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First-Year Writing

All undergraduate students must complete the two-semester English 001 and English 002 requirement, unless you receive advanced standing. Students who are awarded ENGL 001 credit for AP, IB, or SAT or ACT scores, will enroll in ENGL 011 (instead of ENGL 002) to complete the two-semester sequence.

For those students who took the SAT before March 2016, the following criteria will be used to decide on placement:

If you earn a score of 4 on either of the English AP exams or a score of 700 – 749 on the SAT test in Writing, you will receive three credits for ENGL 001. You will complete the six-hour University English requirement by taking an English course suggested by the department, typically ENGL 011.

If you earn a score of 5 on either of the English AP exams or a score of 750 or higher on the SAT test in Writing, you will receive six credits for ENGL 001 and 002. You will, thereby, have completed the University English requirement.

If you earn a score of 5 on the IB test, you will receive three credits for ENGL 001.  You will complete the six-hour University English requirement by taking an English course suggested by the department, typically ENGL 011.

For those students who took the SAT or ACT in March 2016 or later, the following criteria will be used to decide on placement:

If you earn a score of 4 on either of the English AP exams or a score of 730-769 on the SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing test or a score of 32-33 on the ACT Optional Writing Test, you will receive three credits for ENGL 001. You will complete the six-hour University English requirement by taking an English course suggested by the department, typically ENGL 011.

If you earn a score of 5 on either of the English AP exams or a score of 770 or higher in the SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing test or a score of 34 or higher on the ACT Optional Writing Test, you will receive six credits for ENGL 001 and 002. You will, thereby, have completed the University English requirement.

If you earn a score of 5 on the IB test, you will receive three credits for ENGL 001.  You will complete the six-hour University English requirement by taking an English course suggested by the department, typically ENGL 011.

English as a Second Language

If you are an international student, you may complete the requirement by enrolling in a different English sequence, ENGL 003 - Composition and Literature I for International Writers and ENGL 005 - Composition and Literature II for International Writers. Please see the English as a Second Language section of this website for details.