First-Year Writing Guided Placement


Our First-Year Writing (FYW) courses will give you the opportunity to develop unique lines of thought and to communicate them in a variety of different ways using writing, images, sound, movement, and video. As part of the University’s General Education requirements, FYW courses will expand your writing and composing skills, while you build on and add nuance to the skills you have been developing over the course of your education up to this point. While our courses are designated as "English," they emphasize helping you become careful consumers and insightful producers of knowledge and meaning.

Now that you’ve come to the University of Connecticut, we’re going to ask you to engage with many different kinds of texts from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines. We’re also going to ask you to think more about the means you use to communicate, which includes writing--but also sound, visual/video, movement, and how we use space (like rooms or the flat field of a web page). You can expect that all of our courses will challenge you but also guide you; you will become more practiced at pursuing your own questions and engaging with others’ work beyond just agreeing or disagreeing with them. You will also become more confident using a range of media and technologies while you become a sleuth and a maker of knowledge. We hope you'll come to see academic and intellectual work as creative work.

To help you select a First-Year Writing course that will allow you to expand your writing practices, you will complete a Guided Placement Survey that will take about 90 minutes. The Guided Placement Survey (GPS) will show you your match to the First-Year Writing course based on your experiences and practices with reading and writing in academic English. After reviewing our course descriptions below, you'll complete the survey, which will ask you about your past writing and your learning preferences. During the survey, you will also be introduced to the type of reading and writing you might expect in our courses, and then you'll reflect on what you learned from that interacting with the work of our courses. There are no right or wrong answers in this survey, but you'll want to be candid in your responses so you find the best match. At the end of the survey, you'll see your "match" with one of our courses (ENGL 1003, ENGL 1004, or ENGL 1007); your advisor will also receive a notice of your match.  Once you have this match, you'll work with your advisor to register in the First-Year Writing course. It's important that you learn about the course offerings and complete the Guided Placement Survey before you meet with your advisor.

Let's get started! 

To prepare for the survey, you will need to understand what each of our courses can offer, review how students work in these courses, and see the kind of compositions you’ll be expected to create. To start the placement process, read the brief descriptions below that explain each course and describe the differences among them. With this knowledge, you will be able to make informed choices about the courses.

At the Storrs campus, the Writing Program includes the following courses: 

    • ENGL 1003: Writing for Multilingual Writers
    • ENGL 1004: Introduction to Academic Writing
    • ENGL 1007:  Seminar and Studio in Academic Writing

All FYW courses earn credits needed for graduation; ENGL-1007 (or ENGL-1010 or ENGL-1011) fulfills the General Education First-Year Writing requirement.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information on

  1. FYW credits from AP texts, Early College Experience (ECE), and transferred from other institutions of higher education.
  2. FYW courses offered at regional campuses.

The link to the FYW Guided Placement Survey is now open! 

How to Take the Guided Placement Survey

Who uses the Guided Placement Survey (GPS) to find a course match?

  • Currently, students whose first language (home language, native language) is something other than English should take the Guided Placement Survey (GPS).

When should a student complete the Guided Placement Survey (GPS)?

  • You should complete it before you meet with your advisor for course enrollment.

What is the process for the Guided Placement Survey (GPS)?

  • Review the First-Year Writing (FYW)  Guided Placement page (this page) for information about the placement process, First-Year Writing, and our course offerings.
  • Learn about the courses offered in First-Year Writing. The descriptions for the courses we offer appear on this page, and links will take you to further descriptions of the courses and the work you will do in those courses.  As you read about the courses we offer, think about which course might be the best match for you.
  • After you have learned about the classes you may take, please complete the Guided Placement Survey. You will probably need about ninety (90) minutes to complete the survey.
  • To ensure you find the right course to enroll in, be sure to respond to all questions or prompts in the survey.
  • Complete the Guided Placement Survey before meeting with your advisor.

After I've reviewed everything about FYW course offerings, where do I take the Guided Placement Survey?

What do I do after I complete the Guided Placement Survey?

  • Please complete the Experience Survey, which will take you less than 5 minutes to complete. Your responses to the Experience Survey will be collected anonymously and will help us fine tune the GPS for future students. We invite and appreciate your feedback! (If the link doesn't work, please paste this into your browser:

Who will see the course match after I complete the GPS?

  • You will see your course match and your advisor will be sent both your course match and your preferred choice. If there is a difference between your course match and your preferred choice, you can discuss that with your advisor when you meet.


English 1003

ENGL 1003 (Academic Writing for Multilingual Students) provides opportunities for undergraduate multilingual students to develop writing processes for academic writing. You will (a) engage in reading sources actively, (b) compose different kinds of writing by responding to and connecting those sources to other experiences or ideas, and (c) develop practices for feedback and revision with your peers. This course prepares you for future courses in First-Year Writing (ENGL-1004 and ENGL-1007), as well as other university courses.

