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Johns Hopkins Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Johns Hopkins, the regular decision application deadline is January 4 and the application fee is $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Johns Hopkins by March 15.

Johns Hopkins Admissions Stats at a Glance

Johns Hopkins 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 99.1%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 62%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 38%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Johns Hopkins?

Johns Hopkins University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/4.

The early decision acceptance rate at Johns Hopkins is 29%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 9%. In 2021, Johns Hopkins admitted 683 of the 2377 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Johns Hopkins University

It is extremely difficult to get into Johns Hopkins.

In 2021, Johns Hopkins accepted 9% of students, around 2,735 of the 29,612 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Johns Hopkins, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Johns Hopkins waitlisted 1,889 students. Of those, 1,221 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Johns Hopkins Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Johns Hopkins

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Johns Hopkins Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Johns Hopkins must submit the following items. Double check with Johns Hopkins's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Johns Hopkins?

Students admitted to Johns Hopkins have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 25.7% submitted a class rank. At Johns Hopkins 99.1% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99.7% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Johns Hopkins University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 25.7%
3.75 and 3.99 23.88%
3.50 and 3.74 6.53%
3.25 and 3.49 2.84%
3.00 and 3.24 0.6%
2.50 and 2.9 0.09%
2.00 and 2.49 0.09%

Johns Hopkins does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Johns Hopkins is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 62% of Johns Hopkins's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 38% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Johns Hopkins?

To be competitive with other Johns Hopkins applicants, you should strive to earn between 1490 and 1550 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Johns Hopkins 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1550 and 25% of scored lower than 1490, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Johns Hopkins students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Johns Hopkins students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 720 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Johns Hopkins?

To be most competitive at Johns Hopkins, you should strive to earn between 34 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Johns Hopkins's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 34 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Johns Hopkins students. Only one out of every four students scored below 34.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Johns Hopkins University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Johns Hopkins.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Johns Hopkins during the following terms: - Fall Term

Johns Hopkins Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Johns Hopkins?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Johns Hopkins.

Does Johns Hopkins accept transfer credits?

Johns Hopkins accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Johns Hopkins accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Do I have to submit test scores to Johns Hopkins?

Johns Hopkins is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Johns Hopkins's acceptance rate?

Johns Hopkins's acceptance rate is 9%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Johns Hopkins?

Johns Hopkins's early decision acceptance rate was 29% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Johns Hopkins? Johns Hopkins is a selective institution. The Johns Hopkins acceptance rate is 9%. This means that the institution accepts 9 out of every 100 applicants.



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Johns Hopkins Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Johns Hopkins is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Johns Hopkins is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Johns Hopkins ACT Scores


ACT Range

34 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


34 to 35


34 and Less


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Johns Hopkins SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1490 - 1550


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

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Johns Hopkins GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Johns Hopkins, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.92. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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