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University of Nebraska

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Below are the links to video recordings of a program called the College Domination Boot Camp by Dr. Deborah Bedor, sponsored by the National Leadership Academies of Medicine and Science and Technology

This College Domination Boot Camp includes the information, tips, and tricks you need to know about the college admissions process and how YOU can get into your dream school


College Domination Boot Camp Video Series

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Disclaimer: this video series contains excellent information about the college admissions process, but please take some pieces of information with a grain of salt as the video series has not been thoroughly verified. The IBSO is not claiming ownership of this video series by any means.


By Mike Fischer, IB Coordinator (2/2/18)

Now that your child has registered for next year’s classes, it is time to start dreaming of colleges and universities.  Know that every university has their own separate policy on course credit for IB exams and for admissions, so it is important to be a good consumer and compare and contrast each institution.  If you are looking for a general rule of thumb, usually all Higher Level IB courses such as English, History, Psychology, Biology, Physics and Visual Arts can earn up to a year’s worth of college credit depending on your child’s upcoming exam score in May.  Standard Level (SL) courses can earn up to a semester’s worth of credit.  This is less common, but is occurring more and more often in the past 3 years.  For example, check out the recent changes in the University of Colorado System.  I recently received an update for UC @ Denver, and they grant SL credit for all of the courses we offer at East HS as do most of the other UC universities (   Another change that just happened two weeks ago came from Purdue University.  They also grant credit for all of our SL courses at East as well, with the exception of foreign language.  However, placement exams are given instead and traditionally our students have done very well on these types of foreign language exams.

If your child is an IB Diploma Candidate, the research you will need to do is even more critical.  Take for example UW-Madison (  Unlike Purdue, they grant very little SL credit, but recognize all of our HL courses.  They will also award 3 credits for the IB Diploma.  So a student who takes IB English, History, Biology and Psychology at the HL and passes the exams will earn 24 credits plus whatever retro-credits they get from foreign language.  These retro-credits usually average around 8 to 12, however some of our IB students have earned 20.  This puts your child between 28 and 44 credits for their IB preparation.  Now, compare this to the University of Nebraska.  For earning the IB Diploma, they will make the student a college sophomore with 28 credits and are eligible for a $58,000 IB scholarship (  Another example is St. Michaels College @ Colchester, Vermont (  They will give up to 32 credits for the IB Diploma, or sophomore status, with a $15,000 /year merit scholarship depending on the diploma score.

In summary, it pays to do your research.  Every school is different.  One concluding general rule of thumb I would always remember when applying to a 2 year Junior College or Extension, they cannot give credit.  You will have to wait to see what the university you transfer to will give you.  You would want to check out any deferred admissions policies where you are officially admitted to the 4 year institution but take your first 2 years at the extension.  As always, if you have any questions, please give me a call or shoot me an e-mail. Contact information can be found on the contact page.