Among this year’s Early Decision admissions are five Baltimore Scholars.
The first class of Scholars—about half of whom are pictured here—are wrapping
up their freshman year now.
Photo: by Will Kirk/HiPS
Early Decision Crop Bigger Than Ever
More and more incoming freshmen say Hopkins is their first-choice school.
Among the class of 2010 are 481 students admitted during Early Decision (ED). That’s an increase of 102 students from last year’s ED class, despite the fact that fewer of those who applied ED were admitted (48 percent, down from 52 percent
The numbers reflect a larger trend of increased interest in and applications to Hopkins, says director of undergraduate admissions John Latting. The ED pool swelled from 723 applicants last year to more than 1,000 this year, he reports, and ED students will account for about 40 percent of the incoming freshman class.
The good news for ED applicants arrived in time for Christmas. In addition to not having to sweat out the admissions game until spring, those talented students, representing 34 states, get first pick in freshman housing.
Among the group are five Baltimore Scholars: four from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and one from Baltimore City College. The first class of Baltimore Scholars—21 members strong—is finishing its freshman year this spring. The program offers full-tuition scholarships to eligible admitted students from any of Baltimore City’s public high schools.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions expects to enroll a freshman class (Krieger and Whiting schools combined) of 1,160, up slightly from last year’s class of 1,153. Latting and his colleagues had their hands full into the spring semester: After surpassing 10,000 applications in one year in 2003, Latting says this year’s total is close to 14,000.
–Angela Paik Schaeffer