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).

Here's what you'll need to apply.

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]

International students must submit TOEFL, DET, or IELTS scores unless they have attended an English language school for at least the past three years.    

TOEFL, IELTS, the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the Cambridge English Exam are recommended for applicants whose primary language is not English or students who have not attended an English language school for the last three years. 

Though not required, applicants who score below 690 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section of the new SAT or below 30 or more on both the ACT Reading and English sections are encouraged to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores, as it will often present them in the best light for their language preparation. Johns Hopkins prefers a score of 690 on the written test. 

 Applicants should typically receive a minimum of 100 total for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with preferred sub-scores of:
– 26 (Reading)
– 26 (Listening)
– 22 (Writing)

– 25 (Speaking).

 A score of 7.0 or higher on each band is expected on IELTS.  

A composite score of 120 or higher is expected for the DET with preferred sub-scores of:
– 125 (Literacy)
– 120 (Conversation)
– 135 (Comprehension)
– 105 (Production).

C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency is expected with a Cambridge English score of 185 or higher. 

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 

Transcripts from international schools should be translated into English by an official service provider and emailed to our office with the original transcript.

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. 

Health Insurance

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

Note: Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19-related policies are updated regularly and requirements for in-person Engineering Innovation students for summer 2023 will be posted here by February 2023. Please check back.  


Start your application now!