Category: Application Cycle (’09-’10)

Status Update: What We Know Now

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It is currently quite early on the morning of Thursday, March 18 and I am about to head into the office for another long day of committee work. I thought I would post a quick update for all of you and answer the question on most everyone’s mind — when will regular decision notifications be released?

Unfortunately, I do not have an answer to that question yet. I can let you know that we will not be releasing decisions this week nor we will release decisions next week. We will release decisions one day during the week of March 29. Please do not read that sentence as March 29 is the day we will release decision, because that is not true. At the end of next week, we will collectively see where we are with our committee work and Dean Latting then will ultimately decide what day during the week of March 29 is most reasonable for us to be done with our selection process so we can release notifications. We will release decisions no later than Thursday, April 1 and that actually could be the day we release. We could also release on Tuesday (March 30) or Wednesday (March 31). We just do not know yet.

We understand and whole-heartedly respect the anxiety many of you are feeling and that you just want to know what date you will hear the news. Please do not assume that we are dragging out feet and attempting to prolong this process. We are all working morning / day / late night to complete our work, finalize our class, and move on to the fun of April yield events. We want these decisions out as much as you want to receive them, but none of us are willing to rush through a very delicate process. We are all perfectionists at this time of you, and we need to be, especially in a year with such strong quality and a record size applicant pool.

As always, thank you for your patience and as soon as I know something I will update the blog. Since many of you always have questions about how decisions are released, I encouraged you to read through this blog entry I posted at this time last year regarding how we release decision notifications: RD Notification Day (2009) – Decision Release Explained.

Now it is back to committee for me. I hope you all enjoyed the previous blog entries introducing you a bit more to the Johns Hopkins Admissions Committee. I always enjoy learning more about my colleagues and appreciate how diverse and passionate a group of people I get to work with on a daily basis. I hope you all see how much we have invested in this process and how much we care about every last decision we make.

There’s really only one who doesn’t care for this time of year, and that is my dog Soze … that’s why he is lucky to go on a spring vacation down to Florida. Though I miss him a lot while he is away, it is best for him and he gets to enjoy being with my family and niece and nephew.

Soze doesn't get excited for Committee work

Soze doesn't get excited for Committee work

Now What? The Waiting Phase

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A month ago the Regular Decision application deadline passed and thousands of high school seniors Stressed entered “The Waiting Phase.” As the calendar turns to February, most applicants would agree that the next two months of anticipation might be the most difficult part of the whole college admissions process. For those who submitted their applications way before the January 1 deadline this waiting phase is even longer. I do sympathize with you all, but not too much though, since for the next two months my colleagues and I are inundated with evaluating all of your applications. While some of you lie awake at night trying to predict what will happen at the end of March, my colleagues and I lie awake at night reading application wondering if the end of March will ever arrive.

The keys to the next two months are patience and distraction. I respect that the first concept is hard to accept, but being patient and allowing the process to work is your only option. When on vacations, my family has this phrase we always say: “Hurry up, and wait!” Whenever this is stated by a family member it is a reminder to be patient and a reminder that we are on vacation so stress shouldn’t be present. Think of these next two months as a vacation from the college admissions process … be patient and realize that stress will get you nowhere. It is out of your hands now.

In my experience the best way to remain patient is to remain distracted. Remaining busy the next two months is great as it will keep your mind off the pending decisions. But I realize this is new territory for you all, so I thought I would present you all with a list of ways to remain distracted throughout February and March. I hope some of these help, and feel free to share you own distraction tools in the comments section:LOST

* De-construct every bit of information possible about the final season of LOST.

* Enjoy your senior year. Get excited for your prom, your senior trip, your graduation, and all the other great things that come with being in your final year of high school.

* Spend quality time with your friends and family. Take lots of pictures that will be important to you when you are away at college next fall.

* Attempt to solve an easy problem, such as Universal Health Care, the Mid-East conflict, or maybe Global Warming. Oscars

* See all the Oscar nominated films before the Academy Awards air on March 7th.

* Start preparing for college. Learn how to cook easy meals. Learn how to do laundry. Talk about money management.

* Stay engaged with your school work. Senior year matters. And stay active with your extracurriculars too (they can be a great distraction).

* Consider creating a college bucket list … all the things you want to accomplish before you get your bachelor’s degree.

* Virtually visit the colleges you have applied to, to see if you can learn something new. For instance, with Hopkins you should be checking out resources like our Academics Blog or the various links in the @Hopkins section of Hopkins Interactive.

* Support the NHL. It is a truly great sport and will only get better during the CapitalsOlympics. And if you are looking for a team to support may I suggest the Washington Capitals who just won their 11th straight game. Feel free to be a front-runner.

* Do not stalk admissions counselors. Let us do our work.

* Make the ultimate iTunes playlist.

* Participate in strange “off-topic” discussions on the Hopkins Forums.

* Create your own language. If James Cameron could do it for Avatar, how hard could it be.

* If you haven’t done it yet, send thank you notes to those who assisted with your college applications, wrote your letters of recommendation … and yes that includes your guidance counselor.

* Stay tuned to the Hopkins Insider blog throughout the month of February and early March as we will present our annual opportunity to Meet the Admissions Committee.

One last piece of advice before I head back to my “ready to review” queue of applications. Try as hard as possible to not participate in the admissions frenzy these next two months. To remain patient and distracted, you have to stay away from the frenzy. By frenzy I mean the daily articles that appear in newspapers and Web sites about college admissions. You’ve seen them … articles about more applicants than ever, about how competitive it will be to get into college this year, about strategies for improving your application after you apply, or about any other topic semi-related to college admissions that feed off of applicants during the waiting phase. And yes the frenzy definitely includes Web sites like College Confidential, which in my opinion visiting that site might be the worst thing you can do while you wait for decisions to be released.

So remain distracted, do not have a countdown, and enjoy your senior year. The light at the end of the tunnel is near.

Expert Advice: How to Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid

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A Note of Introduction from AdmissionsDaniel: From time to time, I have asked colleagues, friends, students, and even my Mom to act as guest authors for the Hopkins Insider. These guest author requests have not been because I am lazy. Rather, since I am far from an expert in all fields, I have asked for assistance with the blog to provide you all with the best information possible.

