Baltimore, MD
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Reviews 1135 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Computers: Labs Offer Internet Access as Well as Unlimited Printing! I find the computer labs at Johns Hopkins University pretty helpful. Especially since we get to print for free! They get pretty busy midday and during finals week- however, they're still very helpful.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The architectural design of the school is historic and worthy of a visit. The university's student support promotes academicand future success.

5 College Senior

Computers: many studdents have laptops. labs are available and printing is most popular during finals.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Smooth Sailing – Financial was simple and efficient at my school. I was able to get the aid that I needed each year with no hassle.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Off-Campus Living – My school is unique in its allowance of off-campus housing for upperclassmen. After sophomore year, students have the chance to live off-campus in apartments and the like, which allows for the chance to really experience freedom and get a taste of adulthood. This experience further prepares students for adult-life.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is Under Control – The drug scene at Hopkins is present to an extent, but kept under control. I imagine alcohol is a factor at nearly every college, however at Hopkins the focus remains on academics and drinking is not a troublesome activity with regard to academics, for most students.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Lengthy and Unrewarding Process – This school expects everyone to have the ridiculous amount of money it takes to come here. Unfortunately, not everyone does. Depending on the cost of your on campus housing and meal plan, the cost of attendance can easily reach 55-60k and they don't give you many options for handling the cost. The advisors are rude and unhelpful. Despite 2 retired parents and a second mortgage on our house, the school will be offering me $0 in financial aid next year. They require so much paperwork and proof just to determine that you will be getting no money. This school is cheap and unwilling to work with students in financial hardships.

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2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hit or Miss – The people here are either attractive or hideous. There is no in between.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Some majors, like mine, Biology have a lot of requirements. On the other hand, majors like psychology can be completed in a max. of 2 years!

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anything Near/Associated With Hopkins Is Expensive – Whether it be Hopkins meal plans or finding places to eat off-campus it's all expensive. Everyone knows it's a collegetown so they use that to charge ridiculous amounts for the smallest things.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Hopkins Is Pretty Safe – Hopkins is pretty safe. I've seen people leave valuable unattended for long periods of time and return to their stuff untouched. As far as off campus, definitely not.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Amazing Education – You cannot beat JHU for a medical science education. The faculty and facilities are top notch, and it will definitely prepare you for your career.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Just opened up a fantastic new apartment building near the medical campus, which I love!

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Born and raised in Los Angeles, I think I am a bit biased when it comes to this category. Baltimore is not as safe as LA, and you need to be careful when walking around, especially at night. However, there are a ton of fresh food markets. Shopping in Downtown Baltimore is a little expensive, and there is not a lot of sports or recreation other than gyms.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Wait, We Have to Fund Students? Hopkins is well-known for its alumni. The reason for this is because most of the money goes to the funding of the research faculty. This leaves a little bit of money to support campus internet (which isn't terrible, but it's not fast a la Princeton) and an even smaller chunk of money to support students. There isn't really any way that you can try to get financial aid from Hopkins--unless you're on the Hodson scholarship and/or you're an extremely outstanding disabled student from an extremely poor country who was raised by one parent.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Even. The only students who bring cars are the super preppy East Coast-ers who live within a couple hours of campus. They get to deal with the wonders of parallel parking on a college campus while the rest of the student population gets off relatively well without a car. The public transportation in Baltimore may not be the best, but if you need to get somewhere you can plan it.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Really overall, the nightlife at Hopkins campus is based heavily on parties at the frat houses. If you're not into that, then... you're kinda out of luck. If that's your scene though, then you're in the right place! Hopkins students play hard and party hard. The party starts Wednesday nights and then go until Sunday night. Some frats party every night of the week during the first semester (due to freshmen having covered grades)!

If you're looking for nightlife that isn't as sweaty or smelly as the basement of a frat house, then you're in luck as well. The beautiful Inner Harbor is only about a 30 minute bus ride away. Inner Harbor trips will mostly always consist of good food and a good time, considering the amount of restaurants just waiting in Little Italy along with other neighborhoods.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Options Are Pretty Good – Freshman dorms are OK unless you get stuck in a triple (not overly common). Sophomore dorms are better for sure. On campus housing is technically available for upperclassmen, but very few choose it.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Mostly Off Campus – Drugs are not a big problem on campus. Most of the drugs and alcohol are consumed off campus in bars or fraternity houses. Resident advisers in the dorms do a good job of encouraging students to take their business elsewhere.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe Haven – Baltimore city is currently suffering from the effects of deindustrializaton, including homelessness, poverty, and crime. However, on campus, there are always patrols, and plenty of emergency stations to report suspicious activity. It is very safe around the hub of campus.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of Research Opportunity – Johns Hopkins has many active faculty members engaged in cutting edge research, and are open to undergraduate lab members. These professors are some of the most knowledgeable in the world, and serve as invaluable mentors to those interested in research in all aspects of the sciences

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of off campus options that are nearby! Walking distance, there's Tamber's which is an Indian/American food place that has great food and there's a 10% student discount. There's also Subway & Chipotle which are really cheap and accessible. If you want to take a bus, it takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the Inner Harbor which has a TON of amazing food places! Noodles & Company is really cheap (10 bucks and under usually) and super yummy :)

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and Drinking – Drinking is popular here, not not everyone does it and there are certainly alternative ways to have fun and socialize. The biggest drug use besides drinking, though, is study drugs. Adderal, Ritalin, and other things. Sometimes it puts pressure on students to start taking them because they know of so many others that use them

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Off-Hours Food Access – The dining halls are great and provide good variety during mealtimes, however, it is difficult to find coffee and food on campus during off-hours. The most frustrating thing is that we don't have a coffee shop that runs all day. Also Levering Hall needs to expand its hours. But other than hours, i'm very pleased with food here.

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5 College Junior

Computers: Computer Technology – As students we have 24/7 access to computers in the library and internet access in all of the dorms, wireless in all of them within the next year. We have internet access on 98% of the campus, too, with a guest network and a student exclusive network. The IT help is great and if your computer breaks we have a campus resource to check out laptops until we get ours fixed. Very pleased

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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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