An Update on RD Decision Release

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Seal_nWe’ve had a very busy few months selecting the remainder of the Class of 2019 and we want to give our Regular Decision applicants a quick update on the upcoming admissions decision release process.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Regular Decision notifications will be released at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 27, 2015.
  • You will access your Johns Hopkins admissions decision through a decision release website. All applicants should have received an email with instructions for setting up their accounts. If you didn’t receive the account creation email, try these things before calling us:
    • Check all email accounts, including your parents’ and any others you might’ve used throughout your college application process. We’ll send all official communications to the email you supplied on your application.
    • Check your spam/junk folders. Sometimes (rarely, but sometimes) our emails get caught up in spam filters.
    • If you still don’t have the email, call (410) 516-8171 or email gotojhu@jhu.edu and we’ll get it figured out.
  • Admissions decisions will be available at 3:00 p.m. on March 27, but we’ll send an email to remind you. That email will contain a link to the admissions decision site. Once you get there, use your email address and password (which you set up in the second bullet above) to log in.
  • On March 27, our office will be open until 5:00 p.m. Eastern to answer phone calls and emails from students who are having problems accessing their admissions decisions. Any other questions will be addressed during normal business hours the following week.

About the Peabody Double Degree Program and Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship:

  • Admitted Regular Decision and Early Decision students who applied for the Peabody Double Degree Program will be notified of their status at this time as well via the admissions decision site.
  • Admitted Regular Decision and Early Decision students who applied for the Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship will be notified on their admissions decision site if they have been chosen as a fellow.

Students who are not selected for the fellowship are encouraged to explore other funded research opportunities like the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA) and the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA). Also, current Hopkins students can apply for the Wilson Fellowship as a rising sophomore—even if they’ve applied before.

A few notes for transfer applicants:

  • Transfer applicants will receive an email with instructions for setting up their accounts for the admissions decision site.
  • Transfer admissions decisions will be released by May 15. Applicants will receive an email when their admissions decision is available.

 

hi-logo-whiteIn the meantime, visit Hopkins Interactive to read current student blogs, see pictures, watch videos, and even ask students questions.

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Transferring to Hopkins

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_SJS0919If you’re considering transferring and continuing your education at another college or university, it’s probably because you know this change will help you accomplish your goals, both inside and outside the classroom. Each year, students transfer to Hopkins from two- and four-year institutions for this exact reason.

(Read about one transfer student’s journey to Hopkins here.)

Apart from the dynamic campus environment, big-city amenities Baltimore has to offer, endless opportunities for research, and availability of state-of-the-art labs and equipment, one of the most important facets of a Hopkins education is the hands-on, real-world experiences our undergrads encounter.

97% of Hopkins students have some sort of career-related experience during their time here!

Resources like the Career Center and academic advising along with other on-campus support services help transfer students—and all Hopkins students—achieve their academic and personal goals. A Hopkins grad is a leader armed with the skills needed to conquer the professional working world or to take the next step in their academic career.

If you’re considering transferring to Hopkins, visit Hopkins Interactive to connect with current students and get a better idea of what the Hopkins experience could mean to you. As you’re learning more about Hopkins, keep in mind that the transfer application deadline is less than a month away—Monday, March 16.

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Meet the Office of Multicultural Affairs

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Happy February! Spring semester is just getting underway, but one of our student groups—the Multicultural Student Volunteers (MSV)—has already planned an all-night lock-in featuring performances from various groups at Hopkins. With the help of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), this event brought Hopkins students together to share their talents and to celebrate each other’s cultures.

For many Hopkins students, OMA is a “home away from home.” Housing 16 multicultural organizations, multicultural student groups look to the office as a resource when planning events, an academic support system, or simply as a hang out spot—the office boasts an amazing board game collection. Their aim is to support diversity among the student body and foster communication around culture.

Wondering how they bring this mission to life?

In this month alone, OMA has planned over 14 events to honor Black History Month, each centering on the theme “Black is…” The schedule includes cooking lessons, movie screenings, and multiple opportunities for group discussions.

But, as Hopkins students know, nothing happens in a vacuum here on the Homewood campus—OMA brings together a vast variety of cultural groups, all with one central aim. For example, the Black History month events mentioned above are co-sponsored by BCCF, ASA, LGBTQ, and Ole, just to name a few.

While OMA sponsors many different events throughout the year, they also support students academically by offering mentoring and academic tutoring programs. For instance, students can apply to Student Empowering and Educating for Diversity (SEED) to be a mentor/mentee. Or, students from underrepresented populations interested in pursuing careers in the medical field may be interested in the Johns Hopkins Underrepresented in Medical Professions (JUMP), which provides academic support, mentoring, community building, career exploration and leadership opportunities.

If you want to learn more about other multicultural events and student groups at Hopkins, explore OMA’s website to see how the Office of Multicultural Affairs could easily be a bridge from your home to the Homewood campus.

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What Hopkins Students Are Up To This Semester

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We’re about a month into the spring semester and our students got right back into the swing of busy campus life! Right now, they’re organizing on-campus events like the Foreign Affairs Symposium or Friday Night Films, participating in off-campus events like the Hopkins Model United Nations Conference (which took place this past weekend), and gearing up for the popular spring sports season.

THE NEST, the student cheering section of Homewood field.

THE NEST, the student cheering section of Homewood field.

What else are our students excited about for this semester? We caught up with some Blue Jays to ask them:

“My favorite class this semester is Mechatronics! It’s all design-based and a lot of Robotics and MechE grad students are also in the class. For the first half of each class meeting, we have set labs where we learn different robotics skills. In the second half, we have a design project and are essentially set free to build robots that meet the specific task.”Jackie R. ’16, Mechanical Engineering

“Spring is always an exciting time for sororities as we welcome our members into the sisterhood. And this year, as a sophomore, I am busy apartment hunting with my future roommate for junior year. We are currently exploring the Charles Village area and there are so many options! Our top choice right now is one that is right by the Rec Center. My friends all joke that maybe finally I’ll be making a trip there!”—Monica G., ’17, International Studies

“Personally, I’m excited for Baltimore Restaurant Week (Feb. 15- 28). There’s a bunch of really nice restaurants running great specials all around the city.”Chris C. ’16, Biomedical Engineering

“I can’t wait for the Studio North premiere! I’m on the exec board for Studio North, a student-run film studio at Hopkins. This year, we’ve financed two short films. Bernard Died (by Andrea Massaro ’15 and Tony Lee ’15) is about a child who comes to terms with the concept of death via his goldfish, and Motorcycle Memories is an experimental film by Max Bowens ’15. The premiere is scheduled for May and should be a full-on red carpet event.”Genevieve O., ’17, Film & Media Studies

“I’m working on planning SOHOP [the Spring Open House and Overnight Program, an annual tradition for admitted students] for the incoming Class of 2019. I’m in charge of planning the Night Festival, which is a huge indoor carnival where admitted students and their overnight hosts hang out, get to know each other, and play games and even win prizes.”Katherine H. ’15, Biomedical Engineering

“I’m excited about taking Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management, my first required course for the public health major. I’m also looking forward to the warmer weather when I can attend lacrosse games and walk around Hampden or Fell’s Point and take trips to DC. Already after my first semester at Hopkins, I can safely say that I could not see myself at another institution.”Jason D., ’18, Political Science, Public Health, and History of Science & Technology

“I have the ability to redefine the course of 21st century music by actively composing sheet music of my own in the music theory class I am currently enrolled in.”Justin B., ’16, neuroscience

“I’m really excited for my senior design team this semester—it’s a really cool and fun way to work with other seniors in my major and use everything that we’ve learned over four years to make a product. It’s just really awesome to have so much flexibility and see all the classes we’ve taken translate into real life.”Victoria D., ’15, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

As the spring semester unfolds, stay connected with current students via Hopkins Interactive. It’s a student-run website where you’ll find features like student blogs, videos, photos, message boards, and more.

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How to Make the Most of Your College Visit

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Our giant Blue Jay giving the thumbs up to campus visitors

Throughout your college search, there’s a lot to think about—and to do. Once you’ve thought about where you may want to apply, the next step is to start planning visits to the schools that interest you the most. (Can’t make it to campus? At Hopkins, you can get the on-campus experience without leaving your house. Check out Hopkins Interactive for photos, videos, and more all from current students!)

If you can make it, a campus visit is a great opportunity to hear from admissions representatives and learn more about academics, student life, and the application process. You’ll also get the chance to interact with current students, who can talk about their own personal experiences.

