Every undergraduate degree at CSU requires at least three 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 or post-bachelor applicants are exempt from the admission requirement in mathematics.

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

College mathematics credits

Completing a transferable mathematics course (such as college algebra or math for the liberal arts or any Colorado community or junior college course with a gtPathways MA-1 designation, including Intro to Statistics) with a grade of “C-” or higher.

Foundational college mathematics course

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.

High school mathematics credits

Completing Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with grades of “C-” or higher while in high school.

Exam scores

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).

Transfer Admission Guarantee

Meeting the Transfer Admission Guarantee through completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science from a state of Colorado community or junior 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 use the Colorado State University Math Placement Exam process (MPE) to demonstrate readiness for college-level math.

Taking the Math Placement Exam (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.

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 Entry Level Math Tutorial (ELM) 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 met the admission requirement in mathematics. If you demonstrate readiness for College Algebra or above (Math 117, 118, 124, etc.), 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 101), you also must complete units 1-3 of the self-paced, online Entry-Level Math Tutorial (ELM) to satisfy the admission requirement in mathematics.

Applicants to CSU are advised to take the unproctored MPE to meet the admission requirement in mathematics unless they expect to receive advanced standing or test out credit for college-level math proficiency. In these cases, applicants can choose the proctored Mathematics Challenge Exam.