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About International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) Credit

FOR NEW STUDENTS ENROLLING IN THE 2024-2025 ACADEMIC YEAR (Summer 2024, Fall 2024 or Spring 2025)

  • As scores come in, they will be uploaded to the student's academic record and evaluated for course placement and possible academic credit.
  • Credit policies get reviewed every year and may change.
  • The course placement and academic credit policies that apply to you can be seen here.


  • Policies get reviewed every year and may change.
  • The course placement and academic credit policies that were in effect when you first enrolled at Illinois are the ones that apply to you. Please check the archives for your academic year to see whether you will get any credit for your exam score.

Requesting IB Credit

Most IB test scores are received electronically from the International Baccalaureate Organization in mid-July, but we do accept them throughout the year. Any proficiency credit you earn is immediately posted to your academic record.

If you are expecting credit based on your scores on the IB Higher Level and/or Standard Level exams and you do not see it in your DARS report, you can contact us by phone (217) 244-4437 during business hours or by email to ask whether your test scores were received. Please provide us with your UIN.

Test results cannot be accepted from the student. If you did not originally request that the official transcript of your exam scores be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you will have to contact International Baccalaureate and pay a fee to have them sent. As soon as your official test score transcript is received, your test scores will be entered into your UIUC academic record.

By the Way ...

Sometimes your IB test results will give you a higher course placement than your placement test results. If test results from your IB exam and your placement exam generate conflicting placement messages, you may follow the higher placement message. Please discuss your options with your academic advisor.

Illinois recognizes the value of the IB Diploma Programme. Nevertheless, you should be aware that there are times when it is in your best interest to decline the test-based credit and take the actual course that corresponds to the IB credit. The course might better prepare you for the rigors of the next course in the sequence or might be required by a future graduate school. Consult with your academic advisor, as this decision will often depend on your academic goals.

FAQ: Learn about the law that requires credit be awarded for IB scores of 4, 5, 6, and 7.


Questions can be emailed to or you may call (217) 244-4437 during normal business hours.