Let’s Meet the Hopkins Class of 2015

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Remember just a few months ago when the Johns Hopkins admissions office was nervously trying to maximize their yield? Well, looks like they did their math right this year:  37 percent of admitted students have enrolled at the university, which adds up to the school’s highest yield to-date.

While that’s still a far cry from Harvard’s 79 percent yield, it’s still respectable — and means that after decades of being thought of as a place that privileged its grad students and research fellows, Hopkins’ recent attempt to appeal to undergrads is finally paying off.

So what will the class of 2015 look like?

  • 10 percent of enrolled students are Hispanic/Latino
  • 7 percent are African American
  • 11 percent are from foreign countries — 61 students from Asia, 40 from Europe, and 16 from Canada
  • 48 percent are women

To put these numbers in perspective, the Hopkins admissions office notes that ten years ago, only 6.8 percent of the enrolled class came from underrepresented minority groups. That’s pretty pathetic, and the admissions office must’ve taken note; 18 percent of next year’s class comes from underrepresented minority groups. And as for those who say that increased diversity leads to lower standards, well, that doesn’t seem to hold true for Hopkins. Back in 2001, the admit rate was 34 percent, while only 18 percent of applicants got in last year. So the school is becoming more diverse and more selective — what other trends do you see emerging among future freshmen?



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