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North American Recognition of the International Baccalaureate Sandra Wade Pauly, International Baccalaureate Karen McKellin , University of British Columbia CIS Forum: München 2009 A Global IB: Americas , Africa, Europe, M iddle East, Asia Pacific Countries with IB World Schools

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North American Recognition of the International Baccalaureate Sandra Wade Pauly, International BaccalaureateKaren McKellin, University of British ColumbiaCIS Forum: München 2009


Countries with IB World Schools

2,650 IB Schools

136 countries.

56% schools are public.

11% of the IB World Schools in 96 countries with 10 or fewer IB World Schools

75% of the IB World Schools in 15 countries with more than 30 IB World Schools

14% of the IB World Schools in 19 countries with more than 10 and less than 30 IB World Schools

ib americas
IB Americas

1598 IBWS in 30 countries and territories

  • 299 Primary Year Programmes
  • 509 Middle Years Programmes
  • 1050 Diploma Programmes
transition to university
Transition to University


Students completing the DP will have multiple options for further advanced study, and their IB experience and the strength of preparation it offers will be recognized by universities.


  • Recruitment, admissions and placement processes
  • Favorable higher education policies by governments
  • Scholarships, credit, advanced standing.
admissions assumptions
Admissions Assumptions

… about the IB graduate

  • Accepts challenges
  • Strong academic preparation
  • Valid GPA
  • Top student
  • Consistent performance
  • International standing
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Awareness of holistic nature of learning
  • Strong oral presentation skills
  • Community engagement
  • Reliable recommendations
  • Maturity & responsibility
ib standards and college readiness
IB Standards and College Readiness

Alignment Study


  • Articulation of IB Diploma subject standards
  • Alignment of these standards against the AAU requested study (by EPIC) to determine skills expected to ensure success of students in post-secondary education (KSUS)

The conclusion of the studies undertaken for this project is that students who are exposed to the IB curriculum are learning material that is highly aligned with the expectations of university faculty and that in many cases IB standards exceed those expectations.

Source: International Baccalaureate Standards Development and Alignment Project:

Final Report, 2009

data on ib students in the u of florida system
Data on IB students in the U of Florida system

IB Scores and University Course Grades for Math (all)

university attendance patterns
University Attendance Patterns
  • Approximately 1,600 universities currently have policies to recognize IB.
  • Majority of these universities are in the US and Canada.
where diploma candidates are going
Where Diploma candidates are going
  • University of British Columbia 1321
  • University of Florida 1229
  • University of Toronto 1094
  • University of Alberta 943
  • McGill University 934
  • Queen’s University 497
  • University of Waterloo 424
  • Florida State University 409
  • University of Washington 398
  • University of Central Florida 409
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute 379
  • University of Virginia 366
  • University of Western Ontario 364
  • Univ. of California – Berkeley 362
  • University of North Carolina 339
  • Simon Fraser University 316
  • University of Colorado 300
  • University of South Florida 279
  • George Mason University 266
  • New York University 256
  • University of Texas Austin 256
  • Boston University 244
  • University of California LA 241
  • Virginia Commonwealth U 241
  • University of Michigan 229
  • University of Calgary 228
  • McMaster University 224
  • Univ. of Southern California 219
  • Univ. of California San Diego 208
  • James Madison University 203
  • UC Irvine 192
  • University of Wisconsin 192
  • University of Pennsylvania 190
  • Cornell University 184
  • University of Georgia 183
  • University of South Carolina 182
  • York University 182
  • University of California Davis 178 University of Miami 172
  • University of Ottawa 170

Targeted Recruitment


IB Students

current recognition status
Current Recognition Status

Number of Institutions with Policies posted on IB website: 1153

  • Canada 104
  • Caribbean 2
  • USA 1047
current status
Current Status …

Number of AAU the 62 research institutions with policies

with Diploma policy

  • Canada 2 2
  • USA 60 41
  • Of the 60 US AAU members
    • 36 are Public institutions
    • 24 are Private institutions
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Current Status

Institutions in US states with system-wide or state-wide policies generally have the large public universities with strong IB policies.

