How does taking difficult courses improve a student's chances for scholarships and admission to univ

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At a time when increasing numbers of university applicants are all presenting equally impressive GPAs, admissions officers must look for other evidence that the student will succeed in the challenges of the new academic environment. Admissions officers look for such factors as the quality of the courses represented on the transcript, the balance of courses across all disciplines, the record of the student’s research abilities, and the details of school and community involvement – all requirements of the IB Diploma Program. Research conducted at several North American universities has demonstrated that IB Diploma students enjoy success at the university level and often earn higher grades than their colleagues. Increasingly, universities are actively recruiting IB students by offering enhanced recognition or scholarships for successful IB exam scores.