Johns Hopkins University

School Name: Johns Hopkins University

School Location: Baltimore, MD

School Type: Research University

Class of 2022

  • Applications: 29,128
  • Regular Admitted: 2,284
  • Early Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Overall Acceptance Rate: 11%

General Info (Test Optional for 2020 Applicants)


  • SAT: 1480-1550
  • ACT: 33-35


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  • Early Decision: November 1
  • Early Results: Mid-December
  • Regular Deadline: January 2
  • Regular Results: End of March

School Info

  • Schedule: Semester
  • Curriculum Type: No Core Curriculum
  • Greek Life: Yes
  • Athletics: DIII, DI – Big 10

Johns Hopkins FAQs
Here’s everything you should know before you apply to Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University ranks number one in research and development spending in the U.S. As a research university, every faculty member is actively engaged in original investigations, and students are encouraged to do the same. If this interests you, keep reading to find out everything else you need to know about Johns Hopkins!

Where is Johns Hopkins?

Johns Hopkins University is located in Baltimore, Maryland. There are tons of fun  places to visit, like the National Aquarium, the Edgar Allan Poe House, and Fort McHenry (the birthplace of “The Star Spangled Banner”). Every season brings different festivals to this lively city; there’s the Maryland Film Festival in the spring, a book festival and Comic-Con each fall, and Artscape in the summer. Many JHU students engage in the Baltimore community by volunteering through the Center for Social Concern.

How do I apply?

JHU has both Regular and Early Decision programs. The Early Decision deadline is November 1st, and the Regular Decision deadline is January 2nd, with applicants receiving their answers in mid-December and late March respectively. Early Decision is a binding application, meaning that if you get accepted to Johns Hopkins, you must withdraw any applications to other schools and attend Hopkins. In the class of 2024, 1,922 students were admitted from the RD applicant pool (7.1%) and 682 ED applicants were admitted. That higher acceptance rate might tempt you to apply early, but keep in mind that you should only apply ED if you are 100% certain that you would attend JHU if you got admitted.

JHU accepts the Coalition for College Application and the Common Application for first-year candidates. In addition to one of these applications, you’ll need to submit a short JHU supplemental essay, your SAT or ACT scores, two teacher recommendations, a secondary school report (school counselor recommendation, transcript, and high school profile), and a mid-year report of your grades.

What are the admission statistics for Johns Hopkins?

Of the 27,256 students who applied to become a part of the class of 2024, 1,922 students were accepted, with an 7.1 percent acceptance rate. While the 2024 class profile statistics have not yet been fully released, of the 1,363 students who enrolled in the class of 2023, 13% were African-American, 14% International, 16% Latinx or Hispanic, 31% Asian or Pacific Islander, 3% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 2% Unknown, and 21% White or non-Hispanic. The middle 50th percentile of admitted students had an SAT composite score of 1480-1550 or a 33-35 ACT score.

Can I be placed on a Johns Hopkins Waitlist?

Yes! Rather than accept or reject candidates, it’s possible that Hopkins will offer prospective students a spot on their waitlist. If you are offered a spot on the waitlist, you’ll want to complete the Waitlist Reply Form indicating whether you’d like to remain on the waitlist or be removed from it. If you choose to remain on the waitlist, it’s important that you bolster your chances for admissions by updating your application. You should do this by sending a letter of continued interest, an updated resume, and a transcript.

By May 1st, all admitted students must have students informed Hopkins of whether or not they plan to attend in the fall. Hopkins will then fill any remaining open spots for the incoming freshman class with students on the waitlist. The waitlist is not ranked, so all applicants will be reevaluated at that time.

Are Johns Hopkins Graduate Admissions Competitive?

Like with most schools, admissions rates for graduate programs at Hopkins varies based on the degree program to which you are applying. Many departments offer combined or concurrent bachelors and masters degrees such as the Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Classics, Engineering Management, History, Information Security Institute, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Neuroscience departments. Most of these programs require students to apply to these combined programs by their junior year, and some by their senior year. 

Hopkins also offers classic masters and doctoral programs, which you can look through here. The Kreiger School of Arts & Sciences also offers a series of graduate Advanced Academic Programs in which students can earn Dual Degrees or study Combined Programs, such as combined MBA programs or Intelligence or Investment certificates.

Is Johns Hopkins diverse?

In JHU’s diversity and inclusion statement, they identify diversity as “critical to attaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care, and other strategic goals” and thus make it a top priority. In their “Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion,” the university outlines its institutional commitments to those values. JHU’s class of 2021 is 51% female and 49% male, much more evenly distributed than the national average for private universities (59.3% female and 40.7 male). Their student body is currently 29.6% Asian, 28.5% Caucasian, 1.7% Native American and Pacific Islander, 13.8% Hispanic, 10.9% Black, 10.6% International (representing 33 countries), and 4.9% unknown. 12% of students are first generation college students.

