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    Johns Hopkins University 2021-2022 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has been ranked #11 among top public universities in the USA. John Hopkins University saw an acceptance rate of 13% (2020), offering admissions to a total of 24,000 applicants. International students planning to study with the university will need to have a TOEFL score (100 or other equivalents) and other standardized test scores to study in the USA. The admissions office at Johns Hopkins University relies on transcripts, testings, and LORs that an applicant provides.

    Johns Hopkins University has made GRE/GMAT scores optional for 2021-22. This means for MS Engineering or MBA applicants, submission of these test scores will be up to their discretion. If the students feel, that a score can add value to their candidature, they can submit. Else, they can bank on their work experience and academic records.

    For availing of the waive off, students must fulfill certain criteria like work experience or quality academic records. Otherwise, Johns Hopkins is also accepting GRE and GMAT online scores for this year.

    Recent Admission Updates

    • ACT/SAT and GRE scores requirements are made optional amidst COVID-19.
    • The Round 4 of MBA admissions will wind up on June 1, 2021.
    • MS in Datascience application deadline is on September 15.
    • Decisions will be released in 2-3 weeks of submission of the completed application package.

    The reviewer will expect a certain level of impact and initiative on the student's part. Other than leadership skills and extracurriculars, the personal contributions of the applicant will be assessed.

    Admission to Top Johns Hopkins University Courses

    Programs Upcoming Deadlines

    Scores Required

    MBA Round 4: June 1, 2021 TOEFL iBT: 100
    IELTS: 7.0 
    GMAT: 650 – 700 (optional due to COVID-19)
    Masters in Finance Round 3: Mar 31, 2021 (Closed) TOEFL iBT: 100
    IELTS: 7.0
    GMAT: 679 (optional due to COVID-19)
    Masters in Economics Jan 15, 2021 (Closed)

    TOEFL iBT: 100
    IELTS: 7.0
    GRE: 310+ (optional due to COVID-19)

    Masters in Statistics 3 months before semester start TOEFL: 100
    IELTS: 7.0 (optional due to COVID-19)
    Masters in Biotechnology 3 months before semester start TOEFL iBT: 100
    IELTS: 7.0 (optional due to COVID-19)
    MSc Biomedical Engineering December 31, 2020 (Closed) TOEFL iBT – 100
    IELTS - 7.0
    GRE: 310+ (optional due to COVID-19)
    Bachelor of Biology Jan 4, 2021 IELTS: 7.0
    TOEFL iBT: 100
    SAT/ACT: 1300 or 34 (optional due to COVID-19)
    Bachelor of Chemistry Jan 4, 2021 IELTS: 7.0
    TOEFL iBT: 100
    SAT/ACT: 1400 or 35 (optional due to COVID-19)
    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

    Jan 4, 2021

    IELTS: 7.0
    TOEFL iBT: 100
    Bachelor in Civil Engineering Jan 4, 2021 IELTS: 7.0
    TOEFL iBT: 100
    Bachelors in Computer Science Jan 4, 2021 IELTS: 7.0
    TOEFL iBT: 100
    SAT/ACT: 1400 or 34 (optional due to COVID-19)

    Some of the important factors to note when planning admissions to Johns Hopkins University are:

    • Applications for international UG students begin around the first week of November.
    • They usually receive a decision within 2–3 weeks, post submission of application. 
    • UG students can apply through either of these application portals: Common Application/Coalition for College Application
    • Deadlines, applications and, academic requirements vary for Graduate programs.
    • The admission session usually begins during the Fall Session but a few Graduate courses begin during the Spring Session.
    • First-year and Transfer students are enrolled each year in August.

    International students who need financial aid and scholarships must submit the COF (International Student Certification of Finances form) and their bank statement along with their application.


