Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

Academic Preparation and Placement

Early Assessment Program

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year. The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study. For more information, click here.

Academic Preparation

Any first-time, first-year student identified through CSU placement measures as benefiting from additional support concurrent with college-level written communication and/or mathematics coursework will be required to enroll in the CSU Early Start program and will be required to complete specific coursework designed by English and Math faculty. For more information on Cal Poly's Early Start courses, click here. For more information on written communication requirements at Cal Poly, click here. For more information on mathematics requirements, click here.

Academic Placement

First-year written communication and math placement at Cal Poly is based on multiple measures of academic proficiency including high school course grades, high school grade point averages, grades in collegiate courses, ACT scores, SAT scores, Advanced Placement scores, International Baccalaureate scores, SAT subject tests and Smarter Balanced Assessment/Early Assessment Program scores. For more information, click here.

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Fall Quarter Updates


Writing and Learning Online Support 

September 14 - December 2

*Tutoring is virtual for fall quarter; for more information, click here.

Graduation Writing Requirement

*A GWR Portfolio has replaced the WPE; for more information, click here

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. For more information, click here.

Academic Resources

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. For more information, click here.

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. For more information, click here.