Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
5,866
Tuition
$43,390
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1060 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls are generally okay looking. Athletes are always fun to hang out with and are more or less the better looking people on campus. Everyone is very fun though, and likes to socialize

4 College Junior

Diversity: Great Diversity, lots of acceptance and ethnic/racial diversity

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Big but No Pressure – Drinking and partying is very common at Hopkins, and contrary to stereotypes Hopkins students do know how to have a good time. I've encountered no peer pressure when it comes to drug use. There are some harder core drugs around, but they happen behind close doors, and only a small minority of the students take part.

In terms of the campus police, they will turn a blind eye if you are stumbling drunk on the street. If cops do break up a party, little discipline occurs as long as people respectfully leave.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Really limited to a few over priced places to eat.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As an International Studies Major, I take a wide variety of classes (History, Political Science, Language, Economics). So far my professors have been brilliant. For the most part they are very accessible, encouraging students to attend their office hours. The workload is intense, but manageable. The work you put in does pay off in a practical sense--I have received little busy work. Within my major, students are friendly and willing to help. Across the board, you get the genuine sense that Hopkins cares about its undergraduates, and I'm confident that the quality of education is top notch.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: No Sorority Houses – Greek life is great if you're into it, but doesn't dominate the social scene if you're not interested. None of the sororities have houses, which is too bad.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Wolman and Charles Commons – If you are lucky you will get to live in Wolman hall your freshman year and Charles Commons your sophomore year. The other dorms are alright but those two dorms definitely stand out from the rest.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Weird Question – Quite a few "nerds" but mostly pretty normal people. Wide ranging from people who want to party every night, to those who don't go out at all. Generally a pretty competitive crowd when it comes to academics.

3 College Junior

Computers: Can't Complain – There aren't too many labs, but most people just use their own computers. Departments who's students need computers with certain programs to do schoolwork tend to have their own labs.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Finding out your major isn't always the easiest thing. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to study as an undergraduate. I had some ideas, and after talking to counselors here they really cleared up everything. They got my ideas and told me what major would suit me based off of what I told them and they were right. There are also many majors that are very similar. BEST part is there are not set requirements. If I want to be a math major because I hate history, I never have to take history, or even economics, if I never want to.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great Shuttle System – Hopkins revamped their transportation system just this year. There are now multiple shuttles with different preset routes, and their exact location and predicted times are available via GPS online. There are also free vans that you can call after 10 pm supposedly, but I've heard that they either take forever or don't show up at all. Cab fair is cheap too.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Beautiful Campus – After all of the construction finishes this campus will become even more beautiful than it already is. The Rec center is really clean and new and all of the building are beautiful. The new Brody Learning Commons are going to be amazing!

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frats or Downtown – The frat life at Hopkins isn't that great, but there's always a party somewhere if you know the right people. For those that aren't happy with the (dude-heavy) frat parties, however, the clubs in Baltimore are great if you're willing to drop the money. There are a LOT of formals, so if you're involved in Greek life or happen to be in with a lot of the brothers or sisters, you can get used to the idea of open bars.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments/Group Houses – Upperclassmen aren't guaranteed housing in dormitories on campus, but there are always plenty of options. Many students choose to get an apartment (not owned by the university), or rent a house with their friends. There are many apartment buildings and houses within two blocks of campus in safe areas, and the rent is extremely affordable if you split it among friends. Just make sure you start looking as early as possible - the best ones fill up very quickly.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People are from all around the world. It is so fun and interesting to hear where they are from and how they live without just reading it from a text book and not knowing how true it is. The professors, for the most part, genuinely care about you and help you if you talk to them about your grade or anything else. This school is also big on helping you get internships and jobs on and off campus. Everyone here really does try to help you so long as you ask for it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat right around campus. There are places for vegetarians, there are fast food restaurants such as subway and chipotle, Chinese restaurants, there is a thai restaurant and Hampden is really close by with a lot of other different restaurants. There is something for everyone to love.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The housing was alright, mostly because I was lucky to live in single rooms. There is not enough clothing storage space and the dorms are not kept very clean. The HVAC system was never clean.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Pretty Lax – JHU doesn't really punish you unless you're caught drinking or doing drugs in a school building, and even then, you usually only get a warning. As for frats, if the police come and end the party, don't worry. They have other things to do. Just leave the party and don't do anything dumb like finishing your drink before leaving right in from of them or trying to bring your drinks outside.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: A chance to meet new people, have fun, and do service to the community

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Homewood Campus – Great athletic facilities with a vast library that comes very useful when finals come around.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Charm City – Beatiful Inner Harbor with plenty of touristic attractions.

3 College Junior

Weather: It gets really random in baltimore. But it doesn't really affect anything if you're not working one of the athletic contests.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living at Hop – It's really hit or miss with Hopkins. Wolamn and McCoy Hall are some of the best dorms in the country for freshman, but the AMR's and Buildings A&B could be mistaken for section 8 housing. I would rank the sophomore dorms available rank amongst the best in the country so there's hope even if you get screwed as a freshman. The housing process is super easy.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's a great school with in a major city, but you're not going to have that college town feel that you would at a big state school or the small middle of no where private schools. I love it here but you should definitely invest in a fake to be able to go downtown.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Great Resources – The departments in our school are great. Everyone is well-connected. During the winter break we have an option of taking intercession classes and even the opportunity to go on trips. I chose to further my education and taking a writing course which allowed me to travel to NYC to meet top firms and even Mayor Bloomberg. Hopkins has so many connections and all of the Professors are willing to help out by hooking students up with the right people.

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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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