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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 (Kennedy Library, Room 202A).

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

  • You may request to substitute 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

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.