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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 schools who meet the requirements may apply for RIT college credit for those courses. 

Undergraduate Credit

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), and have a class average of 85% or higher. 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, 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 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.  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.  Details about the college credit option are below.

•    If your student is graduating in 2016 or applying for early acceptance at colleges it is recommended that the registration form/payment be sent in by July 15, 2016.

•    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. 2, 2016.

•    To be eligible to receive RIT credit students must have a minimum class average of 85% and a stanine score of 6 or higher.

•    The transcripted grade received from RIT is based solely on the stanine score they receive on the PLTW year-end exam (6=C; 7=B; 8 and 9 = A).  The eligible course(s) are: Introduction to Engineering Design (Design & Drawing for Production in  NY), Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, or Civil Engineering and Architecture. 

•    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.

•    The total tuition charge for each course is $225. Each course is worth three semester credits from RIT. 

•    The registration form can be found here.  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.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at or to call at (585) 475-4609.

Best regards,     

Deborah A Cooper
PLTW Assistant Director/Coordinator, School Relations and Marketing
Rochester Institute of Technology/Project Lead The Way
Slaughter Bldg-78, Room 2395
137 Lomb Memorial Drive
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

Transcript Requests

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.

Engineering Resources

There are many websites focusing on engineering as a career as well as engineering education including: What does an engineer do? How much does s/he make? What are different types of engineering? JETS is a national non-profit education organization that has served the pre-college engineering community for more than 50 years. Society of Women Engineers provides a wealth of information for females interested in technology. 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.  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.