Incoming undergraduate students will be placed in an appropriate writing course (College Reading & Writing sequence, Writing Lab with English Composition, or English Composition) based on a review of multiple measures of their achievement, including high school grade point average, high school English grades, Advanced Placement credit, or English Composition transfer credit.

Placement Challenge

Students who believe that their writing capabilities are not accurately captured in their academic profile may submit up to 3 writing samples to the Developmental Writing Supervisor of the Student Academic Success Center. Writing samples should be non-fiction, engage the ideas of other writers, and have gone through a multi-stage drafting, revision, and editing process. Submissions should include drafts (preferably with teacher's comments) and final versions of papers, and have been written in grades 11 or 12.

Leanr more about Writing Lab and whether you would benefit by registering on the Writing Lab page.

How Writing Placement Results Affect Registration

As a result of the assessment procedure, you are placed in the writing class most appropriate to your demonstrated level of skill: (1) College Reading & Writing I, the first part of a two-course sequence that is equivalent to English Composition, taken concurrently with Writing Lab: (2) Writing Lab with English Composition; or (3) English Composition. Writing lab credits count toward full-time enrollment requirements, and the grade received in the course is computed in your grade point average (GPA), but the course does not fulfill graduation requirements. English Composition is part of the University's Core Curriculum and is required of all students as one component of that curriculum.