Live Blogging on RD Notification Day (2008)

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Good morning all. I’ve been up for about 15 minutes and I am refreshed. I didn’t think I would be able to write that after the mayhem of the last two weeks, but I actually got 8 hours of sleep last night. I don’t think my bed has ever felt more comfortable.

This is the start of my live blogging of the Regular Decision notification release day. There is a lot of tasks on my “to do” list today, but I will try to update frequently throughout the day to let you know how everything is going. I need to go SHAVE (!!!), shower, and then head in to the office. For the mean time, I recommend you go back and read (or re-read) my post from yesterday detailing the entire process for the release of decisions (I’ve added photos):

Breaking News: Decisions to be Released March 28

Be back later!

Posted at 6:30am, March 28, 2008

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Quick update time. I got in to the office at around 7:30am and I must say I was suprised by one thing — the sun was out! If you have read previous decision release “live blogging” entries, it seems each morning has always been a bit gloomy and a bit foggy. Today, though it is partially cloudy (or partially sunny) and a bit chilly, there was still spring sunshine and buds on the trees.

I dropped my stuff at my desk and then headed up to the third floor in Mason Hall where the other “early birds” were finishing stuffing folders. For the next three hours we have been busy stuffing the final financial aid packets, pulling international decisions so that we can affix special mailing information, and STAMPING. Yes it takes close to three hours with about 10 people to stamp everything.

With that being said, I need to get back to work. I thought I would leave you all with something that always makes me smile. Enjoy:

Posted at 10:35am, March 28, 2008

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Hey all … I am not neglecting the updates. I have just been busy the last few hours … O.K., honestly I have been procrastinating and chatting with two amazing freshmen students, JHU_Jessica and JHU_Lauren. I will be updating in a while, I promise. Enjoy the pictures for now.

Posted at 5:35pm, March 28, 2008

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So I know that the live blogging wasn’t as frequent as in the past, but I needed to take some time off this afternoon after we mailed all the decisions. It has been a crazy couple of weeks, and my brain and body needed to relax for a while. I have returned home and have gotten confirmation that the emails are being sent. Before I provide a re-cap of the days events, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO RE-READ MY POST FROM YESTERDAY REGARDING THE RELEASE OF REGULAR DECISION NOTIFICATIONS:

Breaking News: Decisions to be Released March 28

Answers to the majority of your questions are posted there, including details about what happens if you do not receive a decision email.

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So beginning after my last significant update (10:35 am this morning), here is what transpired — and yes I will reference the photos above.

10:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – After updating I decided to step outside for a fresh breathe of air and I had the camera so I took a nice shot of Mason Hall (pic1). It has been a much easier process this year in the new building … much more space leads to a better flow to the process. After some air it was back to stamping (pic2). It costs more than $4 per priority mail envelope.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – The sealing commences. Everything is stuffed, everything is stamped, and Dean of Admissions Dr. John Latting (background of pic5) confirms that all decisions are final. The sealing of the envelopes (pics 4 & 5) will take about an hour. As the sealing moves along all the packets are stuffed into mail bins (pic 6). Time to load the cars!!!

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. - I head to my office to get my car keys and look out my window to see 7 tours of prospective students (pic 3). The circle of Admissions … high school juniors beginning the process as high school seniors are finishing up.

It takes four SUVs (including my brand new Chevy Trailblazer (pic7)) to hold all 16,001 decisions. It is a tight squeeze (pics 8 & 9 & 11). Uh oh, don’t forget one (pic 10).

1:15 – 1:25 p.m. – The drive down I-83 to the main Baltimore postal center. Nice artistic side mirror photos thanks to Shannon (pics 12 & 13).

1:25 – 1:35 p.m. - The unloading of tons of bins of mail at the Baltimore postal center. It is a work-out but we get it done quickly, and turn everything over to the U.S. Postal Service. At 1:35 p.m. … WE ARE DONE. The decisions are out of our hands.

1:37 p.m. - Uh oh!!! The caravan of three SUVs are pulled over by the U.S. Postal Service police (pic 14). We are a bit nervous, but it turns out that we were just using the wrong exit. Whew … that was a close one.

