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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 2, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 1
Notable Facts About the Class of 2012

By Amy Lunday

Enrollment at a glance, as of July 25: The 1,238 students in the Class of 2012 come from an applicant pool of 16,011, 4,056 of whom were admitted (422 early decision). The class is 53 percent male and 47 female; 198 students are underrepresented minorities. The class's median SAT I combined score is 1410 and its median high school class unweighted GPA, 3.77. Sixty-five percent are enrolled in Arts and Sciences and 35 percent in Engineering.

Shifts in majors: Compared to 10 years ago, the applicant pool had three times the number of students planning to major in Near Eastern studies, applied mathematics and statistics, public health studies, biomedical engineering, East Asian studies, sociology, cognitive science and history of art. Biology is still the most common major interest but is growing at a slower rate than the applicant pool as a whole.

Geographic expansion: Comparing the enrolling class to that from a decade ago, Johns Hopkins has seen a big upswing in students from California; the Southeast Coast states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina; and students from abroad. The number of Californians in this class is 87 percent higher than in 1998; from the Southeast Coast, 40 percent higher; and from outside the United States, 39 percent higher. This year's students hail from 45 states plus Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. The top five states in order are New York, Maryland, New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania. The 103 international students come from 29 countries, the farthest away being Singapore.


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