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Lausanne's Class of 2019 had a close to perfect performance on the International Baccalaureate Exam, with more students receiving their diploma than ever before.

While the national diploma pass rate is 67%, the Class of 2019 achieved an astonishing rate of 98%. With acceptance rates becoming increasingly competitive, colleges and universities look for students who choose a rigorous course of study in high school. IB Diploma candidates have greater rates of admission to the top schools around the globe. Lausanne's IB students from the Class of 2019 gained entry into a range of highly recognized institutions nationally and internationally, including Columbia, Cornell and Penn.

"The International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum of Education challenges students to become lifelong learners who excel academically and personally and embrace a global perspective," shares Stuart McCathie, Lausanne's Headmaster. "The success we've seen in our IB students led us to use the approach in Lower and Middle School, as well."

For students to earn the IB Diploma, they must take six IB courses, score a total of at least 24 points on cumulative exams, complete a 4,000-word Extended Essay, pass a Theory of Knowledge class and demonstrate a two-year commitment to Creativity, Activity and Service.

Teachers across grade levels at Lausanne work together to provide an engaging learning environment that fosters foundation building from year-to-year and subject-to-subject, to ensure our students find success with the IB Programme's rigorous curriculum.

IB Student College Acceptance Rates

From Crimson Education: US universities evaluate academic grades in the context of a student’s high school curriculum and its degree of rigor. The two-year IB Diploma Program is widely regarded as an academically demanding syllabus, and one that provides excellent preparation for college-level coursework.
survey of more than 4,000 students conducted by the International Insight Research Group in partnership with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) showed that the acceptance rate of IB students into Ivy League universities is up to 18% higher than the total population acceptance rate. The gap is even more significant for top-ranked universities outside of the Ivy League, where it is 22% higher, on average. This document draws on these survey results to compare the general population acceptance rate to the IB Diploma student acceptance rate at the top 25 US universities, so you can see where an IB qualification will give your application the biggest boost.

Unlike their UK counterparts, US universities don’t release official cut-off scores for the IB Diploma. Based on what the Oxbridge universities in the UK expect from IB applicants, an overall grade of 38+ would be well received by the Ivy Leagues. For the more selective universities, you’re looking at around 40+.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t be accepted if you score below 38 or get a less than perfect grade in one of your subjects. It simply means that a 38+ is viewed favorably by the university. There are many other factors that go into a university application, and admissions officers assess them holistically.

One thing is for sure; by taking the IB Diploma, you automatically rise to the top of the admissions pool. US colleges love good grades, but what they love even more is to see that you’ve pushed yourself to get them. Universities appreciate the IB’s rigor and they know it takes hard work and dedication to perform well, particularly in Higher Level (HL) subjects. This is demonstrated by the fact that most US universities award course credits for IB Diploma subjects. The more generous a university is with its credit distribution, the more it loves IB students (and the more likely admissions officers are to admit you!). Read the full report by clicking here.