Credit Earned in High School

Many students will not have any Engineering credit prior to starting coursework at Ohio State, which is why we offer fundamentals of engineering courses. However, for students who participated in Project Lead the Way in high school, or who attended a high school with an Ohio State-approved Engineering curriculum, please read the following information about how to earn Engineering credit at Ohio State based on your high school experience.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

If you completed the Project Lead the Way program at your high school, you may be able to earn credit for ENGR 1182.01: Fundamentals of Engineering II. PLTW students will first need to successfully complete ENGR 1181.01 or ENGR 1181.02 at Ohio State, and then have their PLTW documents reviewed.

Procedure to Receive Credit:

Complete the PLTW online form and upload documentation showing grades and assessment scores.  Click here for online form.

In order to receive ENGR 1182 credit, you will need to have taken the following PLTW courses from a PLTW certified school:

  • IED course
  • POE course
  • EDD course
  • One additional specialization course

Each course needs to have been completed with an average of a “B” or above or a 400 on the applicable PLTW End of Course Assessment.

PLTW applications are processed in batches throughout the semester.  We have selected the dates to take into account when applications are typically submitted. The following dates are deadlines for the batch processing.  Materials submitted by that deadline will be reviewed and decisions of a conditional approval (pending ENGR 1181/1281 grades) are returned within a week.

Autumn Semester Approval:

Sep 15
Nov 15
Dec 1

Spring Semester Approval:

Jan 15
Mar 15
April 15

Summer Term Approval:

August 1

For students currently enrolled in ENGR 1181/1281, the official processing will occur once grades are in for the semester and passing grade for ENGR 1181/1281 is confirmed.

Walnut Hills (Cincinnati) and Toledo St. John's Engineering Coursework

If you attended Walnut Hills (Cincinnati) or Toledo St. John’s High Schools and completed the engineering program offered there, you may be eligible to receive credit for both ENGR 1181.01 and ENGR 1182.01.

Procedure to Receive Credit:

Email a copy of your transcript and three sample assignments from your portfolio (lab assignment, programming assignment, solid modeling assignment)  to for review. Make sure to include your name and OSU email address in your email. An individual appointment is not required for the evaluation of your portfolio.

Since the result of your portfolio review may impact the courses you take during your first semester, it is important for you to email your materials for review as soon as possible. Reviews typically take 5-10 business days.

Even if you earn credit for ENGR 1181 and/or 1182, many students still choose to complete these courses at Ohio State for an easier transition to the engineering curriculum at Ohio State. You can discuss these considerations for your individual academic preparation with your academic advisor during your orientation program.

Note:  If your high school classes have counted as credit at another university, you can request an official transcript from that university to be sent to Ohio State.  Once that transcript has been sent, you can send an email to indicating your name and OSU email address and request confirmation of credit.