Greetings once again. I know I have been a lackadaisical blogger throughout the summer months and I am confident I can get back to more frequent posts once the academic year begins in earnest in September. This has been an extremely hectic summer for me and the last few weeks have been the busiest. There is no rest for the weary though as the next 10 weeks for me will most likely be the craziest in my 12 years in this profession. (My sixth year anniversary at JHU was this past Tuesday ... woo hoo.) But my crazy up-coming schedule is not the topic for this entry ... rather I am going to discuss application supplements and essay requirements for the 2009-10 application cycle.
Over the last months the two most frequently asked questions my colleagues and I have fielded are:
1. When will the application supplement be available for the Common Application and the Universal College Application?
2. What will be the essay topics for this admissions cycle, and has your essay policy changed?
In just one twenty-four hour period earlier this week our main email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) received 23 variations of the first question and 14 of the second question. And hence, the origin of this blog entry.
I highlighted a number of changes to the application process in my blog entry earlier this month, namely the elimination of the school-specific Johns Hopkins application and our new "Score-Choice" policies. Now I write to detail another change, and that is to our essay policy for all applicants.
Due to changes beyond our control with regard to Common Application regulations, we had to make a very recent change to our essay policies and that has delayed the release of the Johns Hopkins Supplement. Applicants to Johns Hopkins University will still be required to submit two essays with their applications, but the topic choices have changed. The new policy for the 2009-10 application cycle for freshman admissions is as follows:
Students applying as freshmen to Johns Hopkins using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application must also submit the Johns Hopkins Supplement and must submit two essays. Your first essay will be your submission of either one of the Common Application essay prompts or your response to the Universal College Application personal statement prompt, depending on which application method you select. Your second essay will be the following essay which is included as question #7 on the Johns Hopkins Supplement:
Write a brief essay in which you respond to the following question: Johns Hopkins offers 50 majors across the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. On this application, we ask you to identify one of two that you might like to pursue here. Why did you choose the way you did? If you are undecided, why didn't you choose. (If any past courses or academic experiences influenced your decision, you may include them in your essay.)
As I mentioned, with this change to our policies there has been a slight delay with the release of the Johns Hopkins Supplement. We expect the forms to be uploaded and available on the Common Application (CA) and Universal College Application (UCA) sites within the next two weeks (no later than September 15). At that time you will be able to complete and submit the Johns Hopkins Supplement online along with your CA or UCA main application. You will also be able to download the PDF of the Johns Hopkins Supplement if you plan to submit a paper-version of the CA or UCA -- but do remember we prefer our applicants to keep the admissions process "green" and submit application materials online.
I hope all this makes sense. I do anticipate some of you may have questions, so remember to log-on to the Hopkins Forums and ask us anything. The following two discussion threads will probably be the most helpful in terms of the application process and our new essay policies:
2009-10 Application for Admission discussion thread -- CLICK HERE