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First-Year Students

UWrite is an online self-placement tool that guides you to reflect on your writing experiences and learning preferences, and helps you select First-Year Writing Requirement courses that fit your interests and needs. Students should plan to complete the First-Year Writing Requirement in their first three terms at U-M.

Who Is Required to Complete UWrite?

  • First-year students in LSA, Architecture, Stamps School of Art & Design, Kinesiology, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Nursing, and Ross Business School are required to complete UWrite.
  • Students in LSA Honors, Engineering, and the Residential College are NOT required to complete UWrite.
  • Transfer students should consult the Transfer Students page. 

When Should Students Complete UWrite?

  • Students should complete UWrite at least 2 weeks before their scheduled virtual advising session. It is in students’ interest to complete this task: doing so will save considerable time in the advising and course selection process, and result in good matches between students’ interests and their First-Year Writing Requirement course.
  • It will take about 30 minutes to complete UWrite and select preferred First-Year Writing Requirement courses or other supportive options.

What Should Students Do After Completing UWrite?

  • Students will receive an email summary of their UWrite entries, including their preferred courses.
  • Your advising team will have access to a summary of your responses to assist you during your orientation.