Application Process

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

How did Johns Hopkins senior Neha Deshpande conduct research that took her from Baltimore to India? The Truman Scholar compared neonatal health in the two countries with help from a Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a monetary award of up to $10,000 that is granted to incoming freshmen in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. It's just one of many opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning with a faculty mentor at Johns Hopkins. Learn more and apply.

Please see the requirements and deadlines page for a checklist of materials needed to complete your application. Visit for details on applying for financial aid.

Johns Hopkins University accepts applications for Early Decision freshmen, Regular Decision freshmen, and transfer students. Freshmen applicants can apply from August through January for the following academic year; transfer students can apply from August through March. The application process for international students is the same as the process for domestic students, with a few additional required documents.

How to Apply

Find a full checklist and timeline on the requirements and deadlines page.

Admissions Philosophy

On the requirements and deadlines page, you’ll see a list of the required components of the application. But these pieces are not, in themselves, all that we care about. Our admissions committee carefully reads and thinks about applications and we do not have simple or formulaic ideas about the profile of an admitted student; rather, we believe that there are many ways to demonstrate your interest in learning and how you might bring something important to our community of students.

How do we determine these things by looking at your application? Each required item is requested for a reason and contributes to our evaluation of each applicant. Things we’re looking for:

Academic character. What is important to you, and how do you demonstrate your academic passions? We want to know, because it will tell us a little about what kind of student you might be here at Johns Hopkins. To get a good idea of where your academic spirit lies, we’ll look at your transcripts and testing, but also your teacher and counselor recommendations. Your recommendations are a great place for us to learn about your intellectual curiosity and your level of academic engagement. We’re looking at your performance as well as what kind of student you are.

Impact and initiative. This will mean different things for different students. We want to see how you pursue different passions that you may have outside of the classroom. For this, we’ll be looking at your extracurricular involvement, your teacher recommendations, and your essays. We’re trying to determine what kind of impact you’ve made at your school, which tells us what kind of impact you might make as a student here at Johns Hopkins.

Personal contributions. How do you engage with your community—academic, personal, and social? What personal qualities do you possess that would make you a good fit for our campus? We’re looking for students who are eager to follow their interests at the college level and are enthusiastic about joining the campus community. These tend to be students who are resourceful and driven and can make the most of opportunities that they are provided. Again, your recommendations are what we’re focusing on, and also your essays.


Questions about the application process or requirements? Visit the FAQ page or contact us:

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