Why is the average GPA so low at Johns Hopkins admissions?

<p>I was just wondering if someone knew why the GPA of the students who attended JHU was so low? I mean it's an excellent school, so why shouldn't be as selective as an Ivy League?</p>

<p>It's probably more selective than Brown and Cornell, as selective as Columbia/Penn/Dartmouth, and much less selective than Harvard/Yale/Princeton. That's how I'd compare it to the Ivys.</p>

<p>^The numbers support that.</p>

<p>^The numbers at collegeboard.com tell a completely different story... Only 47% of JHU's incoming freshman have a GPA of 3.75 and above which is not even close to the selectivity of Brown, Cornell, or ANY Ivy League for that matter...</p>

<p>apply.jhu.edu has the most recently updated numbers. Collegeboard still uses the numbers when Hopkins accepted 27% of its applicants. Now it's 20%!</p>

<p>I recently graduated from JHU and from my experience talking to other students there, Hopkins is more likely than some other schools to forgive a weak grade in a literature class if you have A+s in science and math, an 800 on the math section of the SAT, etc., and you want to be a physics major... or to forgive a weak grade in Calc BC if you want to study creative writing and you've excelled in lit classes, and in other relevant areas.</p>

<p>I don't know that it's an official policy and individual results certainly may vary, but it seems to me that Hopkins admissions people are more interested in seeing that you really excelled in the things that you're good at rather than that you didn't have a single bad class on your transcript. Of course, if you have a few Fs, it probably won't matter how well you did elsewhere, but I definitely encountered more than a few people with some pretty lopsided SAT scores (e.g. 800 in one area, 650 in another). That might drag down some of the admissions statistics a little bit while the school remains very selective.</p>