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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.

Eligible Courses:

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

Qualifying 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.

RIT College Credit for Project Lead The Way courses is a discounted rate of $225 and RIT awards three transcripted semester credits for each course the student qualifies and pays for. 

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 2nd 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.

Credit Acceptance

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 not only at RIT but also should they be accepted at another college or university.  It is important for students to check with their prospective colleges/universities as to whether or not the credit is accepted.

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