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3 College Junior

Facilities: Beautiful Campus – I love walking around my campus. The buildings are beautiful, there are trees and flowers -- sometimes I forget that I'm in the middle of a city. The fact that the campus is so small is great. I always feel safe. The dorms could use a bit of work. Wolman and Charles Commons are by far the best, but McCoy and the AMRs might as well be prisons in comparison. They aren't bad, but it isn't fair for some students to get to live in modern, renovated dorms, such as Commons, Wolman, and Homewood, while others live without air conditioning in the AMRs, or in McCoy, which is old and boring. The dorms should all be worth the amount that the students pay for room and board.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Easy Process – I applied to Johns Hopkins knowing that I wanted to declare a major in Writing Seminars, so when I met with my advisor toward the end of freshman year, all I really had to do was fill out a few papers and review the requirements for the major. The process was very simple. Similarly, toward the end of my sophomore year, the process of declaring a minor in psychology was also easy. All I had to do was review the requirements for the minor, and then have the head of the psychology department sign my form of declaration. The process was simple and easy to understand.

4 College Junior

Majors: Writing Seminars – I love the writing seminars department at Hopkins, especially since not a lot of universities offer a writing major that's separate from an English major or journalism major. The writing department employs teachers who've helped me to improve my writing skills by challenging me. Before coming to Hopkins, I wrote mostly poetry, but because of my teachers at Hopkins, and the dedication they have to their jobs, I've discovered that I also love fiction writing and am now intending to pursue that track. The fact that the writing classes are small is also an advantage, as I feel like my teachers and classmates are able to give me specific, detailed feedback. The only part of the writing seminars major that I would change is the number of classes offered. There seem to be too many writing majors and minors, and too few of a variety of classes. It's hard to secure a spot in a specialized writing course, even if one is a writing seminars major and gets to register for writing courses earlier.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation around Johns Hopkins University is great. There's lots of buses that run all the time and travel to areas that most of the students go. There is also the Blue Jay shuttle which is a van that will pick you up and take you to your destination within reasonable bounds. There are also cabs that you can call to pick you up whenever you need them.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are many computers all over campus, and there are some in the dorms also. Johns Hopkins University is equipped with WiFi so the students have easy access to the internet. Many students use the computers in the library so sometimes you do have to wait to print something out, but everyone is fairly quick at printing out their materials.

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2 College Junior

Parking: I am a commuter student that just found out that no undergrads are allowed to park in the parking garages anymore so now I have to find somewhere else to park. The only other spots that are available around the campus are metered parking which normally cost 50 cents for an hour. It's important to read every sign around you when you park your car because if parked in the wrong spot, the city will quickly tow your car. Normally, if you live in the dorms, there really is no need for a car, but if you decide to bring a car, there is very limited parking that is rarely open.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Brody Learning Commons – hopkins is just finishing a new building that will have a lot more computer labs.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Don't Be Stupid – If you're stupid in the suburbs, the likelihood of something happening to you is low. If you're stupid in Baltimore, the likelihood is much higher. If you're smart about your choices, though, you'll be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Hopkins is great. There are a lot of activities for almost anything under the sun.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Not much Greek Life at Hopkins; Greek life doesn't really dominate at Hopkins

4 College Sophomore

Academics: High Level and Very Demanding, but Worth It! Studying at Hopkins makes you realize that work is very demanding and very stressful. The education is quite high, even though some professors are better at their research and may not be the greatest at teaching certain materials to unexperienced freshman. Overall, you will always learn a lot and be able to apply it quickly in later courses specific to your major.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You Only See It If You Go Looking for It – Not being much of a partier, I stayed out of frat parties. I therefore didn't see much of alcohol abuse or drug usage. But it is present nonetheless. If you know who to look for and where to go, you can probably get what you want.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It All Depends on Where You End up and Who You Are – Dorms all depend on how much you are willing to put in money-wise. The more expensive, the nicer. From community bathrooms to 3 people bathrooms, from no AC to AC, and sometimes no-wireless to wireless, your experience varies also on the people around. Being in the cheaper dorms will provide a great community feeling and will provide ample amounts of people to talk to and socialize with. The suites will give you strong friends with whoever you are rooming with. However do remember that you do not always choose who you room with first year, and that you might not be a partier, when your roommate is!