1:50 p.m. – Back in the office. The majority of the staff heads home to rest and enjoy the rest of the day off. I bunker down with Jessica and Lauren working on updating the Hopkins Forums and our Facebook groups. We procrastinate a bit (the three of us need it). Thanks to both of them for keeping me going today.

5:35 p.m. – I update the blog quickly … end the procrastinating … confirm that the Admitted Student Web site is launched … and confirm that the email process will begin sometime in the 6 to 7 o’clock hour. I pack up and head home for the evening.

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128 Comments

  • By Nisa, March 28, 2008 @ 10:55 AM

    Yay!!Im the first to comment.I obviously dont know what the future holds for me, but im deliriously excited and tempted to stay up till 4 in the morning.(bangladesh-its night here)…And irrespective of how giddy i am and what the decision will be,I would like to thank Daniel for helping us through this process.I have never seen anyone like you, on any admissions team..infact i dont think i know anyone the way I know you.It would be great to meet you someday…Thank you again for making this easier and more entertaining for all of us!

  • By Cameron, March 28, 2008 @ 10:56 AM

    Wow. As juvenile as it may be, the muppets seem to be a great stress reliever on a day like this. Haha thanks for that.

  • By mark, March 28, 2008 @ 11:10 AM

    Admissions Daniel, are you sure that financial aid information is going to be released with the admissions information?
    I just called the Financial Aid Office and the woman on the line told me that it was still going to be around April 1st.
    Just wondering.
    And also, when will ISIS be updated?

  • By Matt, March 28, 2008 @ 11:50 AM

    Nisa, I’m with you on staying up late, though I only have to wait until 2a.m. Ugandan time! I second the props to the whole team. None of the other colleges I have applied to have put so much effort into keeping the prospective students involved. Thanks again!

  • By Abduhu, March 28, 2008 @ 12:08 PM

    @ Nisa
    I’m Bengali too, but since I live in the UAE, I only have to wait till 2am! :P
    Good luck to all of us.

  • By yitsen, March 28, 2008 @ 12:34 PM

    wow, seems like there are a lot of internationals? i think im going to sleep first since i’ll find out around 6 am.

  • By FM, March 28, 2008 @ 12:37 PM

    Thanks for the update!
    I don’t know whether to be surprised or not but I’m Bengali too…and I’m in Maryland. If you guys get in, you’ll love it. Baltimore has some really beautiful spots. Good luck everyone.

  • By Suryadeep, March 28, 2008 @ 12:54 PM

    Am Bengali too. But I stay in South Korea — so I guess its an all nighter for me. :)

  • By JHU_Blake, March 28, 2008 @ 1:10 PM

    good luck everyone!

  • By Abduhu, March 28, 2008 @ 1:38 PM

    @Nisa, Suryadeep & FM
    It’s a little late but Happy Independence day to you.
    I hope we all get in. It would be great to have a vibrant Bengali community at Hopkins.

  • By tanziyah, March 28, 2008 @ 1:51 PM

    hey all, i just wanted to say good luck to all of you..and there seems to be a lot of bengalis that have applied..i’m bengali but i got in early decision and i live in saudi arabia, good luck you guys and i hope to see you all next year :D…

  • By lav, March 28, 2008 @ 2:18 PM

    omg this is exciting…lol there are a lot of bengalis…I’m not, but am from nearby, but live in the US…goodluck to all you guys!

  • By Nisa, March 28, 2008 @ 2:27 PM

    Wow!!!This is great.I’m so pleasantly surprised…it going be AWESOME if we all get in!!
    Matt, I am probably going to sleep,because like Daniel said…its not confirmed,and it will take a few hours before the process is complete.im still very very tempted though! Good luck to all of you!
    ps. Congrats Tanziyah! I hope we all get to meet too..

  • By Suryadeep, March 28, 2008 @ 2:40 PM

    Yea. It would definitely be fun. Am from Calcutta. :)

  • By Abduhu, March 28, 2008 @ 3:05 PM

    Suryadeep, so long as the Bengali spirit is there, it’s great.
    And congratulations to tanziyah!
    I wonder how many other internationals have applied.

  • By Matt, March 28, 2008 @ 3:11 PM

    Well, I’m gonna hit the sack for a bit of nap and be up for the email. Good luck to everyone!

