Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions and answers about how the Johns Hopkins wait list works. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (410) 516-8171. How does the wait list work?
Admitted students have until May 1st to accept their spot. If we have remaining spots available in the class, we will go to our wait list to admit additional students where we have room.
I still really want to go to Hopkins. What should I do if I want to remain on the wait list?
All you need to do is complete the Wait List Reply Form above and it indicates to us that you would like to remain on (or be removed from) the Johns Hopkins wait list. Should I do anything else besides selecting to remain on the wait list? I heard we can update our applications. Is that true, and what kind of updates can we submit?
You may certainly send updates that you would like to add to your application. Additional information can assist the Admissions committee if we do review wait list candidates for admission. We suggest the following if updating your application:
-- A Letter of Interest: A one page letter to the Admissions Committee that states why you continue to be interested in Hopkins and why you feel it is the right school for you.
-- Updated resume: Let us know what you have gotten involved with during your senior year. This should include updated information not in your original application.
-- Updated transcript: Your most recent grades, even beyond the mid-year report, can be helpful. Ask your guidance counselor to submit them if possible. In addition, a final transcript when it becomes available is requested. (If you are admitted from the wait list, a final transcript will be required.) Please DO NOT send the following:
(1) additional writing samples
(2) supplemental materials such as CDs, slides, portfolios, etc.
(3) additional letters of recommendation
(4) research or term papers.
Just stick to the list above.
Please note that you are not required to submit any additional materials, only to complete the Wait List Reply Form, which you can do above. If you choose to submit updates to your file, it is important that you make sure that they will contribute in a substantive way or provide new information. All updates should be sent to your regional admissions representative. You can find contact information for your admissions counselor here: http://apply.jhu.edu/contact/staff.html
. Include your full name, birth date, school name, and a note that the materials are to be used as a wait list update on any materials you send.Why was I wait-listed? Was this just a way to break the bad news more gently?
Admissions decisions are comprehensive and take into account many factors included in each individual application within the context of the overall applicant pool. Due to the competitive nature of highly selective admissions, there are always more talented students in our pool than we are able to admit. Any student who chooses to remain on the wait list will be considered for admission if spaces in the class become available. Is the wait list ranked?
The wait list is not ranked. We conduct a holistic review of all wait-listed applicants who chose to remain on the wait list if spots become available in the class. What are my chances of being admitted from the wait list?
Because admission from the wait list is dependent upon available space and the needs of the class, we are unable to provide information about an individual’s chance at this time. When will I hear if I've been accepted off the wait list? The other schools I was admitted to require a deposit by May 1--should I wait until I hear from Hopkins?
Our decision of whether we will admit students off the wait list will not be made prior to May 1. We strongly recommend that you submit your deposit to a school where you have been accepted. If you are later admitted to Hopkins from the wait list and choose to attend, you will withdraw your enrollment from the other school and forfeit the previous deposit. I want to come see the campus in April. Can I visit, and what kind of visit programs can I participate in?
You are welcome to visit Hopkins in the month of April. Our offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tours are offered on most weekdays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and information sessions are available at 10:00am and 1:00pm. There are some exceptions, so check out the visit section on our Web site: http://apply.jhu.edu/visit/
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any requests for overnights visits from wait-listed students. Please note that we do not have programming specific to wait list students.
During my visit, can I get an interview or meet with an Admissions counselor one-on-one?
We are unable to grant interview or meeting requests for wait-listed students. Instead, we ask that you put any information or updates in a written letter which will be added to your application file. If you do have a specific question, you may e-mail your regional counselor: http://apply.jhu.edu/contact/staff.html
. If I am accepted off the wait list and I applied for financial aid, will I receive any financial assistance?
If you completed your financial aid application by the deadline and are admitted off of the wait list, you will receive financial aid information with your decision. If I am accepted from the wait list, am I bound to enroll at Johns Hopkins?
No. If we offer places in the class to students on the wait list, those students will have the chance to select whether they want to enroll at Hopkins or stick with the other university that they had previously selected. We provide students with a two-week deadline for responding to our offer of admission from the wait list. Choosing to remain on the wait list is not a commitment to enroll at Hopkins if admitted.
Hope this information helps. If you have further questions, please post them here or contact our office.