Published November 11, 2023

3 students standing in front of a building on the Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland.Once you have decided to enrich your summer—and enhance your knowledge—through a Summer at Hopkins Pre-College College Program or Summer Term undergraduate course, you are ready to take the next steps to make your plans a reality and ensure your summer is a success.

To help you navigate the process, we have outlined four important steps below, with tips and reminders from the Summer at Hopkins admissions team:

Step 1: Review the Requirements

Get acquainted with admission requirements and get important application information by visiting the appropriate web page for your student type. On the How to Apply pages for Pre-College Students and Visiting Undergraduates, you will find details about admissions, including admissions criteria, transcript requirements, fees, and a link to the Summer at Hopkins 2024 application. For current Johns Hopkins students, the Enrolled Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Students page details how to enroll in Summer Term undergraduate courses and provides information for incoming first-year JHU students on how to apply to Summer at Hopkins. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, visit the International Students page for important information about applying.


  • Know How Pre-College Programs Differ From Summer Term Undergraduate Courses: Pre-College Programs are two-week programs offered over three consecutive summer sessions and are only open to pre-college students. Students completing our Pre-College Programs earn one college credit, and Summer at Hopkins offers online and on-campus programs. Summer Term undergraduate courses are university-level courses that earn up to four credits. Undergraduate courses run for five, six, eight, or 10 weeks, with a five-week on-campus session available. Undergraduates and qualified pre-college students can enroll in on-campus and online undergraduate courses.
  • Check Your Dates Before You Apply: Before you commit to a specific session or course length, be sure to check your calendar and think about planned vacation dates, holidays, and sports practice schedules that might cause a conflict.
  • Consider Your Purpose in Attending: Is there an area of interest you’d like to develop, a required college course you want to get out of the way, or a skill you would like to attain? Knowing your purpose will help you narrow your selection. If you are a visiting undergraduate student, be sure to check with your home institution to ensure the credit you earn at JHU will transfer to your home institution.
  • Have Your Selection Ready. You will specify your chosen course or program and your desired session when you fill out the application, so be sure to explore our offerings and make your decision ahead of time. If you are choosing an in-person offering, consider whether you will apply to live on campus or attend as a commuter (undergraduates, be sure to read our Commuting Vs. Living On Campus blog post as you consider your options).

Step 2: Apply and Send Transcripts

Access the online Summer at Hopkins 2024 Application and follow the prompts to fill it out. You will be asked to enter the grade you will be in for fall 2024, your student type—pre-college or undergraduate—your chosen programs or courses, sessions, and modality. If you plan to attend in person, you will have the opportunity to apply as a residential or commuter student.

Returning Summer at Hopkins students, we are excited to welcome you back! Your application fee is waived and your completed application will receive expedited consideration.

All students will need to request an official transcript with fall 2023 grades from their school or institution as part of the application process. Most transcripts are sent electronically from the institution to Summer at Hopkins. If you are an international student and plan to attend in person in Baltimore, you will need to apply for an F-1 visa. Your visa process will begin once you have been accepted to Summer at Hopkins.


  • Apply Early. We admit students on a rolling basis, so there is no application deadline. However, due to the popularity of some courses and programs, we recommend applying as soon as possible to begin the process that reserves your spot. Applying early is also important if you are a pre-college student seeking financial assistance. To be considered for the Dean’s Fellowship Award, you will need to complete your application by March 20, 2024, and note on the “additional information” page that you would like to be considered for the award.
  • Be Sure Your Application is Complete. Your application is complete when you have filled out the application, paid the application fee (or supplied a fee waiver code), and sent your official transcript. We must receive your transcript in order to review your application, so it is important that you promptly ask your high school or home institution to send it. International students will also need to send proof of English language proficiency and should do so promptly as part of the application process.
  • Use the Portal to Check Your Status. The application portal is a great way to follow the progress of your application. Once we receive your application and transcript, you will see a message in the portal notifying you that your application is complete and is being reviewed. You can expect an acceptance notification approximately five to seven days after we receive your completed application.

Step 3: Respond to Your Offer

If you are admitted, you will receive an admissions offer through the admissions portal and will use the “next steps” tab located in the upper right-hand corner of your portal page to submit your offer response and initial payment. When you submit your offer response, along with your initial payment, we will enroll you in your chosen course or program or notify you if your course or program is no longer available.


  • International Students, Apply for Visa: If you are an international student who wishes to attend on campus in Baltimore, you should begin your F-1 visa application process promptly after receiving your acceptance notification. If you are accepted into Summer at Hopkins, Johns Hopkins University’s Office of International Services will contact you via the email address you provided on your application to assist you in applying for a visa. There are multiple steps involved in getting a visa, so we recommend you start the process of applying and complete all the required steps as early as possible. We also recommend booking your travel only after your visa is secured.
  • Enroll in the Offerings of Your Choice: If you selected more than one program or course during the application process and don’t wish to enroll in them all, you can opt to enroll only in those you now wish to participate in. Just select the offering or offerings you wish to enroll in and submit the appropriate payment.
  • Respond Promptly to Secure Your Spot. Filling out the offer response form and making your initial payment secures your spot in the program or course of your choice, so don’t delay in completing this important step.

Step 4: Get Ready for an Exceptional Experience

Congratulations! Now that you have completed the offer response form and submitted your initial payment, you are officially a Summer at Hopkins student. Your next steps will depend on your modality and student status, so look for continued communication from Summer at Hopkins about your course or program, preparing to attend, student orientation, and more.


  • You Can Add or Drop Courses and Programs. If you wish to add or drop a course, you can do so by emailing [email protected].
  • Get More Information for Accepted Students: Head to the Accepted Students page for links to our enrollment checklist, course change forms, on-campus housing adjustment requests, student resources, and more.

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