  • By Abduhu, March 28, 2008 @ 3:35 PM

    Good Luck getting sleep with your mind on this, Matt. :)

  • By TMF, March 28, 2008 @ 3:44 PM

    Long over due….
    Congrats on everything. Video blog is great. Decisions are out early, you must be thrilled!
    I miss HI! (a lot)
    Be in touch,
    TMF

  • By Candice, March 28, 2008 @ 5:25 PM

    oooh I’m tempted to just watch my computer all night and wait for the email. I think I’m gonna grab a nap first though, eat my dinner and then check it out around 10. Good luck you guys!

  • By nakeisha Griffin, March 28, 2008 @ 5:35 PM

    wait a tic, this is in Eastern time. Here I am thinking I still have over an hour. In reality, it’s a little under 26 minutes. I love this blog, after discovering it in December. That puts a new spin on things.
    Theoretically all I have to do is finish watching Jeopardy and ta da, the first notifications have been sent. Maybe not mine persay, but the first.

  • By Nathan G, March 28, 2008 @ 5:54 PM

    For the few applicant like myself who observe the Jewish Sabbath, I hope we hear back before services start (~6:30 in Boston) or else it’ll be more than 24 hours before we check our emails again.

  • By Kaitlin G., March 28, 2008 @ 6:00 PM

    lol I like the message on the whiteboard =D

  • By mark, March 28, 2008 @ 6:03 PM

    let the madness begin… everyone start refreshing your emails!

  • By Aryan, March 28, 2008 @ 6:05 PM

    Lol I have a feeling the email service providers are going to experience a spike in people checking their emails. Haha, good luck everyone!

  • By k-dog, March 28, 2008 @ 6:08 PM

    Soooo anyone got anything yet? Bahumbug..

  • By Candice, March 28, 2008 @ 6:12 PM

    this can’t be healthy, I said I was going to catch a nap, I can’t…my hands are cold..wait what’s that?

  • By Nick, March 28, 2008 @ 6:18 PM

    ahh! :) it feels like the minutes are taking forever!

  • By Abduhu, March 28, 2008 @ 6:20 PM

    This is killing me…….

  • By k-dog, March 28, 2008 @ 6:20 PM

    @Nick – so so true! I just want to know one way or the other, so I can get some sleep already. Damn time zones.

  • By Ellois, March 28, 2008 @ 6:23 PM

    be patient guys…they said the process may take hours~omg

  • By Allie, March 28, 2008 @ 6:24 PM

    Has anyone heard yet?

  • By Linda, March 28, 2008 @ 6:27 PM

    Email refresh…email refresh…email refresh some more

  • By k-dog, March 28, 2008 @ 6:27 PM

    Well I got excited for a second when I saw I had one new email in my Spam folder…but it turned out to be real spam.

  • By Candice, March 28, 2008 @ 6:27 PM

    lol

  • By Natalie, March 28, 2008 @ 6:29 PM

    Wow, this is really really getting me nervous.. I might just leave and come back in an hour, the suspense is killing me!

  • By kelsey, March 28, 2008 @ 6:30 PM

    That’s it. I’m breakin out the chocolate!

  • By My Name is Johns, March 28, 2008 @ 6:30 PM

    Good look everyone and relax. Remember you are defined by who you are not where you are.

  • By kelsey, March 28, 2008 @ 6:30 PM

    That’s it. I’m breakin out the chocolate!

  • By Ellois, March 28, 2008 @ 6:31 PM

    i believe not…

  • By k-dog, March 28, 2008 @ 6:32 PM

    Uhhhh well I guess this isn’t the best way to find out, but I checked ISIS, and I guess the fact that it says $0 financial aid means I was rejected. So if anyone is desperate to find out, you might want to try that.. =S

  • By Ellois, March 28, 2008 @ 6:33 PM

    p.s. i was responding to Allie’s question at 6:24

  • By Allie, March 28, 2008 @ 6:35 PM

    I really can’t stand the waiting…

  • By Elise, March 28, 2008 @ 6:36 PM

    I received my email at 6:29 pm, fyi. Keep checking, I guess!

  • By Mtown, March 28, 2008 @ 6:36 PM

    got it

  • By jabari, March 28, 2008 @ 6:36 PM

    WAIT… if you check ISIS and aid says $0 does that really mean you were rejected? does everyones say $0 now?

