An Update on ED Decision Release


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The wait for Early Decision applicants is almost over, and we wanted to give a quick update on the upcoming decision release process.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Early Decision notifications will be released at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, December 12, 2014.
  • You will access your Johns Hopkins admissions decision through a decision release website. All applicants should have received an e-mail with detailed instructions for setting up your account. If you didn’t receive it:
    • Check all e-mail accounts, including your parents’ and any others you might’ve used throughout your college application process. We’ll send all official communications to the e-mail you supplied on your application.
    • Check your spam/junk folders. Sometimes (rarely, but sometimes) our e-mails get caught up in spam filters.
    • If you still don’t have the e-mail, call us at (410) 516-8171 or e-mail us at and we’ll get it figured out.
  • We’ll send an e-mail when admissions decisions are available on Friday. That e-mail will contain a link to the admissions decision site. Once you get there, use the e-mail address and password combination you established to log in.
  • On December 12, our office will be open until 5:00 p.m. Eastern to answer phone calls and e-mails from students who are having problems accessing their admissions decisions. Any other questions will be addressed during normal business hours the following week.
  • Admitted ED students who applied for the Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship or the Peabody Duel Degree Program will be notified of their status in late March.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at the e-mail or phone number below if you have any questions.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Johns Hopkins University
Mason Hall / 3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-2683
(410) 516-8171 Fax (410) 516-6025

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What is a Woodrow Wilson Research Fellow?


Here’s a hint: These students are chosen to receive $10,000!

Hopkins students are intellectually curious and have a strong urge to chase that curiosity wherever it leads. Our students are encouraged to follow their passions—to dig deeper and discover more. The Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship helps them do just that.


Fun fact: The 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, began his graduate studies at Hopkins in 1883

The Wilson Fellowship provides eligible students in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences with up to $10,000 to develop a research project of their own design. Wilson fellows receive a stipend over four years to spend on research costs, which may include travel, equipment, and use of archives or laboratories. Fellowship recipients work with a faculty mentor to help them select a topic, create an action plan, and pursue their research.

The availability of professors as a resource and their genuine desire to help is truly invaluable. This program is also unique in that not only does it award research grants to undergraduates, but students receive notice prior to even arriving on campus and can jump right in as soon as they enter as first-year students.

This is an amazing opportunity for hands-on, real-world experience that undergraduates at most other universities don’t get until later in their college career.

Perhaps the best part about a Wilson Fellowship? The topic can be ANYTHING.

Here’s a list of just a few recently completed Wilson projects (click on the titles to learn more):

  • A Podium for Politics—This project explores the ways in which Britain projected itself as host nation in 1948 in comparison to the identity promoted during the 1908 Games. These two events bookend the early moments and final stages of British imperial decline…

“I think I would have ended up at Hopkins even if I hadn’t been offered the Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship, but it certainly made my decision an easy one. Who could pass up the allure of $10,000 to be spent on any project of your choosing? The fact that this fellowship is not limited to student studying the natural sciences confirmed for me the university’s commitment to the humanities. I couldn’t believe that as an intended history major I had been offered this amazing opportunity. I am planning to use my funding to study the effects of the 2012 Olympics on British nationalism. My research is taking me to London—a trip that is completely covered by the Wilson Fellowship. The [Wilson Fellowship] has allowed me to combine two life-long dreams of mine: studying abroad and attending an Olympic Games.” -Tess Thomas, history (Class of 2014)

Read Tess’ blog to learn more about her journey to completing her Woodrow Wilson project:

  • The 25th Street Station—This project investigated the 25th Street Station Project, a multimillion-dollar development on 25th and Howard Street in Baltimore…

Read more about Martha’s experience:

If you are a current undergraduate applicant, you don’t want to let this opportunity pass you by.

The application deadline is approaching on February 20 for both Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants. Click here to learn more and apply—could you be the next Wilson Fellow?

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Holidays in Baltimore


The holiday season is almost upon us. As fall semester wraps up, the city is just getting into the holiday spirit—and we’re all excited for the return of some seasonal traditions here in Baltimore. From the 34th Street Lights in Hampden (just a few blocks from campus) to the lighting of the Monument in Mount Vernon, neighborhoods in Baltimore are gearing up to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy Holidays from the Johns Hopkins University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

It doesn’t always snow every winter in Baltimore, but when it does, the Homewood campus is a winter wonderland.

