For the fifth consecutive year, Johns Hopkins received
a record number of applicants to be part of its incoming
freshman class. Who got in? Last Wednesday, the envelopes
with the answers were mailed out — thanks in no small
part to a tireless team of more than 30 student interns and
staff who worked overtime the night before to get the
envelopes stuffed and sorted.
All told, 14,842 high school seniors applied for
regular admission to Johns Hopkins in fall 2007, an
increase of 7 percent over last year's total and of 30
percent over the year before's.
Regular decision admission was offered to 3,145
students; those who enroll will join the 443 who were
admitted early. The target class size is 1,205, with 800
enrolled in Arts and Sciences and 405 in Engineering.
The highest number of acceptances went out to, in
order, applicants from New York, California, Maryland, New
Jersey and Pennsylvania. The total of admits includes 325
who identified themselves as African-American, 302 Hispanic
and 21 Native American.
Students residing in all 50 states, D.C., two U.S.
territories (Guam and Puerto Rico) and 57 countries were
offered admission this year. The total number of non-U.S.
citizens admitted was 189.
Once again, Baltimore students are well-represented in
the admitted class, with 31 students selected for the
Baltimore Scholars Program.
The admittance rate was a strikingly low 24 percent.
Just two years ago, the rate was 35 percent.
"By every quantitative measure, the incoming class is
very strong," said John Latting, director of Undergraduate
Admissions. "This is a pretty powerful group of kids in
terms of their potential, and that is very exciting."
How did it feel to watch thousands of decision letters
leave the campus on Wednesday morning on vans bound for the
post office? Latting said that moment is always extremely
"This is my Super Bowl," said Latting, who was making
application decisions as late as Tuesday afternoon. "Now, I
look forward to the pleasure of talking to the people who
have been offered admission."