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Frequently Asked Questions

I have junior/senior level standing. How do I sign up for Warren Writing?
Students with upper-division standing should no longer be blocked from enrolling in 10A or 10B. If you do face difficulty registering, please email the Warren Writing Program office, and include your PID in the email. Please note that the Program office checks email and offers pre-authorizations during university business hours only. Contact the office well in advance of your registration time for prompt clearance if it is needed.

I really want to take 10A/10B with a specific instructor. When will I know the instructor assignments?
Our instructors have busy lives and limited availability, just like students do, and as such we are not able to finalize and advertise instructor assignments until approximately 3-4 weeks before the start of the quarter. Unfortunately, this is past the time most students enroll. We apologize that you may not get to pick your instructor, but we assure you that all of our instructors are equally qualified and the courses are taught consistently across the program.

What are my chances of getting into the class if I'm on the waitlist?
Warren Writing classes fill up quickly and very few students drop, especially fall quarter. Students who are first on the waitlist have about a 50% chance of getting into the course. The likelihood of getting in drops for every student on the waitlist thereafter.

I really need to take Warren Writing this quarter. Is there any way to change the enrollment limit?
So that our students will receive the best writing education that we can deliver, we’ve capped Warren Writing Classes at 15 (20 for WCWP 100). We do not make any exceptions to this class-size limit.

*Please note: It is necessary you successfully complete 10B by Spring quarter of your junior year to ensure there is no delay to your graduation, and highly encouraged that you complete it sooner to prevent any unexpected impediments. 10A, 10B, Phil/Poli 27 and 28 MUST be completed in sequence. There is no exception to this rule, not even for concurrent enrollment, and unecessary delay will impact your time to degree. Conversely, we also anticipate that not all incoming students will be able to begin this sequence their first quarter, and that is okay. As long as you begin the sequence during your first or second year you will not be negatively impacted. 

It is strongly encouraged that transfer students take WCWP 100 their first year at UCSD. We cannot guarantee a seat for any student, even if it is your final quarter at UCSD.

I am currently in AWP 3 or 4B and would like to enroll into next quarter's WCWP 10A. How can I enroll?
You must pass AWP 3 or AWP 4B with a grade C or better to meet the pre-requisite for WCWP 10A. You cannot enroll in WCWP 10A until this pre-requisite is met and your academic record reflects that you have fulfilled ELWR.

I took and passed AP English in high school or I took a writing course at a community college, can I waive 10A and go right into 10B?
If you are admitted as an incoming freshman you must complete 10A before taking 10B. There is no ability to petition out of the course.

I'm a transfer student and I already took two English classes at my previous institution, Do I have to take 100?
If you are admitted as a transfer student you must complete 100. There is no ability to petition out of the course.

I'm an incoming transfer student, but WebReg is not allowing me to enroll in WCWP 100?
WCWP 100 is restricted to students with 90 units on their record. If you are being prevented from enrolling, it is likely because you either have not completed 90 units, or the university has not processed/posted your transcripts yet. If you have already taken at least one writing course, please submit an EASy request, including a copy of your transcripts, for enrollment authorization.

Where can I get additional help on a writing assignment?
The UCSD Writing + Critical Expression Hub offers assistance on all Warren Writing assignments. You can make an appointment with a writing mentor, drop-in during designated hours, or attend group workshops. For more information, see their website

Enrollment Information


Students can register on WebReg for Warren Writing 10A, 10B or 100 classes during their WebReg appointments. Register online via WebReg

To enroll in WCWP 10A, students will first need to fulfill the ELWR requirement. To fulfill this requirement, students will have to take the AWPE (Analytical Writing Placement Exam) or take a writing course pre-matriculation (AWP 3 or AWP 4A/B) with a C or better. Students can take a community college course to fulfill the ELWR requirement and will not have to take the AWPE test.

Freshmen can take a community college course prior to entering UCSD in order to fulfill the ELWR requirement, but they cannot use community college courses in place of either Warren Writing course.

We do not accept unofficial or self-reported grades or test scores to waive the ELWR restriction. Students MUST wait until their record officially updates before they will be allowed to register for 10A. 

Because our courses are impacted, we recommend you register during your first pass and you take both 10A and 10B as soon as you are able to prevent delay in your time to degree.

If you are dropped from a WCWP course due to issues with tuition payments, we unfortunately cannot guarantee that you will be reinstated to the course. 

Wait-List Information:

UCSD has an automated wait-list procedure. Being on a wait-list means that if and when a space becomes available, the enrollment system will automatically enroll you in the course. When a space is available, you will be moved from the wait-list into the class and be sent an e-mail notification. If you add your name to a wait-list but you are not eligible to enroll in the course (because you, for example, lack a prerequisite) and a space becomes available, you will be dropped from the wait-list.

If you are on a wait-list for one of the sections of WCWP 10A or 10B, you must attend all sessions and complete all assignments in order to be added to the class. Please call or email the Warren Writing main office if you have any questions.

Please be aware that if you are on the waitlist for a summer session course, and then enroll in the same course for fall quarter, you will be automatically dropped from the waitlist for the summer course. We do not have the ability to reinstate you to your previous position on a waitlist.

Enrollment Restriction:

Warren Writing 10A, 10B, and 100 are for Warren College students only. Other college and university students, including Extension and visiting students, may not take these courses. WCWP 160 is open to all UCSD students, including Extension and visiting. For additional writing instruction for non-Warren students, please check out courses offered by the Analytical Writing Program.

Transfer Students

Warren Writing Requirements for Transfer Students

All Warren College students who have been admitted to UCSD as first-year students, regardless of prior coursework completed at other colleges, are required to take Warren Writing 10A and Warren Writing 10B to fulfill their general education writing requirements.

Transfer students who have completed TAG, IGETC, or a reciprocity agreement from a four-year institution are required to take only Warren Writing 100.

Students who are admitted to UCSD as transfers from other colleges without having completed a TAG or IGETC agreement may have to take both Warren Writing 10A and Warren Writing 100. Please contact Academic Advising to determine whether you need to complete both courses, or just 100.

Summer Session

It is our goal to offer at least 5 sections of both WCWP 10B and WCWP 100 every summer, split between the two sessions. Occasionally we may offer 1-2 sections of WCWP 10A open to continuing students only. It is highly unlikely that we will offer more than 6 sections of any given class over the course of the whole summer, regardless of student demand.

Our writing courses are challenging and demanding even in a normal academic quarter. During summer session, they require even more commitment and effort. In order to fulfill the learning objectives of the course, the same amount of work will be expected of students, but in half the time due to the five-week summer session. It is strongly encouraged that students do not take more than one other course in the same summer session that they enroll in a WCWP course. 

Enrollment limits for summer session are determined with instructor workload in mind. It is up to the discretion of individual instructors whether they would like to increase their enrollment limit to admit additional students. Because instructors are compensated at a flat rate, they will never be forced to admit additional students to their class. We therefore cannot guarantee a seat, or make any kind of special accommodations, for students who cannot gain admittance to a summer offering of WCWP, regardless of need. Please plan accordingly.