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Applying to US universities from a UK school, maybe an IB diploma helps?

Added on: 2017-09-14Share on :

The 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released on 15 August 2017. Among the Top 20 universities this year, 16 of them are located in the US. Whereas secondary education in the UK enjoys a prestigious reputation, many families around the world are increasingly thinking about sending children to the US for higher education, as all parents wish the best for their children. So if the student studies at a UK school and wants to apply to a US university, what's the plan for him?

 

 

 

Among the top 50 universities in the US, there are universities such as MIT, Wake Forest, Rochester, etc. which have announced that they would accept A-level results and waive SAT for international applicants; and also universities like Duke, WUSL declaring that they would welcome students submit A-levels yet SAT is a must.      

 

 

 

When it comes to higher education the benefits of an IB education are especially strong. Top universities from around the world have shown how they value the IB's credentials by building pathways for IB students and by awarding credit. For example students who want to apply to Harvard (remains the number one in the world for the 15th year), Stanford (No.2) and Yale (No.11), will need to submit IB results to go through the application process; many Ivy League universities award credits with students scoring a 7 or higher for a subject, and prestigious universities like Harvard, Yale and Princeton would even allow entrants with remarkable IB results being eligible for sophomore standing. 

 

 

Many universities across the world recognize the International Baccalaureate diploma and individual courses, and IB students seem to be more competitive than their peers when applying to an international higher education institution. Students choosing the DP programme are required to study six subjects similar to A-levels. In addition they need to finish the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge, creativity, activity, service and the extended essay. Through the DP core, students need to complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. In general, DP is more challenging than A-level. 

 

 

 

For students who're interested in IB curriculum, we want to recommend Oakham School. Oakham's IB programme has been in a leading position since it was introduced in 2000. According to the most up-to-date statistics on Oakham School's Website, Oakham's IB results highlight an average point score of 36.1, compared with the worldwide average of 30.2; 22% of students gained 40 or more points; one student scored the maximum 45 points. 

 

 

 

Do you remember Amy? The BE student who received 10 offers from US universities including Boston College, NYU and Washington University. Well, Amy happens to be a former students at Oakham. She told us that "I went to England having decided to study IB, and I chose Oakham School because my BE consultant told me that the IB curriculum at Oakham was strong. Plus, I like the environment there. "

 

 

 

Through the IB courses, Amy has developed into an 'ambitious thinker' just as Oakham always wants for its pupils, learned a brand new way of thinking, and also gained an advantage for university application. 

 

 

 

Breaking News !

 

The 2017 China Summit of the Association of Leading Independent Schools is to be held in Beijing and Shanghai on Sept. 15 and Sept. 17 respectively. At that time, Oakham School, together with over 10 leading boarding schools in the UK will be present for admission interview. Students who want to take the interview should attend a pre-test at least 1 week before the activity begins.

 

 

 

 

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