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How to write a great university or college application essay using your IB experience

Universities are excited about your application. Don’t believe us? Admissions officers from top US universities explain how to leverage the IB Diploma Programme in your university application.

How IB prepares students for success

Univeristy of Michigan representative Kedra Ishop, along with Princeton University’s Kevin Hudson and DePaul University’s Brian Spittle, explain how the IB prepares students to be successful.

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The value of an IB education

Standford university admissions representative Debra Von Bargen discusses the attributes that distinguish IB student applicants at highly ranked US universities and colleges.

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Life skills and critical thinking

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

Skills to take from the IB diploma


Preparing for STEM

Andrew Arida from the University of British Columbia on how a broad education is an advantage even for students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Skills for STEM fields


The extended essay and CAS

Jonathan Burdick, University of Rochester, discusses what could be the two most unique aspects of your admissions essay: The extended essay and creativity, activity, service (CAS).

Discussing your extended essay

Leveraging the CAS experience

Theory of knowledge (TOK)

Brian Spittle, DePaul University, tells us how to apply theory of knowledge (TOK) as part of your application.

Applying theory of knowledge


IB courses

Andrew Arida, University of British Columbia, looks at how describing your experience with IB courses shows universities how you will shape your future education.

Talking about IB courses


Thinking like an admissions officer

Stanford University’s Assistant Dean of admission tell us about how universities view IB scores, their familiarity with different aspect of IB programmes, and how the IB Career-related Programme offers students an advantage.


Applying abroad

These guides introduce the basics of university entrance in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia for international students.

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Whether you are beginning your applications or have already been admitted, look for scholarship opportunities offered by the university you would like to attend.

Scholarships for IB graduates