Students at the University of Michigan (with the exception of College of Engineering students) must satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement (FYWR) by completing an approved FYWR course. In addition, the Stamps School of Art and Design; the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance require students to complete the Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR) with an approved ULWR course which must be taken at the UM-Ann Arbor campus.

Transfer students who have taken writing courses at another college or university may be able to use these courses to satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement. Please consult the list of approved courses from other colleges and universities, as well as the list of courses that are not approved, to see whether a course completed elsewhere satisfies the First-Year Writing Requirement at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Advanced Placement (AP), Creative Writing, and Journalism courses do not fulfill the FYWR.

If the course you completed is on the list of approved transfer courses and you received at least a grade of C, you may have fulfilled the FYWR and may be ready to take an upper-level writing course. When you meet with your advisor during Orientation, please confirm that your student record indicates the FYWR has been fulfilled. To help you decide which upper-level writing course is best for you, the Sweetland Center for Writing asks you to complete the Transfer Student Directed Self-Placement for Writing.

If the course you completed is on the list of not-approved transfer courses, the Sweetland Center for Writing asks you to complete the First-Year Directed Self-Placement for Writing to help you choose the most appropriate first-year writing class.

If the course you completed is not listed on either the approved or not-approved list, you may complete an online Petition for Transfer Course Credit. As part of the petition, you will need to submit a course description (from the school catalog), course guidelines, and a detailed course syllabus, including information about number, length, and type of papers written. This process may take up to three weeks once all of your materials are properly submitted. When our review is complete, we will contact you and inform you whether you should take the First-Year Directed Self-Placement or the Transfer Student Directed Self-Placement. Give yourself plenty of time for Sweetland to review your petition and for you to complete one of the DSPs five business days before your orientation.

We strongly recommend you speak with your advisor about fulfilling these requirements.