A series of global studies examining the IB Diploma Programme (DP) has found that the DP has the potential to powerfully shape the lives of students who participate. Scroll down to see the results or download the full infographic to share.
Skills for success developed during the DP
University admissions officers compared how well A Levels and DP students in the UK develop the following qualities:
Encouraging independent inquiry
Nurturing an open mind
Developing self-management skills
Encouraging a global outlook
University performance of DP students in Turkey
Compared to non-IB students, DP graduates in Turkey had higher subject grades, overall grade point averages (GPA) and graduation rates
- DP graduates
- Non-DP graduates
Perceived capacity for 21st century skills
Compared to non-DP peers, DP graduates at universities in Australia and East Asia reported higher capacities for 21st century skills.
Diploma scores of former Middle Years Programme (MYP) students in Asia
A study exploring the high school outcomes of former MYP and non-MYP students in Asia-Pacific found that former MYP students performed significantly better than non-MYP students in total DP points earned.
Final diploma score
Final diploma score
In the USA, MYP enrollment significantly increased the likelihood of earning a college-ready score* on a college prep exam by 39%.
Outcomes at university
In the UK, DP students outperform their A Level peers in terms of enrolling in top universities and achieving first or second-class honors.
Enrollment in a top 20 university
Achieving at least a second-class honors degree
Achieving a first-class honors degree
University enrollment for DP students in Mexico
Of the 89 DP students who enrolled in ranked universities in Mexico, 73 enrolled in a top 5 programme.
University success for students in Chicago, USA
DP graduates in Chicago public schools were significantly more likely to enroll in college, to enroll in selective colleges, to stay enrolled and to perform better than similar non-DP graduates.
Attending a four-year college
Attending a more selective college
Persisting in a four-year college for two years
Research plays a central role in the development, quality assurance and assessment of IB programme outcomes. All studies referenced here can be found at ibo.org/research. Have questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.