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Developmental Writing Coursework Requirements

First-time, first-year students are placed in composition courses based on the results of multiple measures, including pre-college examination scores and high school coursework. Some students may be identified as needing additional writing support during their first year.  Those students are required to complete the CSU Early Start program and then to enroll in Cal Poly's Writing & Rhetoric Stretch Program during their first year on campus. Students who do not make adequate progress in completing the program during their first year of enrollment face disqualification from the University. In the Writing & Rhetoric Stretch Program, students complete two quarters of coursework as a cohort with the same instructor.

Course Descriptions

  • ENGL 129 and ENGL 130 
  • ENGL 131 and ENGL 132
  • ENGL 133 
  • ENGL 134 
  • ENGL 135 is a 1-unit Credit/No-Credit writing tutorial taken concurrently with ENGL 133/ENGL 134.  During the quarter, students meet for one hour each week with a tutor in the Writing & Rhetoric Center and develop and/or revise course projects associated with ENGL 133/ENGL 134.  





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Upcoming Events

Writing Consultations 

Jan. 7 - March 20

Spring Quarter WPE Dates 

April 9, 10, 27

*Click here for WPE preparatory resources.

Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students. Students may visit one of three locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  *Note: the center is no longer located in Building 10, Room 138; the center's main location is now in Kennedy Library, Room 111C. Click here for more information.

English Placement

The CSU determines four levels of English placement based on multiple measures of students' pre-college performance. Students placed in both Category III and Category IV are required to complete a two-quarter stretch sequence of English composition. Category IV students are also required to complete Early Start English prior to enrolling in the two-quarter stretch sequence. More information is available here.

Graduation Writing Requirement

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including a Master's degree or teaching credential.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can fulfill the requirement and should fulfill the requirement before the senior year.  Visit the GWR page for more information.