DSP - The UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement - How and when to take DSP, and how UCSC interprets your results. 

AWPE - The Analytical Writing Placement Exam - The AWPE is no longer recommended for UCSC students. Instead, students should complete the Directed Self-Placement

ELWR - The UC Entry Level Writing Requirement – Satisfied by DSP result, certain previous courses, a passing AWPE or other assessment score, or completion of Writing Program course(s). 

Composition – Satisfied by certain courses taken prior to UCSC, or completion of Writing Program course(s).

Important  Dates

Mar  1
Spring Priority Enrollment begins
Apr  10
Enrollment/Swapping/Waitlisting Writing Courses ends 5 pm
Jun  8
Email and Zoom Advising begins
Jun  20
Rothman Awards Essay Deadline is 06/20/2023

Employment Opportunities

The UC Santa Cruz Writing Program invites applications for an ongoing pool of instructors. Employment info


Support Writing

Give to the Humanities-Don Rothman Writing Award - The award honors the achievements of first-year students, and recognizes faculty excellence in writing pedagogy.

Support the UCSC Writing Program - every gift makes a difference for our writing students.