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

Majors: As a Neuroscience major, I am very happy with the program. The professors are beyond excellent and the amount of research opportunities are endless.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life has parties often and is located less than 200 feet from Hopkins's main campus. Frat parties are open to all students and not just subject to members of frats or friends of frat members. Greek life is not very involved in the community or the enhancement thereof.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not many choices. No fast food. Subway, Chipotle and Potbelly are basically the only super close off-campus dining location.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Pretty nice cool weather most of the time. January-March suck though, lots of snow.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is free (buses) which go to a variety of major locations. Campus shuttles go to apartment buildings and strip malls. But sometimes you will inevitably have to take a taxi which can get expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many unfashionable nerdy introverted students, but also many bright and fashionable social people.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Transportation: Get used to Taxis. But since you are right in downtown Baltimore, it seems that you can get anywhere in the city pretty easily. Plus, getting to DC is very easy, just take the MARC train.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: There is no pressure to do drugs at Hopkins but at the same time there is nobody looking over your shoulder telling you not to do drugs. Probably the most visible drug abuse on campus is that of study drugs. But I think that is a country wide issue. It all depends on who you want to involve yourself with.

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The library has several computers, but a lot of times, they are all used up. There are labs around campus, but they're accessible only to the students in that department, so I personally have no had access to them. You probably need your own laptop if you need to get work done on a computer.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Decent bars near campus but nice ones are far away. If you're under 21, though, you might need to just stick to frat parties, and a lot of them are really crowded and not much fun. I've hear the Harbor area and Federal Hill have good bars/decent nightlife.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife at Hopkins is very thriving as everyone -again- has the work hard, play hard attitude and just as much as they are motivated to do well in academically very challenging programs, they are also very motivated to have a good party. Hopkins furthermore has its own campus police, which has a lot of officers. The HopCops (as they're called) and BPD (Baltimore Police Dep.) are omnipresent and protect you from all the hazards city life offers, but luckily barely break up parties or inhibit people from having a good time.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Hopkins has an extreme work hard, play hard attitude. No one slags, everyone just does well and knows how to relax by either playing a sport, being involved in some sort of student group or being involved in greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Hopkins has a classical work hard, play hard atmosphere. Everyone works hard and is motivated to do well, but at the same time they definitely know how to party. Greek life is of high quality and very open - everyone is almost always welcome at every party. But also the school supplies its students with great facilities to chill out and relax. All the facilities that there are (gyms, common rooms, common kitchens, theatres, etc.) are very well maintains and equipped with the latest technologies. They are also almost always open. Furthermore the cafeteria is open from 7am to midnight and serves good food.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Baltimore is very nice. Summers are hot and winters are cold - but not too cold. Also the winters are very short, so that you can expect nice weather as early as late March. This contributes to the campus experience in a sense that when the weather is nice, everyone goes to the Beach-quad to just chill and enjoy the nice ambiance.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They take care of you but you can pretty much do whatever you want - both the Campus police and Baltimore police have 'the human touch' and are therefore pretty lenient.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Its reputation as a school with not too many hot girls is quite untrue. It's obviously not like UTexas where pretty much every girl you see is good-looking but there is definitely a sweet amount of attracting girls.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The fact that JHU was the first research institute in America is definitely reflected in the quality of their academics. All professors are very good and there are a lot of resources (helprooms, a overload of TA's, etc.) to make sure that you actually understand -and thus do well in- the class.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a double major in neuroscience and molecular cellular biology. I am very happy with the program. It is very rigorous, but our professors really do attempt to help us in the best way possible. If I could do it again I probably wouldn't change paths, I'd try to find a way to take more classes outside of my majors, just to explore different things, which is hard to do with a double major. My career goals are to do research on Sickle Cell Anemia and then to go to medical school and become a pediatric neurosurgeon.I don't really have concerns regarding getting a job because the medical field is always looking for new employees. The pay may not be a high as in the past with all the government cutbacks and all, but money isn't really an issue when you're pursuing something that you love.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Hopkins is just like any other college, drugs and alcohol are present; however you don't see it unless you and your friends participate in it. On campus you're not allowed to have drugs or alcohol at all. Alcohol is occasionally allowed, specifically at alunmi events, but you have to show ID in order to drink. Most of the drugs and alcohol activity takes place off campus at someone's house.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartment I'm in this year is rather costly in comparison to the others, but it is decent. It's in close proximity to my school, but it's in an inconvenient location for shopping or eating out.

3 College Junior

Diversity: My circle of friends is very diverse. However, looking at the entire student body, there aren't many minorities. The majority of students are white, and it seems like although everyone is "accepting" of each other, the school cliques and a few clubs are a little geared toward segregation.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: There's a shuttle that comes every 15 minutes called the JHMI. There's also the blue jay shuttle in addition to that.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: A lot of people are in frats but the frats usually get shut down pretty early. Around 12:30 or so if it is a good party.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: good places in towson but are fra from campus. Pete's grille is a must.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Hopkins is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

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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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