Baltimore, MD
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Reviews 1134 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Surely this isn't a place for exploration, but for research and internships. Academics are not so diverse. Pretty much everybody here is either pre-med(esp. neuro/public health), engineering, or IR/IS. Not so many majors (around 40), and some(linguistics, theatres,etc.)are only available for minors. Great for those who know for sure what to study, but not recommended for those who don't. Can't help feeling that the school is too much science- and research-oriented.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I find the campus to be very diverse. There are many international students and students from very different backgrounds. The is a large percentage of asian students on campus, and african american and hispanics are also well represented.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Even though Baltimore has a reputation for being unsafe, the campus security is excellent, and the area directly adjacent to campus is patrolled. All of the dorms and buildings are very secure and there is a constant security presence around campus and in the neighboring area.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It is very easy to get around Baltimore. Hopkins has its own shuttle that runs to the train station and several other areas. In addition, there are several other free transportation options that are free or very inexpensive.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation is similar to any university located in the city. Hopkins provides free shuttles to all university areas. If you want to get around in the city, you are expected to take taxis or buses.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are limited. Hopkins is a smaller school tucked into the city, so there isn't many great spots for dining that are very close. If you want to take a date to a nice restaurant you have to go downtown. However, you can always find something to eat. Although you may wind up eating at the same place very often.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Nightlife is for students who are 21 or older. There are a few 18-and-older clubs, but I say skip the clubs. House parties are free, the music is better, and you don't have to pay for a cab back to campus. Your best bet is a school party here at Temple or at Penn, Drexel, Villanova, and other neighboring schools or with friends that live off campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive for Students – Boston is the land of apartments. My roommates and I found one in like two days with a realtor, but they're very expensive. There is no way to escape that-it's Boston. It's very easy to find an apartment, though, and they're close to campus. No one worries about finding one.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – While I believe adhering to an honor code is very important, they emphasize it so much that it ceases to require students to actually take honor themselves. Rather it implies that everyone is dishonest instead of encouraging people to honesty.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Community Outreach – The School of Nursing is very focused on public health and community outreach. There are so many opportunities to give back to the community as well as gain experiences that are foreign to many of the students here. In addition, there are a lot of opportunities to participate in research programs. The main problem that I have here is that there is too much that I want to do and not enough time.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Beautiful campus, very well maintained. There is a lot to do and a lot of green spaces. There always seems to be someone throwing a disc on the lawn even in the summer time. I started in the summer so have not seen campus when it is really swinging during the school year, but I hear the lacrosse team is excellent. The Homewood campus is right by an art gallery with a sculpture garden, as well as a park that holds festivals and movies in the park on summer evenings.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors are very accessible, I am engaged in classes, challenged and pushed. Good focus on team work and interpersonal skills as well as practical application of skills.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great Experience So Far – Although there are some things about Hopkins that aren't the greatest (some of the on-campus residences could be updated, the dining hall food could be better, etc.), my overall experience has been amazing. My classes have been taught by professors that are well-known in their fields and passionate about teaching us. I've made some really great friends, and the school provides plenty of on-campus events for us to go to. While the course load can sometimes be overwhelming, I wouldn't even consider going anywhere else. The campus is also beautiful in the spring, and "the Beach" outside of the library provides a great place to lay out with friends and study when the weather is nice.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Friendly Campus – I don't know many of the girls and guys on campus (because my school is not that small), but even the strangers I pass in the library or encounter on my way to class are always friendly. I've made many friends during my time at Hopkins because of the positive, outgoing attitude of the students.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Amazingly Safe – Campus itself is really safe, rated #1 in the nation. Make sure that you also take safety seriously and don't leave things lying around for others to take, and then you'll be good. Most crime happens off-campus, or is just petty theft because people leave things places unattended.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Biology and History Are Great – I'm a premed student double majoring in history and biology. Both programs are excellent. JHU has the best biology program in the world, and it shows, even in intro classes. There are lots of opportunity to get help and great research opportunities. The history department features small classes that encourage interaction between professors and students. Professors/TAs provide great feedback on papers with suggestions for improving your next paper.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good but Limited – Hopkins has a pretty small undergraduate campus. All of the food options are good, but there are not many open at late hours.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It – Hopkins is a great school. It's academically challenging, but if you put in the work, it's extremely rewarding. There are a lot of resources to help students, and even though it's competitive, overall there is a sense of camaraderie.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not That Reliable – I received quite a bit of financial aid my first year, but my aid amount decreased significantly my second year.

College Freshman

Weather: The two times I have visited my soon-to-be home, it has been pouring rain. I personally adore the rain so it's perfect, however many of the steps are made of marble or other slippery materials, making the journey across campus somewhat treacherous.

3 College Junior

Weather: Mild Climate – Being from upstate New York, I love Baltimore weather. Hardly any snow and mild winters. Summer can get brutal, so I advise staying away for that part of the year.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You just have to look for them. Although the campus itself has only one big parking which you can only access from the back, it is surrounded by parking spots along the road on University Parkway and Charles St.
They are easy of access and do not cost too much of you want to stay for a short amount of time, or even leave the car overnight!

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Although the majority of students on my school's campus are white, there are also a lot of Asian students. Despite the lack of racial diversity, there are many groups and clubs on campus for every type of person and every type of interest. Also, the school encourages students to start groups if what there are interested in doesn't already have a group on campus. For example, my friend recently started a bee-keeping club on my school's campus because she's interested in bee-keeping. While the level of diversity may not be outstanding, the school definitely encourages students to explore their different interests and share those interests with the school community.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Writing Seminars – As I've said already, I love that Johns Hopkins offers a major specifically for writing. Not many schools offer a program for writing as a major that's separate from English or journalism, and by doing so, Hopkins is providing me with a better opportunity to learn more about what interests me most. I have always been passionate about writing, and Hopkins offers one of the top writing programs in the country. The teachers are writers themselves, so the insight I'm getting is the best I could ask for. Not only do they have technique to offer, but also experience on how to have a career in writing.

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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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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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