Admission Requirement in Mathematics

Every undergraduate degree at CSU requires at least three (3) credits of mathematics for graduation. The admission requirement in mathematics is designed to ensure that transfer applicants are on track to satisfy this graduation requirement.

Second bachelor’s/post-bac applicants are exempt from the admission requirement in mathematics, though mathematics credits may be required for graduation.

The admission requirement may be satisfied through any one of the following means:

  • Completing a transferable mathematics course (such as college algebra or math for the liberal arts or any Colorado community/junior college course with a gtPathways MA1 designation, including Intro to Statistics) with a grade of “C-” or higher (transferable credit may satisfy graduation requirements) OR
  • Completing a pre-college level course such as intermediate algebra, a math literacy lab completed concurrently with a college-level course, or an equivalent (generally numbered below 100-level) with a grade of “C-” or higher OR
  • Completing Algebra I, geometry, and algebra II with grades of “C-” or higher while in high school OR
  • Submitting official scores of 3 or better on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam or 4 or better on the IB Math exam (Further Math, Math Studies, or Mathematics) or 50 or better on CLEP Subject exams in specific content areas (College Algebra, College Algebra & Trigonometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus) OR
  • Meeting the Transfer Admission Guarantee through completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science from a state of Colorado community college

Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE)

Applicants who will not meet the admission requirement in mathematics with course work or official test scores as outlined above can take the Colorado State University Math Placement Exam (MPE) to demonstrate readiness for college-level math.

How do you access the MPE?

After you submit your application to CSU, you can establish the secure login credentials or “eID” necessary to access the MPE. Your eID is a username/password combination different from the credentials you use to create your application for admission.

  • Refer to your applicant status page or contact Admissions to learn your 9-digit CSU ID number.
  • Use your CSU ID number and a limited amount of personal information to create your eID.
  • Refer to the directions for taking the MPE using your eID here.

When can you take the MPE?

You can take the MPE anytime from a remote location after you have applied for admission and created your eID. If you will not meet the admission requirement in mathematics with course work, you are strongly encouraged to take the MPE and notify Admissions before the application deadline.

The MPE and related ELM Tutorial websites are closed for maintenance between semesters.

What MPE result is necessary to meet this requirement?

Your MPE result will be available immediately after you complete the online assessment, and it will indicate whether you have achieved at a level necessary to meet the admission requirement in mathematics. If you demonstrate readiness for College Algebra or above (MATH 117, 118, 124, and so on), you will have cleared the admission requirement in mathematics.

If your MPE results indicate that you are only cleared to register for Math for Social Sciences (MATH 130/Math 101 starting Fall 2015), you also must complete units 1-3 of the self-paced, online Entry-Level Math (ELM) Tutorial to satisfy the admission requirement in mathematics.

Applicants to CSU are advised to take the unproctored Mathematics Placement Exam to meet the admission requirement in mathematics unless they expect to receive advanced standing/test out credit for college-level math proficiency; in these cases, applicants can opt for the proctored Mathematics Challenge Exam. Exam attempts are limited, so advanced preparation using the online study materials is strongly advised.