JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 3400 NORTH CHARLES STREET/140 GARLAND, BALTIMORE, MD 21218 • ADMISSIONS: 410-516-8171 • FAX: 410-516-6025 CAMPUS LIFE Quality of Life Rating Fire Safety Rating Green Rating Type of school Environment
77 74 95 private metropolis
Total undergrad enrollment % male/female % from out of state % from public high school % live on campus # of fraternities # of sororities % African American % Asian % Caucasian % Hispanic % international # of countries represented
4,970 53/47 86 69 56 12 7 7 23 47 7 7 71
SURVEY SAYS . . .
Campus feels safe Low cost of living
ACADEMICS Academic Rating 89 Calendar 4/1/4 Student/faculty ratio 12:1 Profs interesting rating 67 Profs accessible rating 72 Most common reg class size 10–19 students Most common lab size 20–29 students MOST POPULAR MAJORS
international relations and affairs neuroscience public health
STUDENTS SAY “. . .” Academics Johns Hopkins University has a reputation as an academic powerhouse, one that its undergrads wholeheartedly affirm. Although the university offers “a pretty intense environment” with “really rigorous” classes, all of this is made bearable by professors are “concerned with the individual student” and “extremely approachable, even in [an] organic chemistry class of 300 students.” Indeed, “They enjoy being in the classroom and sharing what they know. Each is passionate about their area of study and eager to share it with students who are equally as enthusiastic.” A satisfied senior echoes these praises, saying, “All the professors that I’ve encountered at Hopkins recognize that learning should be fun and thought-provoking. Their lectures or discussions engage students to think about the materials in a different way and pursue further outside study.” “Engage” is the operative word here, as undergrads are “treated as though they are participants in their respective academic fields, not just ‘students’.” However, as one senior cautions, “There’s very little grade inflation, and you work hard for the grade you get.” Praise also extends to the administration, which students describe as “caring to a fault, willing to help, and generally highly interested in the undergraduate experience.” As one junior sums up, “It’s clear that our professors and deans genuinely care about the students, as evidenced by their attendance at student fundraisers, fraternity scholarship events, and even plays and a cappella concerts. They want students to learn about anything that interests them, but they want students to grow as people too, and it’s astonishing how high their success rate is in that regard.”
Life Life at Hopkins is “certainly based around work.” Indeed, most undergrads are diligent students “who put work over everything else.” This is a school where “people care about what they study” and it’s not uncommon to see fellow students “stay up all night debating philosophy, politics or the theory of evolution.” Sound a little intense? No worries: One junior assures us that “there’s never a dull moment at Johns Hopkins: You just have to step outside your room and look for five seconds.” Another senior confirms, “There's always something cool going on around campus, whether it’s from the world of entertainment (like Will Ferrell coming to speak) or academia.” There are numerous “free on-campus movies, plays, dance, and a cappella performances” to take in along with “the BEST lacrosse team in America” and “incredibly competitive [Division III] sports like soccer and water polo.” And with roughly a quarter of the student body involved in fraternities and sororities, Greek life offers a “tremendous social outlet.” Fortunately, when students get bored on campus, they can always explore hometown Baltimore for entertainment options. The city offers “movie theaters, malls, shopping centers, a TON of restaurants, a good music scene, and proximity to D.C., clubs, and other colleges. Many undergrads can frequently be found hanging out by the Inner Harbor or the nearby Towson Mall.