Today, I turn to a friend and colleague in the Office of Student Financial Services to discuss the all important topic of how to apply for need-based financial aid to Johns Hopkins University. Associate Director Ellen Ostendorf has been with JHU for 12 years all in the office of financial aid. Prior to this position she was a financial aid advisor at a school in Indiana. She is a clear expert in the field and does profess that the best part about working in financial aid is interacting with the students and parents. Without further adieu, I present Ellen and her expert advice.

So, your application for admission is in.  Have you and your family talked about paying for a Hopkins education if you are accepted??  Now is the time to talk and to do something about it!

The time to apply for need-based financial aid is now. Financial Aid.1

The deadline for regular decision applicants to apply for financial aid is March 1.  It’s easy to apply.  Don’t wait for the 2009 federal income tax returns to be completed, use your best estimates and meet the March 1 deadline!  Don’t wait until after you are accepted to the university.  Institutional funding may not be available.  Students who don’t receive institutional funding as an incoming student will not be funded in future years.

Here’s what you need to do if you are a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen:

(1) CSS PROFILE– submit this document online at https://profileonline.collegeboard.com.  Be sure to complete the entire PROFILE.  Don’t forget to add the JHU CSS CODE (5332).  JHU will receive the information electronically.

(2) Apply for a Federal PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov. You and your parent(s) will need a Federal PIN to sign the FAFSA electronically.   You may use your PIN for the duration of your school experience and beyond. The PIN stays the same.

FAFSA(3) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – submit this document online at http://www.fafsa.gov.    Add the JHU school code (E00473 or 002077) and the data will be sent to JHU electronically.

(4) Submit signed copies of the 2009 Federal income tax returns (yours, if you file and your parents) to the College Board IDOC service.Other supporting documents may also be required (e.g.: CSS Business Farm Supplement if your parents own a business or farm, non-filing statement, if you will not be filing a federal income tax return, etc.).  After you complete the CSS PROFILE, you will receive an email from the College Board with information about submitting the documents to IDOC.   Submit the required documents in one packet with the IDOC Cover Sheet prior to March 1.

It’s that easy.

So, you have some questions because your family circumstances are a bit different or you just want to know more about the process.  We’ve compiled answers to some of our frequently asked questions.  The questions and answers are on our website at http://www.jhu.edu/finaid/prosp_stud_faq.html.  So click and read on.

International students can find out about the financial aid application process online at http://www.jhu.edu/finaid/international.html

Still have questions, send us an email (fin_aid@jhu.edu) and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. 

Hopefully, this information is helpful to you.  Remember that you can always visit our website, www.jhu.edu/finaid for all the information you need regarding financial aid at Johns Hopkins University.

So Many Questions!

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It’s a new year and a new decade and to be honest not much seems different. Maybe that is because I have pretty much been doing the same thing as I was during the last week of the previous year and previous decade. As I discussed in my last two blog posts of 2009 one of the chief tasks of my job is to be responsible for our main Admissions e-mail account: gotojhu@jhu.edu. And as you can imagine during the weeks surrounding the Regular Decision application deadline we receive A LOT of e-mails.

As my colleagues return to the office after the holidays and dive into reading Regular Decision files, my App. Processing (Winter 2010).1 role is split between reading files and answering e-mails. From December 26th through this past Monday (January 11th), 1632 e-mails were responded to. Add to that the countless responses on our Hopkins Forums, College Confidential, Facebook, and my personal e-mail account, and well let’s just say I have earned my Admissions_Daniel name these past two weeks. I am happy – no, ecstatic – to say that as of Monday the in-box was completely cleared out, well aside from the 30-50 e-mails we receive daily. But to be honest, that many e-mails a day now is a drip in a sink compared to the Niagara Falls of the last month.

Staying on this topic, I thought it would be beneficial to provide all of you Regular Decision applicants out App. Processing (Winter 2010).2there with another FAQ post, touching on those post-deadline questions that flood our in-boxes. Hopefully these answers answer some of your questions, and reduce the number of daily e-mails … yeah, that is probably not going to happen.

(The pictures throughout this post is what our Operations space looks like as we process the thousands of pieces of mail we have received in the last few months — the process might be “paper-less” but that doesn’t mean there is no paper.)

Is my application complete?  Do you have all my stuff?
With the volume of application materials we need to process right now, we are not able to confirm whether application files are complete or to identity which individual items have been received. It takes time so we ask patience of all of our applicants. Once your application is download and processed, you will be sent an e-mail acknowledgment. This indicates your application file has been started (not necessarily that it is complete). Please remember, with thousands of applications to process this e-mail acknowledgment is not automatic and may take a few weeks to be sent. App. Processing (Winter 2010).3

In mid-February, once we have processed all received application materials, we will contact students whose applications remain incomplete via e-mail. Those students will be given an opportunity to provide us with any missing items before we complete the evaluation of their applications. Rest assured that application files are checked carefully for completeness multiple times.

Most importantly, please do not call right now to check on the status of your application or see if we have received a specific part of your application. We will not be able to answer such questions until the beginning of February at the earliest. Please be patient and know that we will confirm the receipt of your application once it is processed and we do not review incomplete applications.

Can I check my status online? Why haven’t I gotten a user name and password to check my status through the application portal?
Unlike many schools, Johns Hopkins does not have an online system for checking application status. We do things the old-fashion way. You will not receive a log-in and password where you can track your application materials. Additionally, be aware that our system does not directly connect with the Common App. Processing (Winter 2010).4 Application system to update the status of processed materials. Because the Common Application site says something has not been received / processed, that does not mean that is the status of those materials in our office. This is especially true of any mailed materials. (Do note, those who apply for financial aid will get access to the ISIS system that tracks financial aid application materials. This system has nothing to do with applications for admission.)

When is the Financial Aid deadline and where can I learn more about applying for Financial Aid?
The Financial aid deadline for the submission of the FAFSA and CSS Profile is March 1, 2009. Please review this web site for full details: http://www.jhu.edu/finaid/prosp_stud.html. Also, stay tuned for a special Financial Aid blog post in the coming weeks.

Can I add items to my application even though the deadline has passed? Uh oh, I made a mistake in my application, how can I correct it?
Yes, we will still accept application updates and we do have a process for error corrections. It is simple. To provide an update or error correction, you must compose a cover letter and submit these materials by fax (410-516-6025) or mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please note that we do request in the cover letter you include your full name, birth date, and school name (SS# is optional but can help), so that we can merge this new information with your application folder. Also note, that all updates should be sent in by February 1st. Finally, DO NOT SEND UPDATES VIA E-MAIL, as we do not process App. Processing (Winter 2010).5 application materials received through e-mail.