This year, there’s a new attraction in town: An ice rink in the Inner Harbor! In fact, the students of Hopkins Interactive already have plans to visit the rink in mid-December. Stay tuned for more on that—they’ll undoubtedly write a few blogs about it.

A few steps away from the ice rink, the Christmas Village will once again transform the Inner Harbor into a nightly festival from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. And, yes, Santa will be there!

There’s also one night dedicated to lighting the giant menorah in the Inner Harbor, a night filled with potato latkes, dancing, and even face painting.

A few minutes walk from the center of the Inner Harbor, admission to the National Aquarium is only $12 after 5:00 p.m. October-March. You won’t want to miss The Polar Express 4-D Experience!

And in Fells Point, Baltimore’s historic waterfront community, there’s a Parade of Lighted Boats.

Harbor East, a location most known for its incredible shopping and entertainment (read about one student’s experience), introduces Window Wonderland. Shops and restaurants will feature unique holiday windows designed by some of Baltimore’s most talented local artists.

To discover more about the holidays on the Homewood campus and in Baltimore:

If you haven’t visited Johns Hopkins and Baltimore yet, consider joining us for a campus visit during the holiday season. See our visit calendar for available dates and to register for an information session and campus tour. And don’t forget to explore Baltimore if you have time after you’ve seen campus, met with current students, and talked with our admissions representatives.

Here in Baltimore, we’re lucky enough to witness all four seasons. Temperatures have begun to drop as of lately, and we’re all wondering when Baltimore will see its first snow fall. We’ll keep you posted…

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Hopkins students got creative during one of last year’s snow days.

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What’s going on around campus



It’s starting to feel a lot like winter in Baltimore. Temperatures are dropping, but there’s plenty happening on the Homewood campus. Here are some updates:

  • Football. The Johns Hopkins University football team ended the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, and will be moving on to the NCAA Division III tournament. Go Hop!
  • Lighting of the Quads. On December 2 at 8:00 p.m., students will enjoy hot cocoa, apple cider, donuts, free giveaways, and gather to watch performances by their fellow classmates like the Pep Band and…you guessed it…a capella groups during this annual tradition.
  • Alumni career panel and networking session. Each fall, recent international graduates come back to campus to share their job search experience and provide successful interviewing and job hunting tips.

For a closer look at what post-college life is like, check out alumni profiles on Hopkins Interactive:

  • Political activism. Hopkins has a number of active political groups on campus.

Read about one student’s experience during the recent midterm elections:

  • Registration. Fall semester is coming to a close and students just finished registering for spring semester classes—the freshmen can hardly believe their first few months of college is almost over. The good news: Those still undecided still have another semester to explore as students don’t have to declare a major until sophomore year. (Engineering students declare by the end of freshman year.)
  • Intersession. Before spring comes Intersession! Ever heard of it? It’s a mini-semester in between the fall and spring semesters offering courses that are not typically offered during the academic year (like ballroom dance; Baltimore in Film, Fiction, and TV; and more).

Watch this student-produced video for a closer look at what Intersession is all about:

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The cold weather also brings wintertime traditions to the neighborhoods surrounding campus—like the 34th Street Lights in Hampden and the Lighting of the Monument in Mount Vernon. Click here to see what’s happening in Baltimore.

Want to check it all out for yourself? See our visit calendar for available dates and to register for an information session and campus tour.

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Early Decision Release Update


Starting this week, our Early Decision (ED) applicants will begin receiving instructions on how to access their decisions when they become available.

ED notifications will be released on Friday, December 12, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EST. In order to view your decision, you’ll need to follow the instructions in the e-mail to set up your account on our decision release site. It’s important to do this ahead of time to make sure you’re ready to log in. (And, don’t worry—we have a healthy e-mail schedule planned to help jog your memory if you forget to do it!)



Applied ED but haven’t received an e-mail from us? If the decision release date is approaching and you have not yet received an e-mail with instructions on setting up and logging into your account, try these steps:

  • Check all e-mail accounts, including your parents’ and any others you may have used throughout your college application process. We’ll send all official communications to the e-mail you supplied on your application.
  • Check your spam/junk folders. Sometimes (rarely, but sometimes) our e-mails get caught up in spam filters.
  • If you still don’t have the e-mail, call (410) 516-8171 or e-mail us at and we’ll get it figured out.

