Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins University is a place where ambitious, talented, and creative students thrive. Since the university’s start in 1876, students in all majors have embraced a spirit of learning through exploration and discovery—a culture that is still alive today. Campus life outside the classroom is active and dynamic, with more than 300 student groups—from dance, a cappella, and cultural groups to international service organizations. Hopkins values diversity in all forms. All students have the opportunity to develop independent critical thinking, gain cultural competencies, and flourish on a socially diverse campus. With help from the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the holistic development of students is promoted by providing direct services to underrepresented populations, including first generation students.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Discovery Days

The Discovery Days program is for accepted underrepresented minority students. Students are hosted on campus for a three-day, two-night experience in April, during which admitted students spend the night with Multicultural Student Volunteer hosts and learn about multicultural life at Johns Hopkins, including a trip to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience (HOME)

HOME is a fly-in, three-day, two-night program for underrepresented minority students. Prospective students experience multicultural life at Hopkins and are hosted overnight by Multicultural Student Volunteers. This program coincides with the Fall Open House program. HOME requires an application; information is available via high school counselors and an invitation from the university.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Baltimore Scholars Program

Baltimore City public high school students who apply and are accepted to Hopkins as undergraduate students are awarded a full-tuition, four-year scholarship by the Baltimore Scholars Program. There are specific residency requirements, and award recipients must remain in good standing. Students in the Baltimore Scholars Program also receive guidance throughout their time at Johns Hopkins to ensure their success. Learn more about Baltimore Scholars Program

First-Year Experience & Transition Mentoring Assistance Peer Program (MAPP)

MAPP is a freshman mentoring program that has served thousands of underrepresented Johns Hopkins students. Freshmen in the program are assigned an upperclassman who is dedicated to providing continual support. MAPP mentors are selected and trained to support students dealing with many first-year experiences, including academics, career development, social connectivity, cultural exploration, and community involvement. Learn more about Mentoring Assistance Peer Program (MAPP)

Student Life & Support Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

The Johns Hopkins Office of Multicultural Affairs cultivates an environment where persons of all cultural backgrounds are understood and respected, and where civility, leadership and cultural heritage are highly regarded. OMA promotes the holistic development of Hopkins students by providing direct services to underrepresented populations. The OMA’s Multicultural Affairs Student Center serves as a space where students can participate in discussions and other events pertaining to diversity. Learn more about Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

Student Diversity

  • 5,299
  • 51/49
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 21%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 13%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 44%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 9%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 94%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 99%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 52%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 923
    Full-time faculty
  • 88
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Health Professions and Related Programs, Engineering, Social Sciences, Biological/Life Sciences, Psychology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Johns Hopkins Underrepresented in Medical Professions, Mentoring Assistance Peer Program, Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity, Black Student Union, Organizacion Latino Estudiantil, African Students Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Hopkins Organization for Minority Engineers and Scientists, Multicultural Student Volunteers, Caribbean Culture Society, Brazilian Students Association, Caribbean Cultural Society, Chinese Students Association, Ciao! The Johns Hopkins Italian Club, Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Filipino Students Association, French Club, German Club, Global Friendships Club, Hong Kong Students Association, Hopkins Bengali Organization, Hopkins Ethiopian and Eritrean Society, Hopkins Hawai’I Ohana, Indonesian-Malaysian Student Association, Iranian Cultural Society, Japanese Students International, JHU Arab Students Organization, Johns Hopkins Hellenic Student Association, Korean Students Association, Organization Latina Estudiantil, Singapore Students Association, South Asian Students at Hopkins, Taiwanese American Students Association, Thai Students Association, Turkish Student Association, Vietnamese Students Association.


Cost of Attendance

  • $48,710
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $500
    Required Fees
  • $14,540
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $73,303,862
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $37,632
    Average aid package
  • $23,647
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 47%
    Students with financial need
  • 47%
    Students awarded any financial aid
  • 43%
    Students awarded any need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 23,877
    # of applicants
  • 15%
  • 3.88
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 670—750
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 690—780
    SAT Math
  • 680—770
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/2
    Regular application closing date
  • $70
    Application Fee
  • $70
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/5
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date