Location: Baltimore, MD
Size: 5,132 undergraduates
Percent Women: 48%
Total Cost: $59,802
Greek Life: Yes (30% of student body participates)
Most Popular Majors: Public Health, International Studies, BioMedical Engineering, Economics, Psychology
Acceptance Rate (Class of 2017): 17%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Johns Hopkins' website at http://apply.jhu.edu.
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“The conversations I have here are far more advanced and interesting than I have found anywhere else. The people here are just so inspiring.”
“Heck to the yes for the snow days! We snow days whenever there’s a dusting of snow. And when we get lots of snow, there’s tons of people on the Beach (a lawn in front of the library), free hot chocolate, and snowman building contests. Hundreds of people come out for it and it’s a blast!”
“Whenever you need help with something, you can randomly go ask someone in the library. I’ve done this on multiple occasions. I can ask someone if they understand a physics problem set, and they’ll say, “Yeah sure, I’ll take a look.”
“Lighting of the Quad is gorgeous. There’s so much spirit among everyone—it’s great.”
“The study abroad options at Hopkins are AMAZING! Since we are lucky to have no school during the month of January we have the option to study abroad during that time in random places like Cuba and Ecuador, Ghana or Florence. That means while all your friends back home are in school complaining about the cold, you can be canoeing through the Amazon or climbing to the top of the Duomo in Florence. Besides that there are also summer and semester abroad options as well.”
“You'll be surrounded by ambitious and motivated people, creating an environment that encourages you to challenge yourself and test your limits while also providing a community of driven individuals to support you in whatever goals you have.”
“I love Hopkins because everyone has something going for them and they’re motivated to follow their dreams. There’s a lot to take advantage of through the academic departments, but also in Baltimore. You can go to classes, have an internship on or off-campus, and work on a start-up, but still participate in the social scene. There’s a great balance between work and play.”
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Why Choose Johns Hopkins?
I applied to JHU because my older brother went here. Before that I wasn't even looking at this school because all I thought about was medicine. But when I got in I looked at the majors and realized not only did they have what I wanted to study in, it was consistently in the top 3 for Creative Writing. After that I knew I wanted to come to Hopkins.
I chose to come to JHU because I liked the traditional college feel within a larger city. You get the best of both worlds!
I chose JHU because when I came to visit during freshman orientation, I wanted to skip my last year of high school and just stay
I knew I wanted to go to a college with a strong creative writing program, and the Writing Seminars at Hopkins is well-regarded and consistently highly ranked.
I applied ED and came to Hopkins because of the writing program, the people I met before applying, the campus and the feeling I got from everything about the school. I'm so happy with my decision!!! I love this place.
I came to Hopkins after seeing the innovation we have in our labs, on this very campus, that are open and accessible to those interested and willing to work.
I chose to come to JHU after spending time with some students during SOHOP. Every personI spoke to seemed capable of changing the world, and I wanted to be a part of that.
Even just after my first tour, I was so impressed by everything Hopkins had to offer its undergraduates. There were options in almost every field I was interested in, and I liked that. Furthermore, everyone I spoke to seemed kind and willing to help prospective students.
When I decided that I wanted to be a doctor, I knew I had to go to the best school that would give me the best education I could get. I visited as a rising junior, and I was officially in love. I still have every piece of mail they sent me in high school!
I chose Hopkins because of the fantastic financial aid, the amazing writing, French, and museums programs, and the gorgeous campus!
I chose JHU because it felt like home as soon as a stepped on the campus.
“Nothing. I love everything about JHU.”
"I think our SGA is working on student unity, but it's still something that is a setback at Hopkins. I think a student center would go a long way to fixing that. Because right now the main place to see someone is Brody or the library and that's just sad."
“The dating scene. The guys on this campus tend to be extremely independent, which is great, but they put far less effort into respectfully asking a girl out.”
“I second the dating scene. But I don’t think it’s limited to Hopkins. I think college guys in general aren’t that different from high school guys, as much as we’d like to think they are.”
“Sometimes, you feel pressured that you aren't doing enough, that there is a need to add more classes, more research, more clubs, more everything.”
“I think there’s definitely a social and academic rift between the athletes and the non-athletes, and the sciences and the humanities.”
New Collegiette on Campus
"When you first arrive on campus, you will be greeted by a group of upperclassmen who help you move in. They are so friendly and welcoming, you immediately feel at home at JHU. Throughout your first week on campus, you'll participate in a myriad of Orientation events like a Luau on the Quad, a comedy show, and you'll go to plenty of assemblies to help you get acclimated to campus life. You'll be assigned a Peer Advisor, usually a sophomore or a junior, who can help you find your way around. Your RA (residential advisor), will also invite you to events--your schedule will be packed! During Orientation, you'll meet a ton of new people, and introduce yourself to members of the faculty in your respective departments. There's also a lot of partying going on--which is totally optional."
