Course Equivalency Review

The First-Year Writing Program reviews courses from other institutions to determine whether they satisfy the University’s First-Year Writing Requirement. This process is called a Course Equivalency Review.

Transfer students with a total of six credits that represent equivalent coursework in writing at another accredited institution can petition for a First-Year Writing Course Equivalency Review. If the First-Year Writing Program approves the petition, then the student may not need to enroll in a first-year writing course at UConn.

Course Equivalency Review Process

Please note: The information on this page pertains to UConn's main campus in Storrs only. For more information about Course Equivalency Reviews at other campuses, please contact a First-Year Writing Program regional campus coordinator.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students must meet both of the following requirements to begin the Course Equivalency Review:

  1. A minimum of three transfer credits on their transcript coded as ENGL 91002 and/or ENGL 91003.
  2. A second college-level writing course from their previous institution. This course must include a researched writing component and must focus significantly on the practices and processes of English language composition.

Students must have either ENGL 91002 or 91003 on their transcript to request a Course Equivalency Review. In the petition form, students can indicate whether they want the Program to review both courses or only their second college-level writing course.

The Program will evaluate a student’s courses to determine if they satisfy the UConn First-Year Writing Requirement. If approved, the Program will grant the student a waiver of the First-Year Writing Requirement. The waiver may apply to both courses (six credits) or the second college-level writing course only (three credits).

Credit Limit Restrictions

Students who transfer to UConn for the fall term must submit their request for a Course Equivalency Review before they have reached 69 credits or before the end of the first semester of their junior year, whichever comes first.

Spring term transfers must submit their request for a Course Equivalency Review before they have reached 85 credits. Students admitted to UConn after earning 85 credits at another institution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The First-Year Writing Program cannot conduct a Course Equivalency Review for students who have earned 99 credits, who have completed the first term of their senior year, or who have only one semester remaining.

Petition Form and Required Materials

Students may submit an online petition form for a Course Equivalency Review. Please include the following information with your petition form:

  • A current UConn transcript. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. However, your name must be visible on a screenshot or PDF. Screenshots must be legible.
  • A Transfer Credit Report. Learn how to view your Transfer Credit Report in the Student Administration System.
  • One writing sample. This sample should be argument-driven and provide extensive detailed analysis of text(s). Evidence must be presented with attribution, such as MLA or APA citation. Each sample must be the equivalent of five full pages, approximately 1,500 words, plus a works cited page. Upload all documents in .pdf or .docx format.

Writing Sample Guidelines

Students may submit a writing sample from any college-level course, so long as it is recent and meets the above requirements. Please indicate which course the project is from. You may submit two writing samples if one sample meets some but not all of the requirements. For example, if your first writing sample shows your ability to craft arguments and analyze texts, but it does not present evidence with attribution, then you may submit a second writing sample that presents evidence with attribution.

Your writing sample should demonstrate your ability to engage with multiple sources. As a group, the sources need to 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 provide background information or serve as validation for one’s own position or concepts.

Be aware that a writing sample dominated by a simple list 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.

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.

Timeline for Petition Reviews

Upon receipt of the petition and your documentation, one of the directors of the First-Year Writing Program will review the materials. They will determine whether your coursework and writing sample indicate that you have completed classes of similar rigor and breadth to the first-year writing courses at UConn.

Should you be granted a waiver, the Program will process your information via the Student Administration System and notify you via email.

Students must submit their requests 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.

  • Aug. 6, 2024: Late orientation attendees or transfer students enrolling in fall 2024 classes.
  • Aug. 16–Sept. 12, 2024: Petitions received during this period will not be reviewed for a waiver to apply to fall 2024. The determination will pertain to the spring 2025 semester. No decisions will be issued from the first day of classes (Aug. 26) through and including the last day of add/drop (Sept. 9).
  • Oct. 6, 2024: Deadline for continuing student registering for spring 2025.
  • Oct. 21, 2024: Spring 2025 registration begins.
  • Dec. 6, 2024: Deadline for new or transfer student registration for spring 2025.
  • Jan. 9–Jan. 30, 2025: Petitions received during this period will not be reviewed for a waiver to apply to spring 2025. The determination will pertain to the fall 2025 semester. No decisions will be issued from the first day of spring term classes (Jan. 21) through and including the last day of add/drop (Feb. 3).
  • March 6, 2025: Deadline for continuing student registering for fall 2025.
  • March 24, 2025: Fall 2025 registration begins.
  • Aug. 6, 2025: Deadline for late orientation attendees or transfer students enrolling in fall 2025 classes.