Here are some things to keep in mind during each campus visit:

  • Meet current students. One of the best ways to get a feel for a school is by talking to current students about their experiences.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be shy. Ask questions of admissions counselors, professors, and anyone else you run into. You can find a lot of information about academics, student life, and the application process online, but use this in-person time to get the answers to things you still want to know.
  • Stay open-minded. When asked how they decided to enroll at Hopkins, a lot of our students say they just “got a feeling” this was the right school for them. So, on your campus visits, keep an open mind and be on the lookout for that feeling of a “perfect fit.”

Spring break is quickly approaching—and it’s a great time to tour colleges and universities!

If Hopkins is on your list, click here to register for an information session and tour at our Homewood campus. Spring is a wonderful time to be at Homewood, with blooming trees and flowers, the return of warm weather, and annual on-campus events like Spring Fair and Homecoming (yes, Homecoming weekend occurs in the spring at Hopkins—during our ever-popular lacrosse season.) Of course, each season has its own perks and personality. Have you seen the Homewood campus throughout every season yet?

Here’s a sneak peek:

Homecoming weekend

Spring—when our famous Spring Fair takes place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer

Summer—there’s always a festival happening in Baltimore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          

Winter

Winter—one word: Intersession!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall

Fall—leaves are changing colors and it couldn’t be prettier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before you even step foot on campus, you can start connecting with current students on Hopkins Interactive. It’s a student-run website where you’ll find features like student blogs, videos, photos, message boards, and more. It’s a good place to start if you’re looking for current students perspectives on why Baltimore and Hopkins are such great places to live and learn.

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An Update on RD Decision Release

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ED decision release 2014If you applied Regular Decision to Johns Hopkins, here’s what you need to know about admissions decision notifications:

  • Regular Decision notifications will be released at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 27, 2015.
  • You will access your Johns Hopkins admissions decision through a decision release website. All applicants will receive instructions for setting up their accounts in late February/early March.
  • We’ll send all applicants an email reminder when decisions are ready to be viewed.
  • We are in the process of checking applicant files for completeness, and will contact students if we are missing any necessary information to make a decision.

 

About the Peabody Double Degree Program and Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship:

  • Admitted Regular Decision and Early Decision students who applied for the Peabody Double Degree Program will be notified of their status at this time as well via the admissions decision site.

Note: Students who are not selected for the fellowship are encouraged to explore other funded research opportunities like the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA) and the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA). Also, current Hopkins students can apply for the Wilson Fellowship as a rising sophomore—even if they’ve applied before.

 

A few notes for transfer applicants:

 

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In the meantime, visit Hopkins Interactive to read current student blogs, see pictures, watch videos, and even ask students questions.

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How to Prepare for Preparing a Competitive College Application

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If you’re a high school junior, chances are many of your senior schoolmates are either breathing a sigh of relief after being admitted to their first-choice school or anxiously awaiting the release of admissions decisions in a few months. Fast forward one year and you’ll be in their shoes.

We wouldn't recommend taking your SATs using a red marker like this clip art lady appears to be doing.

To make sure you’re as prepared as possible, here are some things you can start doing NOW that will help to create a competitive application when the time comes:

Determine your learning style. Do you like hands-on assignments involving research? Do you prefer lecture-based learning complemented by reading? Would you rather work on projects independently or are you most productive when collaborating with your peers?

Colleges and universities have varying academic philosophies, so figuring out which learning style suits you best will help narrow down the schools that could be the right fit for you.

Pick a favorite subject. One thing you’ll come to find about college life is there’s a lot more freedom and a lot more choices—especially when it comes to class options. Figure out what intrigues you and why so that your application can relay why attending a certain school will support you in following your interests.

For example, if you like English classes, is it the analysis of the work or the writing process that appeals most to you? At Hopkins, we have an English major that tends to focuses on literary criticism and a Writing Seminars major which focuses on creative writing.

Get out of the classroom. Look for opportunities beyond your school walls to pursue something you’re interested in. Summer programs at a local school, classes at a community college, or research projects are all ways to take what you’re learning in the classroom and expand upon it. Make it something you really enjoy, and want to explore further. And then be sure to talk about it in your application.

Challenge yourself. Think about taking courses that will prepare you for the rigor that comes along with college-level academics. Our admissions officers are looking for students who have taken advantage of those high-level, challenging classes available to them at their school.