For a full description of ENGL-1003, please see the ENGL-1003 description page.

For more information about First-Year Writing placement for students with AP and ECE credit, or students transferring credit into the University from other post-secondary institutions, please review the Placement page for the University under "English Placement."

English 1004

In ENGL 1004 (“Introduction to Academic Writing”), you will develop practices for engaging with and using ideas, texts, and events in order to explore individual inquiries. The course develops your composition practices by primarily spending the work of the class on composing in a variety of modes, including written/textual, visual, and audio. You will prepare for the composition practices required in the First-Year Writing seminar (ENGL-1007), future coursework, as well as public and professional writing. ENGL-1004 is best suited for students who have familiarity with evidence-based writing, and feedback and revision processes, but would benefit from more individualized support and more development of their composition, analysis, and revision practices.

For a full description of ENGL-1004, please see the ENGL-1004 description page.  ENGL 1004 is taught at all campuses.

For more information about First-Year Writing placement for students with AP and ECE credit, or students transferring credit into the University, please review the Placement page for the University under "English Placement."

English 1007

In ENGL-1007, “Seminar and Studio in Academic Writing and Multimodal Composition,” you will be introduced to different approaches writers make and become aware of, and respond to, a variety of rhetorical situations. You'll compose through multiple forms of writing in different domains, including rhetorical, digital, and information domains necessary for twenty-first-century contexts. This writing includes composing in visual, textual/written, audio, and/or oral modes.

ENGL-1007 has two components: 1) a smaller seminar class in which you compose a variety of projects in order to develop creatively intellectual inquiries through sustained engagement with texts, ideas, and problems; and 2) a collaborative, hybrid Studio in which you will work with online modules and with your peers to develop a digital portfolio of your work from both the Seminar and Studio.

ENGL-1007 is best suited for students who have experience with or would benefit from deep engagement with writing practices in a variety of contexts and genres, as well as collaborative, in-class feedback processes with peers.

For a full description of ENGL-1007, please see the ENGL-1007 description page.

For more information about First-Year Writing placement for students with AP and ECE credit, or students transferring credit into the University, please review the Placement page for the University under "English Placement."

ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1011–Regional Campus Courses in Fall 2020

Both ENGL 1010, Seminar in Academic Writing, and ENGL 1011, Seminar in Writing through Literature, fulfill the General Education requirement for First-Year Writing, as does ENGL 1007. Currently ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1011 are offered only at the regional campuses (Avery Point, Greater Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury) while ENGL 1007 is offered at Storrs.

In the ENGL 1010 course, Seminar in Academic Writing, students are introduced to different modes and approaches to composition as they respond to a variety of rhetorical situations. Instructors generally select non-fiction readings and other texts with which students engage and develop lines of thought in response to those readings. The classroom is student centered, so you can expect lots of collaboration, small-group work, and student-generated discussion alongside a variety of writing and composing activities.  Course enrollments are limited so each student receives individualized attention and feedback from instructors and peers.

For a full description of ENGL-1010, please see the ENGL 1010 description page.  

ENGL 1011, Seminar in Writing Through Literature, is very much like ENGL 1010 because students similarly engage with challenging texts to develop unique lines of inquiry. The assigned readings for ENGL 1011 are literary in the broad sense to include published essays, stories, poems, and film, among other creative texts.

For a full description of ENGL-1011, please see the ENGL 1011 description page.  

Please contact the Regional Campus Writing Coordinators (below) for information about the ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1011 courses on those campuses.

Information & Contacts for Regional Campuses

Regional campuses still offer ENGL-1010 and ENGL-1011, both of which fulfill the First-Year Writing requirement. For information on ENGL-1010 and 1011, please review the ENGL-1010/1011 course description page.

For information on placement at the regional campuses, please contact the Regional Campus Writing coordinator:

Hartford Campus Scott Campbell
Waterbury Campus Ellen Carillo
Avery Point Campus Pamela Bedore
Stamford Campus Serkan Gorkemli

AP English, ECE, and/or Transfer Credits

For more information about First-Year Writing placement for students with AP and ECE credit, or students transferring credit into the University, please review the Placement page for the University under "English Placement."

If you have writing credits that have transferred into the University of Connecticut and you would like to consider petitioning for a Course Equivalency Review to receive a waiver for First-Year Writing, please visit our Course Equivalency Review page. Please note that you will need at least 3 credits in either ENGL-91002 or ENGL-91003 in order to petition for a Course Equivalency Review.