What do Universities Think of the IB?
The IB Diploma is internationally recognised as a rigorous pre-university qualification and universities in the UK and abroad accept that the programme goes beyond the academic disciplines, with considerable candidate achievement across the subjects, together with the Theory of Knowledge, extended essay and CAS. The IB is recognised by 2117 universities worldwide including all UK universities and those in the US, Europe and Austrailia. The ﬂexibility in choice of subjects within the Diploma programme allows students to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet any special requirements for university entrance. Those students who have studied the IB Diploma Programme are regarded as having developed the skills for independent study to a high level and are exceptionally well prepared for Higher Education as well as employment. Universities will usually ask for a points score for entry.
“Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.”
Admissions tutor, Harvard.
“My eyes light up when I see ‘International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme’ on a transcript…………….. The challenge of completing an IB diploma means that a student has engaged in the kind of rigorous work that is likely to help them become not just an outstanding college student and citizen of the world, but an exceptional one.”
Michigan State University, Pamela Horne, Director of Admissions
"Education today is much more about ways of thinking which involve creative and critical approaches to problem-solving and decision-making. It is also about ways of working, including communication and collaboration, as well asthe tools they require, such as the capacity to recognise and exploit the potential of new technologies, or indeed, to avert their risks. And last but not, least, education is about the capacity to live in a multi-faceted world as an active and engaged citizen."
Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education, OECD