The University Admissions Officers Report 2016
“As a diploma student, I have been able to explore and flourish in my selected areas of interest through both the core elements of the Extended Essay, CAS and Theory of Knowledge, but also in my subjects. I strongly believe that without my experiences of the IB Diploma, I would not be the independent enquirer I am today.” – Halcyon Student Rachel, Grade 12
In both the United Kingdom and the United States there is widespread agreement from universities that the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is overall the best qualification to prepare students to excel at university. IB Schools & Colleges Association (IBSCA) proposed the following question to a broad sampling of university admissions officers:
Overall what score out of five would you give these different qualifications, for how well each prepares the student to thrive at university? A score of one is low, does not prepare well and five is high, prepares extremely well overall.
The results speak for themselves:
(Taken from Page 10 of the IBSCA 2016 Report)
Research shows that choosing one curriculum over another can greatly impact the chance of success at university. The following data outlines the key skills that are identified as being critical for thriving at university:
(Taken from Page 12 of the IBSCA 2016 Report)
(Taken from Page 13 of the IBSCA 2016 Report)
One can interpret from the findings that the IBDP is considered the best preparation for university success. Overall it is deemed exemplary at developing independent inquiry, in-depth subject expertise, communication skills – all of which support success for life at university.
To view the full report please see here.