Generous Credit Awards for Receiving of an IB Diploma
Barnard College: New York, New York. Open to high-achieving young women, this elite university in Manhattan offers up to 30 credit hours for IB diploma scores of 30 or higher. The school is the women’s college affiliate of Columbia University and is home to 2,600 undergraduates.
Bryn Mawr College: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania’s own college gives IB diploma recipients with 30-45 points a full year of credit. Bryn Mawr doesn’t consider individual SL exams, but if you have a total of 35-45 points OR 30-34 points on your diploma and 3 high scoring HL exams, credit can be earned.
Universty of California (UC) system: All nine UC campuses offering undergraduate degrees reward a full IB diploma score of 30 or more with 30 quarter (20 semester) units toward their UC degree. Students who take only select HL course exams with scores of 5, 6 or 7 will receive 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units. These units may be applied to graduation requirements for specific subjects or for general education/breadth requirements.
In addition to the broad 30 for 30 policy, each UC campus has their own exam-specific equivalencies : Berkeley,Davis,Irvine,Los Angeles (UCLA),Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.
California State University (CSU) system: 20+ CSU campuses all use the same qualifications for DP course credit. By looking at a DP graduate’s higher level (HL) scores, a student can earn 15-18 credits towards their university education at CSU. Out of this number, 6-9 credits can apply toward the GE Breadth certification.
UC vs. CSU? Keep in mind that California State University (CSU) campuses and the more widely known University of California (UC) schools (UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, etc) are not the same. CSU schools began as teacher’s colleges and later grew into a broader higher education system that grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The difference? The better known UC schools have larger research programs that allow them to offer doctorates and professional degrees in addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
University of Chicago: This elite Illinois-based university grants students general education credit for certain DP HL exams in biology, English, foreign languages, and mathematics.
Colorado Department of Higher Education: Covering 14 universities and 15 community college campuses and both HL and SL exams, this one reference guide is among the most comprehensive state-wide credit guides available. It covers both big name destinations like Colorado State University and University of Colorado Boulder as well as smaller campuses like Colorado Mesa University.
Columbia College (Missouri): Including both HL and SL, this Missouri schools offers a minimum of 10 and a potential of 36 credits to all IB diploma holders with SL exams scores of 5-7 and HL scores of 4-7. There’s also an easy to follow equivalency table for students to calculate credit for individual exams.
Columbia University (New York): If you are on your way to Columbia’s urban Manhattan campus, you may be eligible for 6 credits per HL exam in which you receive a 6 or 7. That’s a maximum of 18 credits for most full IB diploma holders.
Creighton University: At this Omaha, Nebraska, university, it is possible to get up to 31 credits with DP exam scores ranging from 4-7 (depending on the subject). Some SL exams are also awarded for credit.
CUNY (The City University of New York): Every undergraduate college at CUNY follows the excellent 30 credits for diploma scores of 30 and up, or for short, 30 for 30. Just missed the 30 point mark or opted for exams only? You still have guaranteed credit for HL IB exams with a score of 5 or better.
DePaul University: Including both HL and SL, this Chicago, Illinois-based university offers generous credit to IB grads. Based on their equivalency chart, full IB diploma holders may be eligible for 24-30+ credits.
Drury University: Located in Springfield, Missouri, Drury offers a minimum of 30 credits hours for IB diplomas with 28-45 points. Course credit can still be given without a diploma, with a minimum of 4 on HL exams and 5 on SL exams.
Duquesne University: Coming from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students applying to Duquesne can receive up to 32 credits for DP courses. IB diploma recipients must have at least 3 HL exams. Nondiploma students will get advanced standing for HL exams with a score of 5-7 and foreign language SL exams if the score is 6-7.
Evergreen State College:If a DP student receives a 4 or higher on their DP exams, they will receive up to 45 college credits at this Olympia, WA university. This university accepts SL and HL exams, awarding 9 credits per HL and 5 per SL exam.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU):Located in Boca Raton, FAU offers up to 30 credits for DP exams; scores of level 4 will give the student one class of credit (3-4 credit hours) and levels 5-7 will award two classes of credit (6-8 credit hours). Some of the credit equivalencies also have other awards or restrictions stacked on top, as marked by asterisks in the footnotes.
