University destinations for our IB students

The vast majority of St Clare’s graduates go to university as the next step in their career. Institutions all over the world welcome our students. During your two years at St Clare’s, you will be well-prepared for and guided through decisions and applications.

Most students start university immediately, while a number choose to develop their personal skills and interests by taking a “gap year”. During a gap year, students usually travel, work or volunteer. This can improve their career prospects prior to continuing in education.

Students have been successful in taking places at prestigious universities around the world. This year’s excellent results have ensured success for our students, particularly at a time when competition is strong. Many students have had offers from universities in different countries and been able to take up their first-choice university.

Students placed in the top US universities and colleges No. of students
Haverford (Liberal Arts College) 2
Wesleyan (Liberal Arts College) 1
Boston College 1
New York University 2
The George Washington University 1
University of Pittsburg 1
Students placed in the top 10 UK universities No. of students
University of Oxford 3
London School of Economics 2
Imperial College London 1
University of St. Andrew’s 2
University of Durham 1
University of Warwick 2
University of Surrey 2
University of Exeter 2
University of Lancaster 1

Students have chosen to study a range of subjects including: Aerospace Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Classics, Computer Science, Criminology, Drama, Economics, English Literature, Fashion Marketing, Fine Art, Film Directing, Genetics, Geology and Nutrition, Global Sustainability Science, History, Information Management for Business, International Aviation Management, International Development with Economics, Law, Liberal Arts, Management, Medicine, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Philosophy, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), Physics, Psychology and Social Anthropology.

St Clare’s is an international school and, as such, our students view universities from a global perspective. This year 71 (70%) of our current students are progressing on to a university in the top 1% in the world as measured by the Times Higher Education World Rankings and the QS World Rankings.

Classed in the other category are also specialist institutions who are top in their field. This includes:

  • one to Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne # 1 World Industry Rankings for Hospitality (TNS)
  • two to IE # 3 European Business School (Financial Times Rankings)
  • two to Sciences Po #4 for Politics and International Studies in the world (QS World Subject Rankings)
  • one to Bocconi #10 in the world for Business and #17 for Economics (QS World Subject Rankings)

We pride ourselves on helping students to make well-informed choices and applications for their future. Our careers and higher education programme provides a strong foundation for future study, work and life. Students comment on its value many years after they have left St Clare’s.

Quotes from students:

It was easy to find useful information on the Careers website. In leading up to university application, there was always support available to help with UCAS and personal statements. Throughout the first year, we were encouraged to do career research, so everything was not left to do at the start of the second year, which would have been impossible!

I was made to question why I want to study that subject. I think it really made me think if it is right for me or not.

Everything was well organised and we were helped to manage our time effectively, which really helped.

You could pop in to see Melanie whenever you had a question; you never felt that you had to make decisions on your own.

With the UK — helped me to choose universities based on the factors that were most important to me. 

With the US — helped me to navigate the college admissions process as a St Clare’s student. Also helped me to come up with a really good list of colleges to apply to.

Further Reading

Windsurfing on Farmoor Reservoir

IB Students on an introductory windsurfing lesson at a local reservoir just outside Oxford had to deal with blustery winds and dramatic skies but after two hours everyone managed to stand up and do some windsurfing. This sort of trip is just one of the many activities...

Find out more about your university course choices

For advice before you start the IB, speak to Chris Osbourn, Admissions Registrar.
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