EXEMPTION REQUESTS: UW1020 and WID
Students transferring to GW with fewer than 30 credits are required to take UW 1020. There are no exceptions.
All transfer students are welcome to take UW1020. However, students transferring in as sophomores or higher may be eligible for exemption from UW1020 if they took first-year writing or composition courses at their former college that were the substantial equivalent of UW1020. Most freshman composition courses offered by other colleges will not satisfy UW1020.
If you believe exemption from UW1020 might be warranted, compare the work you did in your previous writing course to the UW1020 template, paying particular attention to the requirements. If you believe your previous course had similarly stringent requirements – especially in regards to research and developing an original, scholarly thesis – then you may complete the form on the UWP website and provide the required documentation so UW can determine whether or not you are eligible.
Please note that even if you have at least 4 credits of first-year writing or composition at your previous university, unless these have been listed as "COMP" on your GW transcript, you will either need to take UW1020 or, if appropriate, apply for an exception.
However, if at least 4 transferred credits are listed as "COMP" on your GW transcript and you entered GW with at least 30 transfer credits, then you are automatically exempt and need take no further action. You may begin taking your WID courses. Please confirm with your advisor if you think this option might apply to you.
If you have taken a class for transfer credit at an institution other than GW that you think would qualify as a WID course, compare the work you did in that writing course to its equivalent at GW, paying particular attention to the requirements. Your chances of successfully petitioning for an exemption will be much higher if your transfer course had similarly stringent requirements, especially in regards to writing expectations.
Applying for an Exemption.
Both the form and the instructions for UW1020 and WID are available for downloading (see link below). Exception requests and accompanying materials (including syllabus and graded writing samples) must be submitted in hard copy form to the receptionist in Ames 207. Click here to download the exception form and directions.