Writing & Rhetoric Center

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Work one-to-one on any project for any course

Tutors help students improve their writing skills at any stage in the process, whether getting started or polishing a final draft.

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Experience a supportive learning environment

The center offers a unique space for students across disciplines to share strategies for communicating effectively in various contexts.

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Earn Credit for Your Work in the Center

English 103 and English 150 are 1-unit courses designed to provide weekly support to students enrolled in writing intensive courses.

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Prepare for the Writing Proficiency Exam

The Center offers sample WPE questions and examples of passing and failing WPE essays; tutors offer feedback on students’ practice exams.

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Discuss your Writing Proficiency Exam with a Counselor

Those who fail the WPE can review the exam with a graduate tutor to better understand its strengths and weaknesses.

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Upcoming Events

Writing Consultations 

Sept. 22 - Dec 11

Fall Quarter WPE Dates 

Oct. 1, 2, 5

*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.