My e-mail address / mailing address / contact information has changed … what do I do?
All changes to personal contact information including updates to email, phone numbers, and mailing addresses need to be sent to apphelp@jhu.edu. Please include in the e-mail, your full name, birth date, high school name as well as the general time frame when you submitted your application.

May I submit January standardized test scores (SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject exams, or TOEFL) with my regular decision application?
Though regular decision candidates should have completed required tests no later than December of their App. Processing (Winter 2010).6senior year, students may take the January examinations if they are re-taking the SAT Reasoning exam, are taking SAT II subject exams, or are submitting TOEFL exams. Although we cannot guarantee that January scores will arrive before the Admissions Committee evaluation, past experience suggests that scores taken on these dates usually arrive in time. If the scores arrive before the evaluation then they will be considered with one’s application. Do note there is no need to rush scores from the testing agencies, as our office will not process them any quicker. It is important though to note we cannot guarantee that scores sent after our application deadline will be processed in time to be reviewed with one’s application and we do not delay the review of an application to wait for scores sent after the application deadline.

Do I have to submit a mid-year report and updated transcript?
Yes, that is a clearly stated application requirement. All applicants must submit a mid-year report and updated transcript by the deadline of February 15th. The mid-year report must be submitted directly by one’s school and must include an updated senior year transcript. We do not accept any of these materials submitted directly by the applicant. App. Processing (Winter 2010).7

When will decisions be released?
This tends to be the second most popular question asked this time of your and the only answer we can provide is … Last week in March. No official date has been set and we tend not to select an official release date until the middle of March at the earliest. All we guarantee is that decisions will be released by April 1st.

How many applications have been received?
I am unable to officially reveal an application total for Fall 2010 freshman admission until Dean Latting officially determines the count and officially releases that information. (Yes I did mean to use the word “officially” three times in that last sentence.) Typically we don’t have a complete application count until the end of January when we are sure that all mailed applications are received. There are not many mailed applications anymore, but so do come from abroad and take a few weeks to arrive after the January 1 postmark deadline.

I can provide a sneak preview – this will be the largest applicant pool in Johns Hopkins history and we have seen a significant increase from last year. Make sure to vote in the poll on the right of this blog, and I will reveal the total some time in February.

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As always, if you have other questions the best place to get them answered is the “Ask Admissions” thread of the Hopkins Forums. First search to see if your question has been answered (probably), but if not feel free to post a question and I will respond within 48 hours. Also, check out the rest of the Hopkins Forums as there is a ton of information, and always the chance to connect with current JHU students.

Soze has not interest in helping me read applications.

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade, Happy RD Deadline

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A lot to celebrate on this 01/01/2010. First, Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a wonderful celebration ringing in the new year and I wish you all the best in 2010. Second, Happy New Decade. It is simply amazing to think how quickly the first decade of the new millennium flew by. I remember just ten years ago stepping out of my family’s bomb shelter relieved that the world did not end due to Y2K. (O.K. that is a bit of an exaggeration.) Though 2010 does not feel much different than 2009 yet, I am looking forward to the new year and new decade.

The new year has started for me in the same way the old year closed out — answering tons and tons of questions from applicants. For some of you today doesn’t signify a new beginning of a new month / year / decade, but rather the end of your applying to colleges. YES, TODAY IS ALSO APPLICATION DEADLINE DAY. Judging on the over 150 e-mails we received yesterday and 80 we have received so far this morning, there are many of you out there still finishing up your applications. For you, I refer you all to my blog post from earlier this week:

For Admissions_Daniel, today signifies my last relaxing day for the next five months. I’ll spend the day with my family, niece Lilly, nephew Cooper, and Soze down in Florida where I have been for the last two weeks. We will enjoy the day by playing board games, playing Wii games, watching the NHL Winter Classic, and then probably enjoy a movie to end a fun-filled first day of the year. But then it is back to Baltimore and back to work. Soze and I will journey along I-95 North over the weekend and after 16 hours of driving we will return to our snow-covered home. I am looking forward to returning to Baltimore and the office, but it will be very hard to say goodbye to the nice weather in Florida and being able to see my family every day. I think the worst part of it all is knowing that once I return to Baltimore the application reading marathon begins and my personal life ends. But today is not the day to dwell on the process ahead.

As I end this entry and get prepared for some fun and games, I thought I would share with you all the “We Thank You” video that the University produced and posted last week. Enjoy:

A Post for the Deferred Applicant

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As promised in my live blogging of the release of Early Decision notifications, I thought it appropriate to post an entry dedicated to those of you whose Early Decision notification informed you that your application was deferred into our Regular Decision applicant pool. Before I even begin with this post, I have to strongly encourage those of you who are in this situation to review the discussion thread I have set-up on the Hopkins Forums:

In my experience, those who receive a defer notice from their Early Decision school are confused about how to react. The news is not good, but it is also not all bad. In many ways, the news is that your reactions are going to be delayed for another three or so months. Yes, we understand that more waiting is not what you want to hear at this time, but unfortunately defer decisions are part of the Early Decision process.

Disappointment is absolutely reasonable, but you do not need to lose all hope. Every year ED defers are admitted during RD, and defers are provided the same chance of admissions as the applicants who apply regular decision. It is very important to note that at Hopkins we do not just politely defer Early Decision applicants into our Regular Decision applicant pool to delay bad news. We deny applicants Early Decision, in fact we deny more than we defer. Those who are deferred by the Admissions Committee still have a legitimate chance for admission, otherwise we would not have deferred the decision.

However, your reactions need be tempered. Being deferred does mean there were weaknesses in your application that raised concerns with the Admissions Committee. Though we do and will admit ED defers during the Regular Decision round, statistically the majority of deferred applicants will not be offered admission. During the Regular Decision review process we will offer admission to less than 20% of all applicants. The competition will be difficult during Regular Decision, however as I stated above, all deferred applicants will be re-reviewed and given a fair shot for admission. There is no advantage nor disadvantage for deferred students … just a second chance.

What do you have to do as a deferred applicant?
Nothing. Deferred ED applications are automatically moved into the Regular Decision round of application reviews. There is nothing a deferred applicant must do. No new application needs to be completed.