Linking the IB with Higher Education systems is important.

linking the ib with higher ed systems
Linking the IB with Higher Ed systems
  • 15 US States currently have state IB programme policies:
    • California Oklahoma
    • Colorado South Carolina
    • Florida South Dakota
    • Georgia Texas
    • Kentucky Utah
    • Minnesota Wisconsin
    • North Carolina Wyoming
    • North Dakota

Each awards system-wide admission recognition/college course credit for IB. Most (8) provide scholarship/tuition waivers for IB students/weighted GPA for IB Courses, and (6) IB diploma/courses recognized as option for high school core curriculum requirements.

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Linking the IB with Higher Ed systems

6 US states are currently developing state policies:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
us diploma recognition strong policy
US Diploma Recognition: Strong Policy

For example:

College of Idaho

Drury University

Highpoint University

Oregon State University

University of California

University of Tulsa

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Western Washington University

…Check policy charts at

and online postings at

us scholarships
US Scholarships*

American International College

American Universality of Paris

Babson College

Bentley University

College of Idaho

Defiance College

Drury University

Florida Atlantic U: Wilkes Honors College

Florida Gulf Coast University

High Point University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Meredith College

Mesa State University

Methodist University

Michigan Technological University

Middle Tennessee State University

Midwestern State University

Missouri Sate University

Missouri Western State University

Montana State University (Bozeman)

New College of Florida

Oberlin College

Oregon State University

Pacific University

Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah)

Southern Methodist University

St. Lawrence University

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College (San Antonio)

Stetson University

Texas Technological University

University of Dubuque

University of Evansville

University of Florida

University of Nebraska (Lincoln)

University of North Florida

University of Rochester

University of Tampa

University of Tulsa

Wabash College

Western Oregon University

Western Washington University

Winthrop University

Wittenberg University

*As of 23 November 2009

how to recognize ib students
How to Recognize IB Students
  • Recruitment
  • Admission
  • Credit: general or specific
  • Placement
  • Scholarship
policy development questions
Policy Development Questions

Admission Considerations

  • Is the Diploma accepted for admission?
  • Is early admission offered to Diploma candidates/holders in advance of the general applicant pool?
  • Is 2nd year/sophomore status possible upon admission for Diploma holders?
  • Are TOK/EE additional points considered in admissions decisions?
  • Are anticipated and or predicted grades accepted or considered?
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Policy Development Questions

Diploma Placement and Credit

  • Are students accepted and/or placed at 2nd year/sophomore status with Diploma?
  • Are students placed out of introductory courses into second year courses?
  • Is credit worked out in conjunction with a placement policy?
  • Is there assigned credit for both SL and HL courses with minimum scores based on faculty review of subject detailed syllabus and assessment criteria?
  • Is there credit, assigned or unassigned, for Hexagon Core – Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE)?
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Policy Development Questions


    • Is credit and/or placement awarded to IB certificate holders?


  • Are there awards designated specifically for IB Diploma students?
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Policy Development Questions

Out of the box considerations

  • Access to the honors program
  • Early course registration offered to IB Diploma holders
  • Dedicated advisors for IB Diploma holders
  • Enhanced access to student housing for Diploma holders
  • Parking space
  • Other, creative, non-cost incentives
ib recognition policy ranges
IB Recognition Policy ranges


  • Higher Level courses only
  • No special recognition for Diploma
  • Admissions reps unaware of IB
  • Exemplary
  • Statement of institutional support for Diploma
  • Guaranteed admission to the institution
  • Sophomore standing
  • Award of a designated, renewable
  • scholarship & consideration for others
  • Admission to an honors program
  • Admission to special, interdisciplinary
  • first year programs
  • Designated IB advisor
  • Access to research opportunities
  • Priority placement in residence halls
  • Advisement on study abroad and
  • international internships
  • Mentored support with application for
  • awards such as the Fulbright and the
  • Rhodes Scholarship
canadian diploma recognition strong policy
Canadian Diploma Recognition: Strong Policy

IB Diploma students are being consciously, if not aggressively, recruited by institutions aware of the quality of the skill sets they enter tertiary education with.

