IB and College Admissions
IB is recognized as an excellent preparation for college-level work and IB applicants are generally viewed as incredibly well prepared.
“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
“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
It is the 'best' high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.” - Marilee Jones, director of undergraduate admission, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IB Credit Policies
IB credit acceptance policies vary by college or university. Within the Oregon University System, IB students will earn subject credit on all SL and HL exams with scores of 4 and above. Diploma students who earn 30+ points on the diploma may earn up to 45 credits and sophomore standing at OSU. GPA requirements are waived for full diploma students for some scholarships at OSU and U of O.
Oregon State Bill 160: Recognition of Scores of 4 for IB Exams Starting in 2021
The Oregon Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 160, amending ORS 350.417, which changes the cut score for colleges and universities to award credit for IB exams. Student that earn a "4" or higher, instead of the previous cut score of "5" will be awarded credit.
The bill goes into effect with the 2021-2022 academic year; however, it is important to know that students who assess in the 2019-2020 school year who earn a "4" in an IB subject will be eligible to earn university credit as long as they matriculate in the fall of 2021 (or later), primarily affecting current juniors.
University Recognition of the IB Diploma
Universities have established their individual policies towards recognition of the IB Diploma. Recognition policies of US Universities are available in a searchable database HERE.
Please note that these policies are under constant refinement by higher education.
Below are links to IB credit transfer policies at some of the more frequently applied to colleges and universities at Lincoln:
University Acceptance Rates: The Impact of IB
All Applicants All IB Applicants IB Diploma Applicants IB Certificate Applicants Brown University 17% 20.8% 21.6% 14.3% Carlton College 34.9% 84.8% 88.6% 72.7% Colorado College 51% 92.7% 94.9% 50% Columbia University 12% 18.3% 18.5% 16.7% Cornell University 28.5% 49.1% 51.0% 36.4% Dartmouth College 20.7% 35.1% 33.3% 50.0% Duke University 22.5% 36.0% 38.7% 15.4% Emory University 42% 82.1% 82.7% 75% Harvard University 11% 14.4% 14.8% 11.5% Howard University 56.1% 93.3% 95.2% 88.9% Johns Hopkins University 35% 66.3% 68.8% 44.4% Macalester College 44% 78.0% 72.7% 100% MIT 16.9% 25.2% 26.2% 11.1% Mount Holyoke College 51.7% 96% 95% 100% New York University 25.5% 50.5% 51.8% 45.7% Princeton University 11.0% 13.1% 13.8% 6.7% Stanford University 12.6% 16.9% 18.3% 8.3% Tufts University 26.6% 49.4% 52.6% 14.3% US Air Force Academy 12.1% 61.5% 68.4% 42.9% US Naval Academy 11.7% 42.9% 45.0% 0% Univ of Cal- Berkeley 24% 47.6% 53% 33.1% Univ of Cal- UCLA 24% 40.7% 47.1% 27.3% Univ of Cal- San Diego 48% 58.6% 62.7% 51.1% University of Chicago 41.6% 60.2% 59.1% 80% Univ. of Colorado Boulder 80% 97.6% 97.9% 95.8% Univ of Michigan 49% 73.4% 72.7% 74.1% Univ of Pennsylvania 21% 26.6% 24.7% 42.1% Univ. of Southern Cal. 30.3% 70.8% 72.2% 68.0% Univ. of Virginia 38.1% 63.3% 70.3% 47.3% Vanderbilt University 37.3% 70.3% 73.1% 58.3% Villanova University 14.5% 88.5% 9.5% 85.7% Washington University 23.5% 68.5% 66.7% 80.0% Wellesley College 47% 71.4% 83.3% 0% Wesleyan University 28% 54.8% 53.6% 66.7% Yale University 13% 19.5% 18.9% 25%
COLLEGES ATTENDED BY
THE IB CLASS OF 2015
(Students earning the IB Diploma)
Barnard College The University of Texas, Austin Bowdoin College Tufts University Brown University Tulane University Carleton College University of British Columbia Chapman College University of Calfornia, Berkeley Claremont McKenna College University of California, San Diego Colorado College University of California, Santa Cruz Dartmouth College University of Oregon Georgetown University University of Puget Sound Gonzaga University University of San Diego Harvard University University of Southern California Loyola Marymount University University of Virginia McGill University University of Washington New York University University of Washington Honors College Northeastern University University of Wisconsin Oregon State University Vanderbilt University Pomona College Wellesley College Quest University Canada Wesleyan University Robert D. Clark Honors College Whitman College Seattle Pacific University Williams College Stanford University
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Global Research Department collaborates with universities and independent research organizations worldwide to produce rigorous studies examining the impact and outcomes of IB programs. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to: standards alignment, program implementation, the learner profile and student performance. In addition, many researchers - independent of the IB - produce quality studies on the effects of IB programs.