What can I study at JHU?

Johns Hopkins consists of two undergraduate schools, the Whiting School of Engineering (32% of students) and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (68% of students) as well as the Peabody Institute. The Peabody Institute is a conservatory offering Bachelors of Music, Bachelors of Fine Arts, and double degree programs which combine a BM degree with either a BA or BS from the Krieger or Whiting School. They also offer the Performer’s Certificate, which is designed for undergraduate students with outstanding musical and performance ability who do not wish to include the academic component of the BM curriculum and the Artist Diploma, a non-degree program for experienced performers intending to embark on a professional career. Between the Krieger School and the Whiting school, JHU offers 52 academic majors and 48 minors. There is no core curriculum, meaning students have the freedom to explore and combine their academic interests without having to fulfil general education or distribution requirements.

What is the School of Engineering Like?

The Whiting School of Engineering has a 9:1 undergrad-to-faculty ratio and $113.2 million in research funding, so it’s no surprise that 70% of undergraduates participate in research. JHU has plenty of amazing resources on campus, but the university understands that many students want to broaden their horizons while in college. While engineering students at other universities may struggle to find time to study abroad, JHU engineering students can do a semester or full academic year abroad through one of four exchange programs in Israel, Mumbai, Singapore, and Switzerland. With the support of Fastforward, JHU’s technology accelerator, students have the chance to grow an idea into a startup and eventually take it to the marketplace. 

The Whiting School has 36 fields of study, ranging from Business and Accounting & Financial Management to Applied Physics and Nanobiotechnology, and everything in between! One course in particular offers an exciting opportunity for aspiring engineers. In JHU’s Multidisciplinary Design course, teams of students from different engineering backgrounds come together to tackle design challenges for a real-world company.

What is the School of Arts and Sciences like?

The Krieger School is home to students interested in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. It’s made up of 22 departments and 33 centers, programs, and institutes. There are over 60 majors and minors available for students. Can’t settle on a single subject to study? Not to worry! JHU also offers an Interdisciplinary Studies major, which allows students to combine any disciplines in the Krieger School to develop their knowledge in areas they are passionate and curious about.

What special opportunities does JHU have?

JHU is a research university as opposed to a liberal arts college, so the university is devoted to innovation as much as it is to learning. As a result, Johns Hopkins has many well-funded research opportunities for students. Whiting has programs like Fastforward and Multidisciplinary Design, and even Krieger has a number of well-funded research opportunities for students interested in humanities, and social or natural sciences. Students can receive funding for just about anything, whether that’s producing a film, attending a writing retreat, or participating in research at a lab in a foreign country. 

Johns Hopkins encourages students to see themselves as citizens of the world, and consequently hundreds of Hopkins undergrads study abroad in Paris or Tokyo, Barcelona, Nanjing or dozens of other destinations around the globe. Students can participate in semester and year abroad programs, summer abroad programs, or even intersession abroad programs so that students can spend their summers interning and their semesters studying at their home university. JHU provides funding ranging from $500 to $2,500 for both summer and intersession abroad programs.

Is Johns Hopkins affordable?

Tuition at Johns Hopkins is $55,350. Add to that room and board at $16,310, travel expenses, personal expenses, and fees, and the average overall cost of attendance comes out to over $75,000. Around half (54%) of first year students end up receiving aid. 86% of families with incomes less than $200k receive Johns Hopkins Grants. Those grants include both need-based awards (grants based on your parents’ financial portfolios) and merit-based scholarships (grants based on your academic performance). You can estimate your cost for JHU using their financial aid calculator.

What is campus life like?

Between the Krieger and Whiting School, there are about 5,000 undergrads total at JHU’s main campus. In addition to students, the Homewood campus is home to dozens of research labs, two libraries, and athletic and recreation centers. On-campus housing is guaranteed and required for first- and second-year student. Freshmen live in one of four freshman housing options, including suites, singles, and doubles. After sophomore year, most students live nearby in Charles Village neighborhood, which ensures a lasting sense of community for all four years.

JHU’s campus is spacious and wooded, like a park. At an area students fondly call “The Beach,” unfortunately not an actual beach, people hang out with friends, read, or people watch on the grass. Students eat their meals at the fourth highest ranking college dining hall in the US. There are several dining options serving up various cuisines so you never fall prey to the classic college diet of instant ramen and scrambled eggs.