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Requesting a Waiver for English 1010/1011

The First-Year Writing office at the University of Connecticut grants waiver requests to students who have completed coursework equivalents of UConn’s First-Year Writing courses (English 1010 and English 1011) at another accredited institution. Please note that waivers are available for transfer students ONLY. Please also note that we do not respond to waiver requests submitted after the semester has begun until registration for the next semester begins.

Waiver Application Eligibility                    

A student is eligible to request a waiver of UConn’s First-Year Writing requirement if ONE of the TWO of the following are true:

  1. the student has completed two semesters of composition at another university, and has received at least four total transfer credits labeled ENGL 91002 and ENGL 91003 (listed under “equivalent course” on the transfer credit evaluation). OR,
  2. the student has completed a composition course at another university, and has received AT LEAST three transfer credits coded either ENGL 91002 or ENGL 91003,  AND
    • the student has completed an ADDITIONAL writing course or a course with a significant focus on composition in English.

To request a waiver, the student must submit the following documentation electronically to

  • current UConn transcript (unofficial is acceptable; your name must be visible on a screenshot or PDF)
  • Transfer Credit Evaluation, available on StudentAdmin or from the Admission’s office. Within StudentAdmin, go to the Student Center > My Academics > Transfer Credit Report (a copy or screen print is acceptable so long as the letters/characters are large enough to be read on a screen; your name must be visible).
  • One substantial sample of the student’s writing. This sample should be argument-driven, provide extensive, detailed analysis and discussion of text(s), and present textual evidence following the guidelines of any major citation style (APA, MLA, CMS). Each sample must be at least 5 full pages (approximately 1,500 words) of prose PLUS works cited page(s), and should demonstrate a student’s ability to engage with (not simply report on) multiple sources. As a group, the sources need to fulfill all or most of these roles: supply arguments or approaches to be engaged with, serve as an object to be analyzed, move the conversation in a different direction, introduce concepts or keywords for analysis, and, in a limited number of cases, provide background information or serve as validation for one’s own position or concepts.  Following these guidelines, an essay dominated by the unproblematic use of encyclopedias for source material is insufficient in its engagement with sources. Try to think of sources as voices brought to the table for a conversation, and conversation is not characterized by several voices stating their cases and leaving; rather, a conversation is by definition interactive.
  • Students may submit essays from any college-level course (please indicate which course the paper is from), so long as it is recent and meets the other requirements. We recommend you choose whatever essay you feel represents your best work. Students may submit two samples of at least five pages each if an individual sample meets some but not all of the requirements. For example, if the essay a student feels represents his or her best work is not a research paper with citations, he or she may submit a second paper at the same time that does include research.
  • All work must meet the standards set forth in the UConn Student Code. In particular, students should review Appendix A: Academic Integrity in Undergraduate Education and Research.

Do not send links to Google docs. Send all documents in PDF or Word doc/docx format or in the body of the email.

Upon receipt of this documentation, one of the Directors of First-Year Writing will review the materials and determine whether the writing sample provided indicates the student has indeed produced written projects that indicate the student has completed classes of similar rigor and breadth. Should you be granted a waiver, the information will be processed via StudentAdmin by the First-Year Writing office and you will be notified via email. Requests for waivers must be submitted according to the deadline schedule below.  Only if the deadline is met can you expect to be informed of the directors’ decision before the official registration date for the subsequent term.

NOTE: If the credits for a writing course are not coded by the Transfer Credit office as ENGL 91002 or ENGL 91003,  in some cases students may apply for the waiver and request that a course be reviewed as “equivalent.”  The Director must approve this request, and if the course is not equivalent, then the course cannot count. To apply for such a special waiver, you must consult with FYW administration, and submit official documentation (e.g. syllabus) of course approach and content course in question. The course must not only have substantial writing but should also focus on the practices of writing.  A first-year seminar that required several pages of writing will not qualify unless the course focused on writing as a practice.

Credit Requirements and Restrictions

Students who transfer for the fall term to UConn must submit their request to waive UConn’s 4-credit First-Year Writing course before they have reached 69 credits or before the end of the first semester of their junior year, whichever comes first.

Spring transfers must submit their request to waive before the student has reached 85 credits.

Students admitted after earning 85 credits at another institution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but under no circumstances can we accept waiver requests for students who have earned 99 credits, who have completed the first term of their senior year, or who have only one semester remaining.

Application and Review Deadlines

Submit your materials by:  Decision by:
(for term registration)
October 15, 2016 Continuing Student Registration for Spring 2017 (Begins Oct. 24, 2016)
December 15, 2016 New or Transfer Student Registration for Spring 2017 (Begins Jan. 5, 2017)
February 15, 2017 Continuing Student Registration for Fall 2017 (Begins Mar. 20, 2017)
August 1, 2017  New or Transfer Student Registration Fall 2017 (Begins May 15, 2017)


We are not able to process waiver requests once the semester has begun for the semester under way. Any request submitted after the first day of classes will be reviewed in time for processing and the following semester’s enrollment period. For example: if a student submits a waiver on the first day of classes during the fall semester, the waiver will not be processed for the fall semester; rather, the waiver request is reviewed for the spring term. Please review the deadlines above.

As of January 1, 2015, we no longer accept paper copies of waiver materials. Please submit all materials via e-mail at fywwaiver@uconn.eduWe are happy to answer questions about the waiver process or materials in person, however.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Assistant Directors of First-Year Writing, Ruth Book and Erick Piller, at, or call 860.486.2859.


The English Advanced Placement (AP) Test

Students who entered the University in the year 2010-2011 or later may apply for First-Year Writing credit if they received an English AP test score of 4 or 5. Students receiving an English AP score of 3 or below are not eligible for any University credit. Students who wish to receive AP credit must submit their scores to the Transfer Admissions office, not the First-Year Writing office. This option is not retroactive, and does not apply to any student who entered the University before 2009-10.


Revised 6/28/2016