Project Lead The Way: Students


Please visit our PLTW Iowa website for more information.


The University of Iowa (UI) provides the opportunity to receive college credit for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses. Credit is offered for seven of the PLTW pre-engineering courses:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
  • Principles of Engineering (POE)
  • Digital Electronics (DE)
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
  • Biotechnical Engineering (BE)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
  • Aerospace Engineering (AE)

Why should students apply for college level credit?

There are many reasons why earning college level credit for PLTW courses is beneficial. They include:

  • Sense of achievement as the students are recognized for earning collegiate level work.
  • Credit can be directly applied to college graduation requirements, reducing the amount of hours required and potentially reducing the amount of time spent to earn the degree.
  • Credit earned can increase the student’s registration priority for collegiate level courses. When the student is in college, this will allow them to register for other courses earlier than their peers.
  • Credit earned has a financial advantage:
    • The cost for PLTW credit is $150  for 3 semester hours
    • Current cost of 3 s.h. course at UI is more than $1,000 for tuition and fees for Iowa residents.

Application Deadlines

Below are the various deadlines for students who want to apply for credit. 

PLTW high school courses have been completed prior to: Application submission deadline
(of same academic year):
The student will be admitted during the following semester: Letters will be sent out by:

January 31
(first block or first semester)

March 1

Spring session (January-May)

Late May

End of school year
(full-year courses)

July 1

Summer session (May-August)


In other states with PLTW programs, numerous students have been accepted at the college of their choice partly because of their success in the challenging PLTW pre-engineering courses. We invite you to consider this worthwhile and valuable option.

If you have any questions regarding PLTW college credit, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Schnedler, 319-335-1215.