Johns Hopkins University Admissions Statistics

Learn About Johns Hopkins and the GPA, SAT and ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University. callison-burch / FLickr

Johns Hopkins is a highly selective school, and in 2016 the university had an acceptance rate of just 13 percent. To apply, students can use the Common Application, Universal Application, or Coalition Application. Required materials include scores from the SAT or ACT, high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. JHU has an Early Decision program that can improve admission chances for students who are sure the university is their top choice school.

Why You Might Choose Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins has multiple campuses in the Baltimore area, but the majority of undergraduate programs are housed in the attractive red-brick Homewood Campus in the northern part of the city. Johns Hopkins is best-known for its professional programs in the health sciences, international relations and engineering. However, prospective students shouldn't underestimate the quality of the liberal arts and sciences. With a multi-billion dollar endowment and 10:1 student / faculty ratio, the university is a teaching and research powerhouse. On the athletic front, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The university fields twelve men's and ten women's varsity sports.

The university's many strengths have earned Hopkins a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and membership in the American Association of Universities. It should come as no surprise to find JHU ranked among the top Maryland colleges, top Middle Atlantic colleges, and top national universities.

Johns Hopkins GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Johns Hopkins University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Johns Hopkins University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in at Cappex.

Discussion of Johns Hopkins' Admissions Standards:

Johns Hopkins University ranks among the 20 most selective universities in the country. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Clearly, the acceptances are concentrated in the upper right corner, and students are most likely to get in if they have an "A" averages, SAT scores of 1250 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 27 or higher. In fact, the great majority of admitted students have SAT scores over 1350 and ACT scores of 32 or higher. If you're on the lower end of the scale, you're going to need to have some impressive accomplishments in other areas.

You can see that there's a lot of red and yellow hidden behind the green and blue—many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Johns Hopkins did not get in. The rejection data graph below makes this very clear. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because JHU has holistic admissions—the admissions folks are evaluating students based on much more than numerical data. A rigorous high school curriculum, winning essay, glowing letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities all contribute to a successful application.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Johns Hopkins University Acceptance Rate: 13 percent

Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 690 / 770
  • SAT Math: 710 / 800
  • ACT Composite: 32 / 34
  • ACT English: 33 / 35
  • ACT Math: 31 / 35

Johns Hopkins University Data for Rejected and Waitlisted Students

Johns Hopkins University GPA, SAT and ACT Admissions Data for Rejected and Waitlisted Students
Johns Hopkins University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected and Waitlisted Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

If you're applying to Johns Hopkins, you should consider the school a reach even if you have exceptional grades and standardized test scores. The graph above illustrates why. Many students with unweighted "A" averages and extremely high standardized test scores were still rejected by Johns Hopkins University.

The reason is simple: Johns Hopkins gets far more qualified applicants than they can admit. As a result, they are really looking for evidence that you will thrive at Hopkins. Are your passions and interests a good match for the university? Do your letters of recommendation suggest that you have the drive and curiosity to succeed? Does your overall application make it clear that you will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways? Considerations such as these often make the difference between an acceptance and a rejection. Grades and test scores may qualify you for serious consideration, but they don't guarantee an acceptance.

More Johns Hopkins University Information

Grades and standardized test scores are clearly a part of the admissions equation. The information below provides a snapshot of other data that can help you with your college selection process.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 23,917 (6,042 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48 percent male / 52 percent female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,410
  • Books: $1,220
  • Room and Board: $14,976
  • Other Expenses: $1,044
  • Total Cost: $67,650

Johns Hopkins Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 66 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 52 percent
    • Loans: 36 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $38,083
    • Loans: $6,594

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 4 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 92 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Water Polo, Wrestling, Baseball, Fencing, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Fencing, Tennis, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Track and Field, Lacrosse, Cross Country, Swimming

Like Johns Hopkins? Then Check Out These Other Top Universities

While not a member of the Ivy League, Johns Hopkins is a similar caliber school. Many JHU applicants also apply to Ivies such as Yale University, Cornell University, and Harvard University

Applicants also migrate towards other top-tier private universities including the University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and Vanderbilt University.

Keep in mind that all of these schools are highly selective. As you create your college wish list, you'll want to include a few schools with a lower admissions bar to ensure that you receive an acceptance.

Sources: Graphs courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.