Graduation Writing Requirement
The Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) is a CSU-mandated program designed to ensure that students can write proficiently before they enter the professional work force. All Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including Master's degrees and teaching credentials, must fulfill the GWR. This degree requirement must be fulfilled before a diploma can be awarded.
- Undergraduate students with 90 or more completed units must attempt to fulfill the GWR during the junior year and should do so before their senior year.
- Graduate and postbaccalaureate students must attempt to fulfill the requirement during their first quarter in residence at Cal Poly.
There are two ways to fulfill the GWR:
- Pass the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) OR
- Pass a GWR-approved upper-division course with a grade of C or better based on multiple writing tasks assigned throughout the course. Students must inform the instructor teaching the course that they are taking it to fulfill the GWR.