Nationally and internationally recognized inventors and researchers, founders of businesses and socially conscious organizations, globally ranked athletes, and published authors and journalists are among the 2,539 students Johns Hopkins University has admitted to the Class of 2020. These students join the 559 future Blue Jays already admitted under the early decision plan.
One student patented an electronically engineered tennis racquet. Another found a way to create an artificial leaf that's better than a real one at photosynthesis. Another won a film festival award for a public service announcement on domestic violence.
The class not only breaks university records academically, but is also the most diverse to date. Nearly 37 percent of the admitted regular decision class identifies as members of underrepresented minorities. The students hail from 49 states plus Washington, D.C., and 54 countries.
The number and strength of this year's applicants speaks to the opportunities that high school students see for themselves at Johns Hopkins, said Ellen Kim, director of Undergraduate Admissions.
"[T]hese are students who are role models, ideal classmates, future Nobel prize winners and some of the most impressive students in their classes," Kim said. "Hopkins continues to draw talented students who are not only high academic achievers but also deeply invested in their intellectual pursuits. These are students who are ready to match their dedication and ambition with the support and resources that make a Johns Hopkins education unique."
Admitted Class of 2020 by the numbers:
Total applications: 27,095 (25,188 regular decision)
Total admits: 3,098 (2,539 regular decision; 559 early decision)
Gender breakdown: 48 percent male, 52 percent female
49 states plus Washington, D.C., and 57 different countries represented
Top states admitted students represent, aside from Maryland: California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas
Top countries (other than the United States) admitted students represent: Canada, United Kingdom, South Korea, China, India
International students: 8 percent of admitted class
Average GPA: 3.93
Average testing (middle 50th percentile): 1440-1560
Students in the top 10 percent of their class: 95 percent (of students who reported)
Among the new class are 33 admitted students named Clark Scholars. This newly created scholarship program recognizes high-ability students in the Whiting School of Engineering, and presents enhanced academic and extracurricular opportunities for scholars to participate in leadership seminars, network with professional engineers, and work with a faculty mentor. In addition, the scholarship provides a grant that replaces the student loan in the Clark Scholar's financial aid package.
Admitted students have until May 2 to accept their spot in the class.