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University Recognition

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