Writing and Learning

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Welcome to the Office of Writing and Learning Initiatives

Under the auspices of Academic Innovations and Programs, the Office of Writing and Learning Initiatives supports student learning and achievement by coordinating a variety of programs and services.

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Experience a supportive learning environment

The center offers a unique opportunity for students across disciplines to share writing and learning strategies to meet the expectations of their course assignments.

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Fulfill the Graduation Writing Requirement

Considering the GWR Portfolio as your pathway to GWR completion? Enroll in UNIV 401: GWR Portfolio, which is offered every term including summer.

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Winter Quarter At-a-Glance


Academic Preparation and Placement

Cal Poly adheres to the CSU's placement practice, which evaluates multiple measures of pre-college academic performance to determine placement in first-year English and math courses. Cal Poly also offers summer support courses in compliance with the CSU's Early Start Program to help incoming first-year students prepare for a successful college experience. More information is available on the Academic Preparation and Placement webpage

Academic Support

The Writing and Learning Initiatives Office offers a comprehensive menu of academic resources designed to ensure optimal educational opportunities for diverse student populations: peer consultants offer free tutoring in any course or subject, peer-led supplemental workshops and study sessions provide support for STEM-specific courses, and the online Study Strategies Library offers a collection of resources to help you achieve your learning goals. More information is available on the Academic Support Programs webpage

Graduation Writing Requirement

All degree-seeking Cal Poly students, including a Master's degree or teaching credential, must fulfill the GWR. Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can attempt to fulfill the requirement and should do so before the senior year. The two pathways to GWR completion are 1) in an approved upper-division course and 2) via the GWR Portfolio. More information is available on the GWR webpage