The Long-Awaited Application Decisions Are On Their
John Birney, Jeremy Smith, Kieran
Keefe and Diane Bockrath of Undergraduate Admissions send
the decision letters on their way.
PHOTO BY HPIS/WILL KIRK
It took a van and a supersized SUV to hold the mail
that would bring the good news — or bad — to
the 13,400 college seniors who had applied for regular
admission to Johns Hopkins in fall 2006. The envelopes were
loaded into the vehicles last Wednesday on the Homewood
campus en route to the post office, from which they would
soon find their way to all 50 states — plus D.C.,
Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — and
60 foreign countries.
All told, applications were up 23 percent over last
year's. Admission was offered to 3,232 students; those who
enroll will join the 469 who were admitted early. The
target class size is 1,160, with 760 enrolled in Arts and
Sciences and 400 in Engineering.
"Given that we had so many more applicants to choose
from, it made the decisions that much more difficult," said
John Latting, director of
admissions. "The freshman class is going to be amazing,
and we're really excited to see what they achieve here at
The highest number of acceptances went out to
applicants from New York, sending Maryland to the second
spot this year; California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
follow, just as they did in 2005. About 9 percent are
African-American, 8 percent Hispanic and .6 percent Native
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