How to Apply

Our program uses a Hopkins-specific online application that allows us to best get to know our applicants, instead of the centralized application many post-bac premedical programs use. All applicants must submit the online application, then submit additional required materials electronically. 

On the portal, applicants can view their supplemental materials checklist to see what has been received. Items received prior to a submitted application are held but are not posted to the portal until the application is submitted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all supporting credentials are received. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.  

Applications will be processed once all materials are received. Please allow up to two weeks for our office to update the application portal after receipt of materials. 

Application Deadlines

Our online application for the 2023-2024 cohort is now open.

Applications and all supplementary materials must be submitted by March 1, 2023 to guarantee your application will be reviewed for the incoming 2023-2024 class.

After March 1, 2023, we will accept additional applications until our class of 25-30 students is filled.

Applications are reviewed in the order they are completed with all supplementary materials received. The review process generally takes between two and four weeks. Your application should be complete, but it should also help our committee get to know you.

Application Materials

  • Transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and graduate schools attended 
    • Unofficial transcripts, score reports, and (if applicable) foreign credential evaluations can be sent for an initial evaluation. Applicants who are invited to interview must provide official documents by that time. To be considered “official” transcripts, test scores and credential evaluations must be emailed to us directly from the institution or through a secure credential service. We recommend requesting official copies early
    • When sending official electronic transcripts, please be sure to send documents directly to the post-baccalaureate office, as we are not able to access transcripts sent to other admissions offices on campus.  If you do not see the post-baccalaureate program specifically in the menu, select “other” or “send to an individual” and enter our postbac@jhu.edu email address. 
    • If your institution does not provide official electronic transcripts, contact us at postbac@jhu.edu.   
  • For post-secondary degree(s) earned in a country other than the United States, a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA equivalencies, performed by an outside evaluation service. 
  • SAT or ACT score report, for a test taken prior to starting undergraduate studies, or GRE test score report. If GRE, the report must be of a test taken in the last five years.  
    • If you did not take the SAT or ACT in high school, then the GRE is required. If the SAT or ACT scores appear on your high school transcript, we will accept them as the official score report. If the scores do not appear on your transcript, you should request an official score report of the SAT, ACT, or GRE to be sent directly to the Johns Hopkins Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program using the following institution codes. Please do not use the general Johns Hopkins University code when ordering your reports. Codes: 5874 (SAT), 5477 (GRE), 1729 (ACT).
  • Acknowledgment Form 
  • Application fee of $60, payable by credit card only. Payment link will be available after submission of application. Read more about fee waivers.
  • Resume
  • Two letters of evaluation with cover forms emailed to postbac@jhu.edu by your writers. One letter should come from a member of the faculty in your major area of study from the undergraduate or graduate degree program you attended. An exception will be made if there has been a significant hiatus since you graduated. In that case, you may submit two professional letters of evaluation. The other evaluation should come from another member of the faculty who taught you in college or graduate school, or someone who supervised your employment. Please note that you must complete, sign and provide our required cover forms to each of the evaluators for submission by them with their letters. 

Submitting Additional Required Materials 

Applicants must submit all “Additional Required Materials” electronically (via email, Parchment, Interfolio, etc.) to postbac@jhu.edu. Please do not physically mail materials, as they will not be accepted.

Signed letters on letterhead with required cover forms must be emailed to our program directly from the evaluation letter writers. 

Fees and Fee Waivers

Since applying separately to our program may require some additional steps, we have reduced the application fee to $60 and are accepting unofficial college transcripts for the initial review stage. Official transcripts are required at the time of the interview for applicants who are invited to interview.. 

Our program’s policy is to offer application fee waivers only to volunteers who are currently serving or have completed their service within one year in organizations such as Peace Corps, Teach for America or AmeriCorps. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer fee waivers otherwise. Please email your request with proof of service appointment to postbac@jhu.edu.

Processing your Application

Once all supplemental materials are received and your application is complete, we will notify you by email.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they become complete. Early receipt of your completed application will help us to provide you with a decision sooner. The review process generally takes between two and four weeks. 

Completed applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee with three possible outcomes: interview, hold, or not accepted. Applicants will be notified by email about the Committee’s decision. A hold decision means that the Committee was not able to make a decision at that time and will re-review the application at a future Committee meeting. 

When all seats in the class have been filled, we will update our website and send a notification via email to applicants who have provided their email addresses. 

The Interview Process

Some applicants may be interviewed during the process. Due to the pandemic, and resulting travel restrictions, we will conduct interviews for the current application cycle using Zoom. The video interview consists of a one-on-one meeting with an advisor for the program with the opportunity to discuss the student’s individual course plan. 

After the interview, the Admissions Committee will meet to review each candidate. Decisions will be made to accept, hold, waitlist or not accept the candidate. Applicants will be notified of the decision in an email; applicants who are put on hold will be re-reviewed at regular admissions committee meetings. 

We provide virtual campus tours and the opportunity to connect with a current student to help students get to know our program. Candidates who are invited to interview will also be invited to attend optional campus visit events where they can experience a day in the life of a postbac student including group and individual advising, a campus tour, and observing a lab course. 

Acceptance to the Program

Applicants who are accepted to the program will be notified by email. The acceptance letter will include a response date by which the student must notify the program if they plan to attend. We require a response date because we are holding a seat for you in our community. Please be considerate of your colleagues applying for the program and notify us immediately of any change in plans. A $500 deposit is required from accepted applicants who plan to enroll. 

Deferring Acceptance

Applicants who are accepted to the program may make a written request for a deferral, which would be reviewed by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.

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