First-Year English

Upon entry, all students who have not completed a college level English course or a qualifying score on AP/IB will need to take a college level English course to satisfy the A2 General Education requirement.

To have the opportunity to choose the best course to satisfy this requirement, all students should first complete First-Year Writing Advising. This, combined with your English pathway in your student center, will help you make the best choice for your writing courses when enrolling.  (Click here if you need help finding your English pathway).

Once a course is selected, this course should be completed in the first year of college.  If the requirement has not been completed by the second semester, consider taking the class over the summer through SF State or through your local Community College.  For assistance in finding an appropriate transferable class, please contact


  1. Visit them in office hours.  If you don’t have questions about the homework or lessons, ask them what they’d suggest you study next to be prepared for future classes in this subject or ask them why they have pursued this subject.
  2. Say hello to them.  Unlike in high school, you are a full adult now working with another adult to explore a topic.  Treat them like another human!
  3. Ask question in class.  If you have a question, it is likely another student has a similar question.
  4. In emails, provide your full name, ID number, class your are taking, and the reason you are emailing.  Provide some context and make a clear request.
  1. Access tutoring services early, even if you are still deciding if you want to attend tutoring.  Tutoring works best if you go early and go regularly.
  2. Explore their website for other tutoring services on campus.
  3. Related to tutoring: form a study group with classmates…even if you are just doing homework at the same time in the same place or same Zoom room.
  1. In addition to help with planning your courses, advisors can help you brainstorm through challenges including communicating with teachers, creating good study habits, engaging in class and campus, and many others.
  2. After orientation ends, you can make an appointment with an advisor through the Navigator platform.  If you have specific questions about your English composition or quantitative reasoning/math course, contact us at



Frequently Asked Questions

If you are interested in the stretch experience, you must take ENG 104 or ENG 201 in the fall.

Every SF State student who has not earned college credit for Written English Composition (A2) has the opportunity to take the First-Year Writing Advising. To choose the best course for first-year composition, all entering first-time students should complete First-Year Writing Advising at least two days before orientation. This, combined with your English pathway in your student center, will help you make the best choice for your writing courses when enrolling.

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