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Baltimore, MD
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5,866
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$43,390
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Very Hard
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Reviews 1134 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Hopkins though sometimes the students are pretentious twats. The city is a charmer (ha, get it) but you have to get to know the neighborhoods and explore outside of the bubble. Classes rock, campus is gorgeous, though career center could use some work.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Could be worse, could be better. Some people are still arseholes about LGBT+ people, some people are still arseholes about poor people, etc.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Really safe and not too shabby though some dorms don't have air conditioning and are older. Charles Commons is amazing though overpriced and McCoy is a shithole but is continually worked on. Social atmosphere is great in the AMRs and shitty everywhere else except in some Wolman floors that are inexplicably close.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Fairly good selection of off campus housing but a bit limiting in terms of cost and convenience. Some of them have pretty bad reputations for safety. School tries really hard to help students right around spring semester.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Every now and then (Homecoming, and whenever we start winning in another sport) there's a huge upsurge of student pride and spirit. Otherwise we're pretty lackluster about it. Amazing lacrosse center that's used ~*~exclusively~*~ by student athletes because apparently they need to have hot tubs.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Pretty great facilities overall, could have more spaces for the arts and it would be awesome to have a student center and more space for studying.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: Applying is ridiculously difficult, getting notification of your package takes ages, financial aid counselors mean well but take ages to respond to emails or calls because there's so many of them. Getting a good package really depends and you just never know how your aid will look. Lots of bureaucratic bullshit.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus itself is relatively safe, as in the past decade or so the university has really cracked down and installed effective safety measures and regular patrols around campus and within the 3-block radius. That being said, the sexual assault rates are really something to be concerned about seeing as there was a 3 year period where the university reported 0% sexual assault and then a year where they reported 1 assault--obviously those numbers don't add up with any of the research or data we have about college campuses. That being said, I usually feel pretty damn safe.

5 College Junior

Majors: No application process for my major, so there's not really any challenges. Pretty welcoming department in terms of the students and professors. Don't f*** up the intro courses and don't plagiarize and you'll be good.

5 College Junior

Majors: I LOVE IT. I would never leave my department for another one.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not the worst but not the best. Solidly average. Freshman dining hall is fine but a bit repetitive after awhile--I hear it's gotten better with the new company though? Nolan's (upperclassman dining hall) is alright but over-priced and lacks variety. Lots of the dining people are sassy and funny but the upper management doesn't treat them properly which is rather aggravating. CharMar is fine but a bit too fancy and overestimates how much college students will spend to get something organic or fancy.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: School is pretty lax about most things which can be both good and bad. Dorm discipline relies largely on luck of the draw in terms of your RA or the RA on duty at the time.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm pretty biased because I'm part of Greek life but I think it provides a lot of awesome opportunities on campus for social events and philanthropic events. It does foster unhealthy competition at times but I'm pretty close friends with my friends in other sororities and who are unaffiliated. Certain contingents of the student population are extremely derisive of the Greek population and think they're snobby and exclusive, and of course certain contingents of the Greek population are in fact snobby and exclusive, but neither group is by any means the majority of its respective population.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are pretty fair-looking, it's not exactly Fashion Week but people look better than they did in high school. Most people dress fairly preppy except for the schlubbier contingent but even then they're usually wearing Sperrys. People are interested in lacrosse, talking about their futures/complaining about their classes, and getting shitfaced on weekends. Social life is what you make of it--if you're social you'll have a good time but if you're more of a homebody, nobody's gonna judge you. People either date intensely (as in, 3 year relationships) or just hook up, there's never really an in-between.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors rock, curriculum is pretty reasonable, class registration is a pain but as long as you're prepared and wake up on time it works out, the workload is absolutely bonkers but nobody goes to Hopkins expecting state-school level academic rigor, and the library is the most popular spot on campus.

5 College Junior

Academics: There are not enough good words for my department and the amazing professors in it. Love the courses, love the workload, love Gilman Hall. The only complaints I have are in terms of the lack of preparation for application to MFA programs/jobs with my major, and the philosophy course requirement.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Baltimore is a pretty unique city. It's fairly small compared to some cities but still has a lot of great stuff and amazing places to explore. Check out the Walters and the BMA and the Peabody if you're looking for some culture. Great food in Mt. Vernon and great pubs in Fells' Point. Locals sometimes look down on you or think you're looking down on them but if you're friendly and open they usually reciprocate once they know you're not a stuck up Hopkins kid. Okay shopping opportunities though not the best, and Towson mall is huge but pretty far to go for a quick trip when you need to grab something for a date party. Lots of music and good bands always playing, many of them are unknown or small but you'll usually have a good time at the show anyway. Definitely check out an Orioles' game or a Ravens game before you leave.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good food and awesome restaurants/cafes if you know where to look. Don't be afraid to venture off campus or go more than 10 minutes from campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My professors for the most part have been amazing to learn from and talk with. I've benefitted from small courses (thanks Hopkins humanities!) and lots of great advising from my professors. I do wish there were more professionally oriented courses in my major.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Prestigious university on your diploma/resume, alumni network with good connections but with a career center that does a poor job of connecting current students/graduating students with alumni who can help them out. You pretty much have to be a "self-starter" and go out yourself to find alumni and pursue opportunities.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Frat parties and house parties abound, of varying quality depending on the openness of the party, the frat/house in question, and what time of the semester it is.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My dorm didn't have air conditioning, but the social atmosphere was great.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are not many dining halls to choose from, and the food is often the same.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining choices are average.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The neuroscience program at my school is challenging and I enjoy it.

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Dan White
Hometown
Glen Rock, NJ
Major
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
2012
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Students who love Hopkins and students who hate it both recognize that JHU isn’t the school for everyone. Many students believe that classes at JHU are just as hard as Ivy League schools, but they complain that Hopkins professors grade much harder. Many students wish that Hopkins offered grade inflation, as other top schools do, since even people who work hard sometimes end up with low grades. This influences some students to put studying above any social activity, in the hopes of being one of the few people in a class to receive an “A.” Hopkins offers a variety of social programming, but no one forces students to participate, and there’s no one holding your hand and leading you to fun activities. Even though students complain, most say that they’ve enjoyed being challenged by their experiences at Hopkins.

Hopkins presents a well-rounded experience for most students, but not every student takes advantage of the academic, social, and extracurricular opportunities. Some students wish that Hopkins encouraged students to get involved in all aspects of University life, but once you realize that it doesn’t, you can make your own choices about how you want to spend your time. The school’s academic reputation and its state-of-the-art facilities are strong points at Hopkins. Campus housing and food have been improved considerably in recent years with new constructions popping up.

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