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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 31, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 28
JHU Says 'Yes!'

Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS

Last year's applicant pool was a record, and this year's was even higher: 16,006 for the targeted 1,235 spots in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. That number reflects an about 80 percent growth in the pool since 2002.

"The astounding thing about this applicant pool was just the quality of students who applied this year," said John Latting, dean of undergraduate admissions. "It's always nice to see an increase, but actually we were floored by what the students had accomplished and how well prepared they were for college."

The pool, Latting said, was the most difficult his team had ever had to whittle down.

On Friday, the "Yes!" envelope went out to 3,578 seniors seeking admission in 2008. Along with the early decision admits from the fall, this makes for an admitted class of 4,017, or 25 percent of the applicant pool.

More about the acceptances:

♦ Of the 3,578 admits, 49 percent are women, and 732 are minority students (351 African- American, 355 Hispanic, 26 Native American).

♦ Top 10 states of admits, in descending order, are New York, California, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Connecticut.

♦ Students residing abroad: 254.

♦ Countries and territories from which more than one student was admitted: Australia, Brunei, Canada, China (and Hong Kong), Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Venezuela.

♦ Median SAT scores: critical reading 720, math 750, writing 720.

♦ Of the 1,564 admitted to the School of Engineering, 38 percent are women.

Also of note: the growth of interest in engineering in general and, specifically, in two areas. "Traditionally, everyone has thought of the Whiting School for life sciences," Latting said, "but we really saw a surge of students interested in environmental and civil engineering. We nearly doubled what we admitted there. We're going to be on the receiving end of concerns that students have today about the environment."


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