Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

  • Get a head start on your college career and add prestige to your admissions applications by receiving up to 3 college credits from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  These are transcripted credits and are eligible to be transferred to other universities.  One of the most important benefits of having RIT credit is that, during the college application process, admissions officers look favorably on a student who has already completed college-level courses. Credits are awarded based on the students’ grades as well as their performance on the final exam. Qualifying students and their families will be notified by mail at the conclusion of the course and may purchase the 3 credits from RIT.

    Eligible Courses:

    • Introduction to Engineering Design (Design & Drawing for Production in NY) (IED) 
    • Principles of Engineering (POE)
    • Digital Electronics (DE)
    • Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
    • Computer Science Principals (CSP)

    To qualify for college credit students must have:

    • Have a minimum PLTW final class average of 85%
    • Have a stanine score of 6 or higher on the EoC assessment exam

    Assigned Grades

    The transcripted grade received from RIT is based solely on the End of Course (EoC) exam score they receive on the PLTW year-end assessment exam (6=C; 7=B; 8 and 9 = A).  

    The grade a student receives in the high school course may differ from the college credit grade. It is important for you to ask the teacher what the stanine grade is so that you can make an informed decision. If a student subsequently attends RIT, the college credit grade point average (gpa) received is counted towards his/her undergraduate RIT cumulative gpa.  If a student attends another university, the course credits often are transferred without the letter grade or gpa.

    Process

    Students complete the EoC assessment exam.  Teacher sends grades to RIT and notifies qualifying students of college credit eligibility.  Students must submit registration form and payment to RIT by November 11th of the following school year.

    Requesting Transcripts

    RIT will send the student an unofficial transcript at the end of the semester in which he/she registers.  Students who apply to colleges other than RIT may request that a transcript be sent to those schools at https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/registrar/transcripts.  There is a fee for the transcripts.