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International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is regarded around the world for its quality, academic rigor, and holistic approach to education. The IB program prepares participants for success in college by encouraging students to think critically and analyze complex issues through a global lens. In recognition of the International Baccalaureate’s value, and the preparation that IB students receive for university study and life beyond, Loyola University New Orleans offers up to 30 credits for successful completion of IB courses. Find out if you qualify.

What Is the International Baccalaureate?

The mission of the International Baccalaureate is to develop caring and inquisitive young people who have a desire to improve the world. Established in 1968, the IB works in collaboration with educational institutions, governments, and world organizations to provide a continuum of education with an emphasis on intercultural understanding and social justice. Students ages 16-19 may complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP), which covers six core subject areas: language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, science, math, and the arts. 

Learn more about the International Baccalaureate.

Earn Credit for Your International Baccalaureate Experience

If you complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, you may be eligible to receive up to 30 credits at Loyola, which is equivalent to one full year of study, or sophomore status. If you have taken International Baccalaureate courses but have not completed the Diploma Programme, you may still be eligible to receive college credit. Credits will be awarded for Higher Level or Standard Level courses with grades of 5, 6, or 7. 

You must submit an official IB score report for evaluation in order to be eligible to receive credit. Students in the United Statues must do so within 60 days from the date of registration, and international students must submit their score within 90 days from the date of registration. Read our full policy for academic credit and placement.

Degree in Three

If you are an International Baccalaureate student, you’re already starting your college experience with a strong foundation. You’re committed to learning and have a strong grasp of core academic subjects. As a result, you may already have a clear plan for your future mapped out. We want to help you reach your goals at the pace that’s right for you. With our Degree in Three program, you can apply your IB credits and earn your degree one year sooner. Explore programs of study and find out if Degree in Three is right for you.

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At Loyola, you’ll join a community that shares in your calling to make a positive impact on the world. Grounded in our Jesuit values, we embrace our shared humanity and pursue our goals in service to others and with respect for our planet — much like the values you learned through the International Baccalaureate. We think you’ll fit right in. 


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