About the Requirement

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The Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) is a University of California requirement. Every first-year student in the UC system must demonstrate their college-level proficiency in writing by fulfilling the ELWR. University-level writing requires students to read carefully, analyze readings with understanding, and draw conclusions about what is read.

There are four writing requirements that all UC Davis students must fulfill: Entry Level Writing, English Composition (8 units; most colleges at UCD require one lower division and one upper division course), and Writing Experience. Satisfaction of the ELWR is a prerequisite to English Composition and Writing Experience courses.

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