There is though one thing you must do, and that is make sure you apply to other schools. Though obvious, your chance for admission to Hopkins is not guaranteed and you want to make sure you have options next year.

What should I do as a deferred applicant?
I have provided a lot of detail on the Deferred Student Discussion Thread on the Hopkins Forums, so I thought I would just share that advice here:

(2) Make sure you update the academic portion of your application. This would include mid-year grades (which will play a MAJOR role in your re-review), additional standardized test scores you may have taken, and maybe even an updated letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor.

(3) Consider updating the non-academic portion of your application. Though not required, an updated resume and an additional letter of recommendation (especially from a senior year teacher) can always help. Just make sure anything you add does contribute in a new way to your application. Do not be redundant.

(4) Write a letter to the Admissions Committee. Though not something all deferred applicants need to do or even should do, some of you may consider writing a personal letter to the Admissions Committee stressing your interest in Hopkins and why you feel you are an appropriate candidate for admissions. Consider this a cover letter to your overall application.

The most important thing you have to do is have a stellar senior year academically. By far, the most important part of the review of a deferred applicant during the regular decision round will be the academic progress and success throughout the senior year. Make sure that any updates to your application are submitted by February 1st and your mid-year report and transcript are submitted by your school by February 15th.

Also, please make sure you pay attention to the list of what not to do that is posted on the Deferred Student Discussion Thread.

I hope you have found this information helpful. If you have questions, do not hesitate to post them.

Best wishes!

Friday Favorites: ED Stats

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Typically the most popular topic following a decision release day is always what did the “stats” look like. So I thought for this Friday Favorite I would look back on a variety of statistical breakdowns from the release of Early Decision notifications from this past Tuesday.

First, I thought I would re-post the official admissions statistics for the Early Decision Class of 2014. I posted these during my Live Blogging post on Tuesday, but I decided to re-post since they may have gotten buried in the middle of that long entry.

  • LARGEST ED APPLICANT POOL EVER = 1,155. Up 10% from last year.
  • Over this past decade our Early Decision applicant pool has risen 138%.
  • The acceptance rate has dropped to the second lowest rate for the last ten years. We admitted 43% of the applicants. 493 applicants will be the first students welcomed into the Class of 2014.
  • The male/female ration is 54%/46% which is impressive and a rise for women in the class.
  • We have 53 under-represented minority students in the admitted class which is our largest number ever.
  • As far as academic interest, 32% interested in Engineering (+2% from last year); 12% are interested in Humanities (+1%); 34% interested in Natural Sciences (-4%); 19% interested in Social and Behavioral Sciences (-7%); and 3% Undecided (-2%).
  • All of our academic markers are either a slight bit up, the same as last year, or the slightest tick down. The quality of our ED admits just based of academic factors continues to amaze us all.
  • New York is the top state (76) for admits, New Jersey is second (71), and Maryland is third (50). Pennsylvania (47) and California (29) round out the top five. 36 states are represented in our admitted ED class.
  • 41 international students from over 17 nations – both records for our ED class.

Second, I always like to share some statistics as it relates to the use of our social media tools during the relase of notifications. And by social media tools I mean this blog, our student blogs, our Facebook group, and other such tools associated with the Hopkins Interactive Web site.

  • Hopkins Insider Blog stats:
  • — During the week leading up to the release of ED notifications, the blog averaged 925 hits a day. That is just up from the average 800 hits per day during a normal time frame.
    — On the Monday before (12.14) the number of hits rose to 1525.
    On Decision release day (12.15), over a 24-hour period, there were 8899 hits.
    The last two days the hits per day is back to about the 800 average.

  • Class of 2014 Facebook Group stats:
  • — Within 24 hours, we approved 186 newly admitted students into the Facebook group. That is 37% of the admitted 493 students.
    — By this post, we have approved 63% (313 students) of the admitted students into the group.

Finally, the next big STAT question is going to be what is the total applicant pool for the Johns Hopkins Class of 2014. We won’t know for more than a month, but I thought I would continue a blog tradition and have the readers vote on what they think the total will be. Look to the right and you will find the poll. To help, last year’s applicant pool was 16,123 … will this year be up or down??? Vote now.

Live Blogging on ED Notification Day (Class of 2014)

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Good day Early Decision applicants. The tradition of live blogging on decision notification days continues today with the release of our Early Decision notifications for the Class of 2014. As I have done the previous few years, I will be “micro-blogging” throughout the day to provide you all with a view into what transpires in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on the day we release decisions. If you want full details on how the release of ED notifications will work today, please return my previous blog entry. You can also read previous ED Notification Day entries for 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005. So check back throughout the day and follow the process of the release of our Early Decision notifications.

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December 15, 2009

12:55 a.m. EST
As I was finally preparing to go to bed this late Monday evening, I realized it was no longer Monday evening but rather it was the start of Tuesday, December 15, 2009. I couldn’t resist staying up just a little bit longer to post this first entry of my live blogging journal for ED Notification release 2009. I can barely keep my eyes open right now after a long day and evening of work, so I am going to hit the pillows until my alarm clock rudely awakens me at 4:58 a.m. I’ll sign off with an appropriate famous quote … “Good night, and Good Luck.”

5:03 a.m.
I almost threw my alarm clock across the room. Four hours of sleep is not enough for me. I know it is way too early in the morning when Soze won’t even wake up to go for his morning walk. Enough complaining from me … too much to do today so the day must begin.

6:01 a.m.
Just spent the last hour responding to e-mails received in our primary Admissions e-mail accounts. Lots of questions from regular decision applicants. Going to use the next half-hour to pay bills (today is pay day … woo hoo) and watch my morning staple – Mike and Mike in the Morning.Golic and Greenberg are going to talk to me about how the Cardinals stunk last night and led to a loss for one of my fantasy football teams, and the baseball hot stove and how the Mets DID NOTHING. Yuck!

6:03 a.m.
Just noticed that the College Confidential servers appear to be down and one can’t access their Discussion Forms. Have my prayers been answered???

6:51 a.m.
Finished typing out my “To Do” List for today and it is a bit scary — it’s a page and a half long. Need to get started on crossing off items, but the sleeping dog just woke so I need to bundle up and go out and walk Soze. Then shower, shave (ha ha ha – inside joke), and my 15 minute commute to work.

