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Thomas Broderick

Johns Hopkins ACT Scores

Hello future Blue Jays! If you’ve reading this article, it means it’s college hunting time. My goal in the next few paragraphs is to educate you just a bit on Johns Hopkins University, how ACT scores play a role in admissions, and ways you can up your test taking/admissions game.

Believe it or not, Johns Hopkins much more than the best medical school 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. The 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 a PhD. or M.D. at the end of their names, Johns Hopkins is an excellent springboard to future success.


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So What ACT Score Do I Need?

As usual, here are some facts to get you 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 daunting numbers, but as not as bad as other highly selective schools. 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

Unlike other colleges, you don’t need to shoot for perfection to increase the odds of getting into Johns Hopkins. Consider anything above a 32 a win.

To get above that magic number, test prep boils down to one specific strategy: ignoring your strengths 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. Considering it’s Johns Hopkins we’re talking about, they probably care about Math and Science scores A LOT.


Improving Your Odds

As Johns Hopkins is all about research, take advantage of the higher level science courses offered by your high school. Though high AP/IB scores will buy you some college credit, these courses 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

As I’ve said before (and will continue to say in future articles), great students like yourself may not get into your top choice school. Preparing yourself for this eventuality by having backup schools lined up is a plan everyone 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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