Today's blog title refers to the multiple topics of this entry. First, I will be providing an update about the Early Decision process. The title is appropriate since on my docket starting tomorrow and continuing for the next few weeks is evaluating ED applications. The second topic is to share with you and preview a series of blog entries that will be posted in the coming days. Once again an appropriate title as I will be sharing what is on the docket for the Hopkins Insider blog between now and the end of the month. So let's get to that docket.
It is just over two weeks since the November 1 Early Decision deadline has passed, and starting tomorrow I should be logging-in to begin the evaluation process. Most of my colleagues began this process last week following our Early Decision Reading Retreat where the Dean of Admissions and Admissions Committee discussed our approach to evaluating this year's class. I write "should" because I am a known procrastinator when it comes to the first read of the new evaluation season. I suspect by Friday I will have dived in fully and over the Thanksgiving holiday break I will catch-up (as usual). I am excited to start reading as this is year two of our paper-less evaluation system and that means many of the kinks should have been ironed out.
So without further adieu, I present you answers to some of the most frequently asked Early Decision related questions that we are currently receiving:
What is the size of the Early Decision applicant pool this year?
Nowadays everyone is so interested in the numbers, so this is a frequent question from prospective students, parents, guidance counselors, the media, my Mom ... Though the official number will not be finalized for a few more days it appears we have received our largest Early Decision applicant in history. As of this morning the count was 1139 applications. As our Operations team processes out duplicates, checks for any errors, confirms early decision agreements, and cleans up other data over the next few days that number may change slightly. All in all, it appears we have had a 8-9% increase in ED applications. Dean Latting will release official numbers probably next week and the final number will end up in a JHU Gazette article in the coming days.
When will Early Decision notifications be released?
Same process as in years past. As of right now the plan is to release ED notifications on December 15. When decisions are released they are mailed out (postal mail) during the day and then an email is sent after 6:00 p.m. ET. If our plans change, the first place you can find the updated details will be on this blog. To prepare yourselves, click on the Early Decision category tab on the left column and check out Decision Release entries for the last few years.
Is my Early Decision application complete?
As you can imagine, it gets busy in the Admissions Office as we process application materials. Because of the volume of records being handled, it is not possible for us to confirm with each individual applicant whether their application files are complete or to identity which individual items have been received. We do email applicants an acknowledgment message after their application is received and processed.
Rest assured that application files are checked carefully for completeness. At the end of the month we will contact students whose ED applications remain incomplete. Those students will be given an opportunity to provide us with any missing items before we complete the evaluation of their applications. Early Decision applicants may call the Admissions Office at (410) 516-8171 after November 30 to check if their application materials have been received, but once again we can not confirm individual parts of your application.
Often applicants ask if there is a way they can track their application online. Unfortunately, Hopkins does not have such a system. For that reason, our Operations team is quite proactive in contacting applicants and guidance counselors to make sure all required application materials are received and processed correctly.
So those are the big three questions. For answers to other questions about Early Decision and to even ask your own question, be sure to check out the discussion thread on the Hopkins Forums.
As I have mentioned in a few previous posts, I have asked a few of my Admissions colleagues to help me in compiling a series of blog entries that focus on specific parts of the application process. Starting later this week and continuing for the rest of the month, I will be posting these guest entries. Here is what's on the docket:
Thursday, November 19 - Applying to Hopkins as an International Student
by Rachel Cowan Jacobs
Monday, November 23 - The Application Essay
by Amy Brokl
Wednesday, November 25 - Advice on Letters of Recommendation
by Rena Barch
Monday, November 30 - The Do's and Don'ts of Presenting Your Resume
by Shannon Miller
Wednesday, December 2- Applying to Hopkins as a BME Applicant
by Sarah Godwin