Of the many reasons students choose to join the IB Diploma Programme at Millbrook and worldwide, the most common is the recognition students receive from colleges during and after the application process. Colleges are well aware of the value of an IB Diploma Programme education and the preparation DP students receive for the rigors of college work. In the words of the admissions office from the University of Virginia, "For admission purposes, we assume that students pursuing a full IB diploma are taking the toughest academic program available to them and that is what the Committee on Admission generally wants to see." This awareness is reflected in the way colleges evaluate student applications and in the way they award college credit for student success on IB exams.
College Acceptance for MHS Diploma Students
The data below reflects the success Millbrook Diploma Programme students have had in receiving acceptance to the universities of their choosing. Surveys of our students over the past nine years supports what the IBO has reported over the past several decades, that students who choose the challenge of the Diploma Programme are more likely to be accepted to the colleges of their choice. As Cliff Sjogren, former Director of Admissions at the University of Michigan puts it, “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.”
Each year all students in Millbrook's Diploma Programme report in a survey the colleges they applied to, were accepted to, and chose to attend. For the past nine years the MHS DP coordinator has tallied this information, calculated the acceptance rates of our students to popular universities, and compared those acceptance rates to the same rates for the general population. The above graph reflects that comparison.
College Credit for Diploma Programme Courses
Colleges across the United States have policies that reflect their recognition of the value of Diploma Programme courses. Their policies articulate the number of credit hours a student will earn for each IB course they take, depending on the score they earn on their IB assessments. Students are able to earn a significant amount of college credit from their IB courses, and our students, annually do just that. In fact, the UNC Board of Governors passed a resolution in 2019 stating that all students who receive a minimum score of a 4 on Higher Level IB exams and 5 on Standard Level exams will receive college credit for equivalent courses at all UNC system colleges and universities. Other states have similar policies that govern their system schools. Private colleges and universities, along with state schools not governed by a unified state policy generally set their own policies governing credit for IB assessments, along with other advanced courses, such as Advanced Placement and Cambridge. See the links below for examples of such policies:
- UNC System policy Governing Advanced Course Credit
- Florida System policy Governing Advanced Course Credit
- Virginia System policy Governing Advanced Course Credit
- Wake Forest University policy governing IB credit
- Clemson University Policy governing IB credit
- University of South Carolina policy governing IB credit