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QuestionsIt’s the final “What You’re Asking” of 2014!

In this (mostly) monthly series, I scope out emails sent to jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then answer the most popular questions here on the blog.

This month’s questions are:

I completed my undergraduate degree in [choose a country outside the U.S.]. Do I need to submit those transcripts and if so, do they need to be evaluated?

Yes and yes.

The Bloomberg School requires official academic records, transcripts, or mark sheets from all colleges, universities, graduate, or professional schools attended. That includes the records from your undergraduate institution, even if you didn’t finish your degree.

In addition, regardless of your citizenship, language or home country, if you attended a college or university outside of the United States, you must have your academic records evaluated by an external U.S.-based credentials evaluation agency.

There are some exceptions for study abroad and English-speaking Canada, but you should carefully review our international applicant page for details in fulfilling this requirement.

I submitted my application, but my test scores may be late. Is that going to be a problem?

Your online application and supporting materials (official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted by the application deadline.  

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

You should contact your department of interest to discuss how any late materials might affect your application.

Lastly, remember: application deadlines vary. Know your program, its application, requirements and deadline.

Best wishes to you and your application!

stack of filesAre you planning to apply to the Bloomberg School for the 2015-2016 Academic Year?

Don’t wait. Start NOW.

As part of the application process, you need to request and submit a number of official documents (letters of recommendation, transcripts, standardized test scores, etc.).  If you have international academic records, you need to have them evaluated by an external credentials evaluation agency.

All these things – particularly the credentials evaluation – can take time. Sometimes several weeks.

Your application and all supporting materials must be in our office by the application deadline. Some programs are more forgiving than others, but late applications and/or late materials can prevent an application from being reviewed – for admission and/or for scholarships.

Listen to the bossy admissions blogger! Start NOW!

question markWelcome to another edition of our popular monthly series, “What You’re Asking.”

A quick recap:  I scope out emails sent to admiss@jhsph.edu and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a few of the most popular questions in a blog post.

Here we go. . .

When can I apply for the 2014-2015 Academic Year?

The application for Bloomberg School degree programs beginning summer or fall 2014 will open September 1, 2013. Updated application deadlines and requirements will be posted by August.

Can I talk with someone in admissions about the timeframe, courses I’ll be expected to take, and/or possible field work associated with my program of interest?

Our admissions staff are a friendly bunch. They’re happy to chat about the School, its programs and our application process.  You may reach them by email or by calling 410-955-3543 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon (we reserve the afternoons for the concentrated processing of applications). 

That said, when it comes to specific questions about a specific program, you would best be served by contacting the academic coordinator listed for your department or program. These folks may be found on the website or you can email us and we’ll help you locate an appropriate contact.

I attended an academic institution in France/Nigeria/India/a place physically located outside of the U.S. Do I really need to have my records evaluated by a credentials evaluation agency?

Yes. We’re in the process of updating the details and that information will be available in August. But in most cases, the answer is still yes.

We hope this helps! Thank you for your questions!

question markAs part of a monthly series, I once again kept a tally of questions directed to admiss@jhsph.edu. In this post, I’ll address the three most asked questions.

1.  I’m interested in a public health graduate degree. How do I learn more?

You’ve come to the right place!

The Bloomberg School offers nine public health graduate degrees from ten academic departments. These degrees include our Schoolwide Master of Public Health (MPH) as well as a plethora of degrees in everything from reproductive cancer biology to social factors in health to genetic epidemiology and human nutrition. There are over fifty degree tracks!   

We in admissions are happy to help you with general questions and the application process, but we encourage you to thoroughly review our website, narrow your interests and then contact the academic coordinator for the program that truly calls to you.  If you have trouble locating a contact, just let us know and we’ll help you out.

2.  What is the status of my application? Has a decision been made?

The quickest way to learn the status of your application is to log back in to your online account. Some of our programs will post their decisions within the application for you to see. Others will let you know a decision has been made and contact you by mail.

It typically takes eight to ten weeks from the time your application was completed (not submitted) for the admissions review committee to reach an admissions decision. 

If you have any questions about your decision or need a specific timeframe, you should contact your program directly.

For more information, see “Waiting” and “Our Process-Part 3: Under Review.”

3.  My application says I need to submit final transcripts. I thought I sent everything?

This notation generally appears in the applications of those currently completing coursework or a degree. Your school likely sent us an “in progress” transcript showing your coursework to date.

While your “in progress” transcript is usually sufficient for our admissions review, it will not fulfill the University’s final transcript requirement.  If you are admitted and before you begin classes at the School of Public Health, you will need to provide an official final transcript showing your newly completed courses and grades you earned. Admitted students who do not provide final documentation may not be able to register for classes or receive federal funding.

See the Admitted Student website or contact admissions if you have any questions.

Best wishes to you!

piles of filesLast month, I kept a tally of questions directed to admiss@jhsph.edu and wrote a post addressing the top five. It was a popular post and I hope that means it was helpful, especially because I plan to make it a monthly thing.

Five was a few too many, so I will address the three most asked questions of the past week.

1.  Have you received my materials?

Just as it was last month, this was by far the most asked question.

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, it may take up to ten days for us to match your materials to the online record.  We appreciate your patience.

If you have not yet submitted your application, your materials will be placed in a holding file. Remember, we don’t process supporting documents until your application is submitted and the application fee paid. This is 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?”

2.  When will a decision be made on my application?

It typically takes eight to ten weeks for the admissions review committees  to reach an admissions decision. 

If you have any questions or need a more specific timeframe, you should contact your program directly.

For more information, see “Waiting” and “Our Process-Part 3: Under Review.”

3.  My application says I need to submit final transcripts. What does that mean?

Generally, this notation appears in the applications of those currently completing coursework or a degree. Your school likely sent us an “in progress” transcript, showing your coursework to date.

While your “in progress” transcript is usually sufficient for our admissions review, it will not fulfill the University’s final transcript requirement.  If you are admitted and before you begin classes at the School of Public Health, you will need to provide an official final transcript showing your newly completed courses and grades you earned. Admitted students who do not provide final documentation may not be able to register for classes or receive federal funding.

See the Admitted Student website or contact admissions if you have any questions.

Best wishes to you!