Writing excellence

All students master the written word

In study after study, employers say communication is one of the most important skills they look for in new hires. No matter what field you go into, being able to communicate with teammates and supervisors is key to thriving at work. To give you a leg up, we’ll ask you to demonstrate writing proficiency before graduation.

Writing well pays

Every year, we recognize our best portfolio writers. Winners receive a certificate, a note on their transcript and a check. Ka-ching!

2016 Writing Excellence award winners

  • Haven Allard ’16, Philosophy
  • Marina Belotserkovskaya ’17, Environmental Studies and Communication
  • Alex Rory Brophy ’17, Theatre
  • Jasmine Rothgeb ’17, American Studies
  • Macey Sidlasky ’17, Creative Writing and Psychology
  • Kathleen Sievers ’17, Psychology and Biology
  • Ali Solomon ’17, Philosophy

Quick view

Intensive courses
Writing-intensive courses are available in many majors and typically produce work that can be used for your Writing Portfolio.

Portfolio
A required Writing Portfolio, including four pieces of writing that may have been written for classes, is due by the end of your second year.

Student writing on laptop in the library

Center
The Writing Center is open 24 hours each week and staffed by peer tutors ready to help.