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Transfer Students

Welcome! No matter what your major or career goals, writing will be important to your success. The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies (WRS) is here to help you become an effective and flexible writer in your U classes and beyond. WRS has put together this guide to writing resources on campus to help you get started and enjoy your college experience.

Writing Courses for Transfer Students

Writing 3020 (volante en Español) is an upper-division course designed specifically for students who are new to the U and have completed the Writing 1010/2010 requirement elsewhere. This course seeks to build on the strengths many transfer students bring to writing—adaptability, rhetorical awareness, and a sense of audience beyond the University—while providing an opportunity to learn about expectations and resources for writing in your major. If you have not yet selected a major, this course is a chance to explore one or more disciplines of interest before committing to a program of study. Writing 3020 also offers an opportunity to connect with peers, faculty, staff, and campus resources in order to make the most of the academic and professional opportunities available to undergraduates at the U.

Writing 3020 was designed based on ideas and feedback from nearly 200 transfer students across the University of Utah campus. The 3-credit course fulfills the upper-division Communication & Writing (CW) and Humanities Exploration (HF) general education requirements; for students majoring in WRS, it can also fulfill the Writing in the Professions/Disciplines requirement. Writing 3020 is rigorous and challenging but also provides lots of opportunities for feedback and revision. The course will invite you to think critically about the values, practices, and power structures that shape writing in your field, and it will equip you with additional tools for thinking and talking about writing across different contexts. Those tools are lifelong resources that will help you be an effective and flexible writer in academic settings, the workplace, and other communities that matter to you.

We offer WRTG 3020 at the U every fall for recently arrived transfer students. We also offer WRTG 3020 at SLCC every summer for students who are preparing to transfer but who have not yet enrolled at the U. If you have questions about WRTG 3020 or want more information about the SLCC summer section, please contact Assistant Professor Christie Toth at

To register for WRTG 3020 at the U, talk with your major advisor or WRS advisor Lisa Shaw.

Resources for Transfer Students

The University Writing Center is here to help you become a more confident writer by providing individual consultations with peer tutors. Tutors work with students at any point in their academic career, from freshman year to graduate school, and they are eager to support transfer students transitioning to the U. They can help you with writing projects from any discipline, as well as with other important documents like personal statements and scholarship essays. The Writing Center is a free service for University of Utah students.

There are three ways to access the Writing Center:

Face-to-face consultations are by appointment, but tutors may also be available for walk-in meetings depending on appointment traffic. For more information on available services, tutoring hours, and scheduling an appointment, visit the University Writing Center website.

The Marriott Library offers a wealth of resources for conducting research and using campus technologies. Reference librarians can help you find and evaluate sources for your research projects and cite those sources accurately. You can access their services in several different ways:

The library also has specialized subject guides for nearly every department on campus. These guides can help you find specific resources and research tools in your major or for writing-intensive courses in other departments. These guides are maintained by subject specialist librarianswho are also available for individual research consultations.

The Marriott Library also offers access to wide range of writing-related technologies. Many library holdings are now available online as e-books, downloadable .pdf documents, and streaming video or audio. The Knowledge Commons checks out laptops, power cords, and other electronic equipment. They can help you set up campus wifi on your mobile devices, access free software, and print documents for class. The Knowledge Commons also offers a variety of group and individual study spaces. They can even help you write across a range of media, such as video and audio recording, web design, and 3D printing.

For more information about services and hours, visit the Marriott Library website.

Office for Equity and Diversity

Diversity Transfer Coordinator and Advisor - Paul Fisk 

Our goal is to help with successfully transferring to and navigating the U of U. We provide services, resources, and community to help accomplish your goal.

If you have issues transfering credits, being admitted to the U, or have questions about transferring Paul Fisk and his staff are a great resource and friends of the Writing Studies Scholars Program! 

Last Updated: 12/10/21