First-Year Writing Program

As part of the General Education Program (GEP) in Writing and Speaking, most NC State students will take either one (ENG 101) or two (ENG 100 and ENG 101) writing courses in their first year, depending on the outcome of their self-assessment. Although only ENG 101 fulfills the university’s graduation requirement in first-year writing, ENG 100 is offered for students whose self-assessment results suggest they would benefit from additional preparation and experience with college-level writing before enrolling in ENG 101. Students who successfully complete ENG 100 earn 4.0 hours of elective credit for the course.

These courses should be completed during the first year of enrollment at NC State.

Next Steps

Visit the First-Year Writing Placement Chart to determine if:

• You should complete one or more of the directed self-assessments
• You are eligible to apply for exemption from the ENG 101 requirement by submitting a portfolio of your writing for faculty review
• You are exempt from ENG 101 based on the SAT, ACT, AP, or IB scores you submitted to NCSU


ENG 100 (Reading and Writing Rhetorically)
ENG 101 (Academic Writing and Research)
ENG 105 (Writing and Research in the Disciplines)​

Click here if you entered NC State prior to Fall 2003
Click here if you entered NC State during the 2002-2003 academic year