Writing Program Placement

Incoming students at PhilaU take a writing placement test to determine which writing course best serves their needs. Students choose between two topics and write a short essay, which is read by two faculty who teach in the Writing Program.


If you have any questions about placement testing, or would like to challenge your writing placement, please contact Erin Lucas, the Assistant Director of Writing Services at the Academic Success Center.

Placement for Transfer Students

The Writing Program at Philadelphia University accommodates students who transfer from two-year colleges and other four-year institutions, while ensuring a thorough writing education for all students upon graduation.

Students transferring to Philadelphia University will have their previously completed writing courses’ equivalency determined individually.

Writing-201: Multimedia Communication is a requirement for all students. This is a “touchstone” course in the Hallmarks Core. In this course, students receive faculty feedback on their general education e-portfolios. There is a special “transfer” section of this course, Writing-202, available that provides additional assistance to transfer students who need to contextualize their previous coursework in the context of the Hallmarks outcomes.

Transfer students should meet with their academic advisors during orientation or at the beginning of their first semester to review how courses taken at other institutions apply to their degree requirements at Philadelphia University.