Go beyond academics. The admissions committee is looking not just for strong students, but also for students who will contribute to the community. Find opportunities (whether it be through clubs, organizations, or teams) to make an impact. Contribute to whatever it is you’re a part of—leading a membership campaign or fundraiser, organizing a team outing, or maybe even starting a new group in your school.

Moral of the story: Take time to really reflect on your experience in high school and what you’ve liked and disliked about it. Discovering what you want to get out of your college experience will help you create an application that shares your goals, interests, and personal character with the admissions committee.

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The Life Cycle of an Application

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You’ve done your part: Completed the Common Application or Universal College Application, finessed your essays, and clicked submit. What happens now? We’re going to walk you through the life cycle of an application—everything from application processing to decision release.

This application is ready to go!

The application review process can be broken down into five main steps:

  1. Student Database 

Our Student Database is where application materials sit until we have all required documents for an individual applicant. It’s very rare that all portions of an application come in at once. As each piece comes in, the documents are matched to the student it belongs to. When all of the required documents (the application, Johns Hopkins supplement, transcript(s), secondary school report, and recommendations) are received, an application is considered complete!

  1. Regional Review I 

As files are completed, they are sent along to the Regional Admissions Counselor. It is during the Regional Review that the preliminary read of a file is conducted. What are we looking for? We are getting a glimpse at an applicant in the context of his or her high school and geographic region. Our admissions counselors (find yours here) spend several weeks on the road each year to learn more about the schools and students in their region to make sure we are familiar with the opportunities an applicant has had, such as the kind of coursework available.

  1. Committee Review 

After the regional counselor has done the initial assessment of the application, the file moves to Committee Review. During committee, we consider the larger applicant pool, beyond the narrow regional scope. Committee Review is where we not only discuss each applicant and their fit for the university but where we begin to mold the class and ensure that we have academic, geographic, and demographic diversity while still considering the regional context that surrounds each applicant. Once all factors are considered, the committee places an official admissions decision on each file.

  1. Regional Review II

When an application has received an official admissions decision, the application is revisited by the Regional Admissions Counselor. It is at this point that the regional counselor has the opportunity to make sure that the decisions made during Committee Review are consistent within their region.

  1. Decision Release

After more than 10 weeks since the application deadline and multiple levels of review, it’s time for the big day—Decision Release! Read more about that here.

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What is Intersession?

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At Hopkins we dedicate the month after the fall semester and before the start of the spring term to a mini-mester called Intersession. Some academic classes are offered, but the most exciting part about Intersession is that students can take courses that are not typically an option during the academic year—out-of-the-ordinary college classes like ballroom dance and other personal enrichment classes; Baltimore in Film, Fiction, and TV; and more.

“Perhaps the most interesting part of Intersession is the class I’m taking, which is called Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult in Greco-Roman Antiquity…We learn about curse tablets, voodoo dolls, and amulets, yes, but we also seek to understand the social and political context in which magic existed, and how the interactions between magic and religion shaped the ancient world.” –Grace A., Class of 2016

To learn more about Intersession from a student perspective:

  • Watch this student-produced video for a closer look at what Intersession is all about: com/watch?v=VyRsS-pbgFg
  • Read this blog by senior Joseph S., all about his Intersession experience last year.
  • Visit Hayley S.’ blog page to find out the top seven most exciting things she did in her “Intersession State of Mind.”

Whether it’s learning how to play a musical instrument, exploring the city of Baltimore in a new context, or studying the history of magic, Intersession has something for everyone. To learn more about this year’s upcoming Intersession, visit http://pages.jh.edu/intersession/.

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Happy Holidays from Hopkins

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From all of us here in Mason Hall, happy holidays!

The Hopkins community has been celebrating the holiday season on the Homewood campus and throughout Baltimore for the past few months. As we look ahead to 2015, we’re excited for our current students to return to campus—although, we’ll see some sooner than others: learn more about Intersession at Johns Hopkins.

This also means that the Regular Decision application deadline is quickly approaching on January 5. Here are some great resources to learn more about applying to Johns Hopkins:

We wish all of our a readers a safe and happy New Year’s!

During one of last year's snow days some students built this Eiffel tower replica.

Some of our students built this Eiffel Tower replica during one of last year’s snow days.

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