Breaking News: Regular Decisions Notifications To Be Released Thursday, March 29

The bins of admit packets are eagerly waiting.

I have exciting news to share. Regular Decision notifications for applicants to the Johns Hopkins University Class of 2016 will be released this Thursday, March 29. After nearly four months of processing, reviewing, discussing, and deliberating, the Admissions staff has reached the final stage and is just a few days away from sharing the news with our over 19,000 Regular Decision applicants for freshman admission. Read on for all of the details on how the release of RD notifications will work on Thursday.


The printing of decision letters has begun.
The printing of decision letters has begun.

How will decisions be released?
By mail:
 On the afternoon of Thursday, March 29, all decision letters (admits, wait lists, and denies) will be taken to the main Baltimore postal center or the Johns Hopkins postal center in Mt. Washington. All decisions will enter the postal system by the close of business on Thursday. Admit packets are sent priority mail, whereas deny and wait list letters are sent first-class mail. We hope that admit packets sent within the U.S. will arrive within three days, and other decision letters can take 4-7 days to arrive. International mail is sent a variety of ways depending on the country and will take longer to arrive.

By e-mail: In the evening of March 29, we will also be releasing decision notifications via e-mail. E-mails will start going out AFTER 6:00 p.m. ET. Please see that I have emphasized the word AFTER. It can take up to two hours for all decision e-mails to be sent. E-mails are sent in batches and will take time to arrive. They are also sent in random order so there is no way to deduce the order that decisions will be released. I can guarantee that decision e-mail will not arrive exactly at 6:00 p.m. Please have patience. In fact, I suggest you find something to distract yourself for an hour, and then check your e-mail account.

Can I check my decision online?
No, Johns Hopkins University does not have an online system for the release of admissions decisions. We do not post our decisions online or through a portal.

Regarding the e-mailed decisions, what will be the subject line?
We do not release the “subject lines” of our e-mail decisions in advance. The content of these e-mails change year-to-year.

Do not share your decision e-mail!
Each decision e-mail is personalized. Acceptance and wait list e-mails have a personalized URL in the message and therefore should not be shared, especially on any public forum or website. To protect your privacy and the accuracy of information, do not share or post your decision e-mail.

The mailing bins have arrived.
The mailing bins have arrived.

What happens if I do not receive an e-mail decision on Thursday evening?
If you do not receive an e-mail, there are few things you can do:

  1. Check SPAM folders.
  2. If your e-mail address is associated with a private school, your school’s server may block our decision e-mails and you should check with your school’s network administrator to have the e-mail released.
  3. Check ANY and all e-mail accounts you have ever used during the college search process. We send the e-mail to the account you listed on your application. However, our database system does track all e-mail accounts that have ever been matched to your record, so on occasion the notification e-mail may be sent to an old e-mail address. (Check e-mails that you may have used when registering for the SAT/ACT for example, such as your parents e-mail accounts.)

What if none of those methods work, and I have still not received my e-mail decision by Friday?
In such rare occurrences, you may call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on Friday at 410-516-8171 to request your decision e-mail be re-sent to an alternate e-mail address. We ask that only the applicant or parent/guardian of the applicant calls. We will only be able to re-send a decision e-mail if the identity of the caller can be reasonably assured. Please also be prepared to share an alternate e-mail address. We will only process requests to re-send decision e-mails via phone, not e-mail.

Can I call the Admissions Office to discuss my decision with an admissions representative?
We do not discuss the reasons behind decisions over the phone. Additionally, the only phone calls we will receive on Friday will be from applicants who did not receive their decision via e-mail. Starting Monday, April 2, Admissions staff will receive phone calls with questions about decisions. Once again, please do not call asking why a certain decision was rendered as Admissions Committee decisions are confidential and we are unable to discuss the factors behind our decisions.

The bins of admit packets are eagerly waiting.
The bins of admit packets are eagerly waiting.

I applied to the biomedical engineering (BME) program; will I receive that decision via e-mail as well?
BME decision e-mails will come as a second e-mail to all admitted students who selected BME as their first-choice major. Those e-mail notifications will also be sent Thursday evening, following the release of all other decision notification e-mails. Further details about one’s BME decision will be included in the admit packet.

What about scholarship notifications and notifications about program such as the Woodrow Wilson research fellowship?
Those decisions will be included in acceptance packets only.

I applied to Johns Hopkins and also the Peabody Double Degree program. How will I be notified of my decisions?
Homewood / Peabody Double Degree applicants will receive their admissions decision notification about their Hopkins (Homewood) application in the same fashion as been discussed above. Decisions about admission to Peabody and the Double Degree program will be released as a second e-mail on Thursday evening, following the release of all other decision notification e-mails.


I think that covers everything for right now. If you have further questions, please feel free to post a comment and I will try to respond when I have the chance.


9 thoughts on “Breaking News: Regular Decisions Notifications To Be Released Thursday, March 29

  1. Admissions Daniel,

    If a student was already accepted ED how will they be notified about the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, since they have already received their acceptance package. Will they get an email notification telling them the results of their application?
    Thanks for your great blogs.

  2. @Sean:
    As I posted in the comments of the Woodrow Wilson blog entry posted back in November –
    “All decisions about the Woodrow Wilson fellowship are released at the end of March when we release regular decision notifications. That means any admitted early decision student who applied for the Wilson will learn of their decision when regular decision notifications are released, not any earlier. Decisions are sent via postal mail, not via e-mail.”

  3. As a transfer applicant, I have more than two months go to finally find out my decision. However, (for some odd? reasons) I feel very excited for the freshman applicants who will be hearing about the news tonight…right now. I sincerely wish you all the best of luck.

    Thank you, Admissions_Daniel (and other Admissions staffs), for maintaining such a beautiful blog and keeping all the post organized. Now the RD release is done, I hope to hear more about transfer updates. Thank you! :)

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