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Johns Hopkins University was the nation’s first research institution, and since 1876, the university has upheld its reputation for being a leader in research. For the 2021/22 school year, Johns Hopkins tuition was $58,720. This is higher than the average for four-year private nonprofit institutions in the U.S., which is $35,807 per year.
Costs for 2021-22
Tuition & Fees
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Total Cost of Attendance
More than half of the students (65%) receive financial aid to help with Johns Hopkins tuition. This includes student loans, scholarships, and grants. JHU is need-blind, which means your ability to pay for tuition isn’t considered as part of the application process. Anyone, as long as they meet the requirements for Johns Hopkins University admissions and are accepted, may attend.
Generally, financial aid is monetary assistance awarded to students based on personal need and merit. Students that qualify for financial aid can use it to pay for college costs like tuition, books, and living expenses.
The federal government is the largest provider of student financial aid. However, aid can also be given by state governments, colleges and universities, private companies, and nonprofits. The different types include:
• Scholarships: These can be awarded by schools and other organizations based on students’ academic excellence, athletic achievement, community involvement, job experience, field of study, and financial need.
• Grants: Generally based on financial need, these can come from federal, state, private, and non-profit organizations.
• Work-study: This federal program provides qualifying students with part-time employment to earn money for expenses while in school.
• Federal student loans: This is money borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education. It comes with fixed interest rates that are typically lower than private loans.
Colleges, universities, and state agencies use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. The FAFSA can be completed online, but note that state and federal and school deadlines may differ.
You can find other financial aid opportunities on databases such as:
It’s common for students to take out either federal or private student loans. In fact, 15% take out federal loans and 3% private loans. The average private student loan is $21,556.
Private loans are funded by private organizations such as banks, online lenders, credit unions, some schools, and state-based or state-affiliated organizations. While Federal student loans have interest rates that are regulated by Congress, private lenders follow a different set of regulations so their qualifications and interest rates can vary widely.
What’s more, private loans have variable or fixed interest rates that may be higher than federal loan interest rates, which are always fixed. Private lenders may (but don’t always) require you to make payments on your loans while you are still in school, compared to federal student loans which you don’t have to start paying back until after you graduate, leave school, or change your enrollment status to less than half-time.
Private loans don’t have a specific application window and can be applied for on an as-needed basis. However, if you think you may need to take out a private loan, it’s a good idea to submit your FAFSA first to see what federal aid you may qualify for as it generally may have better rates and terms.
If you’ve missed the FAFSA deadline or you’re struggling to pay for school throughout the year, private loans can potentially help you make your payments. Just keep in mind that you will need enough lead time for your loan to process and for your lender to send money to your school.
Johns Hopkins tuition, room and board, books, and fees for four years of study, based on 2021/22 pricing, would be $311,908. According to CollegeData.com, the average cost for private school tuition and room and board for four years at $217,920.
In 2021/22, students paid $58,720 for tuition and $16,800 for room and board, for a total of $75,520. On average, students at private universities in the U.S. paid $54,880.
Graduate Tuition and Fees
Costs for 2021-22
Total Cost of Attendance
Johns Hopkins tuition for graduate students, including fees, was $61,202 in 2021/22. This is substantially higher than the average cost of tuition for graduate school at a private institution in the United States of $19,493. There are graduate loans available to help with these costs.
Cost per Credit Hour
The information covered so far is for full-time Johns Hopkins tuition. For students who attend part-time, the rate for three credits is $5,872.
Campus Housing Expenses
Costs for 2021-22
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
*Based on per-student pricing for two bedroom apartments. Average rate based on available apartments on Johns Hopkin’s off-campus housing website in 2022.
First-year students in the Arts and Sciences and Engineering programs are required to live on campus with one or two roommates. Even if you attend online classes, you are guaranteed housing on campus.
For upperclassmen interested in living off campus, JHU offers 24 commercial properties and many residential property options near the Homewood campus. Learn more about off-campus housing opportunities here.
Johns Hopkins University Acceptance Rate
Number of applications
The university is selective. The Johns Hopkins acceptance rate is just 11%.
Johns Hopkins University admissions have certain requirements with your application. Here’s what’s required and what’s recommended:
• Secondary school report
• Two teacher evaluations
• Mid-year report
• SAT or ACT scores
The deadline for Early Decision I applications is November 1, and January 3 for Early Decision II applications. Regular Decision applications are also due January 3. You can apply here .
SAT and ACT Scores
Johns Hopkins University is test-optional through the 2025/26 school year, though you may choose to submit your scores regardless. Here are the 25th and 75th percentile scores for reference:
SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing
Popular Majors at Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins offers 52 majors and the ability for students to create their own academic adventures. Here are the most popular majors.
1. Molecular & Cellular Biology
The most popular major at Johns Hopkins is molecular and cellular biology. Students study biological principles and learn how to select controls, record observations, and draw conclusions through experiments.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 162
Neuroscience students can choose from one of four areas of concentration: cellular and molecular, cognitive, computational, or systems neuroscience. Many go on to graduate school or PhD programs.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 135
3. Computer Science
One of the most popular majors at JHU is computer science, where students learn how to solve computing problems and design computing solutions. They also learn how to communicate and work with a team. One of the most popular majors at JHU is computer science, where students learn how to solve computing problems and design computing solutions. They also learn how to communicate and work with a team.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 131
4. Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineering students get a solid foundation in life sciences, mathematics, and engineering disciplines, as well as delve into advanced subjects in biomedical data science and computational medicine.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 114
5. Public Health Studies
Students interested in careers in public health will learn about the history of the field, as well as basic principles of public health and disease prevention. They will also gain valuable communication and problem-solving skills.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 106
6. International Studies
Students in this program look at international political, economic, historical, and cultural questions. They are able to choose courses that enhance their own interests.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 87
Economics students learn how markets and economies operate, and they sharpen their mathematical and statistical skills to analyze economic problems. Additionally, they learn to communicate and develop arguments, both written and spoken.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 76
8. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Students in this program learn core chemical engineering principles as well as emerging disciplines. There are two areas of concentration to choose from: molecular and cellular bioengineering or interfaces and nanotechnology.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 69
Math lovers will learn about the foundations of analysis, including functions and their derivatives and integrals, and the fundamentals of advanced algebra, geometry, probability, and topology.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 52
10. Mechanical Engineering
JHU offers both a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering as well as engineering mechanics. Students can choose either an aerospace or biomechanics track.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 45
Use this here to find out more about the majors Johns Hopkins offers.
Johns Hopkins University has an exceedingly high graduation rate. Here are the rates for students who started their studies in 2014:
• 4 years: 89%
• 6 years: 94%
Post-Graduation Median Earnings
Graduates of JHU earn nearly double the average of graduates of private colleges in the U.S. At JHU, the average salary is $83,287, while the U.S. average is $47,891 per year.
For students interested in research and the sciences, Johns Hopkins University offers first-rate educational opportunities. And because the school is need-blind, your economic background won’t be a consideration in your application.
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