Record number apply for admission to Class of 2018

For the 11th year in a row, a record-breaking number of high school students applied for a spot in the incoming freshman class at Johns Hopkins.

The 22,281 applicants in the regular decision pool are the most in the university's history, 16.2 percent more than applied last year.

In all, there were 23,875 applicants, including early decision, making the quest for spots in the Class of 2018 the most competitive in the university's history.

"It really speaks to the growing appeal of the Johns Hopkins undergraduate experience," says Ellen Kim, director of Undergraduate Admissions. "The chance to study at an institution with a flexible curriculum and a spirit of research at its core has grown in popularity for high-achieving students who are looking for ways to explore their intellectual interests."

Acceptance notifications went out to 3,070 high school seniors on March 28. Together with the 526 students admitted from the early decision period, 3,596 have been offered a spot in the class. The freshman class is expected to include approximately 1,300 students.

Of those admitted to the Class of 2018, 50.8 percent are women and 29 percent come from underrepresented backgrounds—black, Hispanic, Native American, and/or Pacific Islander. Forty-three percent of the admitted students were offered institutional need-based grants, up from 38 percent a year ago.

The admitted students represent 48 states and 58 countries. States with the highest number of admitted students are California, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. Countries with the most are Canada, the United Kingdom, Korea, and China.

"This is a competitive group with diverse academic interests and leadership in a range of extracurricular fields, and we are so excited to see how they will make an impact on our campus," Kim says.

The Class of 2017 numbered 1,320 students chosen from a then record applicant pool of 20,613.