English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP)

EAPP is a two-semester program for native and non-native English speakers that gives students time to focus on English writing, critical reading, and research skills. This program helps students develop communication skills that will prepare them for social and academic interactions in the United States.

Fall semester consists of:

  • WRT 101: Communication across Contexts I (2 credits)
  • WRT 103: Critical Reading, Reasoning, and Writing (6 credits)

Spring semester consists of:

  • WRT 102: Communication across Contexts II (2 credits)
  • WRT 104: Research, Reading, and Writing (6 credits)

Completing WRT 103 and WRT 104 with a C or better satisfies the College’s primary writing requirement.


Beginning with students admitted in the fall of 2016, 10 of the 16 credits earned in EAPP will be applied toward degree requirements (typically 128-132 credits are required for degree completion). In earlier years, students were permitted to apply 8 of the 16 credits toward their degree. These students may petition to increase the number to 10 if they agree to change their letter grade in WRT 101 or 102 to a P grade, which will then not be calculated into the grade point average.

EAPP students who are allowed to move directly on to WRT 105, WRT 105E or WRT 105A and B after completing the first semester of EAPP courses, WRT 101 and WRT 103, will earn 12 credits but only 10 credits can be applied toward their degree.

Please note that Student Access (learn.rochester.edu) does not differentiate between earned credits and credits to be applied toward degree requirements. Please work with the EAPP program or CCAS to determine your individual situation so that you can plan ahead to achieve your graduation requirements.


Students are admitted into EAPP in accordance with the University of Rochester undergraduate application process. There is no separate application for EAPP.

Students who are interested in the program, but were not added to it, should contact Paige Sloan, EAPP director at paige.sloan@rochester.edu.


For more information, visit the EAPP program page or contact Paige Sloan, EAPP director, at paige.sloan@rochester.edu.