Student Body While it might be difficult to define the typical Hopkins undergrad, the vast majority are “hardworking and care about their GPAs, and will do what they can to get the grades they want.” Thankfully, many are also “balance artists; they are able to balance schoolwork, extracurricular activities, jobs, and a social life without getting too bogged down or stressed.” Though students “are competitive in the sense that they all want to do well,” that competitiveness is never adversarial. One junior declares, “I have found that there is an incredible mutual respect that permeates the student body, one that allows engineers to discuss poetry with English majors, sees historians present at astronomy lectures, and gets linguists to help lacrosse players study for French tests, all while reserving judgment upon each other.” A sophomore continues, “I've never been someplace where there are so many diverse interests. As clichéd as it may sound, there truly is a niche for everyone.” 314
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JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY FINANCIAL AID: 410-516-8028 • E-MAIL: GOTOJHU@JHU.EDU • WEBSITE: WWW.JHU.EDU
THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAYS Admissions Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, recommendation(s), rigor of secondary school record, character/personal qualities. Important factors considered include: Class rank, application essay, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, talent/ability, volunteer work, work experience. Other factors considered include: Alumni/ae relation, first generation, geographical residence, interview, racial/ethnic status, state residency. SAT or ACT required; SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT recommended; ACT with Writing component required. TOEFL required of all international applicants. High school diploma or equivalent is not required. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 4 mathematics, 4 science, 4 foreign language, 2 social studies, 2 history.
Financial Aid Students should submit: FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, noncustodial PROFILE, business/farm supplement. current year federal tax returns. Regular filing deadline is 3/1. The Princeton Review suggests that all financial aid forms be submitted as soon as possible after January 1. Need-based scholarships/grants offered: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loan aid offered: Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, Federal Perkins, college/university loans from institutional funds. Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 4/1. Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Off-campus job opportunities are good.
The Inside Word Top schools like Hopkins receive more and more applications every year and, as a result, grow harder and harder to get into. With more than 16,000 applicants, Hopkins has to reject numerous applicants who are thoroughly qualified. Give your application everything you’ve got, and don’t take it personally if you don’t get a fat envelope in the mail.
THE SCHOOL SAYS “. . .” From The Admissions Office “The Hopkins tradition of preeminent academic excellence naturally attracts the very best students in the nation and from around the world. The admissions committee carefully examines each application for evidence of compelling intellectual interest and academic performance as well as strong personal recommendations and meaningful extracurricular contributions. Every applicant who matriculates to Johns Hopkins University was found qualified by the admissions committee through a ‘whole person’ assessment, and every applicant accepted for admission is fully expected to graduate. The admissions committee determines whom they believe will take full advantage of the exceptional opportunities offered at Hopkins, contribute the most to the educational process of the institution, and be the most successful in using what they have learned and experienced for the benefit of society. “Freshman applicants may take either the SAT or the ACT with Writing component. For those submitting SAT scores, submitting scores from three SAT Subject Tests is recommended.”
SELECTIVITY Admissions Rating 98 # of applicants 16,122 % of applicants accepted 27 % of acceptees attending 31 # accepting a place on wait list 3,006 # of early decision applicants 995 % accepted early decision 50 FRESHMAN PROFILE
Range SAT Critical Reading 630–730 Range SAT Math 670–770 Range SAT Writing 650–730 Range ACT Composite 29–33 Minimum paper TOEFL 600 Average HS GPA 3.68 % graduated top 10% of class 80 % graduated top 25% of class 95 % graduated top 50% of class 100 DEADLINES
Early decision Deadline Notification Regular Deadline Notification Nonfall registration?
11/1 12/15 1/1 4/1 no
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FINANCIAL FACTS Financial Aid Rating 91 Annual tuition $39,150 Room and board $12,040 Books and supplies $1,200 % frosh rec. need-based scholarship or grant aid 34 % UG rec. need-based scholarship or grant aid 40 % frosh rec. non-need-based scholarship or grant aid 5 % UG rec. non-need-based scholarship or grant aid 5 % frosh rec. need-based self-help aid 40 % UG rec. need-based self-help aid 44 % frosh rec. athletic scholarships 1 % UG rec. athletic scholarships 1 % frosh rec. any financial aid 47 % UG rec. any financial aid 45 % UG borrow to pay for school 46 Average cumulative indebtedness $21,859 THE BEST 373 COLLEGES