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#9 John Hopkins University

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Johns Hopkins #10 National University (US News & World Report)

Johns Hopkins University is a private institution that was founded in 1876 in Baltimore, Maryland on the principle that by pursuing big ideas and sharing what we learn will make the world a better place. For more than 140 years, John Hopkins hasn’t strayed from that vision.

John Hopkins is known to be America’s first research institution, as it is well known for innovative advances in various fields, from technology to history. The university emphasizes the importance of exploration and discovery in the undergraduate experience. Learning occurs through hands-on experiences across all academic disciplines and within every subject imaginable. The lack of a core curriculum fosters academic freedom, which allows students to create their own interdisciplinary paths. They choose classes they are genuinely interested in, not just required to take, so there’s a real sense of curiosity around learning that extends beyond the classroom setting. More than 60 percent of Hopkins students double major or minor, often creating unique combinations like electrical engineering and romance languages or biomedical engineering and business. This establishes a dynamic, engaging learning environment where students from various backgrounds bring different perspectives to class discussions and foster collaborative learning.  

Hopkins professors, another invaluable resource, are experts in their fields who make important contributions to their industries and academia at large. They’re enthusiastic about teaching and often include undergraduates in their own ground-breaking research opportunities of a major research institution with a global reach.

Pre-professional tracks are offered for those interested in pursuing law or medicine choose any major/minor combination. Pre-med majors have opportunities to intern at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a top-ranked hospital with highly ranked specialties. Students also encounter real-world experiences–like implementing marketing plans for local companies and heading startup businesses on campus.

Some of the scholarships available at Johns Hopkins include the Hodson Trust Scholarship, which goes to freshmen who have excelled academically and personally; the Charles R. Westgate Scholarship in Engineering; and the Baltimore Scholars Program for students from Baltimore City public high schools. Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program provides eligible undergraduates up to $10,000 over four years to investigate a research topic of their own design.

Admissions Requirements

Application Fee$75
Standardized TestsSAT or ACT, essay is optional
SAT Subject TestsOptional to send one or more, not required
AP and IB examsYou may self-report
Supplement Questions/Essays One
Recommendations2 Teacher Recommendations and Counselor of Record Report
From Your High SchoolTranscript, High school profile, Mid-year Report, Final Report
Special Programs

Direct Matriculation Program: Master’s in International Studies or Master’s in Global Health Studies along with their undergraduate application.

Peabody Double Degree: BA in Music and a BA or BS from JHU.

Woodrow Wilson Scholars: Research Fellowship Program to a select group of Arts & Sciences undergraduates .

Optional Supplemental MaterialsIf sending, ensure additional items will genuinely contribute to your application. To submit additional materials, include a link to your work in the additional information section of your application. You may also upload additional documents (pictures of art, research abstracts, etc.) to your application.
International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS or DET
Early DecisionNovember 1, decision by mid-December
Regular DecisionJanuary 2, decision by mid to late March

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores (if available), GPA ranges, or class ranking. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores and grades to keep your application in the running.

Testing/GPA Guidelines

SAT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)Composite: 1480 to 1550
ACT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)Composite: 33 to 35
Middle GPA Range (unweighted)Score: 3.93

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Day 1 • Johns Hopkins University

According to US News & World Report, Johns Hopkins University is ranked #10 in National Universities, tied with Northwestern University. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.

Johns Hopkins University:
Private, Total undergraduate enrollment of 6,109.

Founded in 1876 with the first president Daniel Coit Gilman.

Urban: Located in Baltimore, Maryland. Has four campuses. Main campus is Homewood.

Tuition & Fees:
$53,740 (2018-19), room and board is additional.

$3.7 billion (2017)

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. Types of housing: coed dorms, apartment for single students, special housing for disabled students, wellness housing and other housing options.

Admit Rate:
Highly competitive, admit rate of 9.9%.

48 percent male students and 52 percent female students. Race/ethnicity: Asian–28 percent, Caucasian–24 percent, Hispanic–18 percent, Black–14 percent, International–9 percent, Native American–2 percent, Pacific Islander–1 percent, Unknown–3 percent.

