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 before a diploma can be awarded.
- Undergraduate students with 90 or more completed units should attempt to fulfill the GWR before their senior year.
- Graduate and postbaccalaureate students should attempt to fulfill the requirement during their first quarter in residence at Cal Poly.
There are two ways to fulfill the GWR:
- Pass a GWR-certified upper-division course with a C or better on a major writing assignment and a final course grade of C or better with at least 35% of the final grade based on the cumulative grade of all writing projects; OR,
Earn a passing score on a GWR portfolio (*Note: the GWR portfolio replaces the Writing Proficiency Exam for academic year 20-21).
Notice: Students with a fall 2020 expected graduation term will be added to a GWR Portfolio Canvas site, which will provide instructions and guidance on creating and submitting a portfolio.
If you are you not scheduled to graduate in fall quarter, then you should consider enrolling in a GWR-designated course before your final term or check back for more information on how to prepare for the GWR portfolio.