Placement and Enrollment Policies

The First-year Writing Requirement

All first-year students are required to fulfill Dartmouth's first-year writing requirement. Through the first-year writing courses, the College offers entering students a valuable opportunity to develop the thinking, research, writing, and presentation abilities that characterize intellectual work in the academy and in educated public discourse.

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Writing 5 or Writing 2-3

Writing 5 focuses on the writing process, emphasizing careful analysis, thoughtful questions, and strategies for effective argument. Writing 2-3 is a two-term, two-credit course that provides more intensive guidance through the reading, writing, and research processes, including individual support from teaching assistants and a culminating research project.

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Writing 2-3 Placement

During the summer, some entering students are invited to complete the online Writing 2-3 Placement Process. This web-based process has been designed to allow students who might benefit from a two-term writing course to have their writing evaluated and to receive a recommendation about whether to take Writing 2-3 or Writing 5.

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First-Year Seminars

First-year Seminars offer every first-year student an opportunity to participate in a course structured around intensive writing, independent research, small group discussion, and reading across the disciplines. A First-year Seminar is taken in the term immediately following completion of Writing 5 or Writing 2-3.

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Writing 5 or First-year Seminar Switch Information

Advice for students who want to switch between sections of Spring 2014 First-year Seminar courses during the course adjustment and add-drop periods.

Switching writing courses after Wednesday, March 26th in Spring 2014 term is strongly discouraged.

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Humanities 1-2

Humanities 1 and 2: Dialogues with the Classics is an interdisciplinary, two-term, two-credit course sequence taught for first-year students in fall and winter terms.  As of Fall 2012, completion of both terms of Humanities 1-2 is another way to satisfy the first-year writing requirement usually fulfilled by taking Writing 5 and a First-year Seminar. Students interested in applying to take Humanities 1-2 must contact the Humanities 1-2 program during the summer prior to registering for fall term.

Transfer Credit

Transfer students may request approval of transfer credit for Writing 5, upper-level Writing courses, or Speech courses based on courses taken at other colleges or universities before matriculation at Dartmouth. The deadline for all requests for credit is the end of the first term of study.