What Admissions Directors are Saying:
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."
University of Michigan, Joseph Gore, Admissions Counselor "We definitely take note of the IB Diploma in the admissions process at Michigan! Feel free to quote me on that!"
Michigan State University, Pamela Horne, Assistant to the Provost for Enrollment and Director of Admissions, "My eyes light up when I see"International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme" on a transcript. Students who apply to Michigan State University with IB credentials are assumed to be mature, curious, and creative. They have proven to be successful in a rigorous program that is both broad and deep in its content and intellectual challenge. On campus, IB graduates move with ease in a diverse and global university that demands intercultural skill and adaptability. The challenge of completing an IB diploma means that a student has engaged in the kind of rigorous work that is likely to help them become not just an outstanding college student and citizen of the world, but an exceptional one."
Oakland University "Oakland University values the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and its engaging and challenging curriculum that encourages critical thinking, intercultural understanding and respect."
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."
Virginia Tech, Dr. Eugene Carson"IB students who attended that university (Virginia Tech) as freshmen significantly outperformed all other freshmen, including students who had taken Advanced Placement courses."
What Students are Saying:
Nuha Malik, Harrison High School Class of 2017, "Many students in the United States and around the world do not have the chance to delve deeply into math, science, language, the arts, and Information Technology the way that IB students do. Take advantage of that because it pushes you to understand what it means to work hard for something, to push the boundaries of your mind and make friends who work together. You should do IB if given the chance."
Grace Xu, Harrison High School Class of 2017, "When I first got into IB, I was worried that it would be too difficult for me to juggle along with my after school clubs, varsity swimming, and tennis schedules. But, as time passed, I realized how IB has helped me to better manage my time during the day so that I can have enough time to do homework, study, participate in sports, and enjoy my high school experience. Additionally, IB has helped me to grow as a critical thinker and grow as an individual. IB offers a myriad of opportunities to learn from diverse cultures in the language classes, to explore various ways of knowledge, and to give back to the community through IB's ingenious CAS core. IB is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on!"
Hala Yazdani, Harrison High School Class of 2017, "IB is definitely worth it for high school students; I highly recommend it as it builds leaders and character as well as hardworking and dedicated individuals who are ready to greet the world head on. It may be a tough journey, but having the satisfaction of completing such an elite program fuels and prepares you for college and future endeavors. It changes the way one thinks and perceives the world around them. The experience, the expectation, and the energy that comes from doing IB is definitely worth your while."