Resources for Students & Parents
PLTW is a national program forming partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from the country’s educational systems.
The program offers a hands-on, project-based approach to learning that better prepares students for the rigors of college. The program incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, (STEM) skills needed for success.
Taking PLTW courses can help students decide if an engineering-related career is right for them. In addition, students from PLTW-certified schools who meet the requirements may apply for RIT college credit for those courses.
RIT offers PLTW students the opportunity to receive undergraduate credit for five PLTW courses: Introduction to Engineering Design (Design & Drawing for Production), Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Civil Engineering & Architecture.
To qualify, students must earn a stanine score of 6 or higher on the end-of-year exam (6 equals a C; 7 equals a B; 8 and 9 equal an A). The cost for each course is $225 and each course is worth three semester credits.
Students who wish to earn RIT credit may do so by completing the current registration form, (available soon,) and sending it back to us at the address listed in the form.
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Dear Parents and Students in Project Lead The Way Courses:
Since you attend a PLTW-certified school, you can get a head start on your college career and add prestige to your admissions applications by receiving college credits from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). These are transcripted credits and are eligible to be transferred to other universities.
The process is simple:
- Students must earn a stanine score of 6 or higher on PLTW’s year-end exam (6=C; 7=B; 8 and above = A) in Introduction to Engineering Design (Design & Drawing for Production in NY), Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, or Civil Engineering and Architecture. In addition, the final course grade must be 85% or higher.
- The decision to apply for college credit is made after the exam has been taken and scored. The RIT college credit grade is based solely on the stanine earned on the final exam and not on the course grade. Therefore, 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 would be counted towards his/her overall grade point average. If a student attends another university, the course credits often are transferred without the letter grade.
- Important: Any student who successfully takes a course in the current academic year must take the exam at the end of the course and register for college credit before Nov. 15, 2014
- The total tuition charge for each course is $225. RIT has converted to the semester system and each course is worth three semester credits.
- The registration form for the 2014/2015 school year will be available soon. Please send it and a check/money order to the address on the form. Credit cards are not accepted at this time.
- RIT will send the student a transcript at the end of the semester in which he/she registers Students who apply to colleges other than RIT may request, at no cost, that a transcript be sent to those schools by completing a Transcript Request Form.
- Note: Having RIT credits does not guarantee that they will be accepted into any program, even at RIT. All colleges and universities establish their own policies for accepting credits and those decisions are based on many factors. Most often, the credits are counted as ‘free’ electives.
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.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to call at (585) 475-4609.
PLTW Assistant Director/Coordinator, School Relations and Marketing
Project Lead The Way
Rochester Institute of Technology
137 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, NY 14623
RIT has established a merit scholarship program for Project Lead The Way students. Freshman applicants with SAT 1800 or higher (ACT 26) and B+ average who will complete two or more PLTW courses in high school are eligible to apply. The scholarships are worth $7,000 per year and are renewable. Up to five new scholarships per year can be awarded. The RIT/PLTW Scholarship may not be combined with other RIT merit scholarships.
Interested students must submit a letter of recommendation from a PLTW teacher along with the RIT undergraduate admission application and school transcripts by February 1.
For additional information on available scholarships, go to http://www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/pdfs/rit_scholarships.pdf.
PLTW high school students who register for RIT college credit will receive a grade report at the end of the term in which they register.
Students who apply to colleges other than RIT may request that a transcript be sent to those schools at no cost by completing the Transcript Request Form.
Each college and university and each academic program (including those at RIT) establishes its own policies for accepting transfer credits.
There are many websites focusing on engineering as a career as well as engineering education including:
DiscoverEngineering.org What does an engineer do? How much does s/he make? What are different types of engineering?
Engineeringedu.com/petimes.htm Pre-Engineering Times Newsletter: a free pre-engineering newsletter filled with resources to catapult engineering education success.
Tryengineering.org JETS is a national non-profit education organization that has served the pre-college engineering community for more than 50 years.
SWE.org Society of Women Engineers provides a wealth of information for females interested in technology.
USFirst.org FIRST or "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" is a non-profit organization whose mission is to generate an interest in science and engineering among today's youth through annual robot competitions.
RIT.edu/colleges.html Each college within RIT has many programs involving STEM fields of interest that can be explored through the website as well as information on the many student clubs that have been developed around those interests.