Preparing for College

IB students commonly report feeling well equipped to engage and succeed in college coursework and are more comfortable and academically adjusted during their first year at university. Benefits that IB alumni cite include: motivation, work habits, organization, time management, high levels of academic self-concept, familiarity with an interest in research, the ability to take multiple perspectives, strong analytical writing and comfort with college level writing, deeper understanding of the structure of knowledge, large concepts and how content connects across disciplines.

Teachers, administrators and university staff also report that IB students develop the traits needed to succeed in university to a greater extent than their non-DP peers.

American universities and colleges fully recognize and honor the IB Diploma Program, and it offers the added benefit of being recognized by universities worldwide, opening additional opportunities for Country Day students. Country Day's recent IB Diploma recipients attend these fine institutions:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Davidson College
  • Middlebury College
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Southern California
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Colgate University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Northeastern University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Elon University
  • University of Richmond
  • Wake Forest University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Furman University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Washington and Lee University

Past IB graduates have also earned prestigious merit-based scholarships, including the Morehead-Cain (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Park (NC State) scholarships.