7:45 a.m.
As I headed out, Soze wanted me to take a picture of him and let you all know he is thinking of you and is hoping you all handle today’s news well. He would have smiled but it was cold and rainy for his morning walk, plus he wanted me to leave so he could start his daily partying.

Soze - Good Luck

8:10 a.m.
Uneventful commute to work. Overcast weather but not as bone-chilling cold as it has been the last few days. Powered up the computer, and signed into Pandora — today’s play list will be a mix of Erasure, Depeche Mode, New Order, and the Smiths. Yes, I am a child of 80s alternative radio.

8:45 a.m.
Just headed up to the third floor to see how the stuffing and sealing of letters was going. Pretty much everything is finished. Now we just wait for Dean Latting to officially seal the class and then to the post office we will head with just over 1100 pieces of mail.

Admit packets waiting to be released Defer letters

8:50 a.m.
As I was upstairs in the Operations area I snapped a few other pictures that I thought were interesting to share.

RD Mail waiting to be opened

First is an unprocessed bin of application mail for Regular Decision applicants. By weeks end that will be probably a stack of 10 bins and by months end it will be closer to 20 bins. (Just a few years before 98% of our students applied online the number of mail bins could reach triple digits.

Binder clips

Next is a box of binder clips. Not binder clips that we have purchased. Nope these binder clips are sent by applicants. Thanks for the office supplies … but just remember we read online so we will never see your binder clips, your sleek folders, your perfumed resume paper, etc.

Two errors - can you spot them?

Finally, is a picture of one of the boxes that our materials are shipped in. Notice the spelling mistake? Notice the OTHER spelling mistake? Pretty hysterical … thankfully everything in the box is spelled correctly and has the proper numbers of “S”s.

10:11 a.m.
Just spent the last 45 minutes reviewing the updates to our Admitted Student Web Site and also all the new updates to Hopkins Interactive. The Hopkins Interactive site is now fully updated with profiles for our newest members (8 freshmen and sophomore Keith), links to all our new blogs and Twitter accounts, and a variety of other updates. Always with the release of decisions we make sure our web sites have the most updated content possible.

10:16 a.m.
A special “shout-out” (yes I did just write shout-out, and yes I know I am lame) to those posting comments to this entry. Thanks for the positive remarks and I am pleased to hear that you are enjoying the micro-blogging. No big updates yet. Just waiting for Dean Latting to seal the class. Be back soon.

11:01 a.m.
Took a twenty minute break and played around on Sporcle.com. So addicting. My favorite game is Countries of the World. My highest score is 186 of 195 countries. I always seem to forget Malawi and I struggle with the small island nations in the pacific near Australia. I do get Vanuatu and Palau — those were sites for Survivor seasons.

11:30 a.m.
Now things are moving along. Dean Latting has still not given the final O.K. yet, but all the packets have been sealed and moved into mail bins. One final set of checks and we should be ready to send them on their way.

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11:58 a.m.
THE EARLY DECISION CLASS OF 2014 IS SEALED.
“And with two minutes to spare,” joked Dean Latting. The bins have moved to my colleague John Birney’s SUV and will be heading out onto the road and to the post office in the next few minutes.

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12:04 p.m.
The finishing touches have been been done to our Admitted Student Web site, our new Class of 2014 Facebook group, and the Class of 2014 Discussion Sub-Forum on the Hopkins Forums. Everything is edited and ready for later this evening once e-mail notifications have been sent. Whew, those were major items crossed off my “to do” list.

12:20 p.m.
Just sent an e-mail to all the Hopkins Interactive student volunteers (also known as the Student Admissions Advisory Board). I wished them luck with their continuing finals (it is day three of finals for the fall semester) and also reminded them of the release of ED notifications. They will be the students that the new members of the Class of 2014 will interact with over the coming months.

12:36 p.m.
This will be my last update for the next few hours. I expect to be back around 5:00 p.m. Now that decisions have been mailed, the whole Admissions staff is heading out for a Holiday Celebration Party. We are all going Duck Pin Bowling — a Baltimore tradition. It should be fun and it is well-earned as the whole staff put in tons of energy these pasts few weeks. As I depart for the afternoon I leave you all with two pieces of advice:

FIRST, go do something fun. Step away from the computer. Relax. Chat with your friends. Watch a movie. Read a book. Play a game. Spend time with your family. Take a nap. 7:00 p.m. is going to come very slowly if you stay on the computer refreshing my blog every 20 seconds. In fact, take time and don’t come back until after 7:30 p.m. Don’t stress right now, as there is nothing you can do now.

SECOND, I wish you all the best as you receive your e-mail decisions later tonight. My strong suggestion is that after you read your decision, log-off of your computer and go spend some time with your family. No matter what the decision is!!!

This is a major moment in your young life, and family is who you should share your initial thoughts and emotions with. Your family has been there since the first moment of your life, and they will be there FOREVER. Your family is not some online community. Afterwards you can log-on and share with others.

Let the news sink in first. React in the real world before entering the cyber world. OK, that is just my two cents … but I do hope you all heed it.

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4:45 p.m.
Back from our Duck Pin Bowling Holiday celebration. Let me put it simply … I STINK. First game I scored a 58 and was the second worst bowler. My team came in second place which is great, especially since my score was the one they dropped. Second game I did better – a 78. I finally left when I got a strike, but it took me an additional 100 throws it seemed. I am going to stick to Wii Bowling, though my Mom and four year old niece beat me in that too.

4:51 p.m.
Thought I would share some pictures of what has gone on throughout the last few hours. First set of three pictures are of my colleagues Paul and John dropping off the decision notifications at the post office. The second set are some pics from the Johns Hopkins Admissions staff making fool of themselves, and having an amazing time doing so.

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5:17 p.m.
Checked e-mail and Dean Latting shared some Early Decision statistics with the staff:

  • LARGEST ED APPLICANT POOL EVER = 1,155. Up 10% from last year.
  • Over this past decade our Early Decision applicant pool has risen 138%.
  • The acceptance rate has dropped to the second lowest rate for the last ten years. We admitted 43% of the applicants. 493 applicants will be the first students welcomed into the Class of 2014.
  • The male/female ration is 54%/46% which is impressive and a rise for women in the class.
  • We have 53 under-represented minority students in the admitted class which is our largest number ever.
  • As far as academic interest, 32% interested in Engineering (+2% from last year); 12% are interested in Humanities (+1%); 34% interested in Natural Sciences (-4%); 19% interested in Social and Behavioral Sciences (-7%); and 3% Undecided (-2%).
  • All of our academic markers are either a slight bit up, the same as last year, or the slightest tick down. The quality of our ED admits just based of academic factors continues to amaze us all.
  • New York is the top state (76) for admits, New Jersey is second (71), and Maryland is third (50). Pennsylvania (47) and California (29) round out the top five. 36 states are represented in our admitted ED class.
  • 41 international students from over 17 nations – both records for our ED class.

