Application Trends & Outcomes


Johns Hopkins University has long held a reputation for excellence in the preparation of students for acceptance to medical and dental school. These students pursue academic excellence 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 and dental school are reflective in their learning and decision-making, demonstrate social responsibility, and are committed to a career of service.

During a period of unprecedented growth in U.S. medical schools, Johns Hopkins applicants have gained acceptance at a rate 50% above the national average. Within five years of graduation, approximately 80% secure an acceptance to at least one medical school.

Medical School Application Trends

It is important to consider the current trends in medical school education to put Johns Hopkins outcomes into perspective.

According to the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), the number of applicants to MD medical schools has increased 36% since 2002, reaching an all time high of 52,550 in 2015. The number of matriculants to MD medical schools has increased 25% since 2002, reaching an all-time high of 20,631 in 2015.

The numbers of slots available for enrollees to medical school are not rising at a pace comparable to the exponential rise in applicants. Over the past five years (2011-2015), while the number of applicants has increased 16%, the number of matriculants has only risen 6.7%. First-time applicants—an important indicator of interest in medicine—increased this past year by 4.8% to 38,460. Regarding national acceptance rates, the percentage of applicants matriculating to medical school in 2011 was 44% while, in 2015, the rate was 39%.

Now let’s put JHU acceptance rates into perspective. In any one application year, approximately 70% of applicants to medical school gain acceptance to one or more medical schools. It must be remembered, however, that some students chose to move forward despite not being in an optimal position, whether for personal or familial reasons. This brings down our annual acceptance rates. Remember, within five years of graduation, approximately 80% secure an acceptance to at least one medical school.

Academic Background

Johns Hopkins applicants to medical and dental 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 primary majors for premeds are Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Public Health Studies. Together, these four majors accounts for 74% of Johns Hopkins applicants.


The nation’s medical school classes also continued to diversify in 2015, with increases in nearly every racial and ethnic category. The percentage of Hispanic or Latino applicants nationally was 9.2% and African-American 8.8%. Regarding matriculants, the number of Hispanic or Latino enrollees increased this past year by 6.4%; African-American enrollees rose 10.4%.

For the most recent entry year of 2015, 11% (45) of applicants to MD medical school from John Hopkins self-reported to be Hispanic/Latino, 9.5% (40) Black or African American, and 4.5% (19) more than one race. The dominant groups by race/ethnicity were 38% (157) White, 34% (142) Asian. Regarding acceptance rates, the five-year (2011-2015) averages by race/ethnicity for applicants to MD medical school were White, 79%; Asian, 77.5%; Black or African American, 66%; and Hispanic, 76%.

Timing of Application

Students are applying later to medical and dental school. Nationally, over 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 over 80% of first time applicants to medical school take at least one gap/bridge year between graduating from Johns Hopkins and applying to medical school. Students taking gap years typically pursue employment in research (e.g., NIH Postbac IRTA program), social service (e.g., Teach for America, Peace Corps), or post-baccalaureate and/or master’s degree programs. Advisors in Pre-Professional Advising and the Career Center work with students to seek meaningful gap/bridge year experiences and determine the optimal time to apply.

Medical Schools Accepting and Matriculating Johns Hopkins Students

There are 67 allopathic (MD) medical schools that accept three or more medical school applicants from Johns Hopkins on an annual basis. Over the last three years, there are 42 schools that accept five or more JHU applicants per year. These include:

  • Albany Medical College (NY)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY)
  • Boston University School of Medicine (MA)
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (OH)
  • Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (NY)
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (NJ)
  • Drexel University College of Medicine (PA)
  • Duke University School of Medicine (NC)
  • Emory University School of Medicine (GA)
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (NH)
  • Harvard Medical School (MA)
  • Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine (NY)
  • Jefferson Medical Coll. of Thomas Jefferson University (PA)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD)
  • Keck Sch. of Med. University of Southern California (CA)
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NY)
  • New York Medical College (NY)
  • New York University School of Medicine (NY)
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (PA)
  • State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (NY)
  • Stony Brook University School of Medicine (NY)
  • SUNY at Buffalo Medical School (NY)
  • Temple University School of Medicine (PA)
  • The Ohio State Univ. College of Medicine (OH)
  • Tufts University School of Medicine (MA)
  • UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (NJ)
  • UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (NJ)
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (MD)
  • University of California San Francisco (CA)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine (IL)
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD)
  • University of Michigan Medical School (MI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (PA)
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (NY)
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine (VA)
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (TN)
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine (NC)
  • Washington University School of Medicine (MO)
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University (NY)
  • Yale University School of Medicine (CT)

Osteopathic Medical Schools Matriculating Johns Hopkins Students

There are 33 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 48 teaching locations in 31 states. Over recent years osteopathic (DO) medicals Schools that have enrolled 3 or more JHU students include:

  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZ)
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Main Campus (PA)
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT (NY)
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (FL)
  • Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OH)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Main Campus (PA)
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – New York (NY)
  • Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – California (CA)
  • Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (NJ)
  • Western University of Health Sciences/ College of Osteopathic Medicine (CA)

Dental Schools Matriculating Johns Hopkins Students

Although a relatively small number of JHU students apply to and matriculate at US dental schools, our students experience considerable success and our most highly enrolled dental schools are:

  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine