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Thomas Broderick

Johns Hopkins ACT Scores

Hello future Blue Jays! It’s college hunting time. In this post, we’ll take a look at Johns Hopkins University, how ACT scores play a role in admissions, and ways you can up your test taking/admissions game.

Johns Hopkins is much more than one of the best medical schools in the United States. Its undergraduates come from a variety of backgrounds, and can major in a wide variety of subjects from East Asian Studies to Sociology. Another strength of Johns Hopkins’ undergraduate experience is the sheer number of research opportunities open to undergraduates. For high school students hoping to one day have “Ph.D.” or “M.D.” following their names, Johns Hopkins is an excellent springboard to future success.


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So What ACT Score Do I Need?

Here are some facts to get us started:

  • Johns Hopkins’ overall acceptance rate is 13%.
  • 85% of successful applicants have over a 3.75 GPA
  • The middle 50% of ACT scores for enrolled students is 32-34.

Those are some pretty competitive numbers, but not impossible to attain. If your heart is set on Johns Hopkins and the research opportunities it provides, let’s get to work on getting you admitted.

Upping Your Score

Do you need to get a perfect 36 on the ACT to get into Johns Hopkins? No (though it certainly won’t hurt your chances of acceptance)! However, competitive applicants will most likely score 32 or above on the ACT.

To get to that magic number, test prep boils down to one specific strategy: setting aside your strengths (for the moment!) and improving your weaknesses. For example, if the results from your first attempt taking the ACT have you scoring above a 32 in English and Reading, set those subjects aside and focus solely on the Math and Science Tests. (BTW, if those are your weaknesses, you may want to check out our Math and Science advice.)

Improving Your Odds

As Johns Hopkins is all about research, take advantage of the higher level courses—science and otherwise— offered by your high school. Though high AP/IB scores will buy you some college credit, these courses alson offer research opportunities you can discuss in your admissions essays. Showing admissions counselors that you can bring knowledge and experience to Johns Hopkins will make your application shine brightly.

Final Thoughts

If you have your heart set on Johns Hopkins, start planning early! By boosting your ACT score as high as possible, acing your classes, and submitting a stellar application, you’ll give yourself the best possible shot at getting in. No matter what, it’s always a good idea to take a look at other schools as well—you never know what may appeal to you as you start applying to schools. A well-rounded application list is one thing every applicant should have!

That’s it, future doctors and scientists. See you in the laboratory!


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About Thomas Broderick

Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.

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