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Application Process

What we look for in an application

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On the requirements and deadlines page, you’ll see a list of the required components of the application. But these pieces only tell us part of the story. The admissions committee conducts a holistic review of every applicant based on his or her accomplishments, goals, and fit with our community. We’re looking for students who will truly thrive as Johns Hopkins undergraduates.

Each required item is requested for a reason and contributes to our evaluation. Things we’re looking for:

Academic character. What is important to you, and how do you demonstrate your academic passions? We want to know, because it will help us understand what kind of student you might be here at Hopkins. 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. Your recommendations are a great place for us to learn about your intellectual curiosity and your level of academic engagement beyond the transcript.

Curious about the life cycle of an admissions application? Learn more about the process—everything from submission to decision release—here.

Impact and initiative. A Hopkins education isn’t confined to the classroom. Our undergraduates contribute to our campus and our community. We urge students to think about how they can make a difference while they are here and after they graduate through service, leadership, and innovation. The admissions committee looks closely at applicants’ extracurricular activities and recommendations to assess commitments outside the classroom. We’re trying to determine what kind of impact you’ve made in your current environment, which tells us what kind of impact you might make as a student here at Johns Hopkins.

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. Essays give applicants a chance to tell us why they believe Johns Hopkins is the right place for them, and recommendation letters help us get to know students better.


Questions about the application process or requirements? Visit the FAQ page or contact us:

By email:

By phone: (410) 516-8171

By reaching out to your regional counselor.

For questions about financial aid, visit Office of Student Financial Services