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May 3, 2024

How to Get Into Johns Hopkins University

Maryland Hall is featured after a snowfall at Johns Hopkins University.
Johns Hopkins does not consider legacy status in admissions decision-making (photo credit: Cvenghaus).

Johns Hopkins University is a research powerhouse known worldwide for its contributions to many major fields, such as medicine, engineering, and politics. The 2024 U.S. News and World Report annual college ranking lists it as the 9th best university in the country due to its $10.54 billion endowment, considerable research output, and high student quality of life. It makes for an ideal setting for undergraduate education, but getting in is not easy!

What Is Johns Hopkins University?

Johns Hopkins’ primary campus (“Homewood”) is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The university’s 2023-24 Common Data Set indicates that 2,742 males and 3,348 females call Homewood home, bringing the total undergraduate student body to a modest 6,090 students. 19% of the JHU Class of 2027 are first-generation college students, and 14% come from outside of the United States.

How to Get Into Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins Admissions Requirements

Admission to Johns Hopkins eludes even the most competitive of applicants. While there are technically no minimum GPA or testing requirements to be eligible for admission, students with a strong academic record and a transcript that shows they took the most difficult coursework available to them stand the best chance of being accepted.  

Johns Hopkins GPA Requirements

Johns Hopkins admissions officers take an applicant’s “personal context” into consideration when making their decisions, which allows them to fully understand to what extent a student has taken advantage of the opportunities made available to them. GPA is just one of many factors that plays into this “holistic” process. 

However, The Common Data Set reveals that among current JHU first-years, 62.53% had a 4.0 in high school, 27.99% had between a 3.75 and 3.99, and 6.17% had between a 3.5 and 3.74. The average GPA for an enrollee in the Class of 2027 was 3.93.

Does Johns Hopkins Look at Class Rank?

99% of current Johns Hopkins first-years graduated in the top tenth of their high school class. Does this data mean that JHU will only accept students with perfect grades? Certainly not, but an ambitious applicant had better create a compelling application to address any academic shortcomings. 

Johns Hopkins SAT/ACT Score Requirements

Johns Hopkins has announced it is test-optional through 2026, although we at Ivy Coach have reason to believe this policy will not last much longer than that (if it even last though 2026 since some schools are changing course).

Amongst members of the Johns Hopkins Class of 2027, 41% submitted SAT scores and 14% submitted ACT scores. 

Mid 50% Range1,530 — 1,56034 — 35

Does Johns Hopkins Superscore Students’ SAT or ACT scores?

superscore combines the highest section scores from each individual test sitting for admissions evaluation. Johns Hopkins superscores both the SAT and the ACT, evaluating the highest scores reported for the Reading and Writing and Math section of the SAT, and the maximum value of each official section score of the ACT.

With that being said, students should submit more than one score report only for the purposes of superscoring. Submitting multiple test administrations shows Johns Hopkins that you had to work harder than many to achieve your scores, so we at Ivy Coach discourage the practice.

What High School Courses Does Johns Hopkins Require?

Johns Hopkins’ undergraduate admissions office recommends the following high school curriculum:

We appreciate that this recommended curriculum does not dance around the fact that four years of study in each core subject is essential for a competitive college application anywhere. Foreign language study is the missing fifth subject that should be taken by all aspiring JHU applicants, and this study ideally should begin by grade 8. 

What Extracurriculars Does Johns Hopkins Look For in Applicants?

JHU admission officers use a “quality over quantity” approach when evaluating an applicant’s extracurricular record. They won’t admit students with a wide spread of activities that have each garnered minimal participation. This is what we at Ivy Coach like to call the “myth of the well-rounded applicant.” 

At highly selective colleges across America, students are not admitted because they have a variety of passions that call for their attention. Instead, it’s the specialists and experts, the award-winning artists, math aficionados, and dedicated community activists who make the cut. Admissions officers at Johns Hopkins want their incoming class to be well-rounded, not individual students. Applicants who pursue their singular passions as far as they will go will find that JHU takes notice!

Johns Hopkins Application Requirements

Johns Hopkins applicants must complete The Common Application or the Coalition Application, the Johns Hopkins Supplement, a counselor recommendation, and two teacher recommendations. JHU notes that students applying to the Biomedical Engineering major (BME) must indicate the major as their first choice on the application, as the department caps the number of undergraduates. The application is still the same across all prospective majors, but it is far more competitive for BME applicants.

Let’s focus on each individual component and discuss how students should complete them to give them the best shot of admission.

Who to Ask For Letters of Recommendation

Applicants to Johns Hopkins should ask two teachers — ideally two junior year teachers in core subjects — in addition to their school counselor for letters of recommendation.

Does Johns Hopkins Require an Alumni Interview?

No, Johns Hopkins does not conduct interviews as part of their application process.

What are Johns Hopkins’ Supplemental Essay Topics?

The Johns Hopkins Supplement is one of the most important aspects of the JHU application. In addition to the Personal Statements that are sent to all schools, students applying to the Class of 2028 at Hopkins had to respond to the following prompt:

“Tell us about an aspect of your identity (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, religion, community, etc.) or a life experience that has shaped you as an individual and how that influenced what you’d like to pursue in college at Hopkins.  This can be a future goal or experience that is either academic, extracurricular, or social. (350-word limit)

An important note about the essay:

In this essay question, we are looking for how an aspect of your identity or background has contributed to your personal story — your character, values, perspectives, or skills — and how you think it may shape your approach to college as a scholar, leader, or community member.

Please note that the U.S. Supreme Court recently limited the consideration of race in college admissions decisions but specifically permitted consideration of “an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life” so long as the student is “treated based on his or her experiences as an individual—not on the basis of race.” Therefore, any part of your background, including but not limited to your race, may be discussed in your response to this essay if you so choose, but will be considered by the university based solely on how it has affected your life and your experiences as an individual.

When are Johns Hopkins’ application deadlines?

Johns Hopkins’ three admissions rounds are Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision.

Early Decision I and II are both binding processes for those who are 100% sure they will commit to Hopkins if admitted. The only difference between these two rounds is the deadline. Early Decision I is due on November 1st, while Early Decision II is due on January 2nd, the same day as the nonbinding Regular Decision deadline.

Johns Hopkins Acceptance Rate and Statistics

So how difficult is it to join the ranks of the JHU Blue Jays? Just over 38,000 students applied for admission to the Class of 2028, and 2,558, or 6.2%, were accepted. 

How Much Does Johns Hopkins Cost?

In the academic year 2023-24, the full cost of attendance for on campus first-years at Johns Hopkins was $86,065, which included projected costs for personal expenses. Here’s the breakdown:

How Ivy Coach Helps Students Get Into Johns Hopkins

100% of Ivy Coach’s package clients earned admission in Johns Hopkins’s early rounds over the past five years, higher than any other school (though tied with some others!). The JHU admissions process is deeply meritocratic, prizes academic rigor, and does not give preference to legacies. At Ivy Coach, we understand exactly what they are looking for.

If you’re interested in Ivy Coach’s assistance in optimizing your child’s case for admission to Johns Hopkins, fill out our complimentary consultation form, and we’ll be in touch.

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