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How the CP is making a difference for students

A new infographic highlights research on the impacts of the CP for current students and graduates. Scroll down to see the results or download the infographic to share.

Engineer Planning Project With CNC Machinery In Background

To explore the postsecondary outcomes of CP students, IB Research examined data from all CP students who graduated from high schools in the United States (US) between 2013-2015.1

US CP graduates are diverse

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US CP grads represent 31 different nationalities.

44% of CP grads were considered low-income in the US.

US CP graduates speak 21 different languages.

CP student university enrollment

US CP graduates enrolled in university at a higher rate than US students nationally. 81% of CP graduates enrolled in university by March 2016 (anytime enrollment), and 76% enrolled immediately after high school.

CP students anytime enrollment 81%
CP students immediate enrollment 76%
US national average immediate enrollment 68%

Proportion of enrollment at 4-year institutions

Of the CP graduates who immediately enrolled in higher education, a majority chose 4-year institutions over 2-year institutions.

CP students 79%
US national average 64%

For those who chose 4-year institutions, more than half (55%) enrolled in a university ranked as “very competitive” or better by Barron’s Selectivity Index.


CP students persisted at high levels at 4-year universities and all institution types.

1-year persistence at 4-year institutions
CP students 93%
US national average 82%
1-year persistence at all institutions
CP students 89%
US national average 72%

University trajectories

At 4-year institutions, the top three most popular fields of study for CP graduates were engineering, business, and health sciences.

Engineering: 18%

Business: 17%

Health sciences: 15%

A study of CP alumni from Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, the US, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates examined the experiences and postsecondary outcomes of CP graduates.2

Student satisfaction with the CP

“For me, the CP was probably the most enjoyable two years that I had in my entire academic history. It brought out the best in me in the way that it gave me a lot of freedom”.

A majority students surveyed, and the overwhelming majority of those interviewed, said they would choose to undertake the CP again.

CP graduates who would take the CP again 71%

Skills gained during the CP

Graduates explained how they had developed personal attitudes such as professionalism, work ethic and collaborative skills, and had gained confidence, particularly in public speaking.

Percent of study participants who agreed they had developed the following skills:

Communication skills


Employment skills


Higher education skills


75% of students felt the CP had prepared them well for higher education, and 83% reported faring well in their university studies.

The infographic can be viewed and downloaded from the Digital Toolkit as a single image (PNG), or as an A4 or Letter size PDF.

Research plays a central role in the development, quality assurance and assessment of IB programme outcomes. All studies referenced here can be found at Have questions? Contact us at [email protected].