Wichita State University Credit for PLTW High School Courses
Frequently Asked Questions


How does a student qualify to earn WSU college credit for high school PLTW courses?

  • Complete IED (Introduction to Engineering Design) or POE (Principles of Engineering) at a PLTW certified school
  • Earn 85% or better in IED or POE class
  • Score 6 or higher on the PLTW End-Of-Course exam(s)
  • Be admitted as a High School Guest to Wichita State University
  • Complete and submit the Application for WSU Credit for High School PLTW courses
  • Pay $200 for each course for which he/she wants to earn credit

How does a student get admitted as a high school guest to Wichita State?

  • Students must complete a High School Guest Admission Application and pay a one-time fee of $30, payable to WSU Admissions.  IMPORTANT: When students complete the application, they should write "PLTW" under their name when they sign the form.

How much does the credit cost?

  • The cost for 3 hours of credit (either for IED or POE) is $200.  A check needs to be submitted with the student's application.

How will the credit appear on a student’s WSU transcript?

  • Students who qualify by completing IED will earn 3 hours credit for IME 222, Engineering Graphics
  • Student who qualify by completing POE  will earn 3 hours credit for ENGR 101, Introduction to Engineering

Will the credit earned for IME 222 or ENGR 101 transfer to other universities?

  • The credit appears on the student’s transcript exactly the way it would appear if the classes were taken at WSU and the same transfer rules apply.

Does a student need to take additional classes at WSU to earn the college credit?

  • A student will receive 3 hours of undergraduate credit for either IED or POE after he/she enrolls in and completes at least one additional course at WSU. The credit will be ungraded and will add 3 hours toward an engineering degree, but will not affect the student’s GPA.

How long after completing IED or POE can a student apply for WSU credit?

  • Students can apply for WSU credit up to two years after completing a PLTW course. (Example: if a PLTW course is completed in May 2013, deadline for application meeting all requirements is May 31, 2015.)

If a student has graduated from high school, how long can he/she wait to apply for WSU college credit?

  • Applications for WSU college credit must be submitted by August 1 of the year in which the student graduates from high school.

Can I apply for credit after I enroll for classes at WSU?

  • Applications will not be accepted after the student is enrolled as a full-time student at WSU.

Are changes planned for how a student earns WSU credit for PLTW classes?

  • Beginning August 1, 2015, new guidelines will be in effect regarding WSU credit for high school PLTW courses.

Are there other universities that offer credit for students completing PLTW courses?

  • Yes, there are other universities that award credit to students completing PLTW courses.   Requirements and ability to transfer credit vary by institution.