  • By Allie, March 28, 2008 @ 6:36 PM

    thanks ellois…I think this going to be a long night…

  • By Chris, March 28, 2008 @ 6:37 PM

    ISIS displays financial aid… I got some. I guess I am in. Yay for me.

  • By Allie, March 28, 2008 @ 6:37 PM

    elise…not to be noisy but did you get in?

  • By lambo, March 28, 2008 @ 6:38 PM

    i like what my name is john said….nothing yet here in pa…anyone?

  • By k-dog, March 28, 2008 @ 6:39 PM

    @jabari: I don’t know if it’s for sure, but it makes sense to me…at least in my case, no financial aid = I ain’t goin.

  • By Natalie, March 28, 2008 @ 6:39 PM

    How many people are on the waitlist, and what is the chances of getting off of it?

  • By Candice, March 28, 2008 @ 6:39 PM

    nope….im hyperventilating…

  • By Colin, March 28, 2008 @ 6:40 PM

    Just got the email ! waitlist though…. a little disappointed

  • By Ankit Grover, March 28, 2008 @ 6:41 PM

    waitlist… and i got into duke and northwestern… weird…

  • By Elise, March 28, 2008 @ 6:41 PM

    Allie – no, I was waitlisted.

  • By Serena, March 28, 2008 @ 6:41 PM

    No e-mail yet, but my isis says I got aid. Does that mean I’m in?

  • By Candice, March 28, 2008 @ 6:42 PM

    still waiting…..

  • By k-dog, March 28, 2008 @ 6:43 PM

    @Serena: I’m prettty sure they wouldn’t give you aid if you didn’t get in ;) congratulations!

  • By Ed, March 28, 2008 @ 6:44 PM

    Darn, I was waitlisted! I got Northwestern, Madison, but waiting for a rejection from Stanford.

  • By Linda, March 28, 2008 @ 6:44 PM

    Do you guys think that they sent out the waitlisted ppl first?

  • By Elisa, March 28, 2008 @ 6:45 PM

    Good luck to all of you!~

  • By Candice, March 28, 2008 @ 6:45 PM

    do you think they’re sending them alphabetically, my last name starts with L

  • By Candice, March 28, 2008 @ 6:46 PM

    @Linda: I don’t know

  • By Linda, March 28, 2008 @ 6:46 PM

    I really really want to go to JHU…..

  • By Nick, March 28, 2008 @ 6:47 PM

    I got in!

  • By My Name is Johns, March 28, 2008 @ 6:47 PM

    I’m sureYou’re all smart people so don’t worry if you get in or not. What really matters is your strength of dedication. I got my e-mail and got in. Cool.

  • By kelsey, March 28, 2008 @ 6:47 PM

    Chocolate Kisses all around! I’m IN!

  • By k-dog, March 28, 2008 @ 6:48 PM

    @Candice: Nah. Mine starts with B..
    Meh. Like I said before, I think checking ISIS will give you a pretty clear indicator if you haven’t received the email yet. I for one am not gonna wait up past 2am just to read my rejection letter. Good luck everyone!!

  • By Linda, March 28, 2008 @ 6:50 PM

    I got in!!!!Yay!!!!!

  • By Allie, March 28, 2008 @ 6:50 PM

    do think that they sent the waitlists and ins first?

  • By CH, March 28, 2008 @ 6:50 PM

    i got in! :) good luck to everyone else!

  • By Andrea, March 28, 2008 @ 6:51 PM

    I am in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Vinitra, March 28, 2008 @ 6:52 PM

    Just so you guys know, they’re still sending out emails. I just got mine a few minutes ago – in! :-)

  • By Timothy, March 28, 2008 @ 6:52 PM

    I got in too!!!! I hope i got into the BME program though.

  • By j, March 28, 2008 @ 6:53 PM

    I really want to go to JHU… really….

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 6:57 PM

    still waittingggg

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 6:59 PM

    anyone else still waiting?

  • By jabari, March 28, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

    im still waiting… apparently if ISIS says $0 aid you were most likely rejected? im still holding on anyhow…

  • By Allie, March 28, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

    drew t…i’m still waiting…it;s killing me…

  • By Ed, March 28, 2008 @ 7:01 PM

    Darn, I was waitlisted! I got Northwestern, Madison, but waiting for a rejection from Stanford.

