Who Uses the Writing Center?

Writing Center Usage Data: Fall 2014

Data Analyst: Ben Strauss '16

Quick Facts:

·      The Writing Center staff conducted 984 conferences

·      24.7% of visits were first-time visits

·      317 different students visited the Writing Center

Visitors came with a variety of texts:

Essays 74.7%
Applications 5.8%
Comps 2.2%
Resumes 1.2%
Writing Portfolio 0.1%
Other 8.7%
[did not fill in] 7.3%

Class years of visitors:

Of students who came (discounting multiple visits)

Of students who came

(including multiple visits)

2018 43.0% 47.3%
2017 23.7% 20.8%
2016 14.2% 15.9%
2015 15.1% 15.7%

Length of draft:

1 to 2 pages 24.0%
3 to 5 pages 45.3%
6 to 10 pages 17.6%
11 to 20 pages 1.9%
20+ pages 0.7%

Students wanted to discuss:

Clarity 64.8%
Thesis 40.0%
Organization 52.3%
Citations 10.7%
Brainstorming 12.8%
Integration of Ideas 19.6%
Proofreading 24.0%


The due date of the text visitors were working on:

Same day 15.8%
Tomorrow 30.0%
2 days 17.3%
3 - 5 days 14.7%
A week 5.3%
More than a week 7.5%

Students scheduled sessions on every day:

Monday 19.3%
Tuesday 17.7%
Wednesday 17.2%
Thursday 23.2%
Friday 10.3%
Saturday* 0.3%
Sunday** 12.1%

*The Writing Center wasn't open on Saturday, so this was a reporting error.

**On Sundays, the Writing Center is only open from 9 p.m.-midnight.