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International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses

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College Credit for Scores of 4 or Higher at all Illinois Public Institutions of Higher Education

On July 22,2016, SB 2505 was signed into law amending The College and Career Success for All Students Act (Public Act 099-0624) which now provides that a student who takes an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subject and receives a score of 4 or higher is entitled to receive postsecondary level course credit at a public institution of higher education. The Act requires each public institution of higher education to comply with the same standard of awarding course credit to any student receiving a score of 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subject and applying the credit to meet a corresponding course requirement for degree completion at that institution of higher education.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, each public institution of higher education shall determine for each subject score whether credit will be granted for electives, general education requirements, or major requirements and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subject scores required to grant credit for those purposes. Each institution is also required to publish and maintain its International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subject score course granting policy on its website. 

IB policies and score charts

The following provides links to all Illinois public universities’ IB policies and score charts:

Chicago State University
IB Policy and Score Chart

Eastern Illinois University
IB Policy and Score Chart

Governors State University
IB Policy and Score Chart (Hint: Click on the “International Baccalaureate Program Exams” bullet to see the course chart.)

Illinois State University
IB Policy and Score Chart (pdf)

Northeastern Illinois University
IB Policy and Score Chart (pdf)

Northern Illinois University
IB Policy and Score Chart (pdf) (Hint: Scroll down to the 4th page to see the IB Credit Chart.)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
IB Policy and Score Chart

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
IB Policy and Score Chart (Hint: The link to the IB Credit Chart is located above the SIUE mailing address)

University of Illinois at Chicago
AP Policy & Score Chart (Note: There are two separate charts – Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2017 and Students Enrolled Beginning Fall 2017; be sure to view the applicable chart when checking scores and equivalencies. Hint: Scroll past AP chart to see IB Credit Chart)

University of Illinois at Springfield
IB Policy and Score Chart (Coming Soon!)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IB Policy & Score Chart

Western Illinois University
IB Policy and Score Chart

IB information for IL Community Colleges:
To access the IL community colleges’ IB policies and score charts, visit the Illinois Community College Board’s IB webpage at: Coming Soon!

IB information for Private Institutions:
Although this law only applies to Illinois public community colleges and universities, some private institutions have also created policies and score to credit equivalency charts for International Baccalaureate courses. Private institutions are invited to request links to their IB policies and score charts be added to this webpage at any time by contacting Malinda Aiello at aiello@ibhe.org.

Bradley University
AP Policy & Score Chart

Illinois Board of Higher Education International Baccalaureate Contact:

Malinda Aiello

Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
Main: (217) 782-2551
Direct: (217) 557-7355
Fax: (217) 782-8548
Web: www.ibhe.org
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377