Johns Hopkins University

3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 | (941) 516-8000

#11 (tie) in National Universities | Overall Score 90/100.0
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2018 Quick Stats

  • Tuition & Fees $52,170 (2017-18)
  • Room and Board $15,410 (2017-18)
  • Total Enrollment 23,992
  • Application Deadline Jan. 1

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Johns Hopkins University is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,117, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Johns Hopkins University's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 11. Its tuition and fees are $52,170 (2017-18).

Johns Hopkins University is divided into nine schools, five of which serve undergraduate and graduate students. Hopkins’ graduate programs include the top-ranked Bloomberg School of Public Health and the highly ranked School of Education, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Medicine and the well-regarded Peabody Institute for music and dance. The Homewood Campus, one of the university’s four campuses in and around Baltimore, is the primary campus for undergraduates. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. More than 1,000 students participate in the Greek community. Hopkins also has additional campuses for its School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China. Johns Hopkins Hospital is a top-ranked hospital with highly ranked specialties. 

Questions & Answers

Is Johns Hopkins University expensive?

Johns Hopkins University is more expensive than many private universities, with tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year at $52,170, according to U.S. News data. Room and board was $15,410. However, the university met 100 percent of financial need for those who applied.

How difficult is it to get accepted into Johns Hopkins University?

It can be quite difficult to get accepted into Johns Hopkins, since the school has a very competitive admissions process. The school accepted just 12 percent of 27,094 applicants for fall 2016, according to U.S. News data. Applicants are evaluated on such factors as their SAT or ACT scores, transcripts and supplemental essay.

Does Johns Hopkins University offer financial aid?

Johns Hopkins offers need-based scholarships and grants, as well as non-need-based financial aid. The average financial aid package for freshmen in the 2016 academic year was $40,617, according to U.S. News data. Some of the scholarships available at Johns Hopkins include the Hodson Trust Scholarship, which goes to freshmen who have excelled academically and personally; the Charles R. Westgate Scholarship in Engineering; and the Baltimore Scholars Program for students from Baltimore City public high schools.

What is student life like at Johns Hopkins University?

At Johns Hopkins, students can take part in everything from Quidditch – the fictional sport made popular through the “Harry Potter” book series – to an a capella Christian group. Spring Fair, a three-day festival, is a popular campus event. Students also have quick access to downtown Baltimore restaurants and events at the Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore farmers market, shopping enclaves and more.

General Information

  • Private, Coed school type
  • 1876 year founded
  • N/A religious affiliation
  • Semester academic calendar
  • Urban setting
  • $3.3 billion + 2016 endowment

School Mission and Unique Qualities

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As America's first research institution, Johns Hopkins University is well known for innovative advances in everything from technology to history. The university emphasizes the importance of exploration and discovery in the undergraduate experience. Learning occurs through hands-on experiences across all academic disciplines and within every subject imaginable. The lack of a core curriculum fosters academic freedom, which allows students to create their own interdisciplinary paths. They choose classes they are genuinely interested in, not just required to take, so there's a real sense of curiosity around learning that extends beyond the classroom setting. More than 60 percent of Hopkins students double major or minor, often creating unique combinations like electrical engineering and romance languages or biomedical engineering and business. This establishes a dynamic, engaging learning environment where students from various backgrounds bring different perspectives to class discussions. Collaborative learning is fundamental to the academic environment and many spaces on campus are designed to foster collaboration across disciplines. State-of-the-art facilities such as the Undergraduate Teaching Labs or JHU-MICA Film Center also give students access to the latest learning technology. Hopkins professors, another invaluable resource, are experts in their fields who make important contributions to their industries and academia at large. They're enthusiastic about teaching and often include undergraduates in their own ground-breaking research. Students get to know their professors and classmates the way they would at a small liberal arts college but have all of the opportunities of a major research institution with a global reach. As a part of this community, undergraduates not only work alongside experts who share their interests but also run with projects of their own design. In fact, the university remains a national leader of research funding and students in all programs within the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering gain practical experiences through research conducted both on and off campus. Several funded programs, such as the Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards and the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship, are dedicated to supporting undergraduate research. Students also encounter real-world experiences--like implementing marketing plans for local companies and heading startup businesses on campus--through the Center for Leadership Education and classes in business, marketing and communications, accounting and financial management, and entrepreneurship and management. Those interested in pursuing law or medicine choose any major/minor combination but follow a pre-law or pre-med advising track offered through the Office of Pre-Professional Advising. Though their paths may be varied throughout their four years on the Homewood campus, one thing is true of all Hopkins alumni: Graduates of Johns Hopkins are leaders who are distinctly prepared for their futures.

2018 Rankings

Johns Hopkins University is ranked #11 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

#11 (tie) in National Universities

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Undergraduate Information

Alumni Starting Salaries

Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of Johns Hopkins University.

Median starting salary of alumni: $61,600* *

Median starting salary of alumni: * $61,600*

By major:

Public Health, General
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Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
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Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
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International Relations and Affairs
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When applying to Johns Hopkins University, it's important to note the application deadline is Jan. 1, and the early decision deadline is Nov. 1. The application fee at Johns Hopkins University is $70. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due Jan. 1. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 12 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity: Most selective 

Selectivity:  Most selective

Fall 2016 acceptance rate: 12% 

Fall 2016 acceptance rate:  12%

Application deadline: Jan. 1 

Application deadline:  Jan. 1

SAT/ACT scores must be received by: Jan. 1 

SAT/ACT scores must be received by:  Jan. 1

Priority application deadline:

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Johns Hopkins University is 7:1, and the school has 73.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Johns Hopkins University include: Public Health, General; Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering; Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience; and International Relations and Affairs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97 percent.

Class sizes :
Classes with fewer than 20 students
50 or more

Student-faculty ratio: 7:1 

Student-faculty ratio:  7:1

4-year graduation rate: 88% 

4-year graduation rate:  88%

Student Life

Johns Hopkins University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,117, with a gender distribution of 48 percent male students and 52 percent female students. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. In sports, Johns Hopkins University is part of the NCAA III.

Student gender distribution:
52% Female

Total enrollment: 23,992 

Total enrollment:  23,992

Collegiate athletic association: NCAA III 

Collegiate athletic association:  NCAA III

Full-time degree-seeking students:

Cost & Financial Aid

At Johns Hopkins University, 48 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $38,238.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs, or use the U.S. News 529 Finder to choose the best tax-advantaged college investment account for you.

Financial aid statistics:

Tuition and fees: $52,170 (2017-18) 

Tuition and fees:  $52,170 (2017-18)

Room and board: $15,410 (2017-18) 

Room and board:  $15,410 (2017-18)

Minimum credits per term a student can take for full-time tuition price:

Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

Campus Services

Johns Hopkins University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, health insurance. Johns Hopkins University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Johns Hopkins University.

Students who have cars on campus: 0% 

Students who have cars on campus:  0%

Health insurance offered: Yes 

Health insurance offered:  Yes

Nearest airports (miles):

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