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Welcoming a change of course

Transfer application deadline: 3/01/18

Johns Hopkins welcomes transfer students from two- and four-year colleges and universities into the sophomore and junior classes in the fall semester only. Johns Hopkins University does not accept transfers for the spring, summer, or winter semesters. Transfer admission at Hopkins is not available for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent from another institution.

If you were accepted as a transfer student, you may assume that at least part of your previously completed college work is eligible to be transferred. We accept credit from many two-year and four-year institutions issuing associate and bachelor’s degrees in the liberal arts, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering—subject to review of each individual course.

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Requirements

  1. Application

    Common Application with Johns Hopkins Supplement (including the essay portion of the application and an additional essay on the Supplement).

  2. Application Fee

    $70 nonrefundable application fee or waiver.

  3. Transcripts

    High school and college transcripts.

  4. Official Report

    College's Official Report.

  5. Recommendation

    Professor/Instructor Recommendation.

  6. Financial Aid (optional)

    Scholarship assistance is only available for domestic transfer students (see below). Private loans are available for international transfer students. Most of the lenders require a co-signer who is a U.S. citizen. If admitted to the university, international students must document the available funding for their education by submitting the Certification of Finances Form and Bank Statement at that time. These students will not be able to enroll in the university without submitting the supplemental materials.

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Credit policies

Hopkins credit policies

To be eligible for transfer credit, an approved course must be taken for a grade at an approved college and completed with a grade of C or better. Ungraded or pass/fail courses taken prior to matriculation, if approved, may receive credit if the host school states in writing that the mark represents a grade of C or better. Credit for approved courses taken at a community college (an institution that issues primarily two-year degrees) will be transferred only if taken prior to matriculation at Johns Hopkins. A maximum of 6 credits may be granted for courses which are in curriculum areas not covered by the programs of the Johns Hopkins School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.

Common courses not accepted for transfer credit:

Physical Education or Personal Health and Wellness Courses

We will transfer a maximum of 6 credits in the fields of nutrition, dietetics, or kinesiology if these courses were part of a curriculum leading to a college degree.

College Orientation, Study Skills, or Career Development Courses

Courses that are in-depth studies of career paths within a field of study may be considered. Psychology courses in career counseling or learning theory may be accepted.

Math Courses Below the Pre-Calculus Level

We do accept most introductory statistics courses. We will accept one course designed to review all necessary background for the study of calculus and to introduce the concept of the rate of change of a function.

Theology Courses

We will consider comparative religion courses or other religion courses that study religion from an academic viewpoint.

Developmental English or English as Second Language

While we do not transfer developmental English composition or ESL courses, we do typically transfer “first-year student composition” courses.

Computer Software Courses

Courses that teach some use of software, Internet design and security, basic programming in HTML or Java, computer aided-design or introduce field-specific software programs may be considered.

Independent Study, Research, or Internship

Hybrid courses that include lectures and graded assignments along with practical experiences are reviewed individually.

Trade Skill Courses

Courses that are part of an educational program leading to a specific trade such as (but not limited to) automotive repair, culinary arts, day care provider, or airplane pilot are not transferable.

Partnerships

Agreements with other institutions

The Whiting School of Engineering participates in a program developed by the State of Maryland to ease the process of transferring into computer and electrical engineering programs as a junior. A student who completes two years of study and is awarded a state approved Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE) degree from a Maryland community college will be evaluated for admission to Hopkins under the standard transfer student process. Admission to Hopkins is competitive and not guaranteed. For students admitted under this program who pursue either a B.S. in Electrical Engineering or a B.S. in Computer Engineering, JHU will accept the ASE as a block of credits to total at least 60 credits. Both the electrical and computer engineering programs at Hopkins have a specific “breadth and depth” requirement as part of the broader humanities/social sciences distribution requirements. Courses taken as part of the ASE will not count towards the “depth” component, as it requires that some coursework be completed at the upper-level.