Season's Greetings. As the Admissions staff prepares to enjoy a few weeks of well-earned holiday bliss and relaxation many of you reading this are in the midst of finishing up those Regular Decision applications. January 1, 2006 is fast approaching -- but wait that's a Sunday. Does that mean the postmark deadline is actually December 31, 2005 or January 2, 2006? Don't fret, we will accept and process applications mailed on January 2, 2006 -- but if you are applying online that is not a concern so make sure to submit before the ball drops in NYC (or however your town celebrates the new year).
I thought with the final Hopkins Insider entry of 2005 we should focus on answers to some of those frequently asked questions we get this time of year. These questions come from all types of applicants: the procrastinators, the "must dot every i / cross every t" types, the perfectionists, the lazy, the "I just learned of Hopkins" ones, and my favorites the absent-minded (which I tend to be whenever deadlines approach).
(((Scroll to the bottom if you want to know the answers the four questions from my last entry.)))
Have you received my application? OR I submitted my application online have you received it? OR My school sent my transcript and letters of recommendation have you received them? OR Any other question asking about the status of your application and whether it has been received and/or processed, or if anything is missing?
If you are an applicant to Johns Hopkins University, please be aware that it is not possible at this time to confirm that your file is complete, nor to identify which pieces have been received. When we have processed the large volume of mail we have received, we will check applicants’ files for completion. At that point, we will notify applicants who have incomplete files, and give those students an opportunity to provide us with any missing items, before we evaluate their applications. For more on this check out this message board post.
I received a recent email from Johns Hopkins University encouraging me to apply. The subject line was “Apply to Johns Hopkins.” This message confused me for a number of reasons. Please explain.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about a mass email we sent to encourage students to apply before the January 1st deadline. To see a whole list of answers to frequently asked questions related to this mass mailing, click here.
Can I mix forms from the Common Application and the Johns Hopkins application? Can I mix online application materials with “snail mail” materials?
To apply to Johns Hopkins University you must submit either the Johns Hopkins University application Part I and Part II OR the Common Application and Johns Hopkins Common Application supplement. Please be sure that you apply with both the Part I and Part II of the JHU application or the Common App. and Hopkins supplement – do not mix these forms. For the Common Application, you may submit the application online and mail the supplement.
Your are able to use Common Application school report and teacher recommendation forms with the Johns Hopkins application, and vice versa.
My school is closed for the holidays so I can't submit the transcript and/or letters of recommendation until after January 1st. OR May I send supplemental materials for my application after the January 1st deadline?
The application deadline is a postmark / online submission of January 1st for either the Part I and Part II of the JHU Application or the Common Application and Common Application supplement. Supporting materials such as transcripts, test scores, recommendations, and essays can be sent separately after the January 1st deadline. However, we recommend all required documents be postmarked no longer than two weeks after the deadline.
May I submit January standardized test scores (SAT I, SAT II, or TOEFL) with my regular decision application?
Though regular decision candidates should have completed required tests no later than December of their senior year, students may take the January examinations if they are re-taking the SAT I exam, are taking SAT II exams, or are submitting TOEFL exams. Although we cannot guarantee that January scores will arrive before the Admissions Committee evaluation, past experience suggests that scores taken on these dates usually arrive in time. January scores will be accepted for those students unable to meet their test requirements by December. In such cases, we encourage you to note your intention of taking the later standardized test(s) on your application.
Should I rush my test scores?
There is no need to rush test score reports as they do not get processed by our office any sooner. In addition, standardized test scores may be sent after the January 1st deadline, we just request that students place their request with the College Board to send their scores to Johns Hopkins prior to January 1st. The code to use is 5332.
I have already sent my application but I want to update a few things. How do I do this?
There are two ways to update your application. First you may send any updates in the mail up until the end of January. Please send to the following address and include your name and birth date:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Johns Hopkins University
140 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Or you could send a message to your regional Admissions counselor with the updated information. You can learn who your representative is from this list: http://apply.jhu.edu/contact/staff.html
Does Johns Hopkins accept additional letters of recommendation?
We require all applicants to submit two letters of recommendations - one from a teacher and one from a guidance counselor. Applicants may submit additional letters of recommendation but we request that you do not submit more than four letters total. Additional letters of recommendation may come from a coach, employer, extracurricular advisor, additional teacher, school administrator – pretty much anyone who can present additional sides of your character. I would though avoid parental and peer references.
How can I arrange an interview and are they required?
Interviews are not a required element of the application to Johns Hopkins. In fact, interviews are informational and non-evaluative. Unfortunately all interview requests for on-campus and off-campus interviews needed to be submitted prior to December 1st. Please know that if you did not interview you will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process.
I’d like to submit a recording of my music / slides of my art / portfolio of my newspaper articles / DVD of accomplishments / etc. Can I do this and will it be considered?
Yes supplemental materials are welcome additions to your application. All supplemental information should be sent to the Admissions address listed above (under the answer for application updates). There are no specific requirements for supplemental materials; you can submit information in any format (e.g. portfolios, CDs, DVDs, slides, etc.) However we make sure applicants understand that typically the Admissions committee does not have much time to review such information. The general rule is that an application reader has about 5 minutes to review supplemental materials.
I am applying with the Common Application. Do I need to submit the two Johns Hopkins essays included in the supplement? Do the Hopkins essays have a word limit?
For applicants applying using the Common Application the only required essay is one of the Common Application essays. However, the Admissions staff strongly encourages all applicants, including those using the Common Application, to submit BOTH the Johns Hopkins essays. These two essays can be in addition to the Common Application essay or in lieu of it.
As far as word counts, we do not state any official word limits. Typically the $10 essay runs between 500 – 750 words while the favorite class essay runs between 200 – 400 words.
I hope these answers are helpful as you finish your applications. The whole staff is eager to reading the Regular Decision applications – after such a fantastic Early Decision pool we expect this next round of reviews will be quite enjoyable.
Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays!!!
Oh yeah, and drum roll please...the answers to the ED applicant pool questions are:
1. What were the most popular home states for admitted students?
#1 - New Jersey
#2 - Maryland
#3 - New York
(A bunch of you picked NJ, but only one ("annon") got all three.)
2. Which state doubled its number of admits from 23 to 46?
(Most of you got this answer. Though my favorite answer was Wyoming! Congrats to Amy Brokl, our California Admissions representative, for her great work on the left coast.)
3. How many countries are represented in our admitted class (this includes were students attend school, not their citizenship)?
11 - 12 if you count the U.S.A.
(All guess were way over. We'll get more with the RD pool.)
4. How many different high schools do our 478 students come from?
384 high schools
("annon" and "FIFAjoe" were closest with guesses of 390.)