"As a first-semester freshman, you have covered grades, so your grades won't appear on your transcript. You can take advantage of this by taking the hardest classes you need to graduate, so they won't affect your cumulative GPA. You can also use this time to figure out which student groups you click with."
"It's great being a freshman at Hopkins, because a lot of the classes are totally open--so there are no pre-reqs. One of my friends is taking a 400-level, and it's totally cool with her professor. It's refreshing to see that professors take freshmen seriously."
"In certain departments, being a freshman is difficult because the 100-level classes are taught by graduate students, rather than by professors. In some ways this is better, because the graduate students are cooler and can relate more easily to the undergraduates. But in other ways, it's frustrating because the freshmen feel isolated from the professors and from their prospective departments. Do your research about your major and see what kinds of classes you'll be taking."
All About Academics
"I think that our Writing Seminars major is underrated here at Hopkins, when in reality it is ranked anywhere from first to third place consistently across the whole US. If you've never taken a course in this department, try because you will definitely find your brain working in a whole new and creative way."
“I also love Writing Sems! Right now, I’m taking a class called Intro to Fiction and Poetry (the prereq for the major), and even though I’m one of the only Writing Sems majors in the class, it’s so interesting to read everyone’s work and hear everyone’s thoughts on literature. I also really like the Art History department. Right now, I’m taking a course on Venetian Art. It was really intimidating at first, because there are grad students in the class, but I love participating the in-depth discussions.”
“Classes are hard, but you'll be pushed to think in ways you didn't know you could. You might feel stupid at first in comparison to other students, but you ultimately feel more intelligent at the end of the semester.”
“Studying can be long and difficult, but with good time-management, you're social life shouldn't suffer because of the amount of homework you have.”
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Learn from the Best
"Take a class with Glenn Blake and Steve Scafidi. Your minds will be blown! Or even take a class from Adam Riess, a professor at Hopkins who won the Nobel Prize in Physics."
“Joel Schildbach (also the head of the Bio department) is a professor that treats you like an individual and it’s really nice when you have a professor you’re comfortable around. I think the same is true for a lot of the professors at Hopkins, who you can be human with. Take Phagehunting if you can, because it’s a great class!”
“Take an acting class with John Astin, even if you’re not into acting. He used to play Gomez Addams on the Addams Family, and spent years working in Hollywood as a director and writer! The class is so much fun, and the assignments are really interesting. It can get wacky at times, but it’s definitely an experience.”
“The professors are great here! They make you feel so comfortable, and are really accessible.”
“Greg Williamson is a wonderful poet and Writing Seminars professor. He invented the ‘double exposure’ form of poetry.”
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Interests and Involvement
“Hopkins has a club for literally everything you can think of and more. Whatever your interests are - whether more academic, religious, outdoorsy, musical, artistic, cultural, etc. - you'll definitely find a club that you'll love and that will have a welcoming group of people waiting for you.”
“I joined a dance group for fun even though I didn't have much experience. Now, I'm choreographing and dancing with some of my closest friends on campus.”
“I really like how you can be in a bunch of different clubs and student groups in different ways. You can do publicity for one club and be really involved but you can take the backseat in another club and still have fun. Everyone is involved in different ways!”
“The Student Activities Fair happens twice a year and the student groups set up booths that fill up the entire Rec Center. There are so many clubs, it’s hard to keep track, but you’ll definitely find something you’re interested in!”
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“We love our Blue Jays!”
“We started a cheerleading squad this year. A bunch of freshmen opened a petition, and we all signed it. Now they cheer at the football games. It really helps unify us. They also offered to come to track meets (which is great, because I’m on track)”
“A lot of members from one athletic team will go to other teams’ games and support each other. There’s a great sense of community among the athletes.”
“For athletes: Life as an athlete on campus is great. It’s like being a superstar. You get your own nutritionalist, there’s speakers and TV rooms in the locker rooms, you get your own athletic lounge. The coaches’ number one priority is to make sure you’re not stressed out and they make school your top priority. I’ve never felt any pressure to choose athletics over school.”
"One of the most popular sports at Hopkins in lacrosse. If you haven't been to a game yet, go! Especially at Homecoming or when we play Loyola because that is when you will see Hopkins at it's most spirited. But also don't forget to go cheer on the other sports. Even if we're D3 in the other sports, we kick butt!"
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“I've recently been elected Blog Chair for my sorority, so I get to blog about how much I love being a sister!”
“It is empowering to be a woman on campus. There are many organizations you can connect to which focus on helping young women on their paths to success.”
