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IB Testimonials

What Universities and Organizations Say About IB

  • “The single most important factor in determining college success is the academic challenge of the courses students take in high school.”

National Center for Education Statistics. (2002). Conditions of education 2002.  Washington, DC:  U.S. Department of Education.

-1998 High School Transcript Study  -High School and Beyond Study


  • [. . .] [I]t has become very clear to me that graduates from Flathead High, especially the students graduating from the International Baccalaureate Program, have been prepared for college in a truly admirable fashion and are certainly comparable in preparation to the best in the nation.  [. . .] The depth and breadth of the IB program has provided the students with the solid foundation so necessary from whence they can soar to great and unimaginable heights.  Given the current difficult economic times, the Flathead School District should be applauded for investing in the future of our state, nation, and the global community, by providing these motivated students the quality of education which they deserve.  The IB graduates are uniquely equipped to lead the way to a better world, through knowledge, understanding and compassion.  Letter to Flathead High School English Department Head from Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee, Director, University Honors Program, Montana State 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 
  • 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.” Marilyn McGrath Lewis Director of Admissions Harvard University
  • Oregon State University has had a progressive International Baccalaureate admission policy for many years which is based on the performance and success of IB scholars on our campus. Our study of IB students has shown that they are well prepared for the academic rigor at the university level and perform exceedingly well. Michele Sandlin Director Office of Admissions Oregon State University
  •  McGill has enthusiastically recruited IB students for over two decades. Even today, when reviewing an application from an IB Diploma candidate . . . our admissions officers can be assured of the candidate’s strong and broad-based academic preparation. We have seen that IB students embrace the rigorous academic challenges of university life and perform well in their McGill programmes. As a member of the College and University Recognition Taskforce, I can attest to the respected position of the IB diploma at prestigious universities throughout North America.  Kim Bartlett Director of Admissions McGill University Québec
  • "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." Christoph Guttentag Director of Undergraduate Admission Duke University

Unless otherwise noted, the quotations above can be found at IN THEIR OWN WORDS: QUOTES ABOUT THE IB http://www.ibo.org/actionkits/documents/CO_QuotesaboutTheIB.pdf


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