John Hopkins University is a very selective college. According to the College Board, in 2012 only 18 percent of applicants were admitted. This school is looking for the academically elite but evaluates applicants on a full spectrum of factors. Noted by the school as "very important" are: GPA, personal character, recommendations and rigor of secondary school report. Standardized test scores are listed as "important." With more than 20,000 applicants in 2012, about 4,000 students were offered admissions and slightly more than 1,000 enrolled.

High School GPA

According to JHU's admissions departments, "school achievement record [is] most important." In 2012, 53 percent of incoming freshman had a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher and 84 percent of incoming freshman were in the top 0.1 percentile of their high school class. The university also notes the value of students' intellectual accomplishments and extracurricular activities.

SAT Scores

Johns Hopkins University requires high SAT scores.
Johns Hopkins University requires high SAT scores.

John Hopkins University requires all freshman applicants to submit standardized test scores -- it also encourages applicants to submit two SAT subject tests, although this is not required. While JHU is a very competitive university, it does "super score" for the SAT Reasoning Test. This means that if you take the test multiple times, the university will take the highest individual scores for each section and combine them into a super score. In 2012, the midrange SAT scores for admitted students were 640 to 740 in critical reading, 670 to 770 in math and 650 to 760 in writing.