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With an acceptance rate of 13%, admission to Johns Hopkins is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class, and have an SAT score of close to 1570, or an ACT score of around 34.

So, you’re thinking about applying to Johns Hopkins, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 13%, admission to Johns Hopkins is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class, and have an SAT score of close to 1570, or an ACT score of around 34.

Not quite there? Try taking one of our SAT prep courses to raise your current score. You still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Johns Hopkins admission statistics.


Johns Hopkins Admissions Statistics

Johns Hopkins’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 13%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 27,094 applicants, Johns Hopkins admitted 3,234. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.9, the average ACT score was 33, and the average SAT score was 1510.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 32, and the 75th percentile score was 34.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1460. The 75th percentile score was 1570.

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If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Johns Hopkins is very competitive. Even if Johns Hopkins is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere. Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took at a look at Johns Hopkins’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Johns Hopkins Application Requirements

To apply to Johns Hopkins, you’ll need to fill out the Common App and the Johns Hopkins supplement, submit an ACT or SAT score (essay required), two SAT Subject Test scores (these are recommended, but not required), a school report, a midyear and counselor report, and two letters of recommendation from your teachers. Everything should be submitted by November 1 for Early Decision, and January 2 for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Johns Hopkins Application, answer Johns Hopkins’s supplementary questions, and pay an application fee of $70 (or apply for a fee waiver)
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score and 2 SAT Subject test scores (writing score optional)
  • Submit your high school transcript and a midyear/counselor report
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher

The application deadline is November 1 for Early Decision, and January 2 for Regular Decision. November 15/February 1 is the financial aid application deadline for Early/Regular Decision applicants, respectively. Early Action notifications are released by December 15, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates on April 1. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.

Have you been admitted to Johns Hopkins? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse at what your classmates will be like.


Johns Hopkins Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Johns Hopkins, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 51% are male and 49% are female
  • All 50 states and 58 nations are represented
  • 93% were in the top 10 percent of their high school class

Johns Hopkins has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • African American: 6%
  • Asian American: 26%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 15%
  • Multiracial 5%
  • White: 44%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Johns Hopkins offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:

  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Neuroscience
  • Economics

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Johns Hopkins Tuition Figures

At $48,710, Johns Hopkins’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $38,000.

Here’s a fuller look at Johns Hopkins tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $48,710
  • Average financial aid package: $38,000
  • The average student debt of a Johns Hopkins graduate is $28,780

For the latest numbers and to learn more about financial aid options, click HERE.

Now, what is life like at Johns Hopkins? Let’s take a look.


Johns Hopkins Location

Johns Hopkins University is comprised of several campuses spread out over Baltimore, Maryland.

Remember, you’re going to Johns Hopkins for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Johns Hopkins Academics

Johns Hopkins has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Africana Studies
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics
  • Behavioral Biology
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Global Environmental Change & Sustainability
  • History of Science & Technology
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Medicine, Science & the Humanities
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Public Health Studies
  • Romance Languages
  • Writing Seminars

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Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Johns Hopkins.


Student Life at Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Johns Hopkins’s student activities:

  • Advocates for Baltimore Community Health (ABC Health)
  • Aerial Circus Club (Circus Club)
  • Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS)
  • AllNighters, The Johns Hopkins (JHU AllNighters)Life
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, JHU Chapter (JHU AIAA)
  • Baltimore Robotics Institute (BRI)
  • Beloved College Community Fellowship (BCCF)
  • Design, Build, Fly (DBF)
  • Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA)
  • Hands On Fiberarts (HoF)
  • Hopkins American Partnership for Israel (HAPI)
  • Lan Yun Blue Orchids (Blue Orchids)
  • Lifestyle Fitness, Johns Hopkins (Lifestyle Fitness)
  • Pet and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
  • Sahaja Yoga Mediation (Sahaja Meditation)
  • Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU)
  • Women in Business at Johns Hopkins University (WiB)

Are you an athlete? Johns Hopkins’s got plenty of options for you.


Johns Hopkins Athletics

Johns Hopkins offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Johns Hopkins’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Field Hockey
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Johns Hopkins degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Johns Hopkins has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Former President of the United States Woodrow Wilson
  • NBC Correspondent Hallie Jackson
  • CNN legend Wolf Blitzer
  • Lacrosse player Paul Rabil
  • Former United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright
  • American educator John Dewey
  • Former New York City Mayor and Bloomberg Founder Michael Bloomberg
  • Legendary environmentalist and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson
  • Actor John Astin
  • Health policy consultant Seema Verma
  • Physician Peter Agre
  • Bestselling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Johns Hopkins is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

If you need to boost your GPA or test scores before application time rolls around, you should consider signing up for a course with Prep Expert. We offer one-on-one tutoring and classes, both in-person and online, at locations throughout the United States. Our expert teachers and tutors will not only share with you tried and true methods for improving your score, but also help you correct deficiencies in any subject that you’re having difficulty with—English, Writing, Mathematics or Science. Additionally, online classes can be watched On Demand, so if you miss a class due to your busy schedule, you can catch it online later. We have helped hundreds of students get the scores they need to attend the school of their dreams.

Best of luck with your applications and don’t forget to check out Prep Expert!

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