When assigning students to seminars, the Writing Program will consider several factors: your own appraisal of your writing competency; your preferences for particular courses; SAT and ACT test scores and achievement tests where relevant; and the placement essay which you are being asked to write.
You will receive your seminar placement along with your other placements during the orientation for first year students; your faculty advisor will also be given your writing seminar placement. Class lists for the seminars will be posted to the home page of the Writing Program.
Below you will find links to the placement overview page which explains the placement process for writing seminars; a guide to writing seminars being offered; instructions for the placement essay; and the online seminar preference/essay submission form. We have also included a link to download the entire placement packet. (The article which will be the subject of your essay, Seyla Benhabib’s “The Morality of Migration”, is included as a link in the Placement Essay Instructions and also as part of the placement package which can be downloaded.) Seminar preferences and your essay are due Thursday, August 1 at 5:00 p.m. through the online form.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Debora Sherman, Director of College Writing, 610-896-1255.