Baltimore, MD
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Reviews 1060 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: JHU is a safe at all times. I have not used the health center yet.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttle bus on campus ok but they do not have a full subway system like Boston,Washington DC or NYC.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: the only place I eat at is the Legg Mason business school

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Every race, religion, background and orientation is represented here. It's great!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I wish that there were more gay and lesbian bars and activities in the Baltimore area.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing isn't very hard to find. The problem is, like with all places, the price. Most places are modest with a bit too high of a price but that is unavoidable. So comparatively to other places it is very good. However, since it is Baltimore and everyone has seen the WIRE, yes, there are a few places where you would not want to rent a place. Nevertheless those areas can be avoided and in most of the main off campus locations we have the best security roaming the area 24/7! We are very well protected on and off campus. BUT! Be warned parking has been very annoying as well as the roads are weird and under construction. Good news is they are adding more parking and the construction should be finished soon! So hopefully those problems get solved.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: All the classes at Hopkins are for the most part very difficult. It seems that this is especially true in the Biomedical Engineering Program. However, Hopkins does know what they are doing. The classes are challenging and there are times when extra help is definitely need but professors and on campus resources are readily available. The only downside is there are times when the professor is more a researcher than a teacher... He knows his stuff but doesn't explain it quite so clearly. That is why office hours are crucial.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Around Hopkins there are lots of great little restaurants. I guess you could call some of them fast food but that isn't really the case. I love my super close to campus Einstein's Bagels for breakfast after a brutal all night study/work session in the library. It is also nice to have One World, all vegan and vegetarian, nearby. It is great as well to have Chipotle, Ajumma, Tambers and our own quirky Paper Moon, with great healthy or delicious options to add some variety. Then if you want to get adventurous the Inner Harbor is just a short bus ride away! Its great!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the Biomedical Engineering Program at my school and it is top notch! I love talking to the professor and being challenged in class. It is a very rigorous program but also satisfying. The advisers and resources at school really do help when you go to them to try and improve. I love getting to think differently about regular situations and make something new and spectacular. They also help to make connections with people who will be future employers, research providers, and design team leaders.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a good number of options, however it is very expensive and not very student friendly. They are clearly out to cheat the students, so it can be a very frustrating experience trying to find off campus housing.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's located on the outskirts of Baltimore City and there's plenty of free transportation into the Inner Harbor where there are a lot of things to do and tourist attractions. They make for great breaks away from campus.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I got an amazing amount of aid from Hopkins. It also had been consistent the years I've been here.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There are a good number of computer labs available for students to use and they are in good ratio to the student body size.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The univeristy does the best it can given the city it's located in.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I live off campus and haven't really experienced this life so I wouldn't know!

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3 College Senior

Diversity: There are people of many different backgrounds and religions, and diversity is well accepted here, both racially and regarding sexual orientation. However, it is a predominantly Caucasian campus.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: On-campus housing is okay. There are several options for freshmen, and most freshmen get what they put as their first choice for housing, but sophomores choose housing based on a raffle number. If all of the housing options for sophomores were nice, this wouldn't be a problem. However, McCoy is a pretty old building, and compared to other sophomore housing residences (such as Charles Commons) it is less than desirable. The school should definitely update McCoy. The school does a good job helping juniors and seniors find off-campus housing, mostly through housing fairs.

Recent Alumnus

Parking: For my SAIS MA it is year one in Bologna, so students generally don't have cars, and my second year is in DC, which isn't known for great traffic or parking. The metro it will be!

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: My first year on campus will be in Bologna, Italy. It is a beautiful old-world city that is home to the oldest university in Europe, (The University of Bologna), at 1,000 years old. I am really looking forward to it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Great reputation, great staff. An institution you can be proud to graduate from.

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5 College Student

Academics: Hopkins has some of the best academics in the world. The professors are the best in their fields and there are a ton of research opportunities.

5 College Student

Majors: As an Art History major I love our world class professors and the presence of museums on campus.

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4 College Student

Weather: It's really hot in August and September, but for the rest of the year its pretty mild and not bad.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Baltimore is a small city, but still has lots to do, and most importantly, lots that's FREE. In particular, you should check out the free art museums, Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Graduate program doesn't have on campus housing so students must look for their own.

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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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