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The breakdown

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
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Academic Character 

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.

Students work at the Hampden Free Farm as part of the Community Impact Internship Program

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.

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Personal Contributions

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.

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The Johns Hopkins Supplemental Essay

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:

Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience. (Up to 400 words).


Mid-year reports

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 Common Application, the Universal College Application, or the Coalition 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 mid-year reports 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.

Direct Matriculation Programs


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

Learn more about the Peabody Double Degree program


Woodrow Wilson Scholars

The Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program provides funding to a select group of Arts & Sciences undergraduates, enabling them to pursue independent research of their own design. Working closely with Hopkins faculty members, these students pursue their own research throughout the course of their undergraduate experience.

Learn more about the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship