Placement Information for Incoming Transfer Students
** NOTE: in all references below, MPE refers to either the
unproctored Math Placement Exam or the proctored Math
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.
*** PLEASE CAREFULLY READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW. CLICK ON THE
BUTTONS TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED TO TAKE THE MPE AND YOUR TESTING
Transfer students who have not completed a transferable
college-level mathematics course may be required to take the MPE.
Beginning in Fall 2018, students with minimum SAT/ACT test scores
(SAT MATH: 500 or ACT MATH: 19) will be allowed to enroll in MATH 101,
Math in the Social Sciences, without taking the MPE. Most students
wishing to take a math course other than MATH 101, or a student who
does not have the minimum SAT/ACT test scores listed above will need
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.
Transfer students who have completed MAT 055, MAT 093 or MAT 099
at a community college in Colorado with a grade of C- or better may
register for MATH 117, College Algebra I at CSU.
However, taking the MPE may still be advisable to satisfy
prerequisites for other CSU classes.
Students taking the MPE 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.
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.
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. Whether proctored or unproctored, the MPE
has a 2 hour, 20 minute time limit.
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
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
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.
Placement results are sent to the University's records system every
evening at 10pm MST to provide prerequisite information so you can
register for classes.
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 into
the remote MPE site with your eID.
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.