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

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Biology at Hopkins: Compared to the Other Guys We're TWISTED MUTANTS – Johns Hopkins is renowned for its biology department. The general education course is very objective and it is a good transition for high school students. After that my major is required to take extra classes which are very hard but of course everyone and their grandmother is a bio major at Hopkins. That means that you have plenty of support and there are many opportunities. The equipment that we have is very high tech and expensive but even as a sophomore you learn how to use it. Also every professor is willing to do research and to help any student who is sincerely interested.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Music Program – The Peabody Conservatory at Jons Hopkins University s one of the best schools in the world.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pretty Grand! Overall my experience has been great at Hopkins! I love my friends and the field of study I'm pursuing. The professors and administrative staff are fantastic but I do wish there were more options for students with financial difficulties.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Not So Shabby – Lacrosse is big at Hopkins. So me being from Texas where football is popular, it makes it very hard to adjust. I do wish there was a little more emphasis on school spirit in athletics.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Loved It! I loved living off campus- I just don't advise living alone if you're a social person. You can have the freedom of having parties and visitors without the hassle of campus security checks all the time.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Just Say No – Drugs really aren't that popular at Johns Hopkins. There's no pressure from others to participate in that kind of activity so its easy to say no if offered. Some choose to smoke and experiment but for the most part, students enjoy drinking.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Slowly Growing – Upon arriving at Hopkins I noticed very quickly, although there was a bit of every race enrolled, the demographics weren't as diverse as advertised by the school. Over the years there has been a growth in the diversity of ethnicity and cultures.

4 College Junior

Academics: Definitely There for the Students, Both in and Out the Classroom! When I initially came to Hopkins I wanted to enter the medical field but the counselors and administrators are great at encouraging students to think outside their comfort zone and now I am studying politics. The professors are wonderful,the campus is kept beautifully, and there are always activities to join.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I haven't confronted