Welcome incoming students! The UC San Diego Basic Writing Program is undergoing significant changes in order to prepare you for the challenges of writing at the university level. Please visit our page for Incoming Students for important information about why you’ve been placed in Basic Writing, and why it’s important to sign up promptly.
The UC San Diego Basic Writing Program is designed to help you master the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills that will enable you to succeed at the university and in your professional lives.
We offer two courses for those who have not yet met the university’s Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR):
In our writing courses, you can expect to:
- read and analyze challenging and interesting essays
- explore these essays with your classmates in lively discussions
- write and revise frequently, based on thoughtful feedback from your instructors and peers
- acquire the foundational skills that will enable you to enroll in your College Writing courses