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Wait List FAQ

Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the Johns Hopkins wait list process. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our office at or (410) 516-8171.

How does the wait list work?
Admitted students have until May 1 to accept their spot. If we have remaining spots available in the class, we will go to our wait list to admit additional students where we have room.
I still really want to go to Hopkins. What should I do if I want to accept my spot on the wait list?
All you need to do is complete the Wait List Reply Form and it indicates to us that you would like to remain on (or be removed from) the Johns Hopkins wait list.
Should I do anything else besides selecting to remain on the wait list? I heard we can update our applications. Is that true, and what kind of updates can we submit?
You may send updates that you would like to add to your application. Additional information can assist the admissions committee if we do review wait list candidates for admission. We suggest the following if updating your application:
  • A Letter of Interest: A one-page letter to the admissions committee that states why you continue to be interested in Hopkins and why you feel it is the right school for you.
  • Updated resume: Let us know what you’ve gotten involved with during your senior year. This should include updated information not in your original application.
  • Updated transcript: Your most recent grades, even beyond the mid-year report, can be helpful. Ask your guidance counselor to submit them if possible. In addition, a final transcript when it becomes available is requested. (If you are admitted from the wait list, a final transcript will be required.)
Please do not send the following:
  1. Additional writing samples
  2. Supplemental materials such as CDs, slides, portfolios, etc.
  3. Additional letters of recommendation
  4. Research or term papers.
Please note that you are not required to submit any additional materials, only to complete the Wait List Reply Form (click here to log in to to submit the form). If you choose to submit updates to your file, it is important you make sure they will contribute in a substantive way or provide new information. All updates should be sent to your regional admissions representative; you can find contact information for your admissions counselor here. Include your full name, birth date, school name, and a note that the materials are to be used as a wait list update on any materials you send.
Is the wait list ranked?
The wait list is not ranked. We reevaluate wait-listed applicants who chose to remain on the wait list if spots become available in the class.
What are my chances of being admitted from the wait list?
Admission from the wait list is dependent upon available space and the needs of the class. Therefore, we are unable to provide information about an individual’s chance in any given year.
When will I hear if I’ve been accepted off the wait list? The other schools I was admitted to require a deposit by May 1—should I wait until I hear from Hopkins?
The decision of whether we will admit students off the wait list will not be made prior to May 1. We strongly recommend that you submit your deposit to a school where you have been admitted. If you are later admitted to Hopkins from the wait list and choose to attend, you will withdraw your enrollment from the other school and forfeit the previous deposit.
I want to come see the campus in April. Can I visit, and what kind of visit programs can I participate in?
You are welcome to visit Hopkins in the month of April. Our offices are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours and information sessions are offered on most weekdays in the morning and afternoon. There are some exceptions, so check out the visit section of our site.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any requests for overnights visits from wait-listed students. Please note that we do not have programming specific to wait-listed students.
During my visit, can I get an interview or meet with an admissions counselor one-on-one?
We are unable to grant interview or meeting requests for wait-listed students. Instead, we ask that you put any information or updates in a written letter which will be added to your application file. If you do have a specific question, you may email your regional counselor.
If I am accepted off the wait list and I applied for financial aid, will I receive any financial assistance?
If you completed your financial aid application by the deadline and are admitted off of the wait list, you will receive financial aid information with your admissions decision.
If I am accepted from the wait list, am I bound to enroll at Johns Hopkins?
No. If we offer places in the class to students on the wait list, those students will have the chance to select whether they want to enroll at Hopkins or stay with the other university they had previously selected. Students who are admitted from the wait list must respond to our offer of admission within the designated time frame noted on their admitted student site. Choosing to remain on the wait list is not a commitment to enroll at Hopkins, if admitted.