The IB is held in extremely high regard in the USA and Canada, and Oakmont students are clearly making their mark. The past few years have produced unprecedented successes for Oakmont students in the quality of offers received from top USA universities.Why do US universities love the IB so much?
The IB Diploma Program is unofficially accepted as a “college standard” curriculum.
- that you have breadth of knowledge
- that you challenged yourself
- that you are a well rounded person
One thing is for sure; by taking the IB Diploma, you automatically rise to the top of the admissions pool. US colleges love good grades, but what they love even more is to see that you’ve pushed yourself to get them. Universities appreciate the IB’s rigour and they know it takes hard work and dedication to perform well, particularly in Higher Level (HL) IB subjects.
Universities accept the IB program in similar form to AP courses. You can visit the IB website to search for a specific university and their IB recognition policy. We advise our families to research each university individually and their IB acceptance policies.
Here is some reasearch data from North America including IB Vs non-IB University students.
University CreditMost top universities will give you Credit for your IB Diploma Subjects.
Here are some examples:
- The University of California (UC) system policy:
All nine UC campusus reward a full IB diploma score of 30 or more with 30 quarter (20 semester) units toward their UC degree. (You can find this similar "30 for 30" offer at other nation wide universities)
Students who take only select HL courses (IB Certificate) with scores of 5, 6 or 7 will receive 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units. These units may be applied to graduation requirements for specific subjects or for general education/breadth requirements.
- California State University (CSU) system policy:
20+ CSU campuses all use the same qualifications for DP course credit. By looking at a DP graduate’s higher level (HL) scores, a student can earn 15-18 credits towards their university education at CSU. Out of this number, 6-9 credits can apply toward the GE Breadth certification.
Some colleges will offer a full years worth of college credit-
Saint Michael's College (includes scholorship)
Some colleges give credit for SL subjects
Oregon State University (includes $3000 yearly scholorship for scores 30 or higher)
And some colleges accept 100% of IB Diploma and IB Certificate applications.
More information can be found on the IB website.What score do I need to get into a top university?In the US, universities don’t release specified IB Diploma Program cut-off scores.
However, trawling through different universities’ admissions information pages gives us some intel on IB DP score requirements in the US.
For example, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), expects students to achieve a score of at least five in each HL subject. However, given the competitiveness of admissions at UCLA, most admitted students typically score 38+ points.
Colleges across the United States offer scholarships specifically to IB Diploma graduates with high scores. From internship opportunities to mentoring programs, you can find some of these on the IB website