Baltimore, MD
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3 College Freshman

Majors: Economics Is Okay – Some of the lecturers are good, others are not so. One major complaint is with the TAs for the department (and this complaint isn't just limited to the Economics department, but also common for Physics, Chemistry, and Math TA's as well) is that they don't speak English very well and are very bad at teaching.

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2 College Freshman

Facilities: Covered Grades – JHU has a "covered grades" policy for the first semester for freshmen, where all freshmen first semester grades are only graded on a pass/fail basis. More specific letter grades are awarded, and are available for students to view, but will not show up on any official transcripts. While this is supposed to be so students can focus on making friends and joining student groups as they settle into college life, I feel like this unfairly discriminates against smarter students who do end up earning superior GPAs and would like that to be reflected in their overall GPAs.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Best Option – JHU offers several free shuttle vans/bus options for students, for example the Blue Jay Shuttle, which has several designated routes, but also available to pick you up within a 2 mile radius of the school. There's also the free JHMI shuttle, which shuttles between the JHU campuses.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Best Professors – students are required to rate their professors each semester and that makes sure all the professors are well qualified

College Freshman

Parking: No One Brings Their Car – Because Baltimore is a small city, with sub-par parking and a number of car break-ins, no one brings their car. It is very easy to get around without one.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are seldom crowded since everyone now has a laptop; it is possible to find a computer. The only problem is printing- if you do not have your own printer, each sheet costs 7 cents.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Enough to Do – Baltimore is an interesting city, with a distinct culture. At times, being on Johns Hopkins Campus, it is difficult to bring yourself to go out, but when you do, there are great restaurants and DC is very close by. Baltimore is definitely better once you turn 21.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Study Abroad – Interested in traveling? Definitely take advantage of study abroad programs! The Johns Hopkins study abroad program has options all over the world and they will give you credit for studying abroad! It is a nice way of leaving Baltimore for 2-3months and see different things that are out in the world!

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2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Girls are not that great. Most are way too involved in their studies and don't know how to have fun. That is why I am dating a girl from the art school 10 minutes away (MICA).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Inner Harbor and Federal Hill – Definitely the better restaurants are in Inner Harbor and Federal Hill in Baltimore. Near the Johns Hopkins Campus the food options are terrible, but just 10-20 minutes away you will be faced with so many different choices of restaurants and with each one you will be satisfied! Definitely try Abbey's burgers in Federal Hill, Fogo de Chao in Inner Harbor, and Morton's steakhouse (also in inner harbor). If you haven't left the campus to eat out, make a date and get out!

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Cover Grades – The first semester your grades are on a pass/fail basis. This is awesome because you can focus on adjusting to college life (balancing homework, extracurriculars, work) without having to worry about your gpa that semester.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurants around within walking distance. It's also really easy to get to the Inner Harbor where there are even more choices. Restaurants around campus will give you a discount for being a student which is a plus

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is really nice. It's easy to find books and the staff is helpful. The library gets crowed at times but the university just built an extension to the library so there will more room to study in the fall of 2012

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Work Hard Play Hard – You definitely have to find your own fun at Hopkins. It's not the type of place that insists you drink or partake in drugs. One thing that is appreciated is the fact that Hopkins treats young students' foray into drinking with the appropriate amount of severity. No one's future is ruined because they went to a frat party while underage. Still, Hopkins isn't stupid and deals with severe infractions appropriately.

3 College Senior

Athletics: No School Spirit Unless You Like Lacrosse – The only sport for which Hopkins really comes together is lacrosse. Despite having top teams in many other sports, Hopkins doesn't seem to encourage attendance to any games except those played by their only D1 sport. It's a pity, seeing as the performance by those other teams is equal to if not better than that of the lacrosse team.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Slim Pickings – In all honesty it isn't that the restaurants around campus are bad. It's that there just aren't many of them. The options are so limited and the few places that do exist are small and often too crowded or expensive. While bigger chains like Subway and Chipotle are around, they are pretty much the only places to go.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not Great – There are very limited options for food off campus. The go-to seems to be Subway which is open 24/7, but there's also a pizza place, chinese take-out, sandwich stores, and a few restaurants. Most of these places offer average to below average quality food. To find food worth your money, you would need to head further off campus into the Inner Harbor or Towson.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the Most Part, Safe – I've heard of crime off campus, but never really anything happens on campus. The Hop-Cops are always on duty around the clock, and are always very quick to respond to problems. I've never felt uncomfortable on campus, even at night. However with all that being said, it is Baltimore City and crazy things happen all the time and theres not much anyone can do about that.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: For the two years I've been here, I have had great professors for everything from microeconomics to calculus. Every professor knows his or her curriculum thoroughly and is always available in case anyone needs extra help. The curriculum is very rigorous with assignments due weekly and tests maybe once a month. However with good time management, the curriculum is not as bad as people say it is.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Research Is King – Hopkins was the first research university in America, and that's something we're very proud of. There are research opportunities available in everything from Neuroscience to Linguistics; from Economics to Acting. The chance to work closely with such a magnificent (#1 in the world this year, again) hospital and teaching staff is something you can't find anywhere else.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Quirky Neighborhoods With Style – Hopkins is located in the center of 5 very distinct neighborhoods, each with its own flair for food and arts. Charles Village is where most students live and is the most easily accessed. It has the popular college restaurants that you expect to find: Chipotle, Subway, Starbucks, etc., but also a few local treasures like Niwana's Korean and Japanese fusion, Donna's classy date-night feeling, and Charles VIllage Pub, a popular hangout for of-age students celebrating the end of a busy week. On the other side of campus is Hampden, a "hipster"-esque town with the funky Papermoon Diner, Holy Frijoles with its amazing fish tacos and margarita specials, and rumors of a restaurant that occasionally serves everything from Lion to Python.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Classic and Refined – The facilities at Hopkins are all either very modern or in the process of being updated, but the overall aesthetic of the campus follows a beautiful classic theme based on the architecture of an old house that has been on the property since before it became a college campus. The study areas are numerous, and one of my favorite things to do on campus is to constantly hunt for and sample new study atmospheres. All of the necessities for success are easily accessed and other students are always willing to provide tips and advice to their lesser-experience peers when it comes to using the facilities to their fullest.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking around campus is really terrible. It's tough to park on the streets of Baltimore and it isn't really necessary to have a car during your four years at Hopkins.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment Hunting – There are a lot of options, but the process can be stressful, tricky and annoying. By the time the university tries to help, most apartments are already filled. It's best to inherit an apartment from an upperclassman.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The university is incredibly helpful when it comes to internships. Recently I met with an advisor at the career center, and she guided me through the whole internship process from resumes and cover letters to interviews and applications. She was very friendly and invited me to return if I wanted help with my resume. Hopkins has a strong alumni network, and the university provides us every opportunity to succeed.


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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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