Baccalaureate (IB) is a curriculum offered by many schools around the world.
This year, the IB diploma program has made changes to its curricular design.
Penn offers the following guidance for those who are choosing IB courses that
will best prepare them for success at Penn:
- Math Analysis HL is most similar to the current
Math HL course. This course provides strong preparation for students interested
in engineering (School of Engineering & Applied Sciences), business (i.e,
Wharton), and many disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences including
the natural and physical sciences. This is our preferred option for students
interested in pursuing quantitative disciplines at Penn.
- Math Applications HL provides some exposure to
calculus and applied mathematics. This may provide adequate preparation for
students interested in STEM fields and many subjects in the College including
quantitative social sciences and humanities. For students interested in
engineering and/or business we prefer Math Analysis HL.
- Math Analysis SL is most similar to the existing
Math SL course. This course may provide adequate preparation for students
interested in pursuing qualitative social sciences or humanities subjects in
the College, and the statistics content may be appropriate for students
interested in Penn Nursing. We would view this course holistically along with
other parts of the application to try and understand whether the student has
appropriate preparation for their area of interest. This would not be our first
preference for students interested in engineering, business, or many
quantitative disciplines in the College.
- Math Applications SL is most similar to the
existing IB Math Studies course. In most cases, it would not be appropriate for
students pursuing subjects at Penn that require advanced math including
engineering, business, and many disciplines in the College.
As a reminder, Penn works
with schools that offer a wide variety of curricular offerings and the
Admissions Office does not prefer one model of curricula to another. Our aim is
to make certain that students are well-prepared to be successful at Penn,
regardless of what course of study their school offers.