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 First-Year Writing Lisa Rourke. 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?

During the Composition shopping period, you may switch into any open section with the appropriate consent codes. The shopping period generally runs through the first week of classes, but dates will be posted on the Registrar's Schedule of Classes each semester. To request consent codes, please contact Writing Program admin Rebecca Mahoney with your choice of section. Please note that codes will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

After the conclusion of the shopping period, permission from Lisa Rourke is required to switch your Composition section.

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

For UWS or Composition questions, please contact Rebecca Mahoney, who will refer you to the appropriate Writing Program advisor.

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.