Admission & Financial Aid FAQ's

About Applying for Admission

List of 9 items.

  • 1. What are the deadlines for applying for Admission?

    Inquiries for admission are welcome at any time during the year, but the fall is when we accept applications and when most students visit the school, make a formal application, schedule admission interviews and submit testing results. All applications must be completed by January 15. Questions about the admission process should be directed to the Admission Office at or by calling (203) 397-1001 ext. 211.
    The Admissions Committee makes its decisions at the end of February. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only if openings are available after the mid-April reply date.
  • 2. Can we visit Hopkins before applying?

    Hopkins welcomes hundreds of families to our annual Admission Open House, which is held annually in October. The Open House provides an opportunity for families to learn about Hopkins by taking a tour with a current student and asking questions of faculty, coaches and admission staff. Tour Days are smaller events, for which an RSVP is required, and are held monthly from October to December that give students and parents a chance to see the school in session. For Tour Day dates and other Admission events, visit the main Admission page.
  • 3. What can I do now to prepare for Hopkins?

    The best preparation for Hopkins is success during the early school years in academics and in whatever activities the student wishes to pursue, coupled with a motivation and desire on the student's part to attend Hopkins.
  • 4. What does Hopkins look for in a candidate?

    Hopkins seeks young people of good character with a record of scholastic success, demonstrated academic promise and the ability to contribute to the Hopkins community. Although the majority of new students are admitted to the 7th and 9th grades, applications from qualified students for other grades will be considered as space permits.
  • 5. Are standardized test scores required for admission?

    Yes. Applicants may register to take either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). Students do not have to apply to the school where they have registered to take the test and scores are accepted from any location where the test is offered. Starting in Fall 2016, students may register to take the ISEE up to three times in a 12-month admission cycle, once in any or all of three testing seasons. The seasons are Fall (August­–November), Winter (December–March), and Spring/Summer (April­–July). The SSAT may be taken more often.
  • 6. How do I register for the ISEE or the SSAT?

    You will register for the ISEE or the SSAT with the testing service directly. For the ISEE you can register online at and for the SSAT the online registration is If you do not have access to the internet, both have a mail-in paper form you can request from Hopkins. The registration fee is paid directly to the testing service. If the registration fee is burdensome to you, you may request a fee waiver from Hopkins. It is imperative that you contact the school prior to the test registration deadline for a test fee waiver.
  • 7. What grade do I need to pass the admission test?

    There is no "passing" grade on admission testing. Test results are often misunderstood and can be a source of anxiety for both parents and applicants. Test results are just one factor utilized in gaining a clearer picture of each applicant and are not the sole criterion used. As educators, we are aware of what multiple-choice tests tell, and of what they don’t tell us, about an applicant. We know that qualities such as empathy, motivation, resilience, sense of humor, creativity, the ability to work independently, and a whole array of other human qualities are not addressed by a standardized test. That being said, applicants who receive a score of 75% or higher on each section of the ISEE or SSAT are in the competitive range for admission to Hopkins.
  • 8. Is a personal interview required?

    Yes, all applicants and at least one parent or guardian are asked to visit Hopkins for a personal interview with a member of the Admission Committee. If an applicant family is out of state or abroad and will not be in New Haven for a formal interview during the regular admission season, contact should be made with the Admission Office staff via email or by telephone to discuss whether alternate arrangements can be made. International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be REQUIRED to have a personal, on-campus interview.
  • 9. Can I spend a day at Hopkins going to classes?

    Yes, all applicants may spend a day at Hopkins AFTER they have had their personal interview. This gives us a chance to get to know the applicant and arrange for a student host with similar interests.

About Applying for Financial Aid

List of 8 items.

  • 1. Who qualifies for financial aid?

    Hopkins need based system begins with an evaluation by School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). Awards are made by the school's Financial Aid Committee to students who qualify for aid on the basis of financial need, and who in the School's judgment are able to make a significant contribution to the Hopkins community through their academic accomplishments, talents and personal attributes. Our review process involves applying consistent principles across all applicants to determine the families most in need of a financial aid grant.
  • 2. What is SSS and how do I apply for financial aid?

    SSS is an independent needs assessment program used by thousands of independent schools nationwide. Families interested in applying for such assistance may begin the process of applying for aid on October 2 by completing the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online at SSS provides analysis for the school on your family's ability to contribute to education expenses. This form gathers in one place the relevant information about your family size, income, expenses and more so that schools can calculate financial need and determine the actual financial aid grant based on each school's financial aid budget and policies. Awards are determined by a Financial Aid Committee, which evaluates each applicant’s family’s relative. All information submitted is reviewed in the strictest confidence.
    The deadline for applying for financial aid is January 15.
  • 3. We have unique family circumstances, who can I speak to confidentially about our situation?

    All questions regarding the financial aid process can be directed to John Roberts, Assistant Head of School and chair of the Financial Aid Committee. He can be reached at (203) 397-1001 ext. 124 or at
  • 4. When do I apply for financial aid?

    Financial aid applications must be processed concurrently with admission applications. When families submit the first portion of the application, they must state whether or not they will apply for financial aid. The PFS through SSS is usually available October 2nd, and families can begin the financial aid application process at that time. The deadline for applying for financial aid is January 15th. Families will be notified of financial aid decisions at the same time as admission decisions, at the end of February.
  • 5. Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?

    Awards are for one academic year, so applicants must apply each year.
  • 6. If we do not qualify one year, and then our circumstances change, can we reapply?

    Yes, financial aid is awarded annually and the Financial Aid Committee recognizes that a family's needs can change from one year to the next, especially if there is a job loss, change in income, additional children attending tuition charging schools, etc.
  • 7. Are there special scholarships or merit awards available?

    Hopkins does not offer merit awards, however we are fortunate to be able to offer exceptionally gifted students with the motivation to excel in this highly academic environment the designation of “Malone Scholar”. Applicants considered for this honor must place in the top five percent of their class and demonstrate academic achievement, exemplary citizenship, and leadership potential as well as significant financial need. In addition to tuition expenses, the program will provide a stipend for educational expenses related to the student's course of study and extracurricular activities at Hopkins.

    Malone Scholars will be selected through the normal admissions and financial aid procedures and no additional application procedures are required.
  • 8. Does applying for financial aid have an effect on admission to Hopkins?

    Hopkins has finite resources and is unable to offer financial aid to all the applicants who meet our admissions criteria and qualify for need-based aid. In instances where it is determined that Hopkins cannot substantially meet a family’s demonstrated need– a decision that is ultimately based on the relative strength of the applicant– the Admissions Committee will not offer admission to that applicant.

    In general, the financial aid budget is fully awarded at the time admission offers are made in March and it is unlikely that new applicant requests for financial aid arriving after the January 15 deadline will be able to be accommodated in any given year due to budget restrictions.
    • Part One: How to Indicate to Hopkins That You Are Seeking Financial Assistance