The Johns Hopkins Class of 2020 Is Impressive

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I’ve got some bad news for you: The incoming freshman class at Johns Hopkins is probably smarter than you are.

As the university gets ready to welcome its newest class of freshmen onto the Homewood campus, they’ve released a few stats about who these kids are. An intimidating 93 percent of them were in the top 10 percent of their high school class; their mean unweighted GPA is 3.92; their median SAT scores range from 1480-1560. And it’s no wonder they’re smart: out of more than 27,000 applicants, only 1,329 actually got to become members of the Class of 2020 — that makes this the most competitive class in the university’s history.

One key metric that universities pay attention to is yield: the percentage of admitted students who end up enrolling. This year, Hopkins’s yield is more than 50 percent. That’s still lower than the 75-80 percent yield of schools like Harvard and other highly competitive Ivies — but it’s a big jump over recent years, and an indication that the university will likely continue to get even more difficult to get into in the years to come.

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