International Baccalaureate

IB FAQs

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IB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

l. If I am in an IB class, must I take the exam?
No. This is optional in Eugene IHS.

2. How much do they cost?
Check the fees page listed in the IB Handbook. IB exams are more expensive than AP for single tests, but the IB diploma cost is close to a “package” of AP tests.

3. Is there financial aid available?
If you are not able to pay the fee in full by the due date we may be able to work out a payment plan. When families qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, we have been able to offer a reduced scholarship fee. Please talk to the Eugene IHS secretary on your campus about these fees.

4. If I change my mind about testing, will I get a refund?
No. Once fees have been sent to IBO they are non-refundable and non-transferable.

5. When are exams given?
Junior and senior years in May.

6. When is registration?
Deadline for fees paid is the 3rd Friday in October. Late registrations can be submitted, but they are costly.

7. If I don’t earn the diploma, but score high enough on one or more higher level exams, what happens?
You will be considered as a course candidate, and chance for possible college credit still exists.

8. When am I notified about results–and how?
You will receive a personal code and pin number in May which will allow you to view your results online in early July.

9. How are colleges and universities notified?
You fill out a form in May of senior year, and IB sends results. IB will send results to one college for free and you have to pay for others. You can go to the IBO website to request transcripts of results to be sent to additional colleges. If you don’t like the results, you can have them removed from your college record.

For more information on the International Baccalaureate Program you can go to the official website of the International Baccalaureate Organization at: www.ibo.org.

University Recognition

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University Recognition of the International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is becoming more widely known among university communities and across the country IB test scores are being accepted for college credit by an increasing number of universities. Now nearly every North American university has a credit policy regarding IB and increasingly gives weight to IB in determining admissions.

Whether you are a course candidate or a full IB diploma candidate, the IB program is a significant investment of time, academic effort, and money. And with more and more universities granting credit to IB students, this is definitely an investment that promises worthwhile returns.

Click here for a chart comparing the IB credits awarded by BY OSU, UO, PORTLAND STATE, and LCC
(Based on info pulled from their respective websites)

For more information on university recognition you can either go to the website of the university you are interested in or click here to get to the University Recognition page on the IB website. Their database contains the IB policies of over 800 US and Canadian universities.


IB Prepares Students For College Success


“IB is well known to us as excellent preparation. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are pleased to see the credential of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.”
Marlyn McGrath Lewis, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Harvard University, USA

“The IB is a first-rate programme, one we are familiar with, and it prepares students well for a university like ours.”
Fred Hargadon, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Princeton University

“We respect the IB programme for its academic rigour and the dedication it requires of students to earn the diploma. Over the years, we have found IB students to be exceptionally well-prepared for a challenging college experience.”
Lorne Robinson, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Macalester College

“Connecticut College highly values the IB programme as it prepares students for the liberal arts in ways that few secondary school curriculums can… Students who have graduated from schools with the IB curriculum are extremely well prepared when they arrive on our campus.”
Martha Merrill, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Connecticut College


Colleges Recognize the Value of an IB Education


“We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.”
Christoph Guttentag, Director of Admissions, Duke University

“The rigour of IB Diploma requirements meets our recommendation for the strongest high school preparation possible. … In sum, the IB diploma candidate who has met the challenge successfully receives strong consideration from the William & Mary admission committee.”
Allison Jesse, former Associate Dean of Admissions, William and Mary College

“In our minds, there is no more challenging curriculum than the IB curriculum. Not only does it prepare students for a demanding college programme, but the IB curriculum also instills in students a love of learning and an understanding of the truly interdisciplinary nature of education. Instead of working on each subject in a vacuum, IB students are shown how each of their classes connects both with the other classes and with the world around them.”
Thyra L. Briggs, Dean of Enrollment, Sarah Lawrence College

“We’re looking for students who are engagers—students who are maximizing opportunities in the classroom, maximizing opportunities outside of the classroom. What’s very unique about IB is that through its curriculum it allows students to be able to satisfy the requirements of the types of students that we’re looking for.”
Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost and Director of Admissions, UT Austin

What is IB

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An Introduction to the International Baccalaureate

The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

                 –The IB Diploma Programme Brochure, International Baccalaureate Organization 2012


In order to be considered an IB school
, schools must be a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization. This entails paying an annual licensing fee and offering curriculum approved by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

IB schools are:
* Committed to the IB philosophy with a focus on international studies;
* Offer a rigorous curriculum which encourages student inquiry and curiosity;
* Have IB trained teachers who are continuously participating in professional development opportunities.

Eugene International High School is one of 17 International Baccalaureate Schools in Oregon. The International Baccalaureate program is open to all interested students who are academically motivated.

Courses in the junior and senior years in Eugene IHS are IB approved and students will receive the IB designation on their transcript. Students also have the opportunity to pay fees and register for IB testing. The International Baccalaureate is becoming more widely known among university communities and across the country IB test scores are being accepted for college credit by an increasing number of universities. Now nearly every North American university has a credit policy regarding IB and increasingly gives weight to IB in determining admissions. We hope that your student will seriously consider participating in IB testing. It is a decision that should, ultimately, be made by the student, but advice and encouragement from a parent is always helpful.

For more detailed information please click on the links below to read these resources:
What is an IB Education
10 Reasons Why the IB Diploma Programme is Ideal Preparation for University
IB Handbook
What is IB – includes statements from Eugene IHS alumni

Letter from Michele Sandlin, Director, Office of Admissions at Oregon State University
Letter from Sarah Lawrence College