What majorly impresses JHU administration?

<p>Like other than be a lacrosse star?</p>

<p>Money. 10char</p>

<p>Lol. Other than money?</p>

<p>Over 10 published articles</p>

<p>Johns</a> Hopkins University Admissions Information - CollegeData College Profile</p>

<p>They like to see "Character/Personal Qualities" apparantly as well as GPA and Recs</p>

<p>What are "Character/Personal Qualities"? As in how does one show them?</p>

<p>For starters: Be good at something.
Hopkins is very big on recruiting high quality athletes (i was a recruited fencer)</p>

<p>Lets look at some definitions now shall we?</p>

<p>Character: " the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual "</p>

<p>So perhaps something that makes you special? we here at CC can't tell you what that is.
If you can't figure out what your personal qualities are you most likely wont be able to write about them. If you cannot write about them you will not express yourself well and will not get in.</p>

<p>Do you think they recruit for tennis?</p>

<p>Bummmmmppp</p>

<p>Being transgender, African-American, a legacy, intel winner, and a recruited lacrosse player all at the same time. Winning combo no doubt.</p>

<p>Definately like legacies...and research.</p>

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Do you think they recruit for tennis?

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Johns Hopkins has two NCAA Division I teams (Men's and Women's Lacrosse) and twenty additional NCAA Division III teams. Complete list of teams can be found here: Johns</a> Hopkins Official Athletic Site. Men's and Women's tennis are both DIII teams at Hopkins so yes coaches will recruit prospective applicants. I have responded to questions about Division III athletics and admissions here: Division</a> III Athletics and Admissions. </p>

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Definately like legacies

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Not 100% accurate. Legacy is considered but is in no way a major factor if the admissions selection process. Legacy</a> and the Admissions Process</p>

<p>not sure but I think GPA weighs A LOT</p>

<p>Yes, GPA matters, but I think only in the context of the whole application. It's a holistic process. Like Daniel has said a million times before, there is not one single thing that makes or breaks an applicant. I think the important thing is simply telling a story. Yes, you need good grades, but I didn't have perfect grades and I got in. The grades/SAT/SAT II's/APs are only the things that distinguish you academically, they make sure you can do the work. Beyond that, they look at deeper things. What do you bring to the community? Are you a great ______ (chess player, pianist, whatever)? They want to build an interesting and diverse class. Applying to top schools isn't a science. There is no single equation to get you into college. Hopkins, and other great schools, are trying to select a class that will bring all sorts of talents and abilities to the table, while being academically able. Do what you love and, if you are academically qualified, you will end up at a great college.</p>

<p>well stated bleedblue12345</p>

<p>So it is just a shot in the dark after a certain point... :/</p>

<p>Isn't life?</p>

<p>Yes, having higher scores and a better GPA will give you a better chance. However, no one can tell you what goes on inside the heads of the admissions counselors while they are debating about an applicant. He/she might have a great skill they seek to have in the class, or he/she might be a very well rounded individual. </p>

<p>There is no chart that reads like this:
Admitted-
GPA: 3.85+
SAT: 2200+
AP's needed: 5
etc. etc.</p>

<p>This may seem "unfair" to people, and I see it two ways. I have known people who are "objectively" better qualified (higher GPA / SAT scores) get rejected from schools where other students, while having lower GPAs/SAT scores, are admitted because they bring something to the table or write compelling essays or something about their personality comes out in the application etc. On the surface, this does seem unfair. However, this "subjectivity" allows schools to build classes made up of diverse sets of people from all over the country/world. Would you honestly want an admissions committee to input your GPA, SAT scores, AP's, volunteer hours, etc. and output your "rank" compared to other applicants and then just take the best ones? There is no perfect system, but the one thing I have observed is that students who really have something special about themselves, whether it is a talent, ability, or their personality, and they apply to a reasonable number of schools, while having the prerequisite academic requirements, almost always end up somewhere great. </p>

<p>Bear in mind, academics are the most important aspect of the application at almost all schools. If you are not academically qualified, unless there is something extremely remarkable about your case, you will not be admitted. I am simply speaking about everyone who gets beyond the initial academic weed out. Most top schools can probably fill several classes with academically qualified students.</p>

<p>The admissions committee doesn't want robots. They want real people with real stories who care about themselves, their class, and the world around them.</p>

<p>Since Bleedblue did a great job of explaining, and Admin Daniel also chimed in, allow me to throw out an additional (albeit much less informed) opinion.</p>

<p>Part of the Admissions process in any school is to create a diversified/rounded student body. So along with Test Scores, GPA's, they have to weigh in with EC's, Majors, interests. A tuba player might have an edge if this years applicant pool did not have many tuba players. (or so I have been told). Which is why these "Chance me" threads are sooo foolish. The admissions process at any top teir school is complicated and holistic, so the process can seem unfair. Apply to a group of schools and hope that the admissions group sees you in the best possible light and feels you are a correct fit.</p>

<p>Good luck.</p>