Before You Apply
How do I schedule an interview?
See Admissions Interviews to schedule an interview on campus. Alumni Interviews will need to be requested.
What are my chances of being admitted?
Each application is reviewed individually, and the Admissions Committee considers each applicant as an individual. Students are selected on the basis of many attributes—academic record, extracurricular achievements, leadership and community contribution, essays, and letters of recommendation.
Since admissions decisions are comprehensive and there is no magical formula for deciding the perfect Johns Hopkins student, it really is impossible to predict any applicant’s chances of being admitted.
What can I do to improve my chances of being admitted?
The most important thing is to be sure to complete the application in full and submit all application materials by the deadline. Beyond that, give us a complete picture of yourself as an applicant and have confidence in your accomplishments. If you have questions about your particular situation, consult your regional admissions representative.
Application and Requirements
Can I get an application fee waiver?
Yes. We accept the College Board fee waiver form or a letter from your secondary school counselor on school letterhead. Extensions cannot be granted.
Is the application fee refundable?
The application fee is nonrefundable.
What is your policy on Score Choice for the SATs?
Johns Hopkins University considers your highest section scores across all SATs taken—even if they were on different test dates—in our evaluation of your application. We therefore encourage you to update your application with new test scores each time you take the SATs. This policy corresponds to the College Board’s “SAT Score—Use Practice Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates—Version 2.”
For the ACT, Johns Hopkins will superscore your exam by finding the maximum value of each official section score submitted, then recalculate the composite score by dividing the highest section scores by four.
Who needs to submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS?
The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is based on the linguistic background of applicants, not citizenship. TOEFL or IELTS results are required of all applicants who have not attended an English language school for the last five years and whose primary language is not English.
Applicants who score 670 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT or 30 or more on both the ACT Reading and English sections do not have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Students who meet these testing requirements are still encouraged to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, as it will often present them in the best light for their language preparation.
Non-native English speakers attending English language schools for the last five years are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score but may do so to supplement their application.
The preferred sub-scores for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) are 26 (Reading), 26 (Listening), 22 (Writing), and 25 (Speaking). A score of 7.0 or higher on each band is expected on IELTS.
Test results must be sent to us directly from the testing agency. We cannot accept photocopies of test scores.
See http://apply.jhu.edu/apply/faq/international/ for more information on international student applications.
After You Have Submitted Your Application
How do I know if my application file is complete?
All applicants’ files are carefully checked for completion. We will notify applicants who have incomplete files, and give those students an opportunity to provide us with any missing items, before we evaluate their applications. Due to the large volume of application-related documents received by the Admissions Office, a lag of several weeks occurs between receipt of a document and its processing. Students should wait until after February 15 to inquire about their file’s completeness or specific documents.
Can I send additional recommendations, supporting materials, or updates to my previously submitted application?
Yes. You may submit additional items if they genuinely contribute to your application file. There is no guarantee that items submitted after the deadline will be added to your file. To provide an update to a previously submitted application, mail, fax (410-516-6025), or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) a letter of update to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please make sure that all materials include the applicant’s full name, birth date, and high school. Materials such as music recordings, artwork, and course work or research samples must be labeled with your full name, birth date, and high school. (Please note that such items stay in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and do not go to academic departments for review. They will not be returned.)
When are decisions released?
Early Decision: December 15
Regular Decision: April 1
Transfer: By the end of May
When will I be notified about my financial aid package?
You’ll be notified of any awards along with your admission decision. More answers to questions about the financial aid process are available through the Office of Student Financial Services.