For more info about decision release, please see

Wondering if your application is complete? Not to fear. We check all files thoroughly for completeness and give students missing any items time to submit whatever is missing. Notifications for students missing items from their ED applications will go out later this month.

If you applied Regular Decision (RD), you won’t receive your account set-up e-mail until late winter/early spring. Missing item notifications will go out in mid-February for RD applicants.

Still finishing your RD application? The deadline for submitting RD applications is Monday, January 5, 2015. See for more information about deadlines and requirements.

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To AP or not to AP?


We know that high school students are constantly faced with tough decisions.

When it comes to choosing your high school courses, try to strike a balance between challenging yourself and pursuing the courses that are interesting and meaningful to you. Prospective students often ask us for advice about which courses to take. Many want to know, “Is it better to get an “A” in a standard college-prep course, or to get a “B” in an AP course?”

Unfortunately, there is no easy or right answer to this.


But, we can offer some insider tips! When choosing your high school classes, focus on:

Course rigor. Admissions officers at highly selective universities are charged with assessing whether our applicants will be able to excel in a highly rigorous, liberal arts environment. Therefore, we are looking for applicants who are pursuing the most rigorous courses available to them, and doing well in those courses. Whether you attend a school that offers AP courses, the IB curriculum, neither of these, or something different all together, we strive to better understand you as a student, within the context of your school.

The core. Most of the applicants who are successful in the admissions process at JHU are students who have focused on core academic coursework throughout their four years of high school: math, science, English, social studies and foreign language. We appreciate applicants who demonstrate strengths in a variety of academic disciplines, as our students here at Hopkins are expected to take coursework emphasizing the breadth of our curriculum. However, if a student is passionate about a particular academic area, he or she should make the most of their opportunities in that discipline.

Your interests. Let’s say you have your sights set on studying engineering at Hopkins; then we would expect to see that you have maxed out the math and science offerings at your school. If you aspire to study political science, we would expect that if your school offers AP government, you took it. If you plan on dropping, or discontinuing, an academic course, then you should be replacing it with something equally academically rigorous.

Your Resources. Remember, your high school guidance counselor is an important resource when it comes time to select or change your courses.


It’s important to keep in mind that your high school courses are just one piece of the admissions application process. Here at Hopkins, we review applications holistically, focusing not just on grades and course selection, but also extra-curricular activities, essays (have you seen our “Essays That worked” page?), and letters of recommendation.

We try to assess your academic character as well as your impact in your community and whether your personal qualities and characteristics make you the right for us. And while you want to challenge yourself, and showcase your academic talents as best you can to the admissions committee, it’s important to remember to be true to yourself, give us a complete and honest impression of who you are as a student, and enjoy the experiences along the way!

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Application Update: Early Decision Deadline


With Halloween on our heels, here in the Admissions Office our thoughts turn to application season. Just a friendly reminder that Early Decision applications are due on Monday, November 3. (The Regular Decision deadline is Monday, January 5.)

College applications don’t have to be scary. Check out the resources below for some help as you start or finish up your Hopkins application:

Already submitted your Early Decision application? In mid-November, you’ll receive information from us with instructions on how to set up your log-in for the decision release site. Admissions decisions will be released on Friday, December 12.

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Fall Sports at Hopkins


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The Hopkins Homewood campus is an energized, active place. Classroom, labs, and libraries aren’t the only places Blue Jays are making important contributions—they’re also working it on the field, track, and court! Our students are passionate about their athletic endeavors, whether they’re varsity athletes on one of our Division III teams (or Division I lacrosse) or a member of one of our many sports clubs.

Welcome to THE NEST, the student cheering section of Homewood field.

Welcome to THE NEST, the student cheering section of Homewood field.

Here are some quick highlights from fall sports at Hopkins:

  • Our football team is currently gearing up to defend its 6-0 start to the season. (Reading this before October 24? Check out the game live on JHU’s new live-streaming service for sports events!)

    Our football team is off to a strong start for the 2014 season. Nighttime football games are a favorite activity for Admissions staff in the fall!

    Our football team is off to a strong start for the 2014 season. Nighttime football games are a favorite activity for Admissions staff in the fall!

