FAQs

What’s the writing requirement?

That depends on your school! Every NYU undergraduate has a writing requirement. Students in CAS, Stern, Steinhardt, Nursing, Silver, Tisch, and the School of Engineering fulfill their writing requirement with EWP.

Specific requirements:

  • College of Arts and Science: EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay. Must be completed with a grade of C or above. Students who receive a grade of C- or below must take the Writing Proficiency Exam.
  • College of Nursing: EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay and ACE-UE 110 The Advanced College Essay: Education and the Professions.
  • School of Engineering students must complete EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay and EXPOS-UA 2 The Advanced College Essay: School of Engineering.
  • Silver School of Social Work: EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay and ACE-UE 110 The Advanced College Essay: Education and the Professions.
  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development: EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay and ACE-UE 110 The Advanced College Essay: Education and the Professions.
  • Stern School of Business: EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay.
  • Tisch School of the Arts: EXPOS-UA 5 Writing the Essay: Art and the World and ASPP-UA 2 The Advanced College Essay: The World Through Art.
  • International students at any of the schools with requirements in the Expository Writing Program may take EXPOS-UA 4 International Writing Workshop I and EXPOS-UA 9 International Writing Workshop II in lieu of Writing the Essay. Consult your advisor for information about your recommended placement.
  • Transfer students with 21 credits may apply to waive all or part of the EWP Writing Requirement. For more information, click here.

Students in Liberal Studies have a two-semester writing requirement that they fulfill as part of the Liberal Studies Core Program.

Students in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study take a first-year writing seminar and a first-year research seminar as part of the First-Year Program.

Which writing course do I take?

We tried to answer this question above! It depends on your school, and also whether or not you’re an international or transfer student.

Here is more information about International Writing Workshops.

 

I’m a transfer student; does my writing course credit allow me to place out?

There are two requirements: The Core Writing Course Requirement(s), and the Proficiency Exam.

Depending on the Core Writing Courses required by your school, you may be eligible to apply to  have all or part of the requirement waived if you enter NYU with 21 or more credits from another college (AP credit done in high school, or test credit is not acceptable). A waiver does not involve the exchange or approval of transfer credit: a waiver provides exemption from the requirement. All applicants must provide a substantive writing portfolio as part of the application. For more information on eligibility or to apply for exemption, download the Transfer Exemption Form or ask for an application at the EWP reception desk.

All transfer students must take the Writing Proficiency Exam during your first term here. Most programs collaborate with EWP to offer the exam to new transfer students during Welcome Week. Students who do not pass the Writing Proficiency Exam are required to take a four-credit course, EXPOS-UA 13 Writing Tutorial, or an equivalent. To register for the Writing Proficiency Exam, contact Joanna Mendoza at joanna.mendoza@nyu.edu. Please put “Proficiency Exam” in the subject heading.

How do I make an appointment at the Writing Center?

For more information about the EWP Writing Centers at 411 Lafayette and Dibner Library, please go to the Writing Center page. You can book an appointment online, and both locations also offer drop-in consultations.