JHU Says 'Yes!'
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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
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
♦ 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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