Registration for Writing 5 or Writing 2-3

Writing 5 Registration

Students taking Writing 5 are assigned to take the course either in the fall or winter; this assignment cannot be changed. Information about when a student is scheduled to take Writing 5 appears on the student's placement record in the information that is visible to the student and the student's advisor just before first-year students register for fall term.

During the normal course registration process for the upcoming term, students who are scheduled to take Writing 5 review the sections of Writing 5 offered and elect/request the section they prefer, along with their other course elections. Whether they get into the section they elected/requested is determined during the registration processing period. Students who did not get into their first choice during initial course election choose another Writing 5 class from among those with space available during the course changes period prior to the start of classes. Students enrolled in Writing 5 may use the online registration system to switch into a different section of Writing 5, as long as there is space available, during the course changes period or during the drop/add period in the first week of classes.

The details on the schedule for course election, course changes period, and add-drop period for a given term can be found on the Registrar's website. Advice on switching among Writing 5 courses during the course adjustment and drop-add periods can be found on our website on our switch page.

Writing 5 class size is limited to 16 to allow for individualized attention. Enrollment above the limit is never allowed in a Writing 5 course. Open slots are first-come, first-served. No waiting lists are maintained.

Students must successfully complete Writing 5 and a First-year Seminar to fulfill the first-year writing requirement.

See Writing 5 Course Descriptions for more information on the topics offered. The descriptions page will display the descriptions for the upcoming term shortly before registration opens to first-year students for that term.

Writing 5 does not serve in partial satisfaction of the General Education requirements such as distributive requirements or the world culture requirement.

Writing 2-3 Registration

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. Students likely to benefit from more support in these areas are asked to complete an online placement process during the summer.

See this page for more information about the online placement process for Writing 2-3, including a comparison between Writing 2-3 and Writing 5.

Students who complete the Writing 2-3 placement process and choose to take Writing 2-3 will be preregistered for Writing 2 when they arrive on campus in the fall, before fall term course election. Writing 2 students will be pre-registered for Writing 3 before winter term course election. Students who take the Writing 2-3 sequence take their First-year Seminar in the spring term.

Writing 2-3 is limited to 15 students per section and is taught only in fall and winter terms. Writing 2-3 is taken in place of Writing 5. Students must successfully complete both terms of Writing 2-3 and a First-Year Seminar to fulfill the first-year writing requirement.

Writing 2-3 does not serve in partial satisfaction of the General Education requirements such as distributive requirements or the world culture requirement.