“It's really empowering seeing women doing a kickass job in a lot of traditionally male-dominated majors on campus, like BME and economics.”
“I recently joined a sorority, and there’s a definite sense of community and support between the sisters. What’s great is that you can be part of a sorority but also be part of other organizations. Sororities at Hopkins are different than at other schools because there is no sorority housing, so sisters are definitely more integrated into other aspects of campus life. They're more of a support system more than anything else.”
Food and Drink
“I’m a vegetarian, and they have a wide array of fresh vegetables, quinoa, hummus, and beans at the FFC. Also, if you suggest something to Dining, they take your suggestions seriously.”
“The Dining office knows what’s up. They offer tons of options for vegetarians, pescetarians, carnivores, gluten-free students, and students with serious allergies. You can have the craziest diet in the world, and the chefs will personally talk to you about what you can eat.”
“The food has gotten significantly better from last year. CharMar is way overpriced now though. I grocery shop off-campus now. Only freshmen are required to have meal plans, so once you’re a sophomore, you have a ton of options when it comes to food.”
“Favorite places to eat in Baltimore that you should definitely try: Gran Pasta Bar in Hampden, La Tasca in the Inner Harbor, and a great delivery place is Arlons, it has a wide variety of good food. Plus, exploring Hampden you can't go wrong."
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“Sorority recruitment is going on now, so that's been my social life recently! I've met so many incredible women with such diverse interests.”
“There are a lot of parties, but if you’re not into that, there’s even more that you can do. They always have events you can go to, whether it be RA sponsored, the HOP, there’s a Commemoration Ball coming up—so even if you’re not into partying, there’s tons to do.”
“The frat houses off campus dominate the social scene.”
“I’m not really into frat parties, so my social life fall semester was based around the various student groups on campus. Student groups host parties off campus on the weekends, too, which I think are more fun than frats. Or you can just go out to dinner with friends.”
“There's a social scene for everyone, whether you're the party hard type or the more introverted library studier. Regardless of who your crowd ends up being, however, you'll always find that Hopkins students are all friendly and welcoming.”
“I rushed a sorority this semester, so I’m excited to see how my social life will change during the spring.”
“Freshman dorms are all pretty nice.”
“The AMRs, while they don’t have air-conditioning, and are the only ones with communal bathrooms, are really social, and you become very close with your house.”
“Buildings A and B are suite style, so you have two bedrooms connected by a tiny common area and a bathroom. They’re nice because you live with either three or four other girls, and you all get really close. The Buildings have a bad rep for being antisocial, but this is not necessarily the case. If you reach out to other people in your building, chances are you’ll have a good social experience. You just have to go out of your way to make friends. They are also air-conditioned, and the rooms are HUGE. They are also located above the dining hall.”
“Wolman and McCoy are a combination of the AMRs and Buildings A and B—you have suite-style living but you also have a common room for the entire floor. Some floors are more social than others, but there is a nice sense of community in those buildings. Wolman and McCoy are air-conditioned, but the rooms are smaller than the Buildings. Wolman is located above CharMar, which is a market where you can use Dining Dollars. It’s kind of expensive, but the food is all really good.”
“Hopkins Inn is a converted hotel. The rooms are all different, so some of my friends have fireplaces and/or chandeliers in their rooms. The walls are also painted with colors (as opposed to ‘dorm white’), and there are nice moldings. Even though it has a TON of charm, it is around the block from McCoy, so people say it’s a bit far (I don’t think so). Every room has a bathroom, which gets professionally cleaned. In exchange for this special perk, you are not allowed to have mini-fridges in HopInn.”
“Best Sophomore Dorm: Charles Commons is like living in a hotel: there's Nolan's, the gym, gorgeous rooms, and people bring you toilet paper. I couldn't ask for more.”
“If you're adventurous enough to look, Baltimore has some unique hidden gems, from hipster neighborhoods to a wealth of ethnic restaurants. They don't call it the "Charm City" for nothing, and while Baltimore has the safety concerns of a big city, as long as you stay smart and aware of yourself when you're off campus, there's no reason for you to miss out on the wonderful things that Baltimore has to offer.”
"Do it! Spend a day in Hamden, Fed Hill, the Inner Harbor or any of those areas and just realize how much the city has to offer."
"There are some crazy places around the city. It's Sugar is a candy store in the Inner Harbor, where they sell the weirdest stuff, like tabasco-infused chocolate and mac 'n cheese flavored chapstick. Paper Moon Diner is also insane. The food is good, but the décor is wild—there are tons of vintage toys repurposed in weird ways.”
“As a runner, I can tell you there are a ridiculous number of cool wacky nooks and crannies all over Baltimore. Paper Moon, Hampden, you name it, it’s here.”
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