Some of you will ask for additional data. Unfortunately, these are the only statistics we release publicly.

5:42 p.m.
Once again I wanted to say thanks to everyone posting comments. I really appreciate the positive remarks you are leaving and I am happy to read that you find this blog helpful. In the past someone people have written me “hate mail” about these decision release entries. Typical they say I am over-hyping the whole process. Such remarks do concern me, but in the end I feel that is the minority opinion. I think no matter what decision you all will receive in a few hours, in the end you appreciate receiving a better understanding of how the process works and knowing how much attention the Hopkins Admissions Committee pays to you and your application.

Oh and to Taylor K., the spelling of the countries is one of the hardest parts of the Name the Countries game. The former Soviet republics especially – Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, etc. – it makes me appreciate Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, and the Ukraine so much more.

6:00 p.m.
With one hour to go before we begin to release Early Decision notification e-mails I want to remind you all of a few things:

(1) We will start sending e-mails after 7:00 p.m. EST. Please note the bold, italic, underlined emphasis on the key words start and after. This means that not everyone will get an e-mail in their in-box immediately at 7:00 p.m. It can take about an hour for all the e-mails to go out. So if you refresh your e-mail in-box at 7:00 p.m. or 7:05 p.m. or 7:10 p.m. and there is no message – DO NOT PANIC and do not assume anything. Be patient and allow our e-mail servers to work properly.

(2) For those who applied for the Biomedical Engineering program (selected it as your first choice major) – if you receive an admit notification you will receive a second e-mail later this evening. That second message will be your BME decision notification. The decisions come in two separate e-mails. So if you receive an admit notification, don’t assume you are also admitted to BME. Be patient and you will receive that news a little later through e-mail.

(3) For those who do not receive an e-mail notification tonight, please refer to what I wrote in my previous blog about such situations:

What happens if I do not receive an e-mail decision on Tuesday?
If an applicant does not receive an e-mail there a couple of things he or she can do: 1. Check your SPAM folders. 2. 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 old e-mail address. (So check e-mail addressess that you may have used when registering for the SAT/ACT for example.) 3. Have your parents check their e-mail accounts too. Not sure how that happens, but it has happened in the past. If none of those methods work, then unfortunately the student will need to wait to receive the decision in the mail, or can call on Thursday.

Every year some e-mail notifications just don’t work. There are a number reasons for an applicant not receiving an e-mail notification including: no e-mail was provided on the student’s application, the e-mail provided on the application is no longer active, there was a SPAM filter blocking the message, or some error occurred that caused a bounce-back. WE ARE UNABLE TO RE-SEND E-MAILS. Once again, in such situations the applicant must wait. We understand how frustrating that can be, but unfortunately mistakes can happen when processing over thousands of applications.

7:33 p.m.
All decision notification e-mails have been sent. Only four messages bounced-back as undeliverable but thankfully I was able to correct the e-mail address and forward the decision e-mail to the correct address. Got a lot of work to do, but I’ll update again soon.

8:41 p.m.
Whew! So all decisions are out and I’ve already confirmed over 100 members into the Class of 2014 Facebook group. I will go back to doing that after walking Soze and eating a little bit of dinner. I do though want to address a few things before taking that break …

TO THE ADMITS: Congratulations! I hope you are all so excited and got some time tonight to jump around and celebrate. You will get your admit packets soon and there will be a ton of information you will go through. Also, remember to use the Admitted Student Web Site, Hopkins Interactive, and the Class of 2014 Facebook group. But also pace yourself — August 25th is still 9 months away. I will have more to say to you all in the coming weeks. Time to put that bumper sticker on the car!!!

TO THE DEFERS: I will be posting a blog entry for you all later in the week. I do though suggest that you all read the discussion thread that I have set-up for deferred applicants: Early Decision Defers – Read This.

TO THE DENIES: Please know that I understand how difficult receiving such news can be. My colleagues and I do not take pleasure in not offering admission to students, especially those where Hopkins is their first choice. Last spring I wrote a post to denied applicants, and I recommend you all read it: A Posted for the Denied Applicant. I do wish you all the best of luck.

10:33 p.m.
Well that’s it for me tonight. I have hit the proverbial wall and my eyes will not remain open anymore. As I head off to bed I have my phone in hand and I keep dialing the So You Think You Can Dance phone numbers for Kathryn, Russell, and Jakob.

Thanks to everyone who followed this journey over the last 20+ hours.

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Update on the Release of Early Decision Notifications

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Knowing that all the Early Decision applicants are quite anxious right now, I thought I would step awayFirst snowfall from Committee work and provide an update on how the ED review process is proceeding. In addition, I have some updated information about how the release of Early Decision notifications will work this year.

So this past weekend I spent finishing up first reads on the ED applications from my region (ME, NH, RI, VT, and MA). It was a lovely weekend in Baltimore as we had our first snowfall of the winter season on Saturday and by Sunday afternoon all the snow was gone. I also got to relax a bit, which was necessary knowing that the coming week was going to be quite hectic. My dog Soze also got to rest a lot as these pictures detail — he is finally beginning to enjoy the new chair I bought for him when we moved to our new apartment at the end of the summer.

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I arrived in the office on Monday morning ready for a busy week of Committee work. By late morning the counseling staff was in our conference room with Dean of Admissions John Latting discussing how the applicant pool looked overall and what our process would be for Committee. Updating the numbers I released in a previous blog post, our official ED applicant pool for 2009-10 is 1,155 applicants, up just about 10% from last year. Following the discussion, we split into our Committee teams and got to work. And over this past week, my colleagues and I have evaluated and re-evaluated, discussed and discussed more, debated and argued, and as the weekend approaches the final touches are being placed on the ED JHU Class of 2014. We will have a bit of work to do early next week, but as we had expected decisions will be released on Tuesday.

