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IB College Testimonials

Students awarded the IB diploma gain admission to the most selective colleges and universities throughout the world, including such prestigious European institutions as Oxford and the Sorbonne as well as the finest American schools such as Yale and Union. Many schools offer advanced standing or course credit to students with high scores on IB exams. SUNY/Binghamton, for example, will award sophomore standing to students who score a total of 30 points on IB examinations. Credit for students taking individual SL courses may or may not receive college credit depending upon each university. However, students for their high learning standards and their subsequent benefits for college level work should take SL courses.

Quotes form College Admissions:

We respect the I.B. program for its academic rigor and the dedication it requires of students to earn the diploma. Over the years, we have found I.B. students to be exceptionally well-prepared for a challenging college experience.

Lorne Robinson
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Macalester College
St. Paul, Minnesota

For many years we here at CMC have considered the Full IB Diploma to be the "Gold standard." We have some California public high schools where the IB program is so strong that we have a good number of applicants each year from those high schools who are Full IB Diploma candidates. We automatically consider that curriculum to be the most rigorous possible. It just doesn't get any tougher. Unlike an AP program in which students who can pick and choose which AP courses to take, sometimes based on playing to their strengths and avoiding their weaknesses, the full IB diploma is consistent, coherent, rigorous, and takes two full years to complete. It takes a tremendous amount of intellectual effort and academic commitment.

Richard Vos
Vice President/Dean of Admission
Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, California

Connecticut College highly values the IB program as it prepares students for the liberal arts in ways that few secondary school curriculums can. The required senior project and the TOK class's interdisciplinary approach are prime examples of the kind of work students will be expected to do on most college campuses today. In addition, colleges and American universities highly value community service, another important component of the IB curriculum. Students who have graduated from schools with the IB curriculum are extremely well prepared when they arrive on our campus.

Martha Merrill
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Connecticut College
New London, Connecticut

In our minds, there is no more challenging curriculum than the IB curriculum. Not only does it prepare students for a demanding college program, but the IB curriculum also instills in students a love of learning and an understanding of the truly interdisciplinary nature of education. Instead of working on each subject in a vacuum, IB students are shown how each of their classes connects both with the other classes and with the world around them. At Sarah Lawrence College, we are very cautious about granting advanced standing credit for any course work that is done before a student enters college. In the case of students who are completing the full IB diploma, however, we are willing to grant students an entire year's worth of credit due to the intensely rigorous nature of the program. Unlike the AP curriculum, which is often done piecemeal, students enrolling in the full IB diploma are receiving a comprehensive and challenging education, which is unlike any other. I only wish that my stepson had the opportunity to be part of this curriculum.

Thyra L. Briggs
Dean of Enrollment
Sarah Lawrence College

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 Admission
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 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 in the transcript.


Marilyn McGrath Lewis
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Harvard University

I have always been a supporter of the International Baccalaureate. It is a thoughtful and genuinely intellectual curriculum with an unusually high degree of integrity and connectedness. There is no other curriculum anywhere that does a superior job of both educating students and inspiring a true and broad-based love of learning.


William Shain
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Vanderbilt University

The rigor of the IB Diploma requirement 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
Former Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission
College of William and Mary