  • Six of our men’s basketball players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2013-2014 Honors Court.
  • The goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team was recently named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Our women's soccer team is ranked sixth in the Centennial Conference.

Our women’s soccer team is ranked sixth in the Centennial Conference.

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Other things you might find interesting about being an athlete at Johns Hopkins?

You might be wondering where news of our Homecoming is--at Hopkins, Homecoming and Alumni Weekend are held in the spring to coincide with our lacrosse season.

You might be wondering where news of our Homecoming is–at Hopkins, Homecoming and Alumni Weekend are held in the spring to coincide with our lacrosse season.

We recently upgraded facilities for our varsity baseball and tennis programs. See the impressive new spaces here:

It’s easy for all students to stay in shape at Homewood. Our Rec Center has a gym, raised track, and a rock-climbing wall. Or, you can just stroll around our 140-acre campus (stop by to take a look with a daily tour:

Want to stay up-to-date with Hopkins sports happenings? Visit

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Making a Financial Fit


Has anyone seen the “sticker shock” Commercial for Marshall’s? The one where the women are shopping in different department stores and think they have found the perfect pair of shoes, but then see the price and shriek in horror at how expensive the shoes are? Then they go to Marshall’s and see the same shoe with a discounted price and jump for joy! Substitute the shoes for a college, and Marshall’s for a Financial Aid Office, and you have the college search process. The key to finding the perfect shoe is finding the pair that will fit you perfectly: in style, in size, and in cost. The same holds true for your college search; you need to find the institution that will fit you perfectly: in style, in size, and in cost.

In this blog, we hope to share some important information on how to approach the financial aid process, and, more specifically, discuss JHU’s commitment to making our institution an affordable option for all families.

What’s most important now is starting the discussion and becoming informed about not only the financial aid process at each school, but what will be financially possible for your family. The best starting place is the Net Price Calculator, which is a tool located on the financial aid website of every college and university in the United States. It will provide an estimated amount of grants, scholarships and other financial aid that is likely to be available based on the financial circumstances of your family. When applying for financial aid, it is important to be aware of the required documents, as they vary by school. You can find the application requirements for financial aid at Hopkins here.

Johns Hopkins is committed to enrolling a diverse student body of the most qualified students who are the best fit for us, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. Our goal is to support every admitted family and make this a feasible option for you. Know that we will meet 100% of calculated need for our admitted students who apply for financial aid by the deadline. Students can expect the same package whether they apply Early Decision or Regular Decision. We offer many different packages, including merit aid, no loans, and limited loans, all totaling $75M of aid in the past year. Often times students find that their need based package at Hopkins is competitive, if not more generous, than a package given by their state institution.

Financial aid packaging is a conversation and our financial aid advisers are accessible and here to help, both during the application process and as a student. To find your adviser, click here!

Come, sit on one of the many brightly colored chairs scattered around campus, and let's talk about the financial aid process.

Come, sit on one of the many brightly colored chairs scattered around campus, and let’s talk about the financial aid process.

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Campus Traditions


From welcoming incoming freshmen to rubbing the Remsen plaque for good luck before chemistry exams, Hopkins has its fair share of traditions.

First Night. The First Night is an Orientation event that showcases the University’s A Capella, Dance, and Theater groups. First Night serves as an induction ceremony where the freshmen are officially inducted into the Johns Hopkins student body as the newest members of the Homewood community.

This year, incoming students wrote an S-word on the side of a white paper bag to describe what makes them unique—like the “s” at the end of Johns (#EmbraceTheS). Candle-lit paper bags lined the Keyser Quad leading all the way up to Gilman Hall, which was illuminated in blue. Then the clock tower bell rang 18 times, welcoming the new class.


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Gilman Hall

Convocation. While first night serves as a welcome to freshmen from upperclassmen, convocation is the official ceremony hosted by the University officially inducting the freshman class into the Homewood community. It marks the end of Orientation events and the beginning of the freshman Blue Jay experience. During the ceremony, President Ron Daniels and other esteemed faculty members speak about the wonderful experiences that await our eager undergrads. The formal ceremony concludes with a reception, an opportunity to meet professors, the deans, and other members of the faculty.

University Seal. Campus lore dictates that the university seal located in the foyer of Gilman Hall holds the fate of those who step on it. As the legend goes, students who step on the seal will not graduate, prospective applicants who step on the seal will not be admitted, parents who step on the seal will not receive financial aid, and professors who step on the seal will not be granted tenure. I guess you could say stepping on the seal AFTER graduation has become somewhat of a tradition.

