Baltimore, MD
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Reviews 1143 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few places right around campus to eat, but they get old.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Zipcar is really expensive and the collegetown shuttle is often late.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: not robust as in other schools. it is enough for me but I personally am not a greek life person.
there are parties usually in the beginning of the year and taper off after that. they arent very fun though.

4 College Senior

Majors: history of science technology and medicine
great professors, small classes, very interesting topic, lots of resources because there is an institute of the history of medicine at the med campus

3 College Senior

Diversity: some diversity but very skewed. a lot of asians and caucasians. then african americans and latinos.
there is most cultural community between african americans and between asians. the hopkins hispanic community is a bit fragmented and needs to be organized more

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3 College Senior

Majors: Biology and molecular and cellular biology majors are okay but not the most well rounded majors. the department is heavily focused on molecular and cellular biology. classes on evolution/plants/other animals are often rare/unavailable. we don't even have a consistent anatomy and physiology class.
otherwise the professors are decent and approachable. classes aren't too bad in the end.
no special admission requirements

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The newer buildings are state of the art. However, some of the older buildings could use some work. JHU is always upgrading its facilites, so it only gets better as time goes on.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors are always extremely knowledgeable and leaders in their fields. Office hours are offered weekly and most professors seem to genuinely care about their students (especially the ones who teach smaller classes).

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Our only division I sports teams are men's and women's lacrosse. The games are mostly attended by greek students and other athletes.

2 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: It depends on where you like to hang out and who you associate yourself with.

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.


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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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