Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

This requirement has existed from the beginnings of the University of California, and is described in Academic Senate Regulation 636:

The University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement is a reading and writing proficiency requirement. Each student must be able to understand and to respond adequately to written material typical of reading assignments in freshman courses. This ability must be demonstrated in student writing that communicates effectively to University faculty (Am 30 Nov 83; Am 23 May 96; Am 19 Feb 2004).


For Students Entering UCSC in Fall 2018 and After

All students who enter UCSC as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by satisfying the ELWR by the end of their third quarter of enrollment. Except students placed into Writing 25 who will have until the end of their fourth quarter of enrollment to satisfy the ELWR.

For students placed into WRIT 26, or Writing 1

If you do not satisfy ELWR by the end of your third quarter of enrollment, an enrollment hold will be placed on your account.

For students placed into WRIT 25

If you do not satisfy ELWR by the end of your fourth quarter of enrollment, an enrollment hold will be placed on your account. 


For Students Enrolled During 2006-2017

All students who enter UCSC as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by satisfying the ELWR by the end of their fourth quarter of enrollment.