Frequently Asked Questions



I have been placed in Composition, but I don’t think I should have been. How did you decide this? What should I do? 

Incoming first-year students complete a timed, online writing assessment in May.  Any student whom the grading committee believes would benefit from additional instruction in writing is placed in Composition. If you feel you would not benefit from this instruction, you may contact the Director of University Writing. First-year students are also given a diagnostic essay to write their first day of class to determine that they have been placed correctly. 

I would like to switch into a section of Composition that takes place at a different time.  Is it possible to change my class schedule at the beginning of the term?  What do I do?

All changes to your Composition section must be approved by your instructor, along with the Director of University Writing, Dawn Skorczewski. To switch your Composition section, you will need to fill out the COMP Special Drop Form, as well as an add/drop form for your new course. These forms can be found on the Registrar's webpage.  

Where do I go with questions or problems concerning my UWS/Composition registration?

For UWS or Composition questions, please contact the Director of University Writing, Dawn Skorczewski.

Where do I go with questions or problems concerning transfer credit or academic advising?

For questions about transfer credit, please contact the University Registrar.  For academic advising, please call the Office of Academic Services at 781-736-3470.