Prospectives, Incoming 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.

A group of students sit on one side of a table and talk with students individually on the other side.During this decade of unprecedented growth in U.S. medical schools, Johns Hopkins applicants have gained acceptance at a rate of 50% above the national average. Recent data suggest that, of incoming cohorts to Johns Hopkins, 45% enter with an interest in pursuing a career in medicine and, ultimately, 20% will apply to medical school. Within four years of graduation, over 80 percent secure acceptance to at least one medical school. For all applicants to MD schools, regardless of whether utilized services of Pre-Professional Office, the MD acceptance rate by graduation year is approximately 78%.

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 74% of Johns Hopkins applicants.

Students are applying later to medical school. Nationally, approximately half of the applicants to medical school take at least one year prior to matriculating. This trend appears to be even more striking at Johns Hopkins, where recent patterns demonstrate that two-thirds of applicants in a cohort apply after one or more gap years. Students taking gap years typically pursue social service (e.g., Teach for America, Peace Corps), employment in research (e.g., NIH Postbac IRTA program), post-baccalaureate and/or master’s degree programs. Regardless of the timing of the application, the vast majority will gain acceptance to medical school.

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