    Application Portal UG – MY UC Application Portal
    PG – Varies with every school
    Application Fee UG – 70 USD
    PG – Varies
    Acceptance Rate 14%
    Graduation Rate 93%
    Mode of Payment Visa/MasterCard/Discover Credit Card
    SAT Score (middle 50%) 1480 – 1550
    ACT Score (middle 50%) 33 – 35
    International Application Deadlines UG – November 1, 2019/January 2, 2020
    PG – Varies with each course
    Academic Calendar Semester
    Intake Seasons Fall and Spring
    Interview Required for some courses
    Work Experience Recommended for MBA aspirants

    Johns Hopkins University International Admissions 

    International students need to provide the following in order to be considered for admission at Johns Hopkins University:

    General Requirements

    • An official record of academic performance(school/college)
    • Transcripts
    • High school profile
    • Required standardized test scores- GMAT/GRE/SAT/ACT (sent directly from the testing agency)
    • Recommendation from the school counselor
    • Program-specific requirements like SOP, CV/Resume, etc.

    English Language Proficiency

    International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admissions at JHU:

    English Test Minimum Scores Required
    TOEFL (IBT) 100
    IELTS Academic 7.0
    DET 120

    USA Visa Requirements

    International students who intend to study full-time in an American educational institute need to obtain an F-1 or J-1 student visa.

    • The Office of International Services (OIS) will issue the form I-20 to the admitted students
    • Applicant must consult the US Consulate and obtain the visa stamp required to enter the US
    • Financial documentation from any of the following:
      • Fundings from the University itself
      • Personal funds
      • Family funds
      • Fundings from the home government
      • Others

    Documents should be recent or within the past three months. Applicants who do not have their own bank account must provide an affidavit of support.

    Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Admission

    With around 52 majors and 46 minors offered at the undergraduate level, Johns Hopkins University is one of the best institutes offering quality education in the US. Fall 2019 saw more than 30,000 applications for undergraduate programs at Johns Hopkins University. Out of these, 1,363 students were enrolled. The top two preferred majors belonged to the school of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.

    Application Portal: Common Application or Coalition for College Application

    Academic Requirements for International Students: Applicants must submit either ACT or SAT scores along with the application. The minimum score requirements are:

    • Reading/Writing ACT score - 34
    • SAT reasoning scores: 560

    Supporting Documents: Transcripts, secondary school reports, essays, grades, SOP, and two LORs.

    Selection Criteria: Academic achievements, initiatives, motivation, special potential, essays, etc.

    Johns Hopkins University Postgraduate Admissions

    At JHU, there are 9 academic units that offer more than 260 courses. Each graduate course has a different requirement, deadline, application process, and fee.

    How to apply: Portals also differ to apply for the desired course. The applications are filed through the respective school’s website.

    When to apply: Deadlines vary with each course and school. Students are admitted in the Fall season more than the Spring season.

    • Academic Requirements for International Students: GRE score (valid for 3 to 5 years) and English language test scores like TOEFL/IELTS are required.
    • GPA in Previous Fulltime Qualifications: For MS degrees, a GPA varying between 3.0 – 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 is acceptable. It is equivalent to 87 – 90%.
    • Supporting Documents: Degrees, transcripts (translated if not in English), grading system, LORs, SOP/objectives, etc. are basic requirements for each course. 
    • Interviews: Maybe conducted, depending upon the course requirements and COVID-19 situation.

    Please Note: GRE scores are made optional this year under the test-optional policy due to COVID-19.

    Course MS Electrical and Computer Engineering MPH MA Economics MS Environmental Science and Policy
    Deadline Fall – February 15;
    Spring – September 15
    December 1 January 15 No deadline, applications received on a rolling basis
    Application Fees 75 USD 120 USD; additional 45 USD if applying for other schools 75 USD 75 USD
    Portal JHU Portal SOPHAS but may differ for other programs JHU Portal JHU Advanced
    Transcripts Required Required Required Required
    CV/Resume Required Required N/A Required
    English proficiency test Required Required Required Required
    GRE/GMAT Required Required GRE Required Required
    LOR Required, three Three Required At least two Required Two Required
    Additional N/A SOP, Objective Academic records, unofficial transcripts of all institutes attended GPA > 3.0; 1 semester each in UG Calculus, Statistics and general Chemistry

    It is also recommended to have a minimum of two years of work experience as many postgraduate professional programs prefer candidates with work experience.

