All first time undergraduate students entering the College receive a Math Proficiency Level (MPL) as part of the admissions process based on previously taken courses and standardized test scores. College courses express math prerequisites in terms of the MPL. Students can raise their MPL by taking specific math courses or by taking an optional Mathematics Placement Exam offered by the Math Department. A grade of C- or better in the following courses will raise a student's MPL to the indicated level:

MAT 151 will raise a student to MPL 3,

MAT 053 will raise a student to MPL 3,

MAT 152 will raise a student to MPL 4,

MAT 181 will raise a student to MPL 5,

MAT 251 will raise a student to MPL 6.

Transferred courses and CLEP Exams that are evaluated as equivalent to these courses will also raise the MPL.

If the student chooses to take a placement exam, the College uses an online program called ALEKS. Registration for ALEKS will cost $25, and the student must register and take a preliminary assessment and then sign up for a proctored exam. The proctored exams are held at the beginning of each semester. More information regarding the ALEKS program and the schedule for exams can be found at

If you have additional questions regarding Math Placement you should contact Amy VanPelt at