University Recognition

  • 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

    The value of an IB education with Stanford University's Debra Von Bargen.


    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:

    George Washington University

    Montana State University

    New York University

    Northwestern University

    Occidental College

    Oregon State University

    Pomona College

    Portland State University

    Santa Clara University

    Tulane University University

    UC Santa Barbara


    University of Oregon

    University of Utah

    University of Washington


    Washington State University




    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


     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  

    Key Findings

    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.