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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 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 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 any 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.
  • 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://placement.math.


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