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  • Do universities recognize the IB diploma?

    The IB diploma is widely recognized by the world's leading universities. The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma. To aid this process, university admissions officers and government officials have direct online access to all syllabuses and recent examinations. To assist IB diploma students in making appropriate choices, the organization holds a database containing content details on universities around the world together with up-to-date information about their requirements for admission. Students applying to a particular university may also grant permission for their grades to be accessed directly from the IB's secure website.
    The IBO maintains a directory of information from universities that have notified them of their policies for recognizing the IB Diploma. There are currently 2545 universities from 75 countries in their directory, but many other universities also admit IB Diploma holders. Please always check with the university directly. To search IB policies for specific universities click here!

    The College Perspective 

    "One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is the structure and quality.It is a coordinated program, well established, well known and well-respected.We know the quality of IB courses, and we think IB curriculum is terrific."

    -Christopher Guttentag,

    Director of Undergrad, Duke University 

    "The IB is a first-rate program, one we are familiar with, and it prepares students for a university like ours."

    -Fred Hargadon,

    Director of Undergrad, Princeton University 

    "Send us prepared students a la IB….It is the "best" high school prep curriculum an American school can offer."

    -Marilee Jones,

    Director of Undergraduate Admissions, M.I.T 

    "IB is well known to us as excellent preparation.Success in the IB program correlates well with success at Harvard.We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript."

    -Marilyn McGaff Lewis,

    Asst. Director of Admissions, Harvard University 

    "The rigor of the 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 and Mary admission committee."

    -Allison Jesse,

    Associate Dean of Admissions, College of William and Mary 

    The Student Perspective

    "IB can be done as long as you manage your time."

    "In the end, IB will benefit you to the fullest. Don't stress out.

    Just take it one day at a time. I wanted to quit on more than

    one occasion, but I can honestly say that I would never have

    been accepted into my university program without the IB

    experience. My persistence paid off." 

    "This program helps those who want to learn independently - it prepares you for college, which is a scenario where your habits and your ability to study are what teach you." 

    "IB has been the greatest academic challenge of my life, but it has given me opportunities for college that I never thought possible." 

    "IB forced me to become a true student.The program helped me mature, realizing that my goals would only come to fruition through my efforts, my dedication, and my hard work.Now, I am on the verge of realizing my dreams, and IB was the start (and spark) of my journey."