Writing Placement

First-Year Writing: What Class Do You Need?

In the First-Year Writing Program, our exciting and rigorous classes introduce students to contemporary social issues through reading and discussion, and support them as they develop their abilities to write academically--that is, to write thoughtful, carefully constructed arguments that are supported by evidence and articulated with care, even grace.

Given the challenging academic programs at Montclair State University, students need to take the writing courses that will enable them to best succeed in their academic careers. We believe that students’ actual writing can give us more valuable information about their writing skills than their performance on standardized tests alone. All incoming first-year students will complete a diagnostic essay during the first days of their ENWR105 class.  Further details about this assignment will come from your instructor on the first day of class.