Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Common Application



Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016
Regular Decision: Jan. 2, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn            from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions:

l  Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your current interests—academic or extracurricular pursuits, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.—and how you will build upon them here. (300-500 word limit)

Documents Required:
  • $70 Application Fee or Waiver
  • Universal College Application with the Johns Hopkins Supplement or the Common Application with Johns Hopkins Supplement
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official TOEFL score report (A score of 670 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT Reasoning Test waives the TOEFL requirement for all students.)
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-year School Report
  • Final Report 
  • 2 Teacher Evaluations
  • International Certification of Finances Form and Bank Statement (for non-US citizens of non-US Permanent Residents)

Other Information:

Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
               Johns Hopkins University
               Mason Hall
               3400 North Charles Street
               Baltimore, MD 21218-2683

Phone: 410-516-8171
FAX: 410-516-6025
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 5332
ACT Code: 1704