Students, Alumni, and Parents

Johns Hopkins University has long held a reputation for excellence in the preparation of students for acceptance to medical school. Premedical students master competencies across a range of science disciplines, learn about the social determinants of health, and demonstrate a range of personal competencies deemed essential for success in medical school and practicing medicine. Students are encouraged to explore academic interests in and out of the sciences, engaging in intellectual inquiry, independent study, and disciplined research. Johns Hopkins applicants to medical school are reflective in their learning and decision-making, demonstrate social responsibility, and are committed to a career of service.

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Johns Hopkins applicants to medical school come from an array of academic backgrounds including the natural sciences, engineering, the social sciences and humanities. The majority of applicants, however, complete majors in the natural sciences and engineering. The most popular majors for premeds are Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Public Health Studies. Together, these four majors account for more than 70% of Johns Hopkins applicants.

At Johns Hopkins, more than 80% of our applicants take at least one bridge year.  Students taking bridge years typically pursue social service (e.g., Teach for America, Peace Corps), employment in research (e.g., NIH Postbac IRTA program), clinical employment, or post-baccalaureate and/or master’s degree programs.

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