10 Reasons


Stanford’s Assistant Dean of Admissions on the value of an IB education

The value of an IB education with Stanford University's Debra Von Bargen

As an IB parent and the Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford University, Debra Von Bargen has firsthand experience working with many IB graduates. As her son began the IB Diploma Programme, she saw him do things he never thought he could do.

Skills to take from the IB diploma: Brian Spittle from DePaul University talks about how life skills, including critical thinking and communication, apply across disciplines and are perfect material for applications.

Skills to take from the IB diploma

Strengthen your university application with guidance from university admissions. Brian Spittle from DePaul University talks about how life skills, including critical thinking and communication, apply across disciplines and are perfect material for applications.

Strengthen your university application with guidance from university admissions. Brian Spittle, DePaul University, tells us how students can leverage theory of knowledge (TOK) as part of their application

Applying theory of knowledge

Strengthen your university application with guidance from university admissions. Brian Spittle, DePaul University, tells us how students can leverage theory of knowledge (TOK) as part of their application essay. Learn more: Diploma Programme: http://ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/ Information for parents: http://www.ibo.org/parents Applying to university abroad: http://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2016/04/07/student-guides-for-applying-to-university-abroad/ 50 scholarships for IB graduates: http://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2014/05/06/scholarships/

Skills for STEM fields: Strengthen your university application with guidance from university admissions. Andrew Arida from the University of British Columbia tells us how a broad education is an advantage even for students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Skills for STEM fields

Strengthen your university application with guidance from university admissions. Andrew Arida from the University of British Columbia tells us how a broad education is an advantage even for students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

  • 10 Reasons why the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is ideal preparation for university

    1. It increases academic opportunity: Research shows that DP graduates are much more likely to be enrolled at op higher education institutions than entrants holding other qualifications*
    2. IB students care about more than just results: Through creativity, action, service, (CAS) you learn outside the classroom and develop emotionally and ethically as well as intellectually.
    3. It encourages you to become a confident and independent learner: For example, the extended essay requires independent research through an in-depth study.
    4. It’s an international qualification: The DP is recognized globally by universities and employers.
    5. Graduates are globally minded: Language classes encourage an international mindset, key for increasingly globalized societies.
    6. The IB encourages critical thinking: Learn how to analyze and evaluate issues, generate ideas and consider new perspectives
    7. DP Students have proven time management skills: Take good study habits and strong time management to further education and the working world.
    8. It assesses more than examination techniques: Learn to understand, not just memorize facts or topics and prepare for exams.
    9. Subjects are not taught in isolation: Theory of knowledge (TOK) classes encourage you to make connections between subjects.
    10. It encourages breadth and depth of learning: You are able to choose courses from six subject groups and study subjects at different levels.

    *Based on IB research-IBO Research