IB launches student registry

Registry will connect IB Diploma students with universities

ib-diplomaThe International Baccalaureate has launched the IB Student Registry. Free for IB students, this registry will allow for students in the last years of the Middle Years Programme, or who are pursuing the Diploma Programme or Career-related Programme, to create an online portfolio which includes short personal essays, extended essays, CAS details, course credits and more.

University admission offices will be able to use this subscription service to reach these highly sought-after students.

Today’s higher education admissions landscape is undertaking great change. There are more students considering college than in the past. And that means more people to compete with and more students to choose from. Between 1980 and 2012, the overall college enrollment rates increased from 26 percent to 41 percent.

Admissions officers are seeking new ways to assess the record numbers of students interested in pursuing post-secondary education. In a time where aptitude test scores no longer carry as great of an impact for admissions officers, this online portfolio allows students who have taken on the rigorous academic coursework established by the IB to stand out in a sea of applicants.

Research released earlier this year by the International Baccalaureate showed that the IB is a pathway to success in post-secondary education. The first year retention rate of Diploma Programme students was 98 percent, compared to the national retention rate of 77 percent, and the four year graduation rate among all DP participants (those who earned or attempted the DP diploma) was 79 percent. The four year graduation rate for DP diploma earners was 84 percent, compared to 39 percent nationally.

“For years, admissions officers at our nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities have asked us how they can access the pool of IB students they want to come and be part of their campus community,” said Drew Deutsch, director the Americas for the International Baccalaureate. “IB students are well prepared to handle the rigorous academics of higher education, which studies have shown. Colleges actively seek to bring IB students to their campuses. This student registry is a great tool to help those admissions officers reach IB students nationwide.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione