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Baltimore, MD
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5,866
Tuition
$43,390
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Ok food but not so great for people with diet restrictions.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sporting events, especially lacrosse, are popular to attend.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of variety in choosing housing. Apartments, warehouses, and row houses available. $300/mo for warehouses, $400-$900/mo for apartments and houses.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: High police and security presence. Lots of on campus medical attention available.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Pretty cool East coast weather in this area. Usually not much heavy snow in winter, some hot days in summer. Nice weather in general.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Baltimore is not a big town but it is pretty dynamic. We have couple of different schools located in this town. Peabody music school, Bloomburg Engineering school, plenty of student activities that are always going on.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Not many fast and healthy choices in this area. Plenty of fine restaurants though, not affordable for a student to have dinner there every day. Got Wholefoods there thouth.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's a website that list apartments that are in close range of the school.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are decently attractive. The guys are sociable and well-mannered. Together, although the people at Hopkins are not the most attractive as a whole, their overall appearance combined with their intellect makes for one appealing student body.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: The fraternities vary from posh to party to nerdy to athletic. The parties were fun during my first two years at school, but I didn't go after that. As far as I know, the fraternities only existed to throw parties and go to dances with the sororities. The sororities don't have their own houses, so they were significantly more pointless than the fraternities.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Center of D.C. Great location! Excellent features!

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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The only strict policies regard drug use and cheating, which quite frankly is very fair.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The best off campus apartments are in the Halstead, the Carolina, and University West. Stay away from the apartments on the south side of campus, they are not as safe.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking can be expensive, but it is available. You can buy a space in many garages.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are great around campus. I love going to One World Cafe, and Sweet 27 Bakery. Both have plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is really good around Hopkins. The main shuttle is the JHMI which comes very frequently and is super convenient for getting to the medical campus, Mount Vernon, and Penn Station. In addition, the College Town Shuttle can take you to the mall and other college campuses. Another free public transportation service is the Charm City Circulator which can take you to the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, and many other places. As a last a resort, students can pay a mere 1.60$ on MTA buses to go anywhere else in Maryland they need to go. With Penn Station only 5 minutes away, students can easily take Light Rail, MARC, or Amtrak trains to the airport, Washington D.C, and many other cities.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: For a graduate program for professional students, student life is as good as it is going to get in the classroom.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: The campus is surrounded by top notch places to eat.

College Senior

Parking: Public transportation is fantastic, but never heard complaints about parking.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Washington, DC is the best place for a graduate program dealing with government and public service.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: In my experience, drugs are certainly available, in many cases readily so (it is Baltimore, after all). I've run into marijuana and hookah, and a handful of my friends readily admit to using drugs (though not really regularly). It's essentially up to you how much exposure you have to drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: History isn't Hopkins most famous program, but it's still one of its strongest. Many of my professors have several published works and have collaborated with scholars from other schools (one assigned us a book by his acquaintance from Harvard). Many of the classes tend to be smaller and allow for a much greater opportunity to know your professors better. As far as work goes, in general, expect to write, and be ready to improve. All of my history classes have involved a major essay at some point, which, while expected, took some getting used to with my high school background.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Hopkins isn't the most well reputed party school but we have some good times. Saturday nights especially are when things get intense. The Frat houses are all very close by, many of them have pretty good parties, though some are miles ahead of others. The worst thing is finding a dud, which, if you go hopping around the Fraternities, is bound to happen. Yet, I've never felt the need to leave campus, though with nearby schools like Loyola, that option is available too.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For JHU students, the Baltimore Inner Harbor seems to be the most popular off-campus spot, and there is no shortage of great restaurants, covering all food types and ethnicities. Sushi, ice cream parlors in little Italy, Thai, Afghan, and many more options can be found all over. Admittedly, many of these restaurants can come out to be a bit pricy, but for the rarity of the occasion and the good food, it tends to be worthwhile.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My experience has so far only been in the most well reputed freshman dorm, the Wolman building. I loved it. My room was spacy, there was a good-sized common room through which I met all of my friends, every suite had a kitchenette. Visiting other dorms, though, it seems I got the luck of the draw. If I remember correctly many other buildings have only a few universal common areas, and allow for more isolation than I would have liked. Overall I got a good impression, though remember Wolman is by far the nicest.

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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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