First-Year Writing Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution


Students who hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university are not required to complete first-year writing courses (ENG 100 or ENG 101) at NCSU. Instead, these students should submit proof of their degree to Roy Stamper, Associate Director, FYWP (roy_stamper@ncsu.edu; 513-1807). Although no hours of credit will be awarded for these students, the ENG 101 requirement will be waived upon verification of documentation. Any ENG 1** coursework transferred to NCSU will count as free elective or additional credits.

Students with 6.0 hours of college composition transfer credit


Transfer students who complete a 6-hour first-year composition sequence (two English 1** transfer courses) at their prior institution will receive four hours of credit for ENG 101 and two hours of free elective or additional credit.

Students with 4.0 hours of college composition transfer credit


Transfer students who complete an approved 4-hour college composition course at their previous institution will receive transfer credit for ENG 101. Contact Roy Stamper, Associate Director, FYWP (roy_stamper@ncsu.edu513-1807) to see if a particular course has been evaluated for ENG 101 equivalency.

Students with 3.0 hours of college composition transfer credit


Transfer students who have one 3-hour college composition course from their previous institution should complete the self-placement assessment here to help determine if they should take English 101 or English 105 to satisfy their first-year writing requirement at NCSU.

Note: This policy applies only if the prior course was the first course in a two-semester requirement. If the student placed out of a first course and completed a second course in a two-semester requirement, thus fulfilling that school’s requirement, he or she should consult with Roy Stamper , Associate Director, FYWP (roy_stamper@ncsu.edu; 513-1807). Upon proper documentation, the ENG 101 requirement will be satisfied. The fourth credit hour can be made up through free elective or additional hours.

Students with 0 hours of college composition transfer credit


Transfer students who placed out of the first-year writing requirement at their previous institution, earning no transferable credits, will be placed in composition at NCSU based on test scores submitted to NCSU. See our Placement Guidelines for more information. 

Students who have no composition transfer credit but who would like to satisfy their first-year writing requirement at another institution should consult NCSU’s Dept. of Admissions Transfer Course Equivalency database to ensure transferability of coursework. See http://admissions.ncsu.edu/find-stuff/transfer-student/course-equiv.php. Note that in most cases students will need to complete two 3-hour college composition courses (transferable to NCSU as 6.0 ENG 1** credits) in order to satisfy the ENG 101 requirement.

*Students whose situations are not covered above should consult with Roy Stamper, Associate Director, FYWP (roy_stamper@ncsu.edu; 513-1807) during their first semester of coursework at NCSU.