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 student's readiness for college-level
mathematics at Colorado State.
*** PLEASE CAREFULLY READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW. CLICK ON THE
BUTTON WHEN YOU ARE READY TO TAKE THE THE REMOTE MPE.
All first-time freshmen and transfers who have not completed a
transferable college-level mathematics course are required to take the
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.
Transfer students who are admitted with a college-level mathematics
course in progress should visit with their academic adviser to determine
whether the MPE will be necessary.
Students are strongly encouraged
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. For example, if
you are waiting to receive your AP or IB Exam results, you will not
be able to register for many chemistry, physics, economics or
mathematics courses that enforce a math prerequisite unless you have
taken the MPE.
Direct admission to some competitive degree programs may require
mathematics during the first semester on campus.
Students who transfer 60 or more credits to CSU may be required to
register for mathematics during the first semester on campus.
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 exam fee is charged to the student' account the
first time the MPE is taken.
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
Mathematics Placement 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 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 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
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 any required maintenance on our system.
We strongly recommend that students prepare
before attempting this exam.
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.