  • By Islam, March 28, 2008 @ 7:02 PM

    Still waiting. Its been an hour of just clicking refresh.

  • By addie, March 28, 2008 @ 7:02 PM

    yeah.. im still waiting!

  • By Dan, March 28, 2008 @ 7:04 PM

    do you think if we didnt get it yet it means we got rejected?

  • By addie, March 28, 2008 @ 7:05 PM

    they have thousands to mail out.. so i doubt it is any indication..

  • By jabari, March 28, 2008 @ 7:07 PM

    ISIS says: “Missing or incomplete requirements will delay the processing of your financial aid application and/or the crediting of aid to your student account.” and I sent in my IDOC form slightly late =/ so hopefully this means the credit of aid to my student account has been delayed!… or it could just mean i didnt get in =|

  • By jabari, March 28, 2008 @ 7:09 PM

    nvm. rejected.

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 7:10 PM

    well this sucks…

  • By Ellios, March 28, 2008 @ 7:10 PM

    you got ur email?

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 7:11 PM

    no…just waiting

  • By amber, March 28, 2008 @ 7:13 PM

    hey has anyone recieved a ltr with the last name beginning with the initial “T”. The WAIT is killing me

  • By Islam, March 28, 2008 @ 7:15 PM

    Amber, I doubt they are going by alphabetical order. My friends have last names after T and they got it.

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 7:15 PM

    im a T too, and i didnt

  • By Matt, March 28, 2008 @ 7:15 PM

    I’m in! I can’t believe it! Best of luck to the rest!

  • By Dan, March 28, 2008 @ 7:15 PM

    I’m R, and i haven’t gotten anything yet. AHH.

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 7:16 PM

    did anyone from NJ hear?

  • By Islam, March 28, 2008 @ 7:16 PM

    Well Im S and I havent gotten anything. But it probably has nothing to do with last name.

  • By M C, March 28, 2008 @ 7:17 PM

    I’m a C. I got rejected. Oh well..

  • By amber, March 28, 2008 @ 7:17 PM

    has anyone gotten a letter from the east coast?

  • By Islam, March 28, 2008 @ 7:18 PM

    Well, there ARE 16,000 applicants. Its pretty hard to type everyones wacky email address in one hour. Even with 10 people thats 1,600 per person.

  • By Islam, March 28, 2008 @ 7:19 PM

    People from the east coast have gotten letters.

  • By Linda, March 28, 2008 @ 7:19 PM

    I am in Virginia. I got my email (accepted!!) around 30 min ago.

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 7:20 PM

    haha they dont have to type them. they are in the computer already

  • By amber, March 28, 2008 @ 7:20 PM

    im in va too but i havent gotten anything!!

  • By M C, March 28, 2008 @ 7:20 PM

    I’m from Maryland and I got my letter at 7:00.

  • By amber, March 28, 2008 @ 7:21 PM

    Islam that’s not true or else i would have gotten a letter already.

  • By Ellios, March 28, 2008 @ 7:22 PM

    you got ur email?

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 7:23 PM

    it feels like ur trying to fall asleep on christmas eve

  • By Islam, March 28, 2008 @ 7:23 PM

    Yea youre right they dont have to type them, but they can’t write the same email and CC it to everyone else.

  • By Ryan, March 28, 2008 @ 7:25 PM

    has anyone from south carolina heard?

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 7:28 PM

    ……………AH! i need to get off this computer for a while

  • By js, March 28, 2008 @ 7:29 PM

    has anyone from nyc heard?

  • By Ryan, March 28, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

    my only guess is that the emails are released in the order that they were decided…there is not really any pattern…

  • By Ankit Grover, March 28, 2008 @ 7:31 PM

    I’m from SC and I’ve heard…

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 7:43 PM

    anyone hear recently?

  • By Katie, March 28, 2008 @ 7:48 PM

    Rejected. I am just so bummed. I loved Hopkins, as all of you must have. Congrats to the accepted.
    I’ve always wondered this, are all rejection letters the same?

  • By Joon Ho, March 28, 2008 @ 7:54 PM

    Congrats Hopkins class of 2012!!!!!!

  • By drew t, March 28, 2008 @ 8:12 PM

    still waiting

  • By mark, March 28, 2008 @ 8:28 PM

    accepted. does anybody know how to get the isis id # for financial aid?

