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.


Destination Students
UK universities (see below for details) 60
US universities and liberal arts colleges (see below) 13
European universities and colleges: University of Amsterdam (2), Amsterdam University College, Bocconi (Italy), International University of Catalonia, ESMOD (France), IE x3 (Spain), Istituto Marangoni, Maastricht, Jacobs (Germany), KU Leven, Parsons Paris, Passau (Germany), Poznan (Poland) and Webster Vienna, 19
Canadian Universities: McGill (2), Simon Fraser and UBC (2) 5
Australian Universities: Melbourne (2) 2
Gap year: This year the students’ gap year plans include: Volunteering as an English Teacher in India, working with an environmentalist campaigner in Senegal on environmental and community projects, internships in multiple hotels, working within event management to gain experience, gaining her TEFL then moving to Provence to teach English and the guitar whilst improving her French, Shadowing in a law firm, then volunteering on a Human Rights Project in South Africa. 16 – 3 of which are holding a deferred entry place.

US and UK university league tables
For 2017, 29 St. Clare’s graduates, have been placed in the Top 20 UK universities as ranked by the independent Complete University Guide 2017, with 21 in the top 10 (see below). Eleven students are taking up places in Top 100 US universities, 9 of them at Top 50 Institutions and a further 2 have gone on to a Top 35 Liberal Arts College according to the standard ranking list by U.S. News and World Report. Rankings represent an average of each university’s provision, for example in teaching, research, entry standards, staff-student ratio, degrees awarded, job prospects, resources, retention rates and spending per student.

Top UK universities No. of students
Cambridge  2
Oxford  4
London School of Economics LSE  2
Imperial  2
Warwick  5
University College London UCL  6
Students placed in the top US universities and colleges No. of students
Bryn Mawr (Liberal Arts College) 1
Amherst (Liberal Arts College) 1
Harvard University 1
University of Pennsylvania 1
Carnegie Mellon University 1
University of Rochester 1
Brandeis University 1
New York University 1
The University of Southern California on the prestigious WBB Programme 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 59 (59%) 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:

  • 3 IE # 4 European Business School (Financial Times Rankings)
  • 4 Bocconi #10 in the World for Business and 17 for Economics (QS World Subject Ranking)
  • Parsons School of Design (Paris Campus) #5 on the Global Fashion School Rankings (Business of Fashion Rankings 2016)

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.

Further Reading

The Future of IB: Alessandro Blanchi Maiocchi

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Celebrating another year of outstanding IB Diploma results

Once again our students have produced a remarkable set of results in the prestigious IB Diploma. We are relatively unselective in intake, making the average of 36.7 points (equating to better than 3 A grades at A level) even more impressive, and the...

“The Insider” podcast

The first episode of “The Insider” has just been published. “The Insider” is a new podcast created by our International Baccalaureate students. The podcast series seeks to find out more about teachers and gain unique insights on things they have learned on their...

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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