Why Consider IB?

Why IB: College and University Recognition

Ivy League Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate of IB students into Ivy League institutions is between 3% and 13% higher compared to the total population acceptance rate.

College-Readiness

A 2009 study looked at the standards for seven IB Programme courses and compared them to a set of standards for college-readiness. Researchers found:

  • A high degree of alignment with college readiness standards in all subject areas
  • Many IB standards were more advanced than those required for success in entry-level college courses
  • IB standards address key cognitive strategies (critical thinking, intellectual inquisitiveness and
    interpretation skills) that have been identified by college instructors as necessary for college success

College G.P.A.'S

A 2010 study that looked at performance on IB exams and college GPAs of more than 1,500 IB students enrolled in the University of California system found:

  • IB students earned higher GPAs and graduated at higher rates than matched comparison group
  • Performance in the IB Programme was the strongest predictor of college GPA
  • The average acceptance rate of B students into university/college is 22% higher than the average acceptance rate of the total population

Student Performance

In 2011, a study of IB students in Florida who attended the University of Florida looked at student performance in first college classes in seven subjects. They found that the higher the students' scores on IB subject exams were, the better the grade earned in the first college course in that subject.

Did you know? At the universities in the State University System, IB diploma recipients receive a minimum of 30 credit hours and up to 45 credit hours of advanced credit. The vast majority of the top colleges and universities have a policy for granting advanced credit for IB certificates and diploma students.

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College Admission Statistics

Further college admission statistics from the universities that enroll the most IB Diploma students:

University or
College

University of Florida

Florida State University

Brown University

Stanford University

Columbia University

University of California - Berkeley

Harvard University

New York University

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

University of Miami

Cornell University

Duke University

University of Pennsylvania

Yale University

University of Central Florida

Boston University

University of California - Los Angeles

University of Virginia

IB students
acceptance rate

82%

92%

18%

15%

13%

58%

10%

57%

71%

72%

31%

28%

24%

18%

90%

70%

48%

64%

Total population
acceptance rate

42%

60%

9%

7%

9%

26%

7%

30%

51%

30%

18%

16%

14%

7%

47%

58%

23%

32%

Comments from Admission Deans Throughout the Country

It is the 'best' high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.” - Marilee Jones, director of undergraduate admission, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“IB is well known to us for excellent preparations. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.” - Marilyn McGrath Lewis, director of undergraduate admission, Harvard University

“One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated programme, well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.” - Christoph Guttentag, director of undergraduate admission, Duke University

“I have always been a supporter of the International Baccalaureate Programme. It is a thoughtful and genuinely intellectual curriculum with an unusually high degree of integrity and connectedness. There is no other curriculum anywhere that does a superior job of both educating students and inspiring a true and broad based love of learning.” - William Shain, dean of undergraduate admissions, Vanderbilt University

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