What is important to you?
How do you demonstrate your academic passions?
To get a good idea of where your academic spirit lies, we’ll look at your transcripts and testing, but also your teacher and counselor recommendations.
Here’s what we’re looking for when we review your application:
- Academic Character
- Impact and Initiative
- Personal Contributions
How do you demonstrate your academic passions? What is important to you? To get a good idea of where your academic spirit lies, we’ll look at your transcripts and testing, but also your teacher and counselor recommendations.
Impact and Initiative
Our undergraduates contribute to our campus and our community. We urge students to think about how they can make a difference through service, leadership, and innovation. The admissions committee looks closely at applicants’ extracurricular activities and recommendations to assess commitments outside the classroom.
How do you engage with your community—academic, personal, and social? What personal qualities do you possess that would make you a good fit for our campus? We’re looking for students who are eager to follow their interests at the college level and are enthusiastic about joining the campus community.
The essays are an important part of the college application
It’s where we look for you to tell us more about who you are and where you want to go.
Applicants to Hopkins are asked to answer our supplemental essay question. Here is this year’s question:
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)
Regular Decision applicants and admitted Early Decision students must submit a Mid-year Report and updated transcript by mid-February (or as soon as they are available if after the deadline). The Mid-year Report must be submitted directly by the school and must include an updated senior year transcript. School counselors should submit the documents online through the Coalition for College application or Common Application, fax it to (410) 516-6025, or mail the Mid-year Report and transcript.
For schools on a trimester system, we request senior year transcript updates after the first and second trimesters. The mid-February deadline for submitting the Mid-year Report does not apply for trimester schools. The school counselor should mention the school’s trimester system when the updated transcripts are submitted.
Apply to special programs
Direct Matriculation Programs
Prospective students with a strong interest in international studies or global health studies may apply to either the Direct Matriculation Program: Master’s in International Studies or Direct Matriculation Program: Master’s in Global Health Studies along with their undergraduate application. Students accepted to these programs are admitted to both the undergraduate program as well as the master’s program at the designated Hopkins graduate school.
Peabody Double Degree
One of the benefits to being a Hopkins student is the wider Hopkins network. Our students take advantage of the connections provided by our many divisions and affiliates. One of our nearby campuses, the renowned Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduates, including:
- The Double Degree Program, which allows qualified students to earn simultaneously a bachelor of music from Peabody and a B.A or B.S. from Johns Hopkins
- Cross-registration privileges for all students wishing to take music classes
- Access to high quality facilities and practice spaces
- Free and reduced concerts
A note about supplemental application information
We do accept supplemental materials, but please ensure additional items will genuinely contribute to your application. To submit additional materials, include a link to your work in the additional information section of your application. You may also upload additional documents (pictures of art, research abstracts, etc.) to your application.
To provide an update to a previously submitted application, email the link or document to firstname.lastname@example.org; be sure the email includes the applicant’s full name, birth date, and application ID number. Please do not submit hard copy items via mail.