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By the Numbers

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Despite the struggling economy, Johns Hopkins has seen record-breaking increases in applications from the nation’s most talented high school students.
The incoming Class of 2014, some 1,246 students strong, was selected from a record applicant pool of 18,458 high school seniors. That total represents a whopping 102 percent increase from 2001 totals—and includes some 2,000 more applications than last year.

John Latting, dean of undergraduate admissions, notes a confluence of factors: the university’s strong focus on undergraduate life in recent years, enhanced marketing and recruitment efforts, and the “sound investment” factor.

“Increasingly, schools like Johns Hopkins are what kids and parents want,” Latting says. “We have a strong reputation and represent high quality and great value in terms of careers post-graduation.”

The Class of 2014 is fairly evenly split along gender lines, with 52 percent men and 48 percent women—a significant shift from the 60/40 split (men/women) of 2001, the year Latting came to Hopkins.

The group also represents perhaps the most diverse class in recent history with 183 students (14.7 percent) who describe themselves as African American, Hispanic, or Native American. Only 70 students (6.8 percent) were underrepresented minorities in 2001.

Total freshman enrollment: 1,246

Admit rate: 21 percent

Mean high school GPA combined score: 3.72

Mean SAT combined: 1401

Admitted Early Decision: 493

Baltimore Scholars: 9

1 student from the Kwajalein Atoll, part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (2,000 miles southwest of Hawaii)

44 states and U.S. territories represented, including Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Armed Forces Pacific

32 countries represented

182 students from New York, the top represented state