For example:

  • Acadia University
  • Memorial University of New Foundland
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Winnipeg

check the Canadian summary chart: the more checks the


canadian scholarships
Canadian Scholarships*

Acadia University

Bishop’s University

Brock University

Cape Breton University

Collègeuniversitaire de Saint – Boniface

Concordia University College of Alberta

Dalhousie University

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Mount Allison University

Saint Mary’s University – Halifax

Simon Fraser University

St. Thomas University

Trent University

Université de Moncton

Université de Montréal

University of Alberta

University of British Columbia

University of Calgary

University of King’s College

University of Manitoba

University of New Brunswick – Fredericton

University of New Brunswick –Saint John

University of Regina

University of Toronto

University of Victoria

University of Waterloo

University of Western Ontario

University of Windsor

University of Winnipeg

Wilfrid Laurier University

York University

*as of 23 November 2009


Recognition of the International Baccalaureate

A Canadian University Perspective

CIS Forum - Munich 2009

Karen McKellin


International Student Initiative

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver/Kelowna CANADA

ib in canada
IB in Canada
  • Per capita, Canada world leader in number of IB schools and IB students, with 289 schools, of which 131 offer the Diploma
  • IB schools now in every province in Canada (newest in Prince Edward Island in 2009)
  • Growing fastest in Ontario and Nova Scotia; well-established in BC with 15 schools
  • Canadian IB schools - mix of public and independent schools
  • Canadian universities have well-developed IB recognition policies in place
  • Most offer some advanced credit towards first year university coursework;
  • 17 Canadian universities offer 2nd year standing
ib curriculum aligns well with canadian values
IB curriculum – aligns well with Canadian values

Canada is a small, culturally- diverse nation. It is vital to our future that our children develop:

  • International mindedness while understanding and appreciating their own cultural and national identity
  • The ability to speak another language (than French or English)
  • A life-long commitment to community service so necessary for civil and sustainable Canadian society
ubc and ib
UBC and IB
  • The 2008 entering class of IB Diploma students at UBC represented 185 schools and 53 countries
  • This year UBC saw a 12.5% in numbers of students admitted on basis of IB Diploma
ubc admission of ib students
UBC admission of IB students
  • Completed IB Diploma -- offers made on anticipated grades provided by school in February or March
  • No other exam results required (SAT or ACT, etc.)
  • Standing in at least three HL courses and three SL, including English, and program (degree) pre-requisites
  • Admission average calculated on full IB Diploma score including additional points for Extended Essay and TOK
  • A final grade of 5 or better on IB English A1 or A2 (higher level or standard level) meets English Language Admission Standard
  • Cannot be used in of themselves as basis of admission
  • Certificate courses may be used in the calculation of an admission average as long as student has another basis of admission ( such as a US high school diploma or another recognized graduation diploma)
  • Students admitted conditionally on anticipated grades; must present final IB results for offer of admission to be confirmed
  • Offers revoked for non-completion of Diploma
advanced credit
Advanced credit
  • First year credit - offered on completed IB HL courses with a final score of 5 (for arts/humanities courses) or 6 (for math and science courses)
  • Some first year credit offered on selected SL courses (eg., Physics SL with score of 6 offered first year credit)
  • Score of A or B in TOK earns 6 credits of UBC 100 Level Philosophy
  • Typical IB student claims about 18 transfer credits, equal to 6 3-credit courses
  • Admission-driven merit-based scholarships of varying amounts open to IB students presenting scores of 33+
  • IB students competitive for other major entrance awards
For more information go to:

contact details
Contact Details

Sandra Wade Pauly

University & Government Liaison

IB Vancouver

202-1661 West 2nd Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6J 1H3 Canada

Phone: 1.604.733.8980

1.866.826.4262 (toll free)


Thank You!