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Johns Hopkins Welcomes First Members of the Class of 2020

584 applicants offered admission through early decision

December 11, 2015
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
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A record number of high school students applied early decision this fall to the Johns Hopkins University, identifying it as their top choice and committing to attend if admitted.

The 1,929 applicants represent a 3 percent increase from last year’s early decision pool, which had already seen a 17 percent increase from the prior year. This group of applicants also represents the most academically competitive early decision applicant pool in Johns Hopkins’ history, with 92 percent in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes.


A look at the Class of 2020:

Total applications: 1,929

Total students admitted: 584

48 percent male, 52 percent female

Whiting School of Engineering: 33 percent of admitted class

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 67 percent of admitted class

37 states and 18 countries represented


Johns Hopkins continues to attract students who are interested in personalized educational opportunities, said Director of Undergraduate Admissions Ellen Kim.

“Students realize that a Johns Hopkins education will allow them to pursue their academic and social interests in creative ways and have experiences that may not be possible elsewhere,” Kim said.

For instance, students in the early decision Class of 2020 are the first to be admitted to the Direct Matriculation Program: Masters in International Studies, a new program that guarantees admission in to the five-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree offered in conjunction with the School of Advanced International Studies.

This academically diverse group of students includes researchers, innovators in a wide variety of fields, and social activists. Among them are a Korean robotics national champion, the creator of a new recycling system, a three-time national Scrabble champion, an entrepreneur who started an organization to promote bone marrow donations in Turkey, a sports columnist for Rolling Stone magazine, the founder of a project that raises money to build wells in Cambodia, a former Junior Olympic gymnast, a research intern at the Department of Defense, and an aquarium volunteer who taught an octopus how to paint.

Students who applied early decision can view admissions decisions here.

The remainder of the Class of 2020 will be selected from the regular decision applicant pool. Regular decision applications are due Jan. 4 and admissions decisions will be released by April 1.



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