Johns Hopkins University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Learn about its admission info, degree programs, and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) was founded in 1876 in Baltimore, MD. Since then, it's become one of the leading, private academic institutions in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine second in internal medicine in 2012. That same year, U.S. News ranked JHU 13th among national universities. In 2011, two faculty members were winners of the Nobel Prize.

The university, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, is the largest employer in Maryland. It's home to nearly 350 student organizations and clubs, and 22 Division I and III athletic teams. JHU enrolled roughly 6,800 students in the 2010-2011 academic year.


Through its nine schools, JHU offers 50 majors and 40 minors across several areas of study. The university awards bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctorates.

Many of the bachelor's and doctorate programs completed in 2011 were in health professions and related programs through the schools of nursing, medicine, and public health. Undergraduate students at the School of Nursing can find degrees such as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an accelerated B.S. to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, and a combined B.S. to MSN. The School of Medicine offers various master's and doctoral degrees, as well as fellowship and residency programs. Doctoral students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health can find a Ph.D. program, a Doctor of Public Health, and a Doctor of Science, which is offered through the health, behavior and society, and epidemiology departments.

A large number of the master's degrees awarded at JHU are in the area of social sciences, many of which are completed through the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Many students are enrolled in the Master of Arts in International Relations program, but they also might consider the Master of International Public Policy. Dual-degree and Ph.D. programs are also available.

Additional JHU academic departments include the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Carey Business School, the School of Education, the Whiting School of Engineering, and the Peabody Institute, which focuses on the performing arts. The university also has 13 libraries with specialized collections in international affairs, medicine, and music.


Prospective JHU students are encouraged to apply online with the Common Application or the Universal College Application and the JHU supplement. Required application materials include an essay and two short-answer questions, two teacher evaluations, and an official high school report with a transcript, profile, and guidance counselor recommendation. SAT or ACT scores must be sent from the testing agency, and SAT scores for three subjects, including mathematics, science, and another subject, are encouraged. As of fall 2011, about 19% of applicants were admitted to the university.

JHU has a diverse student population, with nearly half of undergraduates of non-white ethnicity in 2011. Within the university, 99% of undergraduates were full-time students, 94% were age 24 or under, and the male-to-female ratio was nearly even (51% vs. 49%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2011-2012 academic year, the JHU tuition rate for an undergraduate student was $42,280, and the room and board package was roughly $13,000 for a standard double room and dining plan. Students should also plan to pay approximately $1,200 per year for books and class supplies and make allowances for transportation costs and personal expenses.

Prospective students can apply for need-based grants, scholarships, loans, and university work, such as Hopkins Grants, Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, and Direct Student Loans. Tuition for fall semester is due in August, while spring bills are due in January.

School Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 5,837 undergraduates, 15,159 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing First- and second-year students must live on campus or with a parent/guardian*
Schools and Programs 9 schools, 50 undergraduate majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 9 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Health professions and related (392)
Master's: Social sciences (716)
Doctorate: Health professions and related (188)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2005:
82% in 4 years
91% in 5 years
92% in 6 years**
Admission Rate 19% of applicants in 2011**
Entering Class Size Roughly 1,343 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates For 2010-2011: 96% (Full-time students)**
SAT Range for Middle 50% of Admitted Students 670-770 for math, 640-740 for critical reading, 650-750 for writing in 2011**
Application Due Date November 1st for early decision, January 1st for regular decision*
Decision Notification Date December 15th for early decision, April 1st for regular decision*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition was $42,280 for 2012-13*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (15%)
Pell Grants (12%)
Other federal grants (15%)
State and local grants/scholarships (4%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (51%)
Federal loans (40%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 65% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Johns Hopkins University, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Johns Hopkins University, Mason Hall, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
  • Phone: (410) 516-8171
  • Website:

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