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GWR Information for Postbaccalaureate Students

A graduate student seeking a Master's Degree or a teaching credential must fulfill the GWR within his/her first quarter of residency in order to be advanced to candidacy. 

Postbaccalaureate students may want to meet with an advisor before attempting to satisfy the requirement in case they meet alternate criteria for GWR substitution.  For example, postbacclaureate students who earned an undergraduate degree at an institution within the CSU or UC systems may request that their profile be updated (contact the University Writing & Rhetoric Center Office). And, graduate students who earned an undergraduate degree at a university outside the CSU or UC systems may be eligible for a GWR substitution based on alternate criteria.  (Please note: currently we do not accept passing scores on the GMAT, CBEST, CSET or TWE as substituion for the GWR.)  

If you are required to fulfill the GWR, there are two options for doing so:

  1. Pass the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)
  2. Enroll in a GWR-approved upper-division course and earn a C grade or better

*Graduate students interested in registering for the WPE should contact Marikay Pannone in the Writing & Rhetoric Center office (Building 10, Room 130; 805.756.2067).



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Writing Consultations 

September 24 - December 6 

Winter Quarter WPE Dates 

January 24, 27, and 30


*Click here for WPE preparatory resources.


Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  

Beginning September 24, students may visit one of three locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  *Note: as of September 24, 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 academic placement based on the results of students' pre-college exam scores. Students who do not clear a conditional status or are deemed "not ready" for college-level coursework based on pre-college exams and/or coursework are placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill a two-quarter stretch composition course by the end of their first year in order to comply with CSU mandates. 

Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including Master's degree and teaching credentials.  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 on how to complete this requirement.