Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 5, 1995

Arts & Sciences, Engineering Enroll 880 In Class of 1999

Steve Libowitz

     They came. They applied. They're here.

     With the air still thick from Baltimore's seemingly endless
summer steam, students are unpacking their bags, plugging in
their computers, pouring over campus maps and preparing to settle
into the Hopkins community.

     The 1995-96 academic year is upon us. And each of the eight
schools has attracted a diverse and talented student body.

Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering
     After giving tours to more than 10,000 interested students
and their families during the past year or so, the schools of
Arts & Sciences and Engineering welcomed 880 freshmen to the
Class of 1999, which is in line with university goals for the

     "We purposely wanted to come in lower than the 952 we
admitted last year, so as not to crowd classrooms and residency
halls," said Robert Massa, dean of enrollment management. 
     Massa noted that this is one of the most highly qualified
classes in recent history, based on SAT scores, which averaged
1300 compared to 1286 for the Class of 98.

     Of the 880 freshmen, 635 are in the School of Arts and
Sciences and 245 in the School of Engineering. They have come
from 44 states and 19 countries; 335 are women and 545 men.
Twenty-nine students are sons and daughters of alumni.
Approximately 25 percent of the freshmen are Asian, 3 percent are
Hispanic and 5 percent are African American, down slightly from
last year. 

     Paul White, who is welcoming the first class he recruited
since being named director of undergraduate admissions last fall,
is pleased with the makeup of the class.

     "We continue to attract extremely bright students, which is
no different than in the past," he said, "but one thing I did
want to do was to attack the image of the Hopkins student with no
social life who is only concerned with studying. I made a
conscious effort to look for students with a wide range of
extracurricular activities who already are used to being social
and active outside the classroom."

School of Medicine
     The School of Medicine, following a national trend of
record-level medical school applications, received 3,710
applications (second highest after the 3,900 received in 1994)
for its 120 openings. 

     "These men and women bring to Hopkins a remarkably diverse
mix of experiences," said admissions director Dave Trabilsy. 
"There are high school class valedictorians, student body
presidents, athletes and many students who already have been
involved in serious undergraduate research."

     Of the 120 medical students, 45 percent are women, 55
percent men. Thirteen have enrolled in the dual M.D./Ph.D.
program. They will arrive from 34 states, three countries and 63
different colleges and universities, including 13 from Hopkins.

     "Hopkins undergraduates do not have an inherent advantage
getting into the medical school," Trabilsy said.  "There are no
preferences given to any group within the application pool. That
said, however, Hopkins students do have a leg up because the
undergraduate program is one of the country s premiere pre-med
schools.  This year, the university is represented more than any
other college." 

School of Hygiene and Public Health
     The Master of Public Health program at the School of Hygiene
and Public Health welcomes 150 students from all over the world
to its class of 1995-96. This class joins 143 master s and 100
doctoral students who are continuing their studies this year. 

     "Our applicants represent 75 countries as far reaching as
Mongolia, Tibet, Slovenia and New Zealand," said Sandra Coleman,
assistant dean for student services.  "Our most culturally
diverse departments are those of Health Policy and Management and
International Health." 

     Coleman noted that this year's incoming class averaged in
the 600 range on the GRE exam.

School of Nursing
     The School of Nursing welcomes 170 new undergraduates,
including 80 students enrolled in the accelerated program who
began their studies in June.   

     Seventy students representing various clinical,
administrative and research backgrounds will also enter in
September to pursue graduate study. 

     "More than 17 returned Peace Corps volunteers are also part
of the new group of entering students," said the school's
director of admissions Mary Herlihy.  "These students are
eligible to participate in the Peace Corps Fellows/AmeriCorps
Health and Housing Program at the School of Nursing, which offers
a unique opportunity to provide nursing education to returned
Peace Corps volunteers while meeting the needs of underserved and
homeless families in Baltimore City," she said.

Peabody Conservatory of Music
     In contrast to last year, when the goal at Peabody was to
have a smaller than average entering class, projections this
year, according to admissions director David Lane, mandated a
large entering class with emphasis on undergraduates.

     "We were successful in meeting this goal, with an entering
group of 291, which is up from last year's 235," Lane said. "This
is higher than any year in recent history." 

     The number of entering undergraduates rose 38 percent, from
74 to 102. Lane said that 36 percent of the class arrives from
outside the United States, with students enrolled from 22
countries, which, he said, is about standard for Peabody.

     "We are very pleased by the high level of talent of the
entering students, which we measure by the faculty at the
auditions," he said, "and the distribution of incoming students
across majors is appropriate for us." 

Paul H. Nitze School of 
Advanced International Studies
     SAIS expects an entering master s degree class of 124 in
Washington with an additional 63 students entering the Bologna
Center. At the Washington campus, 25 percent of the entering
class comes from outside the United States, representing Africa,
Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the Middle East. Members
of the incoming class represent 22 international and 90 U.S.
colleges and universities.

     The average age of the incoming class at SAIS is nearly 26,
and 82 percent of the 84 men and 102 women have full-time work
experience in fields, including government, education, law,
research, the military, journalism and the Peace Corps.

School of Continuing Studies
     Although the School of Continuing Studies enrolls students
for several more weeks, it has, at press time enrolled 4,000
students for the fall semester. Sixty percent of them were
admitted to the Division of Business and Management, 30 percent
to the Division of Education, and 10 percent to the Division of
Liberal Arts.

     The students are divided among all five Continuing Studies
campuses: 25 percent are studying at Homewood, 30 percent are at
the Columbia Center, 10 percent study at the Dowtown Center,
another 25 percent are at the Montgomery Center and 10 percent
will take classes at the Washington Center.

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