Essay Scoop: How to Answer Johns Hopkins JHU Essays

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This year, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) had one supplemental essay question. Here’s our guidance on how to address the prompt. (Note on format: the JHU essay prompt is in bold, our guidance follows).


Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your current interests (academic, extracurricular, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.) and how you will build upon them here. (300-500 Word limit)

Like Cornell, John Hopkins is interested in your plan for all that the university has to offer. This essay is an opportunity to support your academic goals with school-specific resources. Research specific academic programs, professors, courses, clubs, and traditions. Be sure to connect the skills or lessons you hope will supplement your goals for the future. Use your past experiences or activities as a launching point, but these should not be the focus.

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