Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is also featured in our ranking Top 50 Bachelor's Degree Programs in Psychology.

While many colleges offer undergraduate psychology programs, Johns Hopkins University is one of the only schools in the nation today with an undergraduate program devoted to the study of psychological and brain sciences. This program helps students prepare for graduate school and allows them to do some of their own research. They must take some research courses and both math and science classes like Research Methods in Experimental Psychology and Statistical Analysis. Some of the other required courses that they take include Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Introduction to Social Psychology, Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Foundations of Brain, Behavior and Cognition.

Johns Hopkins University offers a number of opportunities for undergrad psychology majors too. They can earn three credits for a clinical internship that allows them to work in a psychological clinic. The university also allows students to earn credits through independent research projects and psychological reading classes. Students will work under the guidance of a professor or adviser when taking one of these classes.

Many students will also join one of the on-campus organizations for social sciences majors. The Undergraduate Steering Committee (USC) puts on a meeting once a month that allows students to talk about any concerns they have. They can also get help and feedback in regards to their classes and their career goals. The Psychology Mentor Program pairs incoming freshmen and new majors with upperclassmen who act like mentors as they complete the program. Johns Hopkins University also allows undergrads to attend psychological conferences and other special events.

About Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is one of the most well-known and reputable private colleges in the nation. Founded in 1876, it chose the name John Hopkins to honor the man of the same name who donated the cash used to establish its campus. Though many know the university because of its medical programs, it also offers a variety of degree programs for both undergrads and post-graduates. The Homewood campus is the oldest campus of the university. It also has campuses in East Baltimore, downtown Baltimore, Laurel and Washington DC. Johns Hopkins University divides its departments and schools evenly across those campuses.

Forbes ranked JHU as the 30th best university in America, but it ranks within the top 20 of all national colleges on the lists put out by both U.S. News & World Report and ARWU. Those same organizations and similar publications rank it within the top 20 of all colleges in the world. More than 20,000 students attend Johns Hopkins University, which makes it one of the largest private colleges in Maryland in terms of population.

Johns Hopkins University Accreditation Details

Johns Hopkins University has regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE accreditation is important for a few different reasons. It allows students to get financial aid when they complete and submit the FAFSA online. Students who earned college credits in high school and those who attended another college in the past can also transfer those credits if they attended a regionally accredited school. It also has accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA) that applies to all its psychological and brain sciences programs. Both its undergrad and graduate programs have APA accreditation.

Johns Hopkins University Application Requirements

Only 11% of students who apply to the university receive an acceptance letter. In terms of regular decision applicants, it accepts less than 9% of those applications. Johns Hopkins University is extremely selective about the students it admits. It looks for those who have a strong academic background that shows they can handle college-level studies. The university also gives priority to students who took more research and science classes in high school.

Students can use three different application portals and websites to submit applications to the university. It accepts the Universal Application, the Common Application and the Coalition Application. Each one uses the same sections and allows students to easily transfer information to multiple schools. This helps students apply to two or more schools without submitting separate applications to each one. Johns Hopkins has an early decision deadline of November 1 and a regular decision deadline of January 3. Students must ensure that the university receives all verifying documents and their applications by one of these deadlines. Those who submit an early decision application will also need to supply a school report at the end of December or the beginning of January.

All students must complete the same requirements. The university asks that they pay a $70 application fee or submit a fee waiver. They can get waivers from their high school guidance counselors. Students will also submit a secondary school report that includes a recommendation from a guidance counselor, a school profile form and an official transcript. They will then provide the university with two evaluation forms filled out and signed by their high school teachers and an official score from the SAT or the ACT. No matter which application they use, students will also need to write a short essay question based on a prompt listed in the application.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The estimated cost of attending Johns Hopkins University is more than $52,000 a year. This rate includes only the tuition and fees that the university charges. Students who decide to live on the Baltimore campus will pay more than $10,000 a year for a meal plan and dorm room. The university believes that every student deserves the right to higher education though, which is why it offers financial aid packages that cover a significant portion of the costs that average students have.

Before it will design a financial aid package though, it requires that students submit the FAFSA. It usually only takes a few weeks for the university to design an aid package once it receives this form. The university gives out more than $90 million in funds every year and meets 100% of the needs of its students. It defines need as the difference between what the university costs and how much their families can contribute to those costs based on their incomes. More than 80% of students with a family income at or below $200,000 will receive grants from the university. Financial aid packages can include other types of grants, loans, and the university's work-study program. Johns Hopkins University also offers scholarships for undergrads.