The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is a learning and student-support department at Metropolitan State University devoted to cultivating student success and helping students achieve their academic goals. The Center also works collaboratively with faculty across disciplines to address student needs.

The CAE is comprised of four centers: math, writing, science and testing. The Math Center, Writing Center and Science Center provides tutoring services for Metropolitan State students. The Testing Center offers independent study and make-up exams.

Faculty and Students: Important Information

Mandatory Tutorials

The CAE appreciates faculty support for its tutorial services and encourages faculty to refer/recommend the CAE to students. Nonetheless, experience has taught the CAE that mandatory tutorials tend to be counter-productive: students required to obtain tutorials often feel stigmatized, less engaged, and less willing and motivated to take ownership of their learning processes.

Student trust, confidentiality and collaborative problem-solving are the foundations of tutoring. For these reasons, the CAE does not accommodate mandatory/required appointments.

Tutoring for Take-Home Examinations, Tests and Quizzes

Instructors must indicate in writing—in the course syllabus, on the examination itself or in an email to, that students are permitted to obtain tutoring specifically on these assignments. Tutoring appointments will be cancelled when written permission from the instructor is not on file in the CAE.

Late, No-Show and Canceled Appointments

  • Late policy: If you are more than 10 minutes late to a tutorial, the tutorial may be cancelled.
  • No-show policy: Please cancel your appointment in advance if you are unable to keep the tutorial appointment. You may cancel your appointment by logging into your account at, by emailing or by calling us at 651-793-1460, option 1.

Math Center

Visit the Math Center to work on mathematics, statistics, logic and computer science. Please visit the Math Center to view the College of Management tutoring schedule (accounting, economics, finance and management information systems).

Writing Center

Visit the Writing Center to work on papers, essays, citation styles and other topics.

Science Center

Visit the Science Center to work on chemistry, biology and physics.

ICS Tutoring

Visit us for tutoring in Computer Science to work on courses offered by the ICS department.

Testing Center

Visit the Testing Center to take independent study or make-up exams.

To schedule an appointment, please choose from the following options:

  1. Give us a call during business hours. A member of our talented front-desk staff would be happy to assist you in registering and scheduling an appointment over the phone. Our number is 651-793-1460.

  2. Send us an email. You may also send appointment requests to Please provide: your name, StarID, course number, course name, instructor name and desired appointment time(s).

  3. Schedule your own tutoring appointment, day or night. You can schedule a 50-minute face-to-face appointment by pointing your browser to

The first time you visit this online scheduling system, you will register an account for services. Once registered, you will be able to schedule, modify and cancel your appointments easily.

Please download our CAE guide to online scheduling for tutorials to walk you through the registration and scheduling process, and let us know if we can help you through it.

Need reasonable accommodations for a disability? 
Contact: 651-793-1540 or 651-772-7687 (TTY)

Wondering when the CAE is open? 
Schedules for the current semester are posted individually on the Math, Writing, Science and Testing Center pages. Please use the links above to navigate to them.

More questions? 
Contact the CAE: 651-793-1460