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Johns Hopkins Class of 2020 Chosen From Record Applicant Pool

March 18, 2016
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The Johns Hopkins University has admitted 2,539 students to complete the Class of 2020, high achievers selected from a record regular decision applicant pool of 25,188. These students join 559 future Blue Jays already enrolled under the early decision plan.

The class not only breaks university records academically, but is also the most diverse to date. Nearly 37 percent of the admitted regular decision class identifies as members of underrepresented minorities; the students come from 49 states plus Washington, D.C., and 54 countries; and they’re involved in an array of extracurricular activities.

Among the 3,098 impressive students selected are nationally and internationally recognized inventors and researchers; founders of businesses and socially conscious organizations; globally ranked athletes, and published authors and journalists. One student patented an electronically engineered tennis racquet. Another found a way to create an artificial leaf that’s better than a real one at photosynthesis. Another won a film festival award for a public service announcement on domestic violence

The number and strength of this year’s applicants speaks to the opportunities that high school students see for themselves at Johns Hopkins, Director of Undergraduate Admissions Ellen Kim said.

“Through their applications — their essays, activities, interests, accomplishments, and goals, as well as what their teachers and counselors shared with us about them in their recommendations — these are students who are role models, ideal classmates, future Nobel prize winners and some of the most impressive students in their classes,” Kim said. “Hopkins continues to draw talented students who are not only high academic achievers but also deeply invested in their intellectual pursuits. These are students who are ready to match their dedication and ambition with the support and resources that make a Johns Hopkins education unique.”

Admitted Class of 2020 By the Numbers:

  • Total applications: 27,095 (25,188 regular decision)
  • Total admits: 3,122 (2,539 regular decision; 583 early decision)
  • Gender breakdown: 48 percent male, 52 percent female
  • 49 states plus Washington, D.C., and 57 different countries represented
  • Top states admitted students represent, aside from Maryland: California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas
  • Top countries (other than the United States) admitted students represent: Canada, United Kingdom, South Korea, China, India
  • International students: 8 percent of admitted class
  • Average GPA: 3.93
  • Average testing (middle 50th percentile): 1440-1560
  • Students in the top 10 percent of their class: 95 percent (of students who reported)

Among the new class are 33 admitted students named Clark Scholars. This newly created scholarship program recognizes high-ability students in the Whiting School of Engineering, and presents enhanced academic and extracurricular opportunities for scholars to participate in leadership seminars, network with professional engineers, and work with a faculty mentor. In addition, the scholarship provides a grant that replaces the student loan in the Clark Scholar’s financial aid package. Learn more about the program at clarkscholars.jhu.edu.

Admitted students have until May 2 to accept their spot in the class.


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