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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.



All first-time freshmen and transfers 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.
  • 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 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. 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 programs and registration in courses after 60 credits may require mathematics during the first semester on campus.
  • To qualify for course credit by exam, you must take the MPE on campus in the proctored PACe Testing Center (Weber 138).

Students may take the MPE remotely ONE TIME.

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.

We strongly recommend that students prepare before attempting 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 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. We use this time to perform required maintenance on our system.

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.
  • 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 http://online.math.


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