Medical School Admissions Statistics & Trends
Applicant Numbers and Acceptance Rates of Johns Hopkins Bachelor’s Degree Recipients to Medical School
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.
During this decade of unprecedented growth in U.S. medical schools, Johns Hopkins applicants have gained acceptance to medical schools at a notably higher rate than the national average. When tracked by application year, the average acceptance rate of applicants nationally over the past six years has been 43%, or less than one chance in two; whereas the average acceptance rate of applicants from Johns Hopkins over the past six years has been 68%, or two chances out of three. Acceptance rates look even better when we track by incoming cohort (instead of by medical school application year). Of the large number of students coming into Johns Hopkins with an interest in medical school, around 20% of a full-time freshman cohort ultimately applies to medical school, and over 80% of these students secure an acceptance to at least one medical school.
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 71% of Johns Hopkins applicants to medical school.
Students are applying later to medical school. Nationally, approximately half of the applicants to medical school take at least one year prior to applying. 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 public 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.