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

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Top of the Line – Top 15 engineering school, all liberal arts programs are ranked, and natural sciences are among the best in the country. Great place for pre-meds, lots of labs and internships available always. Professors are all big in their fields.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Better With Age – Some of the freshmen dorms aren't too spacious, but they are designed to get kids out and meeting each other. The sophomore dorms are really nice, and the off-campus apartments and houses available to upperclassmen are great, and cheap if you look in the right places.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – The stuff tastes pretty good, and is real healthy. A decent amount of options, and a cheap grocery store just off campus for upperclassmen. The cafeterias listen to all suggestions

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College Senior

Majors: Intership Interest – I have not done one, but I have done some research about doing internships for chamber music groups. There are many responsibilities involved, but the experience of doing on is fantastic.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Fun If You're Looking for It – No one's going to hold your hand and show you where the parties are, but if you're looking for fun there are bars around campus and usually good parties. There's a big culture of studying or staying in, but there's definitely your group of people who go out every night and know where to party

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse Campus – There really is a diverse presence on campus; the majority of my friends are international students. There are also a lot of student groups that bring these groups of people together and get the campus involved

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Not many people have cars, because you don't really need one, but you can always find parking at relatively low rates especially if you go to off campus places.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Varies for Both – Obviously there are some very attractive individuals on both ends, but some who are not. Overall, if your looking for someone attractive, you can find them and there are a lot of normal people in addition to the bookworms.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Low School Spirit – Not many people attend the sporting events. This may be because of all sports other than lacrosse being DIII. Even with an amazing lacrosse team, many people are not supportive.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Hopkins has a very wide variety of students with various ethnicities, economic back ground, political beliefs, and religions. Most everyone is accepting. There are groups and clubs for every different type of person.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Social Life – Freshmen dorms range from very social to not social at all. I suggest living in the AMR's which are the most social. Everyone leaves their doors open and walks in and out of rooms freely. However, they do not have air conditioning and are the typical college dorm with common bathrooms. The "nicer" dorm Building A and B are suite style. However, the students living there are usually less social. They do not go out as much. Wolman is the nicest freshmen door. The rooms are suite style and most are spacious. There is a common room with tv on each floor. However, most students living in Wolman do not go out as much and are usually only social with the students on their floor.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Fair Aid – Calculated and unwavering. Does not always take into account all economic factors realistically such as cost of living off campus. Food plan programs are unnecessarily expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: In addition to the very cheap public transportation, students have access to two free shuttle services, the JHMI and the Collegetown Shuttle, which basically take you anywhere around Baltimore that you want to go. There are also free van services that take you around campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Lacrosse, Lacrosse, and... What? JHU is a giant, unabashed lacrosse school. Football games? What are those? Nobody ended up going to many football games--but I know that tons of people will be gearing up for the lacrosse season.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls in, Boys Out – At JHU, it's quite hard to find attractive guys. I guess if you're smart, good looks don't come naturally with that, unless you're of the female gender. The students admit that there is a phenomenon on campus. Once you're on campus long enough, people who you wouldn't have thought were attractive before become attractive to you. This is all because we actually have a giant lack of attractive guys, but no shortage of attractive girls. Entirely strange.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I really enjoy the academics at JHU. The first semester of college is covered grades, so that you really get time to adjust to the caliber that the professors and the school expects. Some professors aren't the best, but overall the academics are great. Registration is relatively easy, although the freshmen do get dead last in the process. Most Hopkins students study in the library, although when it's sunny we hit the front yard of the school or, if you're special, the President's lawn.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Food Is Alright – The food is okay but it is very repetitive, i wouldnt suggest a meal plan after freshman year

4 College Freshman

Academics: Amazing Advisors – The advisors are always there to lead you down the right path especially when determining classes and requeting extra help from professors.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good! Food at the FFC is alright, pretty good on some days, but it can get repetitive (like all dining halls, i guess) However, food off campus is AWESOME, and within walking distance. I'd recommend Carma's (great coffee and breakfast fare) and Chocolatea (oh my god, amazing) for chilling with friends or somewhere cosy to study.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Fresh Feces Cafe – The freshman dining hall aso known as the Fresh Food Cafe is also colloquially known as the Fresh Feces Cafe, it's one redeeming quality is the unlimited meal plan and late night which is breakfast food from 9-12.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The internet occasionally craps out, but speeds are reasonable, and there is dc++ which is a hopkins internal fileshare which is pretty useful

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Relaxed but not exaggeratedly so – HopCops don't usually break up parties and the school knows that, with the large workload, students need ways to relax and relieve stress on weekends. Drinking in the dorms is common and does not tend to go noticed either. Take care not to leave alcohol paraphernalia laying around your room though as it can get confiscated.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options – Baltimore as a city has tons of dining options. The only downside is that if you are into fast food chains, Chipotle and Subway are pretty much the only options within walking distance of campus.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Free and Convenient – With Penn Station only ten minutes away by free bus, you can get almost anywhere on the east coast with relative ease. Also, getting to downtown Baltimore is really easy and free as well. The MARC train can get you to DC in under an hour for only $7 on weekdays, and can get you to BWI airport in about 20 minutes for only $4.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Whatever You Are Into – The nightlife is great. If you are into frat parties with beer pong , drinking and rave-like dancefloors, frats are welcoming to all people (even people not affiliated with Greek life). If you prefer relaxing in your dorm jamming out to music, there are plenty of people who do that. If you like movies, the Hop organizes a movie showing every weekend. Whatever you like, there is something for you.


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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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