Welcome to the Carleton Writing Program

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Carleton College has long emphasized "writing across the curriculum"—distributing writing instruction in many classes and throughout the disciplines—and in 2001, the college introduced sophomore writing portfolios to broaden its assessment of student writing.

Required midway through every student's college career, the writing portfolios enable the college to ensure that undergraduates can write competently in a range of styles and contexts. At the same time, by encouraging students to reflect on—and revise—their writing, the portfolios themselves constitute an important educational experience.