Why Take College Writing 1?

McLeod Award

The Dean James E. McLeod First-Year Writing Prize is open to all first-year students. Submit an original research paper that explores race, gender, and/or identity from your College Writing class or one of your First-Year or Ampersand program courses. There will be two winners, one student from Arts & Sciences and one student from Engineering, Olin, or Sam Fox. Each winner will receive a $250 award at the annual ceremony in September 2019. The winning papers will be published on the College Writing Program’s website.

Are You a Transfer Student?

All incoming first-year students are required to take College Writing 1. Transfer students who have not yet taken a course in academic writing/composition and research must take College Writing 1 during their first year of study. If you are a transfer student who has completed a year of study at a previous institution with full-time status AND have taken a course that Washington University considers an equivalent to College Writing 1, you may submit a portfolio of written work for review. Please note that only transfer students with first-year writing credit are eligible.