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Somewhat Abundant and Get the Work Done – There are a few computer labs available around campus. Most can be found for the first years in the dorms. Krieger also has a computer lab with a nice amount of computers, either Macs or Windows (depending on the preference). Both types work well and get the job done.
The wireless system is very efficient on campus and fairly fast. But it is not available everywhere. Only few dorms have a wireless capability, so keep that in mind when choose your dorms!

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great Local but Long Distance Is Tough – Local transportation is quite convenient. Between the Blue Jay Shuttle Service, JHMI Buses, and the Charm City Circulator, it's fairly easy to find free transportation to any location within a few miles of campus at any time. However if you're looking for transportation to a location further from campus, the train system is probably your best option. It takes some time to learn the whole public transportation system but once you do it becomes a very economical option.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Someone for Everyone – There is such a broad range of people and personalities at Hopkins. As far as guys go, you can find anything from geeky to fratty, and the best part is that they're ALL smart! For girls it's pretty much the same as for the guys, but the girls tend to be below average attractiveness. However there are still some very attractive girls at Hopkins.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Few Options Within Walking Distance – Off-campus dining is sub-par. Only a few restaurants are within walking distance (Subway, Chipotle, Quiznos, Freshii, and a few local cafes). Dining farther than walking distance is excellent however. Free transportation can be taken to Inner Harbor where you can find just about anything you're looking for.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Inner Harbor and Fells Point – There are not that many good food places around the campus, but near the Inner Harbor and Fells Point there are a variety of restaurants that can pretty much fulfill any kind of taste. There is a Cheesecake factory, Noodles and Company, many seafood places, and so much more.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Hard but Rewarding – Even though Hopkins breaks you down, it is a rewarding experience because if you get through it you feel so good inside. I was able to find my niche here with school and dance. Some of the professors are only interested in their own research, however, there are many who are wonderful and very helpful.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking and Drugs – Drinking is a huge thing for many people at Hopkins during the weekends. Many like to go and party to reduce some of the stress from the past week of classes and staying up studying. Drugs are somewhat apparent depending, if you can tell the signs of someone being high. Some use drugs to keep themselves up late at night to study.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a Status Thing – Some schools are dominated by Greek Life but Hopkins is different in that there is a presence, but it's not like you won't have fun if you aren't going Greek. Rushing and Pledging occur in the spring semester so you don't have to worry about going Greek as your first and only experience at school which is great. The fraternities and sororities around campus are usually very accepting and if you rush you will find one that works for you. If you don't rush, you'll still have plenty of friends and ways to meet people otherwise! Housing for Greeks is interesting at Hopkins because we don't have the traditional "Greek Row" or anything like that. Honestly, there are only a few "houses" for Greeks but many Greeks live together when given the opportunity. It definitely isn't a status symbol around the school though.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Variety and Delicious – There are so many options right in Charles Village! We have a Chipotle, a Subway, a University Market (aka UniMini), and the Charles Street Market (affectionately nicknamed CharMar). There's also Starbucks, Coldstone Creamery, Sandellas (flatbreads and the like), Ledo's (has an amazing house salad dressing and good pizza), Quiznos, and so many more different cafes and restaurants in the area. Honestly, I don't have a bad thing to say about any of them. They're all relatively cheap and some of them you can use your JCash cards in. A few places give University discounts too :D

4 College Junior

Transportation: There is great public transportation in the area around Johns Hopkins. Free Hopkins buses run at least once an hour to take you to the train station, medical campus, Peabody, and several stops in between. Once at the train station, you can catch the free Charm City Circulator, which has several routes that go all over the city. There is also the Collegetown Shuttle, which is free and open only to college students. That comes more sporadically, but it's route goes by Loyola, Towson, etc., as well as a good shopping mall. Besides all of this, the MTA buses run all over the city and are cheap, and the train station (5 minutes away by free bus) has Amtrak trains, MARC trains, and the light rail, which is a sketchy but cheap way to get to the airport.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Because Baltimore is definitely not the safest city, Hopkins really invests in its transportation. The school operates a shuttle that runs to the med campus and Penn station (students needing to fly home can then take a train from Penn Station to BWI). There is also a shuttle service that runs from 6 PM- 4 AM that students use. The shuttle runs on fixed routes (to supermarket, CVS, etc) until 11 PM and then runs point to point until 4.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of Opportunities – I feel like the Public Health department has lots of events for undergraduates to help them connect with professionals in the field.


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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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