How to Write the Johns Hopkins Supplemental Essays

Johns Hopkins has just one supplemental essay. Keep reading for advice on how to answer it!

Founded on a spirit of exploration and discovery, Johns Hopkins University encourages students to share their perspectives, develop their interests and pursue new experiences. Use this space to share something you’d like the admissions committee to know about you (your interests, your background, your identity or your community) and how it has shaped what you want to get out of your college experience at Hopkins. (300-400 words)

Use this essay to dive deeper into something that is important to you while giving the admissions committee more background about your values and goals. The admissions committee at Hopkins is interested in learning more about your background, your passions and interests, or how you work with others and how that informs what you’re looking to accomplish or achieve on campus.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine? When did that start? Will you try to major in biology and conduct research on campus to learn about a particular intersection between anthropology and evolutionary biology? Where did these curiosities and interests come from?

We suggest that you work backwards if you’re having a hard time coming up with a specific story, experience, or community to focus on. Think about what your specific short or long term goals are in college and then work backwards to find the best way to express what has been most significant in your life as you have gotten to that point.

Keep in mind that the mission of Hopkins is “To educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.” Be sure to include in some part of your response what is important to you and how you hope to use the knowledge you learn at Hopkins to serve the communities around you.