An update on Regular Decision notification release

Greetings from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where we’ve had a very busy few months selecting the remainder of the Class of 2018. For our Regular Decision applicants who have been eagerly awaiting decision release, it’s almost here!

  • Regular Decision notifications will be released tomorrow (Friday, March 28, 2014) at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. 
  • You will access your decision through a special website. In order to have the necessary log-in credentials, you’ll need to set up your account beforehand. Haven’t done that yet? Don’t panic—there’s still time. But, you should set up your account as soon as possible.
  • We sent out an e-mail to ALL applicants on February 10 that included detailed instructions for establishing your password. If you didn’t receive it, check your spam folder before you panic.

(Follow the instructions in the log in e-mail carefully. If you get stuck or run into problems, (or if you never received the e-mail and it’s not in your spam folder) call our office at (410) 516-8171 and we’ll talk you through it.)

  • At this point, we have already contacted those students who were missing any items from their applications. If you haven’t heard from us, your application is complete and you’re good to go!
  • Decisions will be ready at 3:00 p.m. on March 28, but we’ll send an e-mail to remind you. That e-mail will contain a link to the decision release site. Once you get there, use the e-mail address and password which you set up in the second bullet above to log in.
  • Our office will be open tomorrow until 5:00 p.m. Eastern to answer phone calls and e-mails from students who are having problems accessing their decisions.
  • If you didn’t receive the e-mail on February 10 with your log-in information, try these things before calling us:
  • 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 or e-mail us at and we’ll get it figured out.

Good luck to all our applicants!

11 thoughts on “An update on Regular Decision notification release

  1. Our son Gage was notified he was rejected. He had a 36 in Science, a 32 in Math, a 33 composite, all of which place him at or above the 7th percentile for applicants to your school according to Collegeapps. He also had a 4.3 and is valedictorian of the Health Academy, in addition to working as an assistant for an M.D. all year. He was at Boys State, is a varsity letter winner in swimming, won State in Quartet as a cellist, and has a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. You are a school known for your health sciences. He had a perfect score in science. He has 4 years experience in a health academy and a year of hands on experience in an actual practicing physician’s office. What more could you possibly be looking for? We truly and deeply are requesting a response from you. This was his dream school. He worked for it his entire life. This young man is the most disciplined person I have ever known. How many kids did you accept that got up at 4:30 am every day of the year for the first of 2 a day swimming practices, went to class all day and are a valedictorian, and still had time to work a few hours each day? I have to explain to him why he failed and I simply have no answer because I do not know what he failed to do. Your earliest possible response is appreciated.

    Timothy Liddiard

  2. I understand your frustration. Our daughter scorded a 2350 on the SAT, straight A average – high honor roll every semester, 5s on all APs. Chem, Bio, history, english, taking BC calc as a Sr….straight A’s. Regional and State participant in Orchestra. 2nd chair in this year’s regional orchestra. Cross Country participant, volunteer activities, excellent teacher recommendations. Commended Scholar. Not getting into Duke, Brown, Williams, waitlisted at Cornell, etc. She hasn’t checked J. Hopkins yet. Good luck to your son!

  3. Hi, Timothy. I understand your frustration. We had more applicants than ever, making this the most competitive year in the school’s history and we simply aren’t able to admit as many students as we’d like. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide specific feedback as it’s often the case that there is no glaring issue. We wish your son all the best as he finalizes his college plans.

  4. Thank you! My child is committed to Johns Hopkins and is thrilled to still be in contention. Thank you!

  5. Hi Mr. Liddiard,

    I know first-hand what it feels like to not receive an award/acceptance/offer/etc. that I thought was rightly earned. I wanted to quickly just respond to the following line in your post:

    “I have to explain to him why he failed”

    From what you’ve described about your son in the above post, he doesn’t sound like anything close to a failure. To the contrary, he sounds like a real success. Please let him know that!

    My guess is that he is going to have a great experience and going to be an amazing asset at whatever school is lucky enough to have him. If a year from now, he still believes that Hopkins is the best place for him he can always apply to transfer but don’t be surprised if he ends up loving his school more than he ever thought he could.

    Hop Alum ’90

  6. Sorry folks, it was not my intent to post this to a public forum. Since it now is, thank you for the comments and my sympathies to those of you that had a disappointing day. Hope you all find your way to a great alternative.

  7. One minor correction, hopkins admits had a 35 composite on the ACT. Regardless, your son sounds driven and will succeed.

  8. Seems like getting accepted to John Hopkins is once in a lifetime. I wonder what they mean by a “well rounded student” because getting straight A’s isn’t the only thing…. -Just begun the junior life and life is already stressful

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