Prev RANK: 27, Best Selective Colleges Next
Overall Score: 78.61

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins is renowned for being the first research university in the country, and over the years, faculty and students have had a hand in a long list of innovations. In 1889, for example, they introduced the idea of using rubber gloves during surgery. More than 130 years later, the university is still well known for its pre-med programs, as well as its science and engineering degrees. Academics are tough, and the school's 24,000 students will find few (if any) classes among the 260 programs they can ace without hard work. There's no slacking off here; about three-quarters of undergrad courses have fewer than 20 students in them. Students don't neglect their social lives, however, and there's plenty to do outside of class. Just look at the Spring Fair, an annual event that has attracted performers like J. Cole and is known for its funnel cake. The Baltimore school has over 400 student organizations, including multiple a cappella groups and a capoeira club. In terms of athletics, JHU is known for its Division I men's and women's lacrosse teams – but students can also play club badminton, cricket, and even Quidditch. The university's proximity to Washington, D.C. provides opportunities for internships, jobs, and just plain old networking.


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
SAT/ACT required?
Undergraduate enrollment

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

More From Money’s College Team

  • Recent College News

    Recent College News

    Read the latest Money coverage on paying for college, succeeding on campus and transitioning to the working world.
  • How to Apply for the FAFSA

    How to Apply for the FAFSA

    The application is the gateway to billions of dollars in financial aid for college.
  • Best Student Loans

    Best Student Loans

    Learn all about private student loans with Money's expert guide.