Religious Affiliation:

Other Awards by US News:
#10 in National Universities, #43 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching, and #18 in Best Value Schools

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

University motto:
The University’s official motto is “Veritas vos liberabit” translates as “The Truth Will Set You Free” .

Johns Hopkins mascot, the Blue Jay, is a Jay bird that is bright blue with black & white markings. Always bright & noisy, it inspires the students and athletes. Blue Jay mascot in his blue-white attire, hopped around the arena symbolizing the spirit of the athletes.

Johns Hopkins colors are blue and white, as primary colors, and they also extend their design for a more warm colors to add energy.

Johns Hopkins fields 24 varsity teams, 22 of which compete at the NCAA Division III level. The other two, men’s and women’s lacrosse, both compete in Division I. many students take part in one or more of the university’s 10 intramural sports, which include 3-on-3 basketball, flag football, innertube water polo, and wallyball. There are also approximately 40 club sports, including badminton, Brazilian jiu jitsu, cricket, ice hockey, ultimate frisbee, water polo, and—for aspiring wizards—Quidditch.

Day 3 • Academic at Hopkins/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

Johns Hopkins University is divided into nine schools, five of which serve undergraduate and graduate students. Hopkins’ graduate programs include the top-ranked Bloomberg School of Public Health and the highly ranked School of Education, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Medicine and the well-regarded Peabody Institute for music and dance. The Homewood Campus, one of the university’s four campuses in and around Baltimore, is the primary campus for undergraduates. Hopkins also has additional campuses for its School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China.

State-of-the-art facilities such as the Undergraduate Teaching Labs or JHU-MICA Film Center also give students access to the latest learning technology. In fact, the university remains a national leader of research funding and students in all programs within the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering gain practical experiences through research conducted both on and off campus. Several funded programs, such as the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards and the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship, are dedicated to supporting undergraduate research.

Other unique programs include: Direct Matriculation Programs (DMP) in Global Health Studies and International Studies. Students accepted to these programs are admitted to both the undergraduate program as well as the master’s program at the designated Hopkins graduate school. Students must apply to the DMP of their choice as part of their undergraduate application.

The student-faculty ratio at Johns Hopkins University is 7:1, and the school has 74.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97 percent.

Academic Calendar:
Semester based

Top Undergraduate Majors:
Public Health, Bioengineering and Biomedical, Engineering, International Relations and Affairs, Economics and Neuroscience.

Highly ranked Graduate program:
 Bloomberg School of Public Health,  School of Nursing, and School of Medicine.

Student Life:
 More than 1,400 students participate in the Greek community. Access to one or more ROTC programs, involvation in Greek life, sororities and fraternities, sports teams with a very contagious spirit, social and cultural groups and organizations. Johns Hopkins also has regular events like Spring Fairs, Lighting of the Quads, Hoptoberfest, Halloween parties, and Library Streaking.

Students of Johns Hopkins highly rate the dining facilities. They usually go to Charles Street Market (CharMar), Levering Cafe, Chipotle, FFC, and Brody Cafe.

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Notable alumni include Jeff Altman, standup comedian, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and winner of MacArthur Award, Richard Ben Cramer, journalist and author of What It Takes (Pulitzer Prize winner), Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, Aneesh Chopra, President Obama’s Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Joanna Zeiger, olympic and world champion triathlete, Reid Wiseman  american and NASA Astronaut as part of Expedition 40, and Michael Griffin, NASA administrator.

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Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants:

Admission Rate:
, including early applicants, (fall of 2018)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:
46%- Number of students who actually attended or matriculated once admitted.

Early Option:
Early Decision, November 1

Regular Deadline:
January 2

Admission Requirements:
See Table above

Admissions into this prestigious University, John Hopkins, is highly competitive with the acceptance rate being less than 10%, and continues to decrease each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If Harvard is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare to apply to John Hopkins.

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Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #9 (tied) Nationally Ranked University, Northwestern University. Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used are the JHU website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites

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