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UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 2018: THE SDSU/PLTW PREFERRED ADMISSIONS PROGRAM WILL NO LONGER EXIST AFTER THE 2019 COMPACT (CURRENT SENIORS WILL BE THE LAST COMPACT GROUP TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PREFERRED ADMISSIONS PROGRAM). Students who have previously registered with PLTW SDSU are not grandfathered in to the preferred admissions program, given that the program is ending.

To review the deadline updates for the SDSU 2019 Preferred Admission Program please review the following info sheet and detailed PowerPoint.

Regarding the new change: Effective August 2018, PLTW National officially removed the roles and partnership with affiliate universities across the country, including SDSU. This change means that SDSU is no longer able to offer PLTW programming.


What this means to you: Students will still be able to access the curriculum in their high schools. Also, SDSU will continue to offer additional admissions consideration to all local, qualified applicants.

  • For 2018-2019 high school seniors: Effective August 31, seniors who meet the existing criteria for SDSU admission through PLTW will be grandfathered into the program and will not be held to any new qualifications. 
  • For juniors, sophomores, and freshmen: PLTW course offerings will still remain available to students, and students can still choose to participate. These courses also remain beneficial. The PLTW curriculum provides students with an exceptional foundation and also technical skills necessary to pursue studies in STEM majors at SDSU and elsewhere, and also internships.


Additionally, SDSU will engage with school district personnel and other community leaders over the coming months to establish a revised local admission policy so that we can continue to help ensure that highly qualified local students achieve both admission into SDSU and academic success that leads to college graduation.


Here, we would also like to address some of the specific questions raised since Wednesday by parents, students and our school district partners:


Q: Are seniors being locked out of SDSU due to this decision?

A: No. Current seniors, members of the class of 2019, will still be supported through the PLTW Preferred Admissions Program, and will be the last group to participate in the program.  


Q: I was promised admission into SDSU and the College of Engineering. Does this mean I will not be admitted?

A: Enrollment in the PLTW Preferred Admissions Program did not include a promise to be automatically admitted to the university, but preferred consideration was offered during the admissions process. Today, SDSU is working diligently to develop an admissions process and policy that is fair and equitable to all local, qualified students.


Q: I am a sophomore/junior — does this mean I will not be admitted into SDSU?

A: No, that is not correct. SDSU will continue to offer preferred consideration to all local, qualified applicants.


Q: Why has this change happened? Why is the program ending?

A: At the end of summer 2018, PLTW National officially removed the roles and partnership with affiliate universities across the country, including SDSU. As a result, SDSU is no longer able to offer the program.


Q: What other support is SDSU offering?

A: SDSU still offers many programs and services designed to help students prepare for success before, during and after college life. SDSU will continue to provide PLTW students with academic advising support to ensure they can be successful.


It is important to understand that the discontinuation of the PLTW Preferred Admissions Program for students interested in the College of Engineering does not remove the opportunity for local students to gain admission to SDSU.


Also, while the PLTW policy change is unfortunate, it allows us the opportunity to design an improved policy to help qualified students gain access to SDSU and ensure their success once they arrive, whether in the College of Engineering or a different program of choice. As we move forward under this new change, we are committed to providing access to SDSU to help ensure the success of students.


Lastly, we encourage all families and students with questions about SDSU’s admissions or enrollment to contact SDSU’s Prospective Student Center via 619-594-6336, 855-594-6336 (Toll Free) and The center has a team of specialists who specifically support students from California.




Students within the SDSU service area (i.e. all PLTW High Schools south of State Highway 56 in San Diego County and in Imperial County) who select to pursue an engineering degree at SDSU’s College of Engineering. Additionally, students must meet the following requirements:  

1. Complete at least 2 Project Lead The Way Engineering Pathway courses* at their high school with a minimum grade of “B”. 
2. At least 1 of the 2 Project Lead The Way Engineering Pathway courses MUST be taken before their senior year.


1. Create a STEM Premier Account before they register for the program. 
2. Register with the PLTW Affiliate Institute as early as their freshman year. ALL students must register by June 30th of their junior year to be considered.
Class of 2019 
(NOTE: Only students entering SDSU Fall 2019 can apply on this registration link)

3. Apply to SDSU via Cal State Apply by November 30th of their senior year. Students MUST select one of the following College of Engineering Majors: 

Aerospace Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Construction Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Mechanical Engineering   
4. Submit their SDSU RedID # to the Affiliate Institute by December 1st of their senior year. This can be done via the following link:

5. Submit a portfolio of their engineering work using STEM Premier by 8:00 am on January 15th of their senior year of high school that will be evaluated by the Affiliate Director.

6. Attain a 3.0 GPA college-weighted.

7. Complete all CSU A-G course requirements, including 4 years of Math.

8. Take the SAT or ACT by October of their senior year and send results to SDSU’s Admissions Office.

9. Pass or clear the English and Math requirements as per SDSU Admissions requirements.

10. Apply for the PLTW Scholarships (refer to scholarships page on our PLTW California website for more information).

11. Students must pledge NOT to switch out of their engineering major during their first year of college.

NOTE: Registered students are NOT grandfathered into this program! Requirements for this program are subject to change at any time.


Registration for 2019 admission is now closed.


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