Math Placement

For students who do not have prior college credit in mathematics courses, initial placement is determined by Math ACT or SAT score. See tables below. If you believe that you should start in a more advanced mathematics course, you can take an ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Math assessment; see ALEKS.

Placement in Mathematics Courses
Test Score  Eligible to Enroll in Mathematics Courses 

ACT: 28 - 36 
SAT: 660 - 800 
ALEKS: 76 - 100 

MATH 101, 103, 104, 105, 115, 125*, 365 

ACT: 26 - 27 
SAT: 610 - 650 
ALEKS: 61 - 75

MATH 101, 103, 104, 105, 115, 365 

ACT: 22 - 25 
SAT: 540 - 600 
ALEKS: 46 - 60

MATH 002, 101, 104 

ACT: 16 - 21 
SAT: 460 - 530 
ALEKS: 30 - 45

MATH 002 

ACT: 0 - 15 
SAT: 200 - 450 
ALEKS: 0 - 29

see note below 

**It is not possible for students to place into MATH 116 or 126 with ACT, SAT, or Math placement exam scores.

AP Credit: Students who have taken an AP exam should consult Admissions Student Exams for the credit awarded. 
Students with credit in MATH 115 may enroll in MATH 116, 125 or 365 (see note below concerning trigonometry); students with credit in MATH 125 may enroll in MATH 126 or 365.

For information on the courses, see Mathematics Course Descriptions.  


  • MATH 125 (and 116): A course in trigonometry (perhaps as part of a precalculus course) is required for entry to MATH 116 and 125. KU offers MATH 103 for students without a previous course in trigonometry.
  • Honors Courses: Students with the appropriate course background and a Math ACT score of 34 or higher (or 32, if a member of the University Honors Program) are eligible for the honors calculus courses, MATH 145, 146, and 147. (Corresponding Math SAT scores are 780 and 760.) Contact the Mathematics Department for permission to enroll. 
  • KU does not offer a course below the level of MATH 002. Students with an ACT score of 15 or lower or an SAT score of 410 (old SAT) or 450 (new SAT) or lower may not be adequately prepared for any KU Mathematics course. Students will be permitted to enroll in MATH 002 even if their scores indicate a lack of preparation. However, such students are advised to take preparatory coursework at a community college before enrolling in a KU course.

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