And here is how everything will work on Tuesday:
(Make sure to review this thoroughly as there have been some changes from previous years.)

* ED notifications will be released on Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

* Admit packets and decision letters (defer and deny) will be dropped off at the Baltimore Post Office by late morning and enter the postal system later that afternoon. Admit packets are sent priority mail so they typically arrive within three days.  Our decision letters are mailed first-class and can take 4-7 days to arrive. Please note international addresses will always take longer for both types of mail.

* Starting at 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 15, we will begin sending Early Decision notification e-mails.It can take up to an hour for all of our decision e-mails to be sent so don’t expect a new message in your in-box right at 7:00 p.m. Have patience. E-mail notifications are released in random order so there is no way to deduce the order that decisions will be released. Decision e-mails are sent only to those who included an active e-mail address with their application. (If an applicant does not receive an e-mail it is because either there was no e-mail provided with the application, the e-mail address provided no longer works, or a data entry error. Unfortunately, we do not re-send e-mails, so in such situations the student must wait for the mail to arrive.) We do not have a system of posting our decisions online or through a portal.

* We prefer not to release decisions over the phone. If applicants have not received their admissions decision by Thursday, December 17 then they may call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (410-516-8171). We will only release the decision to the applicant, a parent or guardian of the applicant, or the applicant’s high school guidance counselor. Decisions will be released only if the identity of the caller can be reasonably assured. 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.

* For applicants who applied to the biomedical engineering (BME) program, we have made a change this year. In previous years, since decisions about acceptance into the BME are departmental decisions we would not release such information through e-mail or over the phone, and applicants would have to wait for their admit packet to arrive. This year we will be sending BME decisions via e-mail. BME decision e-mails will come as a second e-mailto all admitted students who selected BME as their first-choice major. Those notifications will also be sent on Tuesday following the release of all other decisions. Further details about your BME decision will be included in the admit packet.

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As I have been writing about our decision releases for a number of years now, I can always anticipate some of the most frequently asked questions:

Why are e-mails sent at 7:00 p.m. EST? Haven’t they been sent at 6:00 p.m. in previous years?
The reason we wait to release decision notification e-mails until the evening is we feel that receiving your college admissions decision should be a personal experience that you share with yourself and your family. We do not believe students should be receiving this news in the middle of the school day. So we will wait until the majority of our applicants are out of school (4:00 p.m. PST / 7:00 p.m. EST) to send our e-mail notifications. (Yes we understand that this system does not work neatly for international applicants.) We are waiting an additional hour this year to allow the staff who are involved in the release of e-mail decisions to make it home and prepare for the release process.

What happens if I do not receive an e-mail decision on Tuesday?
If an applicant does not receive an e-mail there a couple of things he or she can do: 1. Check your SPAM folders. 2. 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 old e-mail address. (So check e-mail addressess that you may have used when registering for the SAT/ACT for example.) 3. Have your parents check their e-mail accounts too. Not sure how that happens, but it has happened in the past. If none of those methods work, then unfortunately the student will need to wait to receive the decision in the mail, or can call on Thursday.

Every year some e-mail notifications just don’t work. There are a number reasons for an applicant not receiving an e-mail notification including: no e-mail was provided on the student’s application, the e-mail provided on the application is no longer active, there was a SPAM filter blocking the message, or some error occurred that caused a bounce-back. WE ARE UNABLE TO RE-SEND E-MAILS. Once again, in such situations the applicant must wait. We understand how frustrating that can be, but unfortunately mistakes can happen when processing over thousands of applications.

I was deferred. What does that mean?
Stay tuned. I will post information for deferred applicants a couple of days after the release of decisions.

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I hope you all find this information helpful. Back to Committee for me. Check back on Tuesday for my annual ED Notification Day blogging. I’ll leave you with two things that make me happy – my niece and nephew & Glee:

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Applying to Hopkins as a BME Applicant

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A Note of Introduction from AdmissionsDaniel: We complete our series of guest entries with this post written by my colleague Sarah Godwin. Sarah and I chair the Engineering Admissions Committee and the BME selection process, so who better to compose an entry providing advice to those Hopkins applicants considering the Biomedical Engineering major. There is a lot of confusion about how the BME selection process works, so we hope this entry makes the process more clear.

A Post For The BME Applicant
Finally, a post just for you!  If you are thinking “What is BME, and why do these students get a special post?” — don’t worry, this doesn’t apply to you. If you have applied (or will be applying) to the Biomedical Engineering (BME) major at Hopkins, then pay attention. The application and decision notification process is different in some small but very important ways which will be outlined here for you.

Your End: The Application:
The single most important thing for you to know as a BME applicant is that you MUST (no exceptions) indicate Biomedical Engineering as your first choice major on the JHU supplement.  It is as simple as listing (03) Biomedical Engineering in the first box of question #9 on the supplement. Unfortunately, if you forget this small step, you will not be reviewed for BME. The nice thing is that is all you have to do. There is no separate application for BME applicants nor any additional requirements that must be completed.

The second important thing to note is that you fully understand the nature of the Biomedical Engineering program at Hopkins. It is first and foremost an Engineering major, that stresses mathematics and the applied sciences. It is not a direct path to medical school. In fact most BME graduates at Hopkins do not go on to medical school.  Where do BME graduates go and what do they do? It breaks down fairly evenly between 1/3 to medical school, 1/3 to Research, and 1/3 to industry. 

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Our End: The Review:
Often there is some confusion about how the review of a BME applicant works. Just like all other applicants for admission, a BME applicant is reviewed completely and holistically by their regional admissions counselor first and then one of the admissions committee. A decision is ultimately rendered as to whether we will admit the applicant to the University or select another decision, wait list or deny. For those applicants who selected BME as their first choice major on their JHU supplement and have been slated as an admit, there is an additional review done in conjunction with the BME department to determine admission to the specific BME program. Basically, one is first selected to be admitted to the University and held to the same standards as the rest of the applicant pool — then the BME review takes place.

We are also asked often what matters during the BME selection committee. Just like with all of our admissions decisions, everything in one's application matters and all factors lead to the ultimate decision. For the BME review, there is emphasis place on a few factors that include but are not limited too:

  1. The applicant's academic ability, rigor, and succcess in mathematics, physics, and other related sciences.
  2. The applicant's knowledge and understanding of the BME program.
  3. The applicant's interest and passion for the field of bioengineering.
  4. The applicant's extracurricular and academic enrichment experiences in related engineering fields.
  5. The applicant's experiences with research and inquiry in the fields of math and science.