Florida State University: In Tallahassee, Florida, IB diploma recipients can receive up to 30 credit hours. Their link to the equivalency table from the descriptive page we listed above is out of date, but the table is there and available by clicking here.
Franklin-Marshall College:In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, students arriving with a score of 30 or more on their IB diploma are awarded a full year of credittoward a Franklin & Marshall degree. For individual exams, IB course students will receive one or two course credits (depending on discipline) for each HL exam passed with a score of 5 or higher. Because of their simplified credit system, this is roughly equivalent to the 30 for 30 policy offered at many other universities. Franklin-Marshall courses are generally worth one credit (rather than the typical four credits per class), meaning eight course credits is equal to one year of study.
University of Georgia:Although theirwebsitegenerally describes credit awarded, a quick search leads to a very generousHL and SL credit offering described in this document. Deciphering the equivalency table is tricky, but depending on your score you are likely to get 4-12 credits per exam even for some SL’s. That will add up fast and they indicate that most students arrive on campus with an average of 7 courses already covered by credit.
Georgia Tech:If you are on your way to Atlanta, look forward to credit for both HL and SL exams. Their website is also extremely easy to read. A full IB diploma is likely to grant you between 18 and 34 credits depending on your exams.
Heidelberg University:Located in Tiffin, Ohio, Heidelberg offers credit for both HL and SL and generously includes score ranges from 4-7. Their equivalency chart is light on details, but in the description they promise to evaluate all IB courses for the potential to earn college credit. We recommend contacting them for further details, but you’re likely to be rewarded well for your DP exams.
Hofstra University:Located in Hempstead, New York – Hofstra not only has a great credit offering, their credit policy is among the easiest to navigate of any university page we reviewed (other uni’s take note!). Full IB diploma recipients with 30-45 points, including 3 HL exams with at 5-7, may receive up to 30 credits.
Hood College:IB diploma graduates heading to Frederick, Maryland with 30-45 points may receive up to 30 credits toward an undergraduate degree as long as they have a score of 4-7 on their exams. Those who took only DP courses are also eligible for 6-8 university credits for their HL exams.
Ithaca College:If you are on your way to Ithaca, New York, the university may only accepts HL exams, but its policy is generous and very clearly laid out. Depending on the HL exam, you can earn between 9-24 credits for toward your university degree.
Marquette University:Although this covers HL exams only, pay close attention. Marquette offers credit for most exams with scores between 4-7. That means nearly every IB diploma student may receive 12 – 18 credits toward their degree.
Kent State University:This university in Kent, Ohio offers generous credit and a friendly, easy to follow website. They offer credit for both HL and SLexams, highlight scholarship opportunities, and list common resources for incoming IB students. Specific credit amounts aren’t listed in their equilavency chart, but given the range of exams included, you are likely to find yourself with great flexibility as you begin your degree.
University of Maryland:The terps offer generous credit for IB exams. Their policy pagelooks generic at first glance, but clicking through to the full course equivalency document will not disappoint. You’ll find that they cover both SL and HL exams with 18-24 semester credits possible with a full IB diploma.
University of Michigan’s Go Blue Guarantee: Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan offersHL exam credit, with the minimum score of 4 needed to get up to 28 credit hours for IB exams. In addition, instate residents who qualify for financial need can get a full four years of tuition through the university’s Go Blue Guarantee, often awarded to high performing IB students.
Michigan State Universities: While only offering HL exam credit, universities in Michigan will likely grant between 9 and 24 semester credits for your HL exams with a full IB diploma. Links to many of the exam-specific equivalencies included here: Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech, University of Michigan (above), WayneState, and Western Michigan.
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE): With both HL and SL included, if you’re going to MSOE in Wisconsin and hold the full IB diploma you may be eligible for up to 33 credits based on their equivalency chart. Most individual exams and courses are covered as well.
University of Minnesota: Covering both HL and SL, all IB students with a score of 5-7 on HL exams will arrive with 12-24 credits, and more is possible! There is one catch, to get SL credit you must complete the full IB diploma with a score of 30 or higher. Those SL exams will add another 6-16 credits, making 18 – 30+ credits a real possibility for the full IB diploma. Their website also stands-out for it’s readability and clarity, thanks for making this easy for parents and students!
