First Year Writing Placement Procedures
Please note that ENGL 105 or English 105i is a required course for all incoming students.
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Should I begin with Engl 100 or Engl 105?
Engl 100 may be right for you if:
- You have not often written essays or papers longer than 1-2 pages
- You have not written many essays or papers before that require research or incorporating sources
- You are not familiar with planning, drafting, organizing, and revising longer essays or papers (3-5 pages)
- You feel you would like more confidence in your writing before taking ENGL 105
- For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Writing Program will coordinate with Admissions and Advising to identify and reach out to students for whom ENGL 100 might be a good fit. You can also contact the Writing Program to discuss your path through the first-year writing curriculum.
Engl 105 may be right for you if:
- You have often written longer essays or papers (at least 3-5 pages) in prior courses
- You have experience writing essays or papers that require research and incorporate sources
- You are familiar with planning, drafting, organizing, and revising longer essays or papers
- You feel confident in your fundamental writing skills and would like more practice writing academic documents from different disciplines you will encounter in college
Students receiving a 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam will receive 3 BE credits for ENGL 110. These will be general credits toward graduation and will not fulfill any specific course requirement for graduation.
Students receiving a minimum score of 5 on the English Literature AP exam will receive 3 BE credits for English 190 and fulfill their LA (Literary Arts) requirement. Please note that even if students receive AP credit, they are still required to take ENGL 105 or English 105i.
Transfer students’ prior coursework will be evaluated by Admissions to determine whether or not they have earned credit for Engl 105. If you have not earned credit for Engl 105 and believe your coursework meets the objectives for Engl 105, you can submit a re-evaluation request here. If you need to take Engl 105 based on your credit evaluation, you may be interested in the course topic options for Engl 105i. Your advisor can help you determine which section of Engl 105i you should choose. Transfer students will have priority enrollment in these courses in the Spring semester.