    In order to submit the application on time for MPH programs, the students should try and follow the suggested timeline:

    • 3 months prior to the deadline – students must begin the application, inform references, complete the Colleges and recommendation section so that SOPHAS receives the transcripts and LORs.
    • 8 weeks prior to deadline – transcripts should be sent to SOPHAS directly, draft SOP and objectives for each program.
    • 4 weeks prior to deadline – monitor application, follow up SOPHAS to complete missing information.
    • 2 weeks prior to deadline – complete and submit the application, also ensure that transcripts and LORs are posted. Follow the mail until ‘Verified’ flashes.

    Johns Hopkins University MBA Admissions

    The MBA degree is administered by Carey Business School under Johns Hopkins. This year the application deadline for admission to Johns Hopkins University’s MBA program has extended to June 1, 2021. In general, the eligibility criteria are similar this year as well. However, under the optional test policy, the GRE or GMAT scores are optional. Students may not have to submit their scores if they feel that it can boost their chances. Otherwise, they may not have to submit the scores if there is difficulty inaccessibility to test centers. 

    However, the GMAT Home-based Online Test and GRE Online Test is available to students who cannot reach their test centers due to COVID-19 or the test centers are closed in their locations. The university will accept the online test scores. Mentioned below are some of the requirements that need to be fulfilled by the applicants to study MBA in the USA.

    Requirements MBA
    Deadlines Round 4: June 1, 2021
    Application Fee 100 USD
    Application Portal JHU Portal
    Transcripts Required
    CV/Resume Required
    English proficiency test Required
    GRE/GMAT Required
    LOR One Required
    Additional Two essays, interview, and professional work experience

    Please Note: The Interviews will happen on an invitation-only basis after evaluating your application. The university admission officials will look for a confident individual with an analytical mindset and how he/she can benefit from the Johns Hopkins MBA. of a submitted application. 

    Taking a GRE or GMAT test will increase the chances for a scholarship, it will also certify you as a good exponent of numerical ability and analytics. Good scores will definitely give your candidature a slight edge over other applicants. The codes for GMAT and GRE at Carey Business School are GMAT: KGB-B0-98, GRE – 0834. The minimum GMAT and GRE score requirement are 600 and 300 respectively. Students must have scored 7 in IELTS and 100 in TOEFLiBT.

    How to Get a GMAT/GRE Waiver at JHU?

    But in case, one has to opt for a complete waiver of the GMAT or GRE test, the following criteria have to be met.

    • Applicants must possess at least 3+ years of full-time work experience at the time of the commencement of the program (by August 2021). 
    • Also, applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0 (equivalent to 83 – 86% ) in undergraduate degree OR advanced degree OR professional degree OR in both.

    JHU Transfer Students Admission

    At JHU admit rate is 10%, which means admissions are competitive. Students selected for admissions must have an excellent academic record. The University uses a holistic method of assessing the applications, which focuses on the overall application, rather than just one attribute. 

    How to apply: Common Application along with the Johns Hopkins Supplement

    Application Fee: 70 USD

    Academic Requirements for International Students: The international students must submit either of the following given scores:

    Test Name Score Required
    TOEFL (iBT) 100
    IELTS 7.0
    DET 75 or above

    Supporting Documents: Transcripts (translated if not in English), official college report, essays and, LORs from professor/instructors.

    Selection Criteria: High school records, college GPA, participation in extracurricular activities, LORs, essays, and a strong reason for transferring to JHU.

    JHU seeks students who are driven and possess qualities that will make them an asset to the Johns Hopkins community.

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