President’s Day of Service. Every October, students, faculty, and staff, (yes, including the University’s president!) take part in a day of university-wide community service across Baltimore. Projects range from constructing homes and planting gardens to distributing food to volunteering to work with elementary school students. The President’s Day of Service is the ideal opportunity to give back to what will be your community for the next four years. Since over a thousand students take part each year, it’s also a great way to meet new people!

Watch a video of last year’s PDOS here:

Hoptoberfest. Also held every October, Hoptoberfest is intended to celebrate the Homewood community. Students, faculty, and staff gather for a weekend of traditional fall activities, including pumpkin painting, pie-eating contests, a free outdoor screening of Halloween movies, a haunted house, and a game of Laser Tag. The scavenger hunt pits teams of students, faculty, and staff against one another to solve a series of more than twenty riddles that lead them around the campus and surrounding community.

Check out what’s in store for this year:

Lighting of the Quads. This event kicks off the holiday season at Homewood as President Daniels flicks the switch for the lights on each quad in early December. Gingerbread house competitions, a cappella performances, hot chocolate, and a humorous speech by President Daniels make this annual tradition a memorable one. In conjunction with the festivities on campus, just a few blocks away is Miracle on 34th Street, an incredibly decorated row of homes lit up in spirit of the holiday season!

Watch this student-produced video: Warning: It will put you in the holiday mood.


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Commemoration Day. Held annually on Feb. 22 to celebrate the University’s founding (and the installation of President Daniel Coit Gilman on Feb. 22, 1876) students gather in the Glass Pavilion to eat and mingle with the President, the Deans, the faculty, and their peers.

Symposium Series. The Milton S. Eisenhower and Foreign Affairs Symposiums run in the fall and spring, respectively, and bring speakers to campus once a week. Each event is free and open to the public. In the past, we’ve brought in a huge range of speakers, from political figures such as Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, David Axelrod, and Rick Santorum to actors and comedians such as Aziz Ansari, Will Ferrell, and Seth Meyers. We’ve also had Bill Nye the Science Guy as well as Jerry from Ben & Jerry’s who brought free ice cream for everyone in the audience.

Click here to see who’s coming to campus this fall as part of the 2014 MSE Symposium series.

A Cappella. A Cappella is extremely popular at Hopkins…extremely popular. Most groups hold free fall and spring concerts on campus and these events are often packed out to standing-room only. The Quarterfinals of the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella are hosted yearly at Homewood in Shriver Hall. It is not uncommon for the ICCAs to have an attendance upwards of 1,200.  In the last ten years or so, groups from Hopkins have not failed to win or place in the top three of the quarterfinal. The JHU Octopodes won the 2011, 2012, and 2013 quarterfinals, and the AllNighters have won several times in the last fifteen years. While they do not compete in such competitions, the JHU Mental Notes—Hopkins’ only comedy a cappella group—are also extremely highly regarded.

Flamingos. Each year hundreds of pink (plastic) flamingos mysteriously appear on Keyser Quad. No one is exactly sure why. Read more:


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Homecoming. Homecoming weekend at Hopkins is unique as it takes place in the spring, during our ever-popular lacrosse season. Each year, Alumni come back to campus to relive it all again. Every lacrosse ticket is free for students, and the HOP, Student Life, and Alumni Relations host tailgates on the freshman quad before every game with free food, t-shirts, foam fingers, face painting, and giveaways.

Homecoming weekend

Spring Fair. Perhaps the most widely-loved Hopkins tradition, Spring Fair is a student-run fair hosted on the Homewood campus and bringing together members of the Hopkins community and Baltimore neighborhood for full of food, drinks, carnival rides, live concerts, shopping, art, and more.

Watch our student-produced Spring Fair 2014 video:

Senior Week. Taking place in the week after finals and before graduation, the Senior Class Council plans a “reverse orientation” to celebrate the end of their four years at Hopkins. Some events include the Preakness Stakes, a barbeque on the quad, an ice cream social, an overnight trip to Atlantic City, a cocktail party in the library, and Senior Prom.

These are the ways we honor the university’s history, welcome new students, and celebrate the Hopkins community at large.

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