The importance of the IB program for admissions into universities

The IB program is increasingly valued by universities around the world. An example: 70% of the students admitted to the University of Denver, Colorado, are IB students.

Last week Suha Rabah, Head of Admissions at the University of Denver in Colorado, visited Lighthouse, and in her talk, she showed us the opportunities that the opportunities that come with studying at a school like ours; especially when it comes to getting into an international university.

Of all the students admitted to the university each year, 70% of the students are from the IB program, while the remaining 30% come from traditional systems, or British A levels. This is very important for our students, as it confirms what we have been perceiving for some time: the education system, fortunately, is changing, and so are the demands of the leading universities.

Traditionally, to enter an American university, it was mandatory to take the SAT or ACT, which are the equivalent of the EBAU exams in Spain. However, Suha Rabah explains that students like in our school will avoid this exam and present their portfolio, something that is much more enriching, since through these portfolios, students have the opportunity to explain what makes them unique.

But it does not stop here. Generally, students who come from studying in academic rigorous school, have the opportunity to transfer credits. Sometimes even an entire semester. An academic year is divided into two semesters, so a student must take 8 semesters to graduate. It is common for high achieving students to have to take only 7 semesters, an academic and economic incentive.

Denver University is ranked 64th among universities in the USA, offering one of the best engineering, business or music programs in the USA. In addition, its International Studies program is considered No. 2, and offers the possibility of studying for a semester in countries such as Chile or China. Given its prestige and academic rigor, the data it provides for us are very interesting.

Starting with these simple facts can help us to understand that there is much more than MIT or Harvard. The offer is wide and that it is tailored to the needs of each individual. The University of Denver receives more than 22,000 applications per year, and of those interested students, about 50% are admitted.

Our students are still young, and it may seem a little early to start talking about universities. It probably is, but you have to understand that from Spain it is difficult for them to get to know and understand the wide range of universities in the USA.

Only in the US there are more than 4000 private institutions, and our intention is to help our students and their families understand what high school is, how the different international and Spanish universities work and what is expected of them. This way, when the time comes to decide, they will be able to have a little more clarity. Both for our students and for us as an educational center, it is very interesting to receive visits from external professionals who explain to us the reality of what universities demand.

Step by step and without overwhelming our students, we will continue to receive visits from professionals who will help us to gain more knowledge. In this way, our students will be more informed and their environment will be able to give them enriching advice.

La importancia del programa IB en la admisión de las universidades

El programa IB cada vez es más valorado por las universidades a nivel mundial. Un ejemplo: 70% de los alumnos admitidos en la Universidad de Denver, en Colorado, son alumnos del programa IB.

La semana pasada Suha Rabah, jefe de Admisiones de la Universidad de Denver, en Colorado, visitó Lighthouse, y en su charla nos hizo ver las oportunidades que supone estudiar en un colegio como el nuestro a la hora de ingresar en una universidad internacional.

De todos los alumnos que admiten en la universidad cada año, el 70% de los alumnos son del programa IB, mientras que el 30% restante viene de sistemas tradicionales, o A levels británicos. Esto es importantísimo para nuestros alumnos, ya que confirma lo que venimos percibiendo hace tiempo: el sistema educativo, por suerte, está cambiando, y lo que demandan las universidades punteras, también.

Tradicionalmente, para entrar en una universidad americana, era obligatorio hacer los SAT o ACT, que son el equivalente a los exámenes de EBAU en España. Sin embargo, Suha Rabah nos explica que los alumnos como los de nuestro colegio, pueden evitar ese examen y presentar su portfolio, algo que es mucho más enriquecedor, ya que a través de dichos portfolios, los alumnos pueden explicar qué les hace únicos.

Pero esto no se queda ahí. Generalmente, los alumnos que vienen de estudiar el programa en colegios que tienen más rigor académico, pueden convalidar muchas asignaturas en la carrera, incluso a veces un semestre entero. Un año académico está dividido en dos semestres, por lo que un alumno para graduarse, debe hacer 8 semestres. Es común que los alumnos de programas IB tengan que hacer tan solo 7 semestres, un aliciente tanto académico como económico.

Denver University está en el nº 64 de las universidades en EEUU, ofreciendo uno de los mejores programas de ingeniería, Business o música de USA. Además, su programa de estudios Internacionales es considerado el nº 2, y ofrece la posibilidad de estudiar un semestre en países como Chile o China. Dado su prestigio y rigor académico, los datos que nos brinda para nosotros son muy interesantes. 

Comenzar por estos datos sencillos nos ayuda a entender que hay mucho más que MIT o Harvard, que la oferta es amplia y que se amolda a las necesidades de cada uno. La Universidad de Denver recibe más de 22000 solicitudes al año, y de esos alumnos interesados, en torno a un 50% es admitido.

Nuestros alumnos son muy jóvenes, y puede parecer un poco pronto comenzar a hablar de universidades. Probablemente lo sea, pero hay que entender que desde España es difícil conocer la gran oferta de universidades que hay en EEUU.

Existen más de 4000 instituciones privadas, y nuestra intención es ayudar a nuestros alumnos y sus familias a entender qué es secundaria, como funcionan las distintas universidades internacionales y españolas y qué se espera de ellos. Así, cuando llegue el momento de decidir, lo podrán tener un poco más claro.

Tanto para nuestros alumnos, como para nosotros como centro educativo, es muy interesante recibir visitas de profesionales externos que nos explican la realidad de lo que demandan las universidades.

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