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JHU Admissions Information

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland (map)


Johns Hopkins University, the first research university established in the country, was founded in 1876. Since its inception, JHU has been a leading university in both instruction and research. Although Johns Hopkins is known for its excellence in the sciences, the school offers 50 majors and 41 minors to students, with programs from ranging from business, to engineering and music.

In addition, JHU offers students the dual opportunities of a liberal arts college and a major research institution. Classes are kept small and the student-to-faculty ratio is kept low. Students are encouraged to complete research projects and take part in internships under the guidance of faculty members and mentors. In fact, the school allocates funds specifically for undergraduate researchers, including the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards and the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

The central campus of JHU, Homewood, is a residential area tucked within the metropolitan area of Baltimore. With easy access to trains, planes or buses, travel to and from this area is very convenient. In addition, there are various other campuses and centers in Maryland, DC and two abroad–one in Bologna, Italy and the other in Nanjing, China. The worldwide presence of the Johns Hopkins is a testament to the school’s commitment to global affairs and the creation of future leaders.



Basic Info

Main Address: 3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone Number: (410) 516-8000  
Website: www.jhu.edu  


Type of school: Private, Four-year  
Type of school: Coed, Research  
Setting: Urban setting, Very large city; Residential campus  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Club, Scholarship, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Diploma, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 4,998  
Percent out-of-state: 89%  
Percent international: 11%  
Female to Male ratio: 47:53  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 12:1  
Most popular majors: International Relations and Affairs
Public Health
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Women's Housing
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Political organizations
Student newspaper
Television station

Percent of men who join fraternities: 23%
Percent of women who join sororities: 22%
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Pep band
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra


Fun Facts

  • The Johns Hopkins University Press, founded in 1878, is the oldest continuously-operating university press in the United State
  • In 1946, Applied Physics Laboratory scientists attached cameras to a captured German V-2 rocket and snapped the first picture of Earth from space.
  • Johns Hopkins introduced lacrosse to Japan in 1986, and today more than 20,000 Japanese are playing the game.
  • Woodrow Wilson is the only U.S. president to have an earned Ph.D., which was bestowed on him by Johns Hopkins in 1886.
  • Johns Hopkins University's eighth president, Milton S. Eisenhower, advised eight U.S. Presidents: Coolidge, Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Dwight Eisenhower (his brother), Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

Admissions Information

More than 16,000 applications are reviewed for undergraduate admission each year at JHU. With an acceptance rate of 27%, this university is considered highly selective. In order for a student to improve his or her chances for admission, it is very important that he or she carefully review all application information available on the JHU website. According to this website, JHU "seeks creative, ambitious students who value the learning process". Furthermore, when admissions officials review each application, they pay attention to two central questions: first, how well will this student benefit from being at JHU? and second, how might this student contribute to the JHU community?

Overall, JHU considers a wide array of factors when reviewing each application. These include a student's character, recommendations, rigor of secondary school record, academic GPA, class rank, application essay, extracurricular activities, standardized test scores, talent/ability, volunteer work, and work experience.

In addition, JHU offers the Early Decision option. This gives students, whose first choice is JHU, an advantage in the application process. According to statistics from 2010, of the 1155 Early Decision applicants, 493 were accepted.

Admissions address: 3400 North Charles Street, Mason Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone number: (410) 516-8171  
Fax number: (410) 516-6025  
Admissions Website: apply.jhu.edu  
Email: gotojhu@jhu.edu  
Contact Person: John Latting, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 16,122  
Percent of applicants admitted: 27%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: 2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report (with transcript)
Standardized test scores
Mid Year Report
Final Report

Athletic supplement (if you would like to be recruited by one or more athletic teams as part of the admission process)
Arts Supplement (if you would like to have your special talent in one or more of the arts considered as part of the admission process

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? For admission decisions:
Required: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
If submitting ACT, the writing section is required
Recommended: SAT II Subject Tests
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 5332  
ACT code: 1704  
Learn more about other Top Pre-Med schools:
Stanford   Duke   University of Washington   UCLA  

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