at Colorado State University requires a minimum of 3 credits in mathematics for graduation. The Colorado State University Math Placement and Challenge Exams (MPE) have been developed by the Department of Mathematics to determine a student's readiness for college-level mathematics at Colorado State.



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

    Newly admitted freshmen who expect to receive college credit for a mathematics course from Advanced Placement, concurrent enrollment in a college-level course, or completion of the International Baccalaureate program should visit with an admissions representative, an academic adviser, or contact the Department of Mathematics to determine whether it is in your best interest to take the MPE.

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

  • Placement exams are not a regularly scheduled part of the on-campus Orientation programs. Students who have completed the MPE in advance of Orientation will be better prepared to plan an optimal schedule of classes with their adviser during Orientation.
  • Registration in a mathematics course during the first semester on campus may not be required for specific degree programs, but more course options will be available to students with MPE results that demonstrate readiness for a college-level mathematics course.
  • You will not be able to enroll in courses in Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics if you are waiting to receive your AP or IB Exam results to satisfy prerequisites. Taking the MPE to satisfy prerequisites for these popular courses will allow you to register earlier when there are still seats available.
  • Direct admission to some competitive degree programs may require mathematics during the first semester on campus.
  • Questions concerning the MPE should be directed to the PACe Office (Weber 137; (970) 491-5761;

Students may take the MPE remotely .

  • Incoming students may take the Math Placement Exam (unproctored) one time prior to their term of admission using a compatible personal computer. The Math Challenge Exam may be taken up to two (2) times in a proctored setting.
  • If you assume that you remember the math you studied in high school (and don't study for the MPE), you could easily find you are unable to register for some important classes during your first semester.

A ONE-TIME $15 CSU exam fee is charged to your student account the first time you take the MPE.

    Payment of this fee is expected even if the student subsequently chooses not to attend Colorado State University after taking the exam. Students are not charged for additional attempts of the MPE.

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 instructions for using a secure site to establish an eID. If you have forgotten your eID, use the eIdentity website 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 term for which a student has applied for admission determines the exact dates during which they will be eligible to take the MPE remotely. The window of available dates will always close a few days prior to the start of this term. Students should log into the MPE website using their eID to display the exact dates during which they will be eligible to take the MPE remotely.
    SYSTEM MAINTENANCE: The MPE website typically closes during the week after classes end for the semester so we can complete required maintenance on our system.

We strongly recommend that students prepare before attempting this exam.

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

  • Placement results are sent to the University's records system every evening at 10pm MST.
  • Placement results for exams that are completed after 10pm MST are sent to the University's records system at 10pm MST on the next day.

*** The remote MPE is found at http://online.math.


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