What Transfer Institutions Have Said

  • "Better writers use their thinking processes more effectively. Transfer colleges and businesses want them."
    Christopher G. Belle-Isle, former Director of Career Center, Monroe Community College
  • "We look for MCC students who have taken WR courses because we have found that they are better prepared. The WR courses at MCC are an appropriate match for the types of courses our students take in their first and second years."
    Thomas K. DaRin, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Nazareth College
  • "Strong writing skills are essential for any student who hopes to stand out in college. In admissions, we look carefully at writing ability when making choices regarding acceptance. Students who complete a writing concentration have an automatic advantage over those who have not, and that experience will be taken into account during the application process. A writing concentration is one way to help your application stand apart from the many applications we receive."
    Kirk Kettinger, Assistant Director of Admissions, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • "Often people are confused with the title of Rochester Institute of Technology. It is usually not a surprising to learn that we blend science and technology into respective disciplines of study. What frequently does surprise people is the rather significant requirements in liberal arts that all students must complete. Students must be able to express their ideas and think clearly in written form. From our point of view, expectations for excellence in writing cannot be separated from the other areas of academic learning."
    Dan Shelley, Director of Admissions, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • "I review all of the applications for traditional students (age 18 - 22) transferring into the undergraduate program. Because every major at this college is writing based, I look at applicants' courses, grades and experience with writing. When pursuing a bachelors degree, writing skills are essential. In the work place, the ability to communicate through writing is important in many areas of employment."
    Jose Perales, Transfer Counselor Admissions Office, St. John Fisher College
  • "Writing is the #1 form of communication on which students will be evaluated. Writing is important for obtaining satisfactory grades and for graduation. Generally, people who can write well, can speak well. Unfortunately, it is often undervalued and not emphasized enough in teaching. Requiring writing competencies is now being discussed at SUNY Brockport."
    Michael Brown, Admissions Office, SUNY Brockport
  • "Writing is how we know what it is that we know, because our ability to explain a subject clearly and precisely is an ultimate test of having learned it. Writing enables us to persuade others of the truth, the utility, or the beauty of what we know, and in our writing we can make our ideas have an impact upon the world at large.

    Writing is central to the intellectual exploration and discussions in all disciplines. The Rochester Curriculum encourages students to engage materials as professionals do across the disciplines-to read and write critically about others' ideas and to formulate and argue rigorously for one's own ideas."
    Deboras Rossen Knill, Director, Writing Center, University of Rochester