Minnesota State: The policy guide for this college located in St. Paul may be sparse on details, but with a full set of exams for the IB diploma, students can earn up to 24 credits with scores of 4-7.
New York University (NYU): Although there’s no equivalency table, in general NYU will grant up to32 creditsto first-year students; and up to 64 credits for transferring students coming from another institution. For IB diploma holders that covers HL exams and scores of 6 or 7 only, consider contacting the admissions office to determine how much credit you may be eligible to receive.
Northwestern University: In Chicago, Illinois and at campuses abroad, Northwestern grants up to 2 units for each HL exam meeting their score range (depends on exam, but most are 6-7). To get an idea of how that credit will apply to your future studies, contact the Weinberg College Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising.
Oregon State University (OSU): Located in Corvallis, OSU, offers credit for both HL and SL exams, meaning you may receive a full year of credit at OSU. In addition they also offer a dedicated IB scholarship and broadly grant 30 credits and sophomore standing for candidates who score 30 or more points with a full IB diploma; 30 for 30.
University of Oregon: Another example of a very generous credit offer,particularly after adding up your options on the equivalency table. Covering both HL and SL exams, you could earn 24-40 quarter credits for your full IB diploma. If you are headed to either flagship Oregon university (UO or OSU, above) be sure to send in your IB scores!
Purdue University: Students going to West Lafayette, Indiana may receive as many as 24-30 combined credits for their HL and SL exams. Exam scores of five or higher are needed to earn credit, but Purdue’s exam specific credit chart is incredibly easy to follow.
University of Rochester:This university in Rochester, New York is fully dedicated to IB student success. They offer credit for HL exams, merit scholarships for IB students, and are excited to introduce a few IB graduates that you might meet on campus. All the details are easy to find on their website.
Saint Michael’s College:Merit scholarships and course credit — this schools in Colchester, Vermont has IB graduates covered in all respects. Full IB diploma awards up to 32 credits. Individual exams? Both HL and SLare covered for scores of 5-7. Scholarship details: IB diploma holders are eligible for $15,000/year or more depending on your overall score.
Southern Methodist University (SMU): While only covering HL exams, they’ve generously paired their credit offering with a dedicated IB scholarship that has grown in value each year. If you’re on your way to Dallas, Texas, most full IB diploma holders are likely to receive anywhere from 10-22 credits for exam levels
5-7.The equivalency table, we use to make that estimate is tricky to find about 2/3 of the way down the page — but there are some added benefits in the fine print; your IB credit may fulfill the Science and Engineering breadth requirement, adding flexibility to your university course requirements.
SUNY Binghamton: Read this generous policy carefully! This New York state school offers full IB diploma holders 32 credits for scores of 30 or higher; 32 for 30, presuming HL scores of 5 -7. They’ll award equivalent credit for each exam, then add elective credit to meet the 32. If you are a course or exam student without the full diploma, they will still cover your HL exams of 4-5 (4 credits) and 6-7 (8 credits).
SUNY Geneseo: This New York school in the city of the same name offers a maximum of 30 credits for both HL and SL exam scores. Specific courses can be skipped with HL exams of 5-7, while elective credit is be awarded for an HL scores of 4 and SL scores of 4-7.
SUNY New Paltz: Awarding credit for both HL and SL exams, with a full IB diploma you may be awarded between 24-30 credits. To find out exactly how many credits you may earn, check their expansive course equivalency chart.
SUNY Potsdam: Although their course equivalency chart isn’t available on the web, it is possible to receive up to 30 credits for both HL and SL exams with scores of 4-7 on each. If you are considering Potsdam, contact their admissions office for guidance on the amount of credit you may receive.
SUNY Oswego: Entering students may earn generous credit for both HL and SL exams with a minimum score of 4 on each exam. According to their course equivalency table, the full IB diploma may earn you between 18 – 30 credits depending on the course.
Other SUNY campuses: Credit varies from campus to campus, so be sure to check the individual SUNY campus for credit offered and course equivalencies. Among others that list IB exam credit includeStony Brook (HL only) andPurchase College (HL only).
