Innovation meets flexibility

At Johns Hopkins, exploration and discovery form the backbone of academic pursuit for our students. We structure our curriculum to encourage students to create an interdisciplinary education that combines a liberal arts focus with practical, hands-on learning. Hopkins students learn to think strategically, analyze from different perspectives, and take a broader world view. They gain communication and critical thinking skills that prepare them for a wide variety of post-graduation goals, including an ever-changing job landscape.


Johns Hopkins University was not only the nation’s first research university, but it was also founded on a liberal arts philosophy. That philosophy continues to make up the core of a Hopkins education, allowing students to combine academic flexibility with a focus on research and practical experience, resulting in the freedom to explore what they want to study. Once they find the courses of study that feel right to them, they’re able to connect ideas in more depth through research, internships, and other kinds of hands-on learning. All of this is done alongside a supportive network of advisers, faculty mentors, and peers.

Students choose from 52 majors and 47 minors, with about 60 percent of students pursuing a double major or minor to combine their interests. Programs span our two schools, the Whiting School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The Hopkins network also includes seven other academic divisions where students can find internships and research opportunities or take graduate-level classes. Nearly all students have an internship or research experience during their undergraduate years. Learn more about our acdemic philosophy.

Residential Life

Hopkins students have a rich residential experience, building a community with their peers. In their first two years at Hopkins, students can choose to live in variety of residence halls—each with its own personality and amenities—and in close proximity to a dining hall and recreation center. Our on-campus dining is consistently ranked among the best in the country.

Just across the street from campus is Charles Village, a bustling neighborhood where students live in both university-owned housing and privately owned residences for upperclassmen, as well as shopping, dining, and other services. Learn more about life on our Homewood campus.

Extracurricular Life

Engagement is a key factor of the Hopkins undergraduate experience, and involvement in the community is just as important as academic pursuits for our students. Students choose from over 300 groups and organizations, with an option to start their own. From fire juggling to beekeeping to building a Baja racer, our students are active and involved throughout campus. Outside the classroom, students continue to take ownership over their extracurricular life by creating, organizing, and putting on many major campus events, including two different annual speaker series that bring nationally and internationally known figures to campus, and one of the country’s largest free fairs, which is held on our campus each spring. Learn more about life outside the classroom.

Admissions Website

For more information, please see the Johns Hopkins Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.

Deadline Information

Early Decision is a binding application process that may be a great option for students who have done their research and feel Hopkins is the best place for them; admissions notifications for Early Decision are available online by mid-December, and admitted Early Decision students have until January 15 to reply to our offer of admission. Decisions for Regular Decision are available online by mid-March, with a reply-by date of May 1. See full application details.

Required Application Materials

We accept the following application methods for first-year students:

  • Coalition Application with additional Hopkins-specific questions
  • Common Application with supplemental questions
  • Universal College Application with supplemental questions

Other requirements include:

  • $70 application fee or fee waiver
  • Secondary School Report, including guidance counselor recommendation, transcript, and high school profile
  • Two teacher evaluations
  • SAT or ACT reasoning test (note that self-reported scores are accepted for the application; official scores are requested only if a student is admitted. Please see for additional information)
  • Mid-Year report
  • Early Decision Agreement (for ED applicants)
  • Final transcript

Please see for additional information and details.

Financial Aid

Johns Hopkins is committed to helping all students make their college decision without being limited by family financial circumstances. We meet 100 percent of demonstrated need for admitted students and offer a broad range of grants and support to make a Hopkins education possible and affordable for many different types of families.

Each year, Hopkins students receive over $100 million in grant money, or funds that do not need to be paid back, towards their Hopkins education. In addition, our Office of Student Financial Services is available to help any student—including prospective students and applicants—start thinking about the options available to their family.

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  • Graduation rate (four-year): 88%
  • Percentage of first-year students on financial aid: 52%
  • Total cost of attendance (tuition + room and board): $69,576
  • Average first-year financial aid award: $42,352

Learn more about financial aid at Hopkins.

Additional Information