  • By ae, March 28, 2008 @ 9:08 PM

    JHU was suppose to send your ISIS ID in an email or letter from them. There are 8 digits.

  • By tjhu, March 29, 2008 @ 9:16 AM

    accepted but FA lower than expected

  • By tjhu, March 29, 2008 @ 9:18 AM

    Are merit scholarship awards posted on FA site?

  • By mfc, March 29, 2008 @ 1:32 PM

    Wonderful birthday gift for me – my daughter has been accepted and is ecstatic!

  • By james, March 29, 2008 @ 9:24 PM

    im from VA ehh i got an email yesterday saying I was denied havent got the official letter

  • By Ana, March 30, 2008 @ 2:30 AM

    Hi, my son was accepted yesterday, we still can’t believe it. We do hope he got accepted into Biomedical Engineering though,Hopkins is just an amazing University.

  • By FM, March 30, 2008 @ 10:17 AM

    Good morning.
    How do we “show our continued interest in Hopkins” if we are waitlisted?

  • By My Name is Johns, March 30, 2008 @ 4:58 PM

    Did anyone else get 0 financial aid. I can’t pay 52,000 a year. :(

  • By Ram, April 1, 2008 @ 2:01 PM

    Congratulations to everyone who got in. My son is in wait list. It’s disappointed. I still believe that my son is highly qualified and good enough to get into Hopkins. I would like to show his qualifications and would like some comments from you guys which part he is not doing enough. I am from India. However, my son was born in US. He is in a very good high school. He has been doing community services for 4 years. He is a leader in several science clubs. He is National Merit Scholarship Finalist. SAT I score 2340, SAT II math 800, Biology 800, History 750. He took all AP courses he could. GPA 3.94 un-weighted. Rank 14 out of 600.
    My son’s good friend is also in wait list. He is Asian too (Chinese). He is even better than my son. SAT I 2360, SAT II math 800, Physics 800, Chemistry 800, English 760. GPA 3.98 un-weighted. Rank 5 out of 600. He will be Rank #1 if GPA is weighted. He is doing community services with my son for 4 years. And a active member/leader in clubs too. They did not play sports since they are not good at them.
    Please let me know what is wrong with these two guys?

  • By a freshman bluejay, April 1, 2008 @ 7:52 PM

    Ram:
    please do not assume anything was wrong with your son’s application. your son was not accepted, but he was not rejected either- which means hopkins at least has some interest in your son (and just because someone was rejected does not mean s/he is a bad applicant either). it is possible that your son was not too well rounded out side of academics (specifically science), but i do not want to jump to conclusions because i have not seen his entire application (including essays and letters of recommendation).
    a lot of schools waitlist superb applicants for many reasons. one could be because of focus on their acceptance rate and retention rate. all schools have limited spots for their incoming class so they have to be careful to accept applicants who seem more likely matriculate (i.e. those who seem to be a great fit for the school and those who show tremendous zeal for the school through essays and recommendation letters). perhaps writing a letter of intent could help your son get off the wait list if there is room.
    also, another thing that may have influenced your son getting waitlisted is the issue of “class diversity.” what i mean is hopkins is a school noted for its strength in research, public health studies, biomedical engineering, etc. however, hopkins has many other strengths (including international relations studies, writing seminars, french, etc.) and offers 40+ majors and 30+ minors that need representation as well. it is possible that hopkins limits how many chem majors or IR majors or w/e in order to keep the class balanced.
    hopkins is also known as a great premed/law school. many applicants apply primarily because of that fact. no undegrad would want a class of 700 premed and 500 prelaw students. hopkins has many offerings and the incoming class has to be a mix of diverse interests in order for hopkin’s strengths to be adequately utilized.
    so to conclude, there are many reasons why your son might have been waitlisted. it isn’t fair to just assume something was wrong with his application because there are so many factors that go into deciding who gets accepted/rejected/waitlisted and many of these deciding factors are intangibles.
    i hope your son doesn’t feel slighted (same goes for those rejected). there are many roads that lead to hopkins, if it is indeed the school he wants to attend. also, don’t give up! there’s still a chance he will get off the waitlist (last year students were accepted off the waitlist). just remember to keep showing interest!
    good luck

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