Evidence points to the fact that Universities value the knowledge and skills of IB students, and make offers accordingly. However, the IB is so much more than preparation for University entry. In following the programme, students have the opportunity to truly broaden their intellectual horizons and explore their interests in different subjects.
IB results at NLCS compare extremely favourably with A Level results. The average score has never dropped below 40. It is important to note that IB and A-Level/Pre-U cohorts consistently have very similar IGCSE profiles.
Evidence from 2017 shows that students perform considerably better on the IB route: it may be that the balanced nature of the programme, with its fixed number of subjects, carefully thought-out components, and rigorous scoring, is better at rewarding students' efforts than a combination of Pre Us and A Levels. The presence of decades worth of past paper materials also makes exam preparation easy.
What Admissions Tutors from American Universities say about the IB
Harvard University, Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Asst. Dean of Admissions
“Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.” GPA is not nearly as important a factor in university admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA.”
Duke University, Christoph Guttentag, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
"One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its 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 the IB curriculum is terrific."
Brown University, Panetha Ott, Admissions Officer
“I don’t think there is anyone who does not respect the I.B.”
University of Michigan, Cliff Sjogren, former Director of Admissions
“A transcript that reveals a student’s enrollment in International Baccalaureate courses serves notice to the admissions officer that the applicant is someone who accepts rather than avoids educational challenges. Further, a successful IB student will enroll at Michigan with some advantages over students who have taken less intensive programs...Unquestionably, a school that graduates each year a number of students with IB diplomas has demonstrated its commitment to high educational standards and that commitment will serve to influence admissions decisions at the University of Michigan.”
The IB and Medical Applications
Full disclosure! Last year's university offers
Note that these are typical offers received. These can vary from year to year: university websites should be consulted for further guidance.
Sample Medical Schools and IB points requirements
Medical schools requiring at least 37 points: Bristol, Dundee, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sheffield.
Medical schools requiring at least 38 points: Barts & The London, Durham, Imperial, Newcastle, St. Andrew's, UCL.
Medical schools requiring at least 39 points: Oxford.
Medical schools requiring at least 40 points: Cambridge.
A Sample Offer from Imperial College London
Total 38. At Higher Level: 6 in Biology or Chemistry. At Standard Level: 6 in whichever of Biology or Chemistry was not offered to HL. HL Maths is not required.
A Sample Offer from King’s College London
Total 35. At Higher Level: 6 6 6 including Chemistry or Biology. At Standard Level: whichever of Chemistry and Biology was not offered at HL, plus English and Maths if not offered at HL or GCSE.
CAMBRIDGE 41 pts (7,7,6) - Modern and Medieval Languages
OXFORD 39 pts (7,6,6) - Geography
CAMBRIDGE 41 pts (7,7,6) - History and Modern Languages
IMPERIAL 38 pts (6 Bi, 6 Ch, 5 Sp) - Biological Sciences with Spanish
QMUL 37 pts (18 HL) - Law
OXFORD 38 pts (6,6,6 HL) - German and Beginners Italian
CAMBRIDGE 42 pts (7,7,6) - Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
STA 38 pts (6 in Eng) - English
CAMBRIDGE 41 pts (7 Eng, 7,6) - English
KCL 35 pts (7,6,6) - Law
OXFORD 38 pts (6,6,6) - English and German
OXFORD 38 pts (6,6,6) - History
BIRMIINGHAM 32 pts (7,6,6) - Medicine (5 years)
OXFORD 38 pts (6,6,6) - English and German
OXFORD 39 pts (7,6,6) - Experimental Psychology
CAMBRIDGE 40 pts (7,7,6) - English
OXFORD 39 pts (7 Ch, 6,6 relevant subjs) -Biochemistry
EDINBURGH 39 pts (6,6,6) - French and Spanish
OXFORD 38 pts (6,6,6) - Ancient and Modern History
UCL 38 pts (18HL, 6 in Eng, no subj < 5) - English