University Writing Portfolio

What is the University Writing Portfolio?

The University Writing Portfolio is a mid-career diagnostic tool used to determine if students’ writing abilities have advanced in ways that can handle the writing demands of upper-division courses and courses in their major. At WSU, successful completion of the University Writing Portfolio is a requirement for graduation for all undergraduate students, including transfer students with an AA or AS degree. However, submission of the Writing Portfolio is not required for admittance to Global Campus programs but can be completed after matriculating.

The Writing Portfolio requires students to submit two writing samples from different college-level courses that are at least 500 words in length. The Portfolio also asks a series of reflection questions for students to consider why they’ve selected these papers and what they show about their abilities and strengths as college-level writers.

Student Account Holds and Fees

Students who have not completed the Writing Portfolio by the time they reach 60 credits will have a hold placed on their account that will block their ability to register for Fall and Spring courses. Upon submitting the Writing Portfolio as outlined below, the Writing Center will remove the hold within 48 business hours and results will be posted on myWSU at a later date. If you have any questions about current holds, please reach out to the Writing Center at

A $50 fee is charged to students’ accounts for the writing assessment and evaluation.

How to Submit the Writing Portfolio

Students can now submit their Writing Portfolio online using the Qualtrics submission platform. Detailed instructions and the submission link can be found on the Writing Program’s website.

If you have any questions throughout the process, please email the Global Campus Writing Portfolio Coordinator at