Step 1. Your Online Application

Part of the pre-college experience is going through an application and enrollment process similar to what you will do as an undergraduate in college. Complete the application yourself with review and guidance from your parent(s)/guardian(s).

You can submit your application once you have completed the online form. You do not need to wait for your transcript, teacher recommendation, or language proficiency documentation to be added to your application; our office will match these documents to your application when they are received.

You will submit two essays within the online application in response to the following prompts:

  • Essay 1: [in 175-225 words] Explain why you want to participate in Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Pre-College Programs and what you hope to gain from the experience. 
  • Essay 2: [in 100-125 words] The diversity of its student population is a key element of the educational experience of students in Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Pre-College Programs. Please explain how your participation in the Program and/or how your prior experiences reflect a commitment to diversity through one or more of the following: unique life experience, experience with engineering or lack thereof, socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, status as a first-generation college student, nationality, or place of origin, etc. 

First, ask a high school  or college math, science, engineering, robotics, or computer science teacher if they are willing to write a recommendation for you. Second, you will provide their name and email address through our online application. After you complete the recommendation section and confirm their contact information, your teacher will automatically receive an email from us detailing how to submit the recommendation on your behalf.

Instead of completing the online form, the teacher may write a letter of recommendation that includes information about the student’s aptitude in science and/or math; motivation and maturity; ability to tackle new material independently; ability to collaborate with a team; and one area in which the student could use improvement. The letter should be emailed to [email protected]

For those applying for need-based financial assistance, you will complete the Financial Aid Application tab embedded as an option within the online application. Supporting documents, typically the parent(s)/guardian(s) 1040s, must be submitted for review by uploading them into the online application, emailing [email protected] to request a secure link to upload the documents to a secure folder, or mailing the documents to:

Johns Hopkins University
Whiting School of Engineering Office of the Dean
ATTN: Engineering Innovation
3500 San Martin Drive, First Floor
Baltimore, MD 21218 

A non-refundable application fee of $85 paid online when you submit your application using a credit card or checking account information. The application does not have to be completed in one sitting; this fee is collected when you submit.

Step 2. Submit Transcript / Report Card

Give this transcript request form to your guidance counselor or other school personnel. 

Ask them to send us your high school transcript, as well as interim grades for the classes that you are currently taking. Your school should send your transcripts by email to [email protected] (recommended) or by postal mail to: 

Johns Hopkins University
Whiting School of Engineering Dean’s Office
ATTN: Engineering Innovation
3500 San Martin Drive, First Floor
Baltimore, MD 21218 

If your school uses Parchment, Gradelink, PowerSchool SIS, National Student Clearinghouse, or the like, they may send the transcript that way. When sending with this software, a cover sheet (Official Transcript Request form) is not required.

Please note that we will not contact your school to request a copy of your transcript; this is the responsibility of the applicant.

We do accept transcripts from parents for homeschool students.

Health Insurance

All in-person students at commuter and residential locations must have health insurance through a US-based insurance company. Please see the Policies and Services page for details.

Note: The Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Pre-College Programs’ COVID-19-related policies are updated regularly with requirements for in-person Engineering Innovation students for summer 2023. 

Have fun learning about engineering and meeting like-minded students!

  • Confer with your classmates and instructional staff.

  • Work on lab and design activities.


Start your application now!