Who Uses the Writing Center?

Writing Center Usage Data: Winter 2013

Data Analyst: Angel Solis (’14 Biology)

Raw numbers

  • Writing Center staff conducted 623 conferences
  • Over 75% of visits were return visits
  • 217 different students used the Writing Center
    • 33% of visitors were freshmen
    • 36% were sophomores
    • 9% were juniors
    • 22% were seniors

The type of project

  • 18% of meetings were used to go over applications
  • 14% were used for comps
  • 61% were used for essays
  • 6% were used for “other” projects
  • 1% were used for writing portfolio

The projected length of the finished project

  • 20% were 1-2 pages
  • 40% were 3-5 pages
  • 25% of papers were 6-10 pages
  • 4% were 11-20 pages
  • 11% were 20+ pages

The writer's goals for the session

  • 74% of students wanted to work on clarity
  • 52% wanted to work on organization
  • 35% wanted to work on thesis
  • 21% wanted to work on proofreading
  • 18% wanted to work on integration of evidence/support
  • 11% wanted to work on brainstorming
  • 8% wanted to work on citations

Where the writer was in the writing process

  • 8% wanted to brainstorm ideas
  • 23% had partially completed a draft
  • 45% had completed a first draft
  • 24% of students had a second draft

The project's due date

  • 15% were due the same day
  • 23% were due the next day
  • 17% were due in 2 days
  • 23% were due in 3-5 days
  • 7% were due within a week
  • 15% were due in a week or more

Departments for which students were writing (starting with the most visits):

  • English
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Economics
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Classics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Cinema and Media Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Educational Studies
  • Dance
  • Cognitive Science
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • Russian
  • Literary and Cultural Studies