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Transfer Writing Requirement aka WRIT 130/150

A widespread concern amongst transfer students interested in applying for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is the WRIT 130/150 requirement. It is expected that students prioritize taking this course, as it is an admission requirement for all transfer applicants. Most 4-year institutions and community colleges have an equivalent writing course. To determine if your institution has a WRIT 130/150 equivalent, use the USC Articulation Agreement (for community colleges) or USC Articulation History (for other institutions).

I am unable to take a WRIT 130/150 equivalent… what should I do?

We recognize that some students are unable to take an equivalent course because (1) their school does not offer one or (2) the school does not allow the student to take it (ie. received credit through an AP exam). While USC does not accept AP or IB credit in lieu of this requirement, an exception can be made for admission purposes in these two instances. If you are ultimately granted admission to USC and decide to enroll, you will need to complete this requirement at USC.

In these cases, we still recommend taking the strongest composition course available. Be sure to save your assignments and syllabus; the USC Articulation Office will determine whether the course satisfies our requirements in a reviewal process. You may also attempt to take the equivalent at a local community college.

Completing the writing requirement will show overall more degree progress as part of your course study and will make your application more competitive.

I still have questions!

We are happy to help if you still have questions regarding the WRIT 130/150 requirement for transfer students. As always we recommend reviewing our Transfer Applicant page for helpful information. You may also contact us directly at or 213-600-9919.

Lisa Rosas

Lisa was born and raised in Southern California. Although she lived her entire life in some of the best weather, Lisa decided for a change of scenery for college and pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. While there, she was a two-sport athlete. After experiencing beyond-freezing temperatures, she returned home with inspiration to work in higher education. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree with USC Rossier. In her free time you’ll find her snowboarding, playing soccer, or reading.