Undergraduate College Credit

Get a head start on your college career and stand out on your admissions applications by receiving college credits from RIT.

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Earn College Credit from RIT

3 credits granted per PLTW course

RIT offers high school students a pathway to earn college credit through Project Lead The Way courses. 

Credits can be used at RIT or can be transferred to other universities.

Why register for RIT credit?


Finish college sooner while saving on tuition

Entering college with college credit on your transcript can help you graduate sooner and save on tuition.


Qualify for scholarships

You may be eligible to receive a Project Lead The Way scholarship from RIT - up to $8,000 per year. Learn more about RIT PLTW scholarships


Receive college credit at a fraction of the cost

PLTW credit costs $225 for 3 credits compared to RIT's current rate of $1,760 per credit.


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Eligibility

Eligible Courses

Engineering

  • Engineering Essentials (EES)
  • 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)

Biomedical Sciences

Note: Biomedical Science courses taken before the 2021-2022 school year are not eligible for credit.

  • Principles of Biomedical Engineering (PBS)
  • Human Body Systems (HBS)
  • Medical Interventions (MI)

Student Qualifications

Credits are awarded based on your grades in the PLTW eligible course as well as your performance on the End of Course (EoC) exam.

To qualify you must have:

  • a minimum class average of 85%
  • meet the minimum score for your PLTW course on the EoC exam. View the grading keys

Steps to Receive Credit

  1. Take a PLTW eligible course and complete the End of Course assessment exam.
  2. Teachers send grades from the End of Course assessment exam to RIT and will notify you if you qualify to apply for transcripted college credit from RIT.
  3. In order to be awarded college credit, you must complete the online registration and submit your check, payable to RIT, of $225/course to RIT. Include the confirmation number in the memo field of your check. You should also submit a copy of your confirmation email with your check.

    Mail your payment to:
    PLTW School Relations
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Slaughter Hall Bldg-78, Room 2395
    Rochester, NY 14623
    Register for Credit
  4. Registration and payment need to be received by November 22, 2022, for classes taken in the 2021-2022 school year. Online registrations are not processed until payment is received.

  5. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration and payment are being processed.

Important Dates

August 1, 2022
For students graduating in 2022, or seniors applying for early decision to colleges in the fall of 2022 it is recommended that your registration form and payment are received by August 1, 2022, to ensure you can receive a transcript at the end of August 2022.
November 22, 2022
For classes completed in the 2021-2022 school year, the registration form and payment must be received by November 22, 2022.

 

Assigned Grades

The transcripted grade received from RIT is based solely on the End of Course (EoC) exam score you receive on the PLTW End of Course exam.  

The grade you receive in the high school course may differ from the college credit grade. If you attend RIT, the college credit grade you receive is counted towards your undergraduate RIT cumulative GPA. If you attend another university, the course credits often are transferred without the letter grade or GPA.

It is important for you to ask your teacher what your End of Course exam score is so that you can make an informed decision as your college credit grade could affect your undergraduate GPA. 

Grading Keys

PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
420-600 A
330-410 B
270-320 C
PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
470-600 A
330-460 B
200-320 C
PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
480-600 A
350-470 B
220-340 C
PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
470-600 A
310-460 B
160-300 C
PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
470-600 A
360-460 B
250-350 C
PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
470-600 A
370-460 B
260-360 C
PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
470-600 A
320-460 B
180-310 C
PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
450-600 A
330-440 B
210-320 C
PLTW Score Range RIT Letter Grade
460-600 A
350-450 B
230-340 C

Request a Transcript

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RIT maintains a single academic transcript reflecting all courses taken at RIT. Students who have completed the steps to receive credit will receive a confirmation letter of their awarded credit at the end of the semester in which they registered.

Students interested in applying to colleges, including RIT, may request a transcript be sent to those schools. Transcripts must be requested electronically and there is a fee for each transcript.

Learn how to request a transcript
 

Credit Acceptance

Having RIT credits does not guarantee that you will be accepted into a 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, these 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.