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Question markIt’s time for another edition in our series of posts: “What You’re Asking.”

Here’s how it works: 
I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a couple of the most popular questions here.

1. As long as I submit my online application before the application deadline, can my other materials (test scores, transcripts, etc.) arrive later?

The Schoolwide policy is that the online application and all supporting materials (official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted by the application deadline.

Some of our departments (NOT ALL) are willing to review applications completed soon after the deadline. However, once the deadline has passed, admissions can no longer guarantee a review. Submitting materials after the deadline may also hurt your chances of student funding through the department.

Some of our programs (including the Schoolwide MPH) have priority and final deadlines. Applicants who complete their application by the priority deadline have a better chance of receiving funding.  Once the final deadline has passed, incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

You may wish to contact your department of interest to discuss any late materials and their possible effect on your application.

2. I asked my previous school to send my transcripts in November. I don’t see them in my online application. Have you received them?

Each year, we receive over 3,000 formally submitted applications (plus the accompanying transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores). Many more applications remain unsubmitted and are never finished. Because of this volume, we do not process materials for unsubmitted applications or for those applications with unpaid application fees.

Materials that arrive before the application is submitted are date stamped and placed in a holding file.

Once the application is submitted and application fee paid, we create an official application file, begin processing supporting materials, and enter those materials into the online record.

Applicants may log into their online application and follow this process.

Our admissions staff works hard to process materials as quickly and accurately as possible, but it is a manual process.  It does take time - up to ten business days - especially if you submitted on or near a major application deadline.

Remember, the application and all its supporting documents are due before the application deadline. You won’t be penalized for our processing time, but if you wait until the last minute, there may not be time to resolve any issues before the department stops accepting applications.

We definitely do not want that!

Submit your application and materials now!

question markDo you have a question about our application process/requirements/

Do you need an answer now?

Perhaps the following questions and answers using past posts will help.

How do I apply to the Bloomberg School?

Do I really need to submit a standardized test score?

Will you waive your TOEFL requirement for me?

Who should provide my letters of recommendation and how should they do it?

Can you provide any guidance regarding the personal statement?

I previously applied to the Bloomberg School. How do I apply again?

What is the status of my submitted materials?

Is it John or Johns Hopkins?

Stacks of applications

Thanksgiving weekend is an exciting time in admissions: not just for family and turkey, but for the December 1 deadline!

December 1 is the first of our big application deadlines and it doesn’t disappoint. The above is just a portion of the applications we received!

Besides processing your applications and supporting materials, we’re also doing our best to address your many questions.

The most common question we’ve received is:

Have you received my transcripts/test scores/letters of recommendation/etc.?

If your application is submitted, the easiest way for you to check your materials is to log back into your online application

If you JUST submitted, you may want to give it a few days. It’s very likely your application is being processed as I write, your supporting materials pulled from holding files and passed from desk to desk as documents are checked and logged into the system.

Our admissions staff works hard to process materials as quickly and accurately as possible, but we do ask for your patience.  It may take up to two weeks to process your materials and post them to your online account. 

We do our best to contact you if we have any problems or are missing components from your file, but in the end, it’s your responsibility to make sure we’ve received everything. We can’t encourage you enough to regularly log in and check your application.

If you haven’t submitted your application, any materials we receive will be placed in a holding file. Each year, hundreds of people begin applications and/or submit materials, but never formally apply. Because of this volume, we don’t process supporting documents until your application is submitted and the application fee paid.

It’s yet another reason to submit early. If you wait until the last minute, there may not be time to resolve any potential issues.

For more information, see “Welcoming the Flood” and “Our Process – Part 2: What Happens When I Click Submit?”

Best wishes to you and your application!

Girl using computerAre you waiting for your transcripts to arrive before submitting your online application?

Don’t wait!

Your materials may arrive in any order. The important thing is that they arrive BEFORE the application deadline. Once the deadline has passed, if we have not received your materials, you may not be reviewed.

Don’t risk it! Submit those applications and materials now!

If your documents arrive before you formally submit your application, we date stamp and place them in a holding file for up to two years. Once we receive your online application (about a day or so after you hit submit), our wonderful coordinators check our holding files, pull the appropriate documents and match them to your online account. You can follow that process by logging back in to your online application account.

Best wishes to you and your application!

Green light - go!You've researched our academic programs and found one providing the tools to fulfill your public health goals. What should you do next?

Start your application!

Applications to the Bloomberg School are submitted online through a service called ApplyYourself (AY).  To start an application, create an AY account and receive your password and pin.

Log in to your brand new application and enter your contact information, academic history, program you’re applying to, employment history, etc.  Supporting materials such as your personal statement and resume may be uploaded to your online account. Enter your recommendation providers and their contact information. They will receive an email providing the opportunity to provide a secure online recommendation.

You have the ability to save your work, log out and come back later. You may complete the application in a day, over several days or even several months. Just be sure to submit your application before the deadline of your program!

While you work on composing the perfect application, you should also order supporting materials (i.e. transcripts and test scores) and have them officially sent to Admissions Services. Materials you send as emailed attachments will not be accepted.

Application requirements can vary, so read our instructions carefully.

Applicants with international academic records should be aware of our credentials evaluation requirement and begin that process well in advance of their application deadline.

Supporting materials are also due before the application deadline. If your documents arrive before you formally submit your application, we’ll date stamp and keep them in a holding file for up to two years. No need to wait, submit those materials now!

Are you ready? Set. Go!