International Baccalaureate Examination Policy

The University of Puget Sound may grant  lower division credit for a student's results on an  International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination. Additionally, if a student has earned the IB Diploma,  one unit of lower division elective credit will be allowed for the Theory of Knowledge. The university's goal in granting credit for IB Examinations is to award students a fair amount of credit for their advanced study in high school; to ensure that students are placed in the next appropriate course, should they decide to continue study in that discipline; and to direct students into courses that will supplement their academic achievement in high school.

Exam credit counts toward the 16 unit transfer credit maximum allowed toward an undergraduate degree. Exam credit may apply as elective credit or toward a major/minor. Beginning with students matriculating in Fall 2018, exam credit may also apply toward the Core Requirements if equivalent to a core-fulfilling Puget Sound course.

Note: Students enrolling with freshman or sophomore standing (less than 15 units initially transferred) may complete up to four Core Areas via transfer credit; students enrolling with junior standing (15+ units) may complete up to five Core Areas via transfer credit.

Note: A student who earns exemption from a Puget Sound course who also takes that course (or a course preparatory to the exempted course) is subject to a revision of the original IB evaluation and a possible reduction of credit.

Use the links below to view the details regarding specific score requirements, credit awards, and course exemptions for each examination.

2018 IB Exam Policy (effective for Fall 2018 matriculants)

2017 IB Exam Policy (effective for Fall 2017 matriculants)

2016 IB Exam Policy (effective for Fall 2016 matriculants)

2015 IB Exam Policy (effective for Fall 2015 matriculants)