The most important thing to note though is the BME review is not just based on statistics, but the overall fit of an applicant academically and intellectually to the program .

Our End: Decision Notification:
Okay! As mentioned above, there are a lot of different potential decisions and letters you could get as a BME applicant.  I’ve outlined them all below.

Early Decision
If you’ve applied by November 1st  under our binding Early Decision program,  you will receive one of the following decisions from our office:

(1) ED BME Applicant – Admitted to Hopkins, Admitted to BME:
In your admit packet you will have a letter signed by the Dean of Admissions saying “Congratulations on being admitted to Johns Hopkins!” In addition, you will have a letter signed by the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering saying “Congratulations, on being admitted to the Biomedical Engineering program at Johns Hopkins!”  If you get both of these letters as an Early Decision applicant – you are all set as a BME major at Hopkins. Send in your deposit check and get ready for September 2010.

(2) ED BME Applicant – Admitted to Hopkins, Not Admitted to BME:
In your admit packet you will receive a letter signed by the Dean of Admissions saying “Congratulations on being admitted to Johns Hopkins!” You will also receive a letter from the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering saying, “We are sorry that we are not able to offer you a spot in our Biomedical Engineering program”.  What do these two letters mean?

Well, first – you should congratulate yourself on being admitted to Johns Hopkins – we’d love to have you attend! Since we are unable to offer you a spot in your chosen program, you are no longer bound by the Early Decision contract. You may choose to apply to other schools, and need not make a decision about attending Hopkins until May 1st. However, if you are still 100% sure that you’d like to come to Hopkins – you may choose any other major within the Whiting School of Engineering or the Krieger School of Arts and Science and send in your deposit. Often times students in this position select to enroll at Hopkins and choose one of our other bioengineering options, detailed here: http://apply.jhu.edu/academics/bioengineering.html.

Frequently asked questions related to this decision include:
Q:  Will my application be re-reviewed for BME with regular decision applications?
A:   No. Your application has already received a complete review for BME.

Q:  Can I transfer INTO the BME program once I arrive on campus?
A:   Most likely not. The only official point of entry into the BME program is as a first year student. In rare cases over the past few years, there have been a few openings within the program and the department has allowed current students to apply for transfer. This process is highly competitive and may not happen at all during your 4 years at Hopkins, so if your heart is truly set on this major you should consider other schools.

(3) ED BME Applicant — Deferred:
You will receive a letter from the Dean of Admissions stating that you have been deferred. You can check out this Hopkins Forums discssuion thread to learn more about what a deferred decision means.  

Frequently asked questions related to this decision include:
Q; Will my application be re-reviewed for BME with regular decision applications?
A: No. Your application has already received a complete review for BME.  If you are ultimately offered admission to JHU, you will have the option to choose any major except BME in the Whiting School of Engineering or the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.  

(4) ED BME Applicant — Denied:
This decision is the most difficult, and the deny decision for BME applicants is the same decision as it is for other applicants.

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Whew…those are just the possible decisions for an ED BME applicant.  Since most students will be applying regular decision, let’s look at those possible decisions:

Regular Decision
 
(1) RD BME Applicant – Admitted to Hopkins, Admitted to BME:
In your admit packet you will have a letter signed by the Dean of Admissions saying “Congratulations on being admitted to Johns Hopkins!” In addition, you will have a letter signed by the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering saying “Congratulations, on being admitted to the Biomedical Engineering program at Johns Hopkins!”  If you get both of these letters as a Regular Decision BME applicant to Hopkins, congratulations as you got the best news possible. You will have until May 1st to make your decision and send us your enrollment form.
 
(2) RD BME Applicant – Admitted to Hopkins, Not Admitted to BME:
In your admit packet you will receive a letter signed by the Dean of Admissions saying “Congratulations on being admitted to Johns Hopkins!” You will also receive a letter from the Dean of the Whiting School fo Engineering saying, “We are sorry that we are not able to offer you a spot in our Biomedical Engineering program”.  What do these two letters mean?

Well, first – you should congratulate yourself on being admitted to Johns Hopkins – we’d love to have you attend! Since we are unable to offer you a spot in your chosen program, you are able to choose from any of our other majors in the Whiting School of Engineering or The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and are welcome to join us as a Hopkins student next fall. Often times students in this position select to enroll at Hopkins and choose one of our other bioengineering options, detailed here: http://apply.jhu.edu/academics/bioengineering.html. You have until May 1st to make your decision and send us your enrollment form.

Frequently asked questions related to this decision include:
Q:  Can I transfer INTO the BME program once I arrive on campus?
A:   Most likely not. The only official point of entry into the BME program is as a first year student. In rare cases over the past few years, there have been a few openings within the program and the department has allowed current students to apply for transfer. This process is highly competitive and may not happen at all during your 4 years at Hopkins, so if your heart is truly set on this major you should consider other schools.

Q:  Do I have to decide a new major at the time of enrollment?
A:
  You can let us know the new major your intend to study but it is not a requirement. Additionally, you have until the end of your freshman year to change your mind.

(3) RD BME Applicant – Wait Listed:
You will receive a letter that you have been offered a spot on the Johns Hopkins Wait List. You can check outthis Hopkins Forums discussion thread to learn more about how the Johns Hopkins Wait List works.

Frequently asked questions related to this decision include:
Q: If I am admitted off of the Wait List, will it be to BME?
A: No.  If you are admitted off of the Wait List, you will have the option to choose any of our other majors in the Whiting School of Engineering or the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

(4) RD BME Applicant – Denied:
You will receive a letter saying that you have been denied from Johns Hopkins.  This decision is the most difficult, and the deny decision for BME applicants is the same decision as the deny decision for other applicants.

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The above covers every possible decision scenario if you apply to Johns Hopkins as a BME applicant.  Hopefully the above has answered some of your questions (and reminded you to indicate BME as your first choice major).  Please note that whatever your decision, it will be explained to you in the letters that you receive so although I would be flattered – you don’t have to book mark this page.   

Editor's Note: For additional information on applying to JHU as a BME applicant and an opportunity to ask your own questions check out the Questions Re: Biomedical Engineering (BME) discussion on the Hopkins Forums.