Writing & Rhetoric Center

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Information for Transfer Students

If you transferred to Cal Poly from another CSU campus: 

  • You may receive GWR credit. Bring a copy of your transcript or evidence that you have fulfilled the requirement at another CSU to the University Writing & Rhetoric Center Office (10-130).

If you transferred to Cal Poly from a 4-year institution outside of the CSU system:

  • You may request to susbtitute alternate criteria for Cal Poly's GWR.  It may be difficult to make an assessment, especially since our requirement is so specific to Cal Poly. Term papers, for example, are not sufficient to meet the GWR. 

If you transferred to Cal Poly from a community college:

  • You will need to fulfill the GWR at Cal Poly even if you were GE-certified at your community college because the GWR is an upper-division requirement.



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Upcoming Events

Summer Tutoring 

July 10 - August 31
Mon., Wed., and Thurs. 
10 am - 4 pm

WPE Dates 

July 7, 14, 21, and 28
*For summer graduates

August 14
*For incoming transfer students

October 4, 7, and 10
*For all eligible students


Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  Students may visit one of four locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  Plan ahead and visit with a writing consultant before a writing project due date to make the most of your visit!

English Placement Test (EPT)

On the basis of pre-college exam scores, students are deemed ready, conditionally ready, or not ready for college-level coursework.  The CSU requires conditionally ready first-year students to show that they are exempt from English remediation before they can enroll in ENGL 133 or 34. Any student who does not clear a conditional status is placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill the yearlong stretch course by the end of the first year or risk disqualification. 

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.