How will I be able to get into Johns Hopkins University?
My name is Anna and I am a sophmore by the time summer break ends. I was wondering if I can do anything, or should do anything in particular to be able to get accepted into John Hopkins. I would want to be a doctor if you were wondering by the way! Any tips, and information about John Hopkins will help as well. Thank you. Medicine Johns-Hopkins JHU college college-applications academic-advising applying-to-college
Hello Anna: John Hopkins is America’s first research university and is a leader in both teaching and research. I have researched your question and found information that may be helpful to you.
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Here are a few tips to help you "prepare" when applying to medical school.
1) Make good grades in college to help you get into medical school. Prepare years in advance
2) Score well on the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) Exam. Retake the exam if necessary
3) Apply to "all" the medical schools you are interested in. Rank the schools from highest to lowest. Keep in mind that you may get put on a "wait list" for acceptance to medical school. If so, this could take a number of years and then you may be competing all over with new applicants
4) Apply to financial aid early. Make sure you keep good records during this time when applying for financial aid because the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and IRS (Internal Revenue Service) systems work together and could be quite cumbersome
This is a good starting point for you. I wish you well on your journey.
Good Luck to You!
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
1) High school grades: an excellent grade point average will be required, as well as advanced-level courses
2) Extracurricular activities: a well-rounded application will include extracurricular activities (student clubs, sports, music, art, etc.) that you are genuinely passionate about and have pursued for an extended period of time (ie, you aren't just taking on an activity for 6 months before you apply for school to "check the box"). Of course, excelling in these activities is a benefit to your application, but I believe that consistency and authenticity is more important.
3) SAT score: an excellent score on standardized tests is also an important component of any application. Test prep (whether you take an afterschool or weekend course, use a prep book, or take advantage of online resources) can help most students and don't be afraid to take the test a few times to highlight your best score.
4) Your story: if you are in fact interested in ultimately attending medical school, have a clear story about why you are interested in pursuing medicine as a career. Do you have a specific major in mind already? Have you taken courses in high school that support this path (ie, AP Biology, etc.)? Are there experiences in your life that have shaped your interest in becoming a doctor? Have you participated in any extracurricular activities that align with this interest (ie, volunteering at a local hospital, shadowing a physician, summer jobs in research labs, etc.)?
5) Your fit with the the school: don't forget to do your research on the schools you're interested in. This means reading their websites to understand the academic and extracurricular programs available to students, learning about the history of the school, and figuring out what resonates most with you. Try to visit the campus before you apply, if you can, and talk to alumni.
All of these pieces will collectively help put together a compelling application to any top academic institution. Best of luck!