University of Tampa (UT): Florida’s UT writes clearly on its acceptance system. For grades of 4-7 on HL exams,one year of credit per subject may be awarded, with a maximum of 30 credits. The full diploma is not required.
Texas Christian University (TCU): Scrolling down the page on their website and expanding the drop down menu for International Baccalaureate, you’ll be pleased to know that IB graduates may receive 9 to 24 credits for HL exams (and one SL exam, math studies).
Towson: Located in Towson, Maryland, this university offers 30 credits for completing the IB diploma. On top of that, students will receive sophomore status and get some of those general-education courses out of the way.
University of Tulsa: At the University of Tulsa in Florida, IB diploma recipients with 24-45 points can receive 10-30 credits.Students who don’t have the diploma can still earn credit for their DP exam scores, up to 36 credits max.
Washington College: Located in Chestertown, Maryland, Washington can award a maximum of 32 credits. The table shown in the drop down is just an “example set,” though they offer credit for more DP exams. If you get more than 28 credits you arrive on campus with sophomore standing.
University of Wisconsin: Unique among the very generous policies on this list, Badgers on their way to Madison get HL exam credit + 3 bonus credits for diploma scores of 28 or higher. Looking at their equivalency chart, that means anywhere from 9 to 28 credits possible for entering IB diploma holders.
In-state Wisconsin resident? Announced in 2018, Bucky’s tuituion promise offers free tuition based on the financial need of in-state students. This builds upon the Badger Promise, for qualifying in-state students who transfer from two-year institutions.
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM): Including HL and SL exams with scores of 4-7 each, incoming UWM students will find themselves with great credit in exchange for their work on the IB diploma. Based on the equivalency table ,students may be eligible for as many as 27 credits.
Scholarships for IB Graduates
University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT, USA) is offering academic merit scholarships ranging from $12,000-$22,000 for IB program students who have taken the SAT or ACT exams. IB students interested in the scholarship will be expected to submit their academic transcripts, score exams and all necessary admissions documents to be considered for the scholarship. All awards are renewable yearly based on satisfactory academic achievement and good standing at the University.
Saint Michael’s College: While they also offering up to 32 course credits— this schools in Colchester, Vermont, provides IB diploma holders up $15,000/year or more depending on your overall diploma score.
Kansas State University provides IB graduates who are enrolled as incoming freshmen with the opportunity for a $1,000 scholarship after receiving their IB diploma. Students seeking this supplemental scholarship should provide official IB transcripts to the Kansas State University Office of Financial Assistance.
University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK, USA) is offering a $3,000 IB International Baccalaureate Scholarship Award for IB diploma recipients. IB graduates seeking this scholarship must submit their final exam results to the university proving the IB diploma was awarded. The scholarship may be awarded for eight semesters with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO, USA) IB Graduates may be eligible for merit-based financial aid. Students applying for admission by mid-January and receiving their IB diploma will qualify for the Missouri State University Board of Governors scholarship of $5,000 per year ($20,000 over four years).
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX, USA), IB Graduates are eligible for merit-based financial aid of up to $7500 – a value that has grown over the past three years. Be sure to send in your exam results to make sure you can get the award. The school also offers IB exam credit.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA, USA), listed as a tier 1 university in the United States, will award select IB graduates with scholarships. IB graduates with an exam score of 40 or greater are guaranteed a $20,000 merit scholarship.
Northern Arizona University IB Graduates are eligible for a $5,000 renewable scholarship through the President’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship. To learn more, find the link to the “Freshman Merit-Based Tuition” scholarship for the year you will be admitted.
New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, CA offers students who have earned the International Baccalaureate diploma a $500 per year Tuition Grant.
Texas Tech University offers incoming freshmen Presidential Scholarship consideration. Scholarship application submission deadline is 1 February 2015 (Updatad 24 October 2014).
Savannah Collegeof Art and Design is offering scholarships from of $3,000 USD to $15,000 USD for IB diploma recipients. The scholarship award is based on final IB diploma scores. To be considered for this award, IB Diploma recipients must earn a minimum score of 27.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers out of state applicants an opportunity to receive up to $50,000 in scholarships. In addition, all IB diploma candidates may apply for the George Beadle Scholarship for an award of $14,500 per year.
Western Oregon University IB diploma recipients with a score of 30 or higher receive both Guaranteed Admission to WOU and the Provost’s Achievement Scholarship, a renewable four-year award of $2,500 per year. Students are required to submit ACT (including writing) or SAT scores for placement purposes.
At the University of Alabama, Birmingham,students who have been admitted for the fall and notified the school of their candidacy for the IB diploma, are eligible to submit results and receive a $2,500 scholarship.
William Jewell College, in Liberty, Missouri, USA provides distinguished IB alumni with a merit scholarship valued at $17,000. This scholarship is awarded based on academics, service, leadership, talent and co-curricular activities. This scholarship is awarded to students in March.
Monmouth College, IB diploma holders from outside of the United States may be eligible for one of Monmouth College’s Merit Scholarships for International Baccalaureate Students. These scholarships have a minimum value of $10,000 USD per year and are eligible for renewal for up to three additional years of study.
Texas State University San Marcos, IB diploma candidates may qualify for one of Texas State University’s assured scholarships valued at up to $8,000/year. Applications are not necessary and students meeting the qualifications will automatically be awarded scholarships.
University of Michigan’s Go Blue Guarantee provides a full four years of tuition to students who qualify for financial need and in-state tuition. It is awarded to high performing IB students from Michigan.The school also offers HL exam credit, too.
Middle Tennessee State University, allows prospective year two students (seniors) in the IB Diploma Programme to apply for a $1,000/year scholarship. To be eligible, IB students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 Junior year, anticipate graduating with an IB diploma, and submit an application to attend Middle Tennessee State University along with official transcripts.
Columbia College,in Columbia, Missouri, USA is awarding $4,000 scholarships to IB Diploma holders meeting select criteria. These scholarships are renewable for a total of $16,000 over four years. To be considered for this scholarship, IB graduates must receive their IB Diplomas and must have grades greater than or equal to scores that will transfer in as Columbia College credit.
Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, IB graduates may be eligible for a $5,000 renewable scholarship based on their IB diploma, SAT/ACT score, and GPA.
Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon, USA) is awarding scholarships to IB diploma holders who scored 30 or higher on their exam. The IB Scholarships from Oregon State University are $3,000/ year and renewable. In order to be considered, students must present OSU with official transcripts as soon as possible.
University of Oregon international IB diploma holders may qualify for the University of Oregon’s International Dean’s Excellence Award (IDEA) for New International Students. International students applying by January 15 are automatically considered for awards between $6,000-$8,000 USD, renewable based on performance.
Pacific University, IB graduates enrolled to begin classes at Pacific University (Oregon, USA), may be eligible for an additional $3,000 USD scholarship for receiving an IB diploma. IB graduates scoring a 30 or more are eligible to receive the University’s IB Achievement Scholarship and may qualify for other merit scholarships.
TheUniversity of Rochester, (Rochester, NY, USA) will award select IB diploma graduates with its International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship. This award is an acknowledgment of hard work and determination underwent by many IB graduates. The university says, “The IB Diploma Programme prepares ideal candidates to take advantage of the unique University of Rochester learning environment.”
University of Dubuque offers a wide variety of merit scholarships, awards, and grants that support the University’s Mission while recognizing academic achievement, commitment to community service, and demonstrated leadership. This includes a half-tuition merit scholarship.
Whitworth University automatically considers first-year international undergraduate students (freshmen) for four potential scholarships based on IB HL exam scores. These renewable four year schoalrships include the Mind & Heart Scholarship: $22,000, Presidential Scholarship: $20,000, Trustee Scholarship: $18,000, or the Whitworth Scholarship: $16,000.
The University of Tampa offers exceptional benefits to students who complete the full IB diploma. U.S. citizens are eligible for annual renewable merit scholarships of up to $15,000 with IB GPA’s of 3.2 or higher and appropriate test scores. An additional $1,000 award is available for IB diploma recipients.
At Drew University, high achieving IB students are eligible for merit scholarships, ranging from $15,000 – $25,000 per year (for four years). On top of merit awards, your CAS portfolio may be submitted for review when you apply for the Civic Engagement scholarship.