Brian Taylor, Director of Ivy Coach, is featured today on the pages of the newspaper of Brown University, “The Brown Daily Herald.” The article entitled “Abroad But Not Alone: United World College at Brown” by Aleksandra Lifshits focuses on the United World College (UWC) program, a wonderful program founded by a most generous benefactor who opened up schools in various parts of the world. Today, there are fourteen UWC schools and colleges, represented in 150 nations around the world. As noted on the UWC website, “More than 50,000 students from more than 180 countries have studied at UWC schools, colleges and programmes and there are more than 145 national committees. In the turbulent world of the 21st century, UWC’s aims and objectives are as relevant today as they were in 1962 – perhaps even more so.” And Brown University is a major supporter of the United World College program. In fact, about one of every five international students at Brown is a Davis Scholar, a scholarship fund supporting UWC alums at universities within the United States. Brown is indeed one of UWC’s strongest partner institutions.
As Brian is quoted in the piece in “The Brown Daily Herald,” “UWC is attractive to universities because it allows them to establish footholds in countries they are not typically able to reach, such as Sierra Leone, said Brian Taylor, admission expert at Ivy Coach.” With respect to the IB vs. AP curriculum, Brian is quoted as saying, “Admission officers inherently trust the AP system more than the IB, Taylor said. “If a student gets a five on the AP, this signals to the admin that the student can succeed in the University,” he said. Since the IB exams occur in May after traditional college acceptance dates and predicted IB scores are often overly optimistic, it is hard to gauge how successful students will be through the IB diploma, he added. AP exams can be taken before a student’s senior year of high school. But the high concentration of UWC alums at the University demonstrates that “Brown is starting to have faith” in the IB schooling system that UWC employs, Taylor said.”
What do you think about the UWC program? Are you currently attending high school at a UWC school? How do you like your high school and do you plan to apply to a U.S. university such as Brown? We’re interested to hear from you.