Guess who just moved to Baltimore? The Johns Hopkins Class of 2017 (does that make you feel old?). As you might expect, the 17th-best university in the world snagged an amazing crop of students, including the top-ranked U.S. water skier and the founder of a sustainable tree farm in Uganda.
After years of enrolling slightly more men than women, the university has finally achieved gender parity; the class of 2017 is 50 percent male and 50 percent female. The school is getting significantly more competitive, too: whereas five years ago, Hopkins picked its incoming freshmen from an applicant pool of 16,011, this year the school had more than 20,000 applicants to choose from. In 2008, the incoming freshman class included 198 underrepresented minorities; in 2013, that number had grown to 289.
And they’re smarties, too: the middle 50th percent of their combined SAT scores is 2030-2240, and they boast a mean unweighted GPA of 3.76. Think you could get in if you had to apply to college today?
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