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Date: Jan 2013

Answer sheetThe Admissions staff wears many hats - especially in the spring. We are advising prospective students, processing applications, supporting admitted students, planning orientations, and in May, helping with Graduation!


Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. With nine still to come, some of you still need information on that process.

Today, let’s talk English language proficiency tests.

To be a successful student, you need to understand lectures, take notes, converse with peers, write thoughtful papers, read and retain a variety of information from diverse sources. Here at the School of Public Health, you need to do all those things in English.

We want our students to succeed, so we ask our international students to take one of two English language proficiency tests: the TOEFL or the IELTS.

Admissions will waive this requirement only if:

  • you completed a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  • you’re from a country listed on the quick reference list.

If you’re required to take one of these tests, make sure you do so well before the . To schedule your exam, contact the administrator for the exam of your choice.

The minimum scores accepted on these exams are:

  • TOEFL computer-based version – 250
  • TOEFL paper-based version – 600
  • TOEFL online version – 100
  • IELTS – 7

Additional application requirements specific to international students may be found:

View of the Inner Harbor from the National AquariumAs we approach February, our office is still accepting applications for , but we’re also transitioning to help our newly admitted students.

Many of these students relocate to attend the Bloomberg School - some from across the country, some from across the globe. So, in addition to continued posts about our application deadlines and procedures, I’ll be sharing more about life in Baltimore, our “Charm City.”

Today, I stumbled across a recent “Best of Baltimore” slideshow on the Travel Channel  website.

Perfect! What a great introduction to our city and its sites!

Check out the other Baltimore links on the “Best of Baltimore” page, including a video showcasing Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, an article about the  Walter’s Art Museum, “How a Crab Cake Should Be,” and a slideshow of baseball’s greatest stadiums, including Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

For more Baltimore information, visit these great resources:

Tamika in the GalleryToday, I’d like to introduce our newest admissions staff member:

Tamika Patterson

Admissions Coordinator

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    I’m not originally from Baltimore (I’m from the real Jersey Shore - New Jersey) so I love how rich the culture is here. There is so much to see and do.
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    I love the Inner Harbor and all of the little thrift stores throughout Baltimore.
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    So far my favorite is XS and PaperMoon
  4. What do you like best about your job? 
    I love the people I work with. Everyone is so willing to help and is super friendly.
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins? (specifically, in Admissions Services)
    I’m still new (only a few weeks)
  6. Favorite color?
    Blue and Gold
  7. Favorite sports team? 
  8. Hobbies/activities
    I love to work out.  I love to run around Lake Montibello in the warm months.
  9. What did you have for lunch today?
    Cucumber salad and water.
  10. If you were to be locked all by yourself in E1002 for one week, with no electrical power, what is one thing you would bring with you?
    I would bring my completely charged up iPhone! LOL.

LettersOn our website, we state that degree applications should be accompanied by three official letters of recommendation.

You’ll find details regarding the submission of recommendations within the online application.

I’ll also provide an overview here.

Who should provide letters of recommendation?

Your letters should come from a) supervisors who know your professional work or b) faculty who know your academic abilities. A mix of the two is best.

Avoid letters from friends, family and personal colleagues – we already know they’re your biggest cheerleaders!

How should your providers submit their letters?

We prefer that recommendation providers submit through the online application, but paper letters sent officially are also accepted (including those from your university’s letter service).

If your provider submits on paper, they should place their completed letter in an envelope, seal and sign their name across that seal, and postal mail the document to Admissions Services. Your university letter service should send their packet to the same address.

What information do you need to provide?

Regardless how your providers choose to submit, you’ll need to enter the following into the “Recommendations” section of the online application:

  • provider’s name
  • contact information
  • whether you’ll  waive the right to view the letter
  • whether the provider will submit on or offline.  

As soon as soon as you click save, your online providers will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendation.

What does it mean when you waive the right to view your recommendation?

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students have the right to access to their education records, including letters of recommendation. You may, however, waive your right to see letters of recommendation, allowing your providers to write and submit evaluations confidentially.  Signing this waiver is not required as a condition for admission, financial aid or any other service or benefit from the School of Public Health.

Some final recommendations (pun intended)

Remember, letters of recommendation should be received before the . Request your letters well in advance of your program’s deadline and follow up with your providers to make sure the letters were submitted.

Best wishes!

Johns Hopkins University is closed today for the federal holiday commemorating the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

Many Americans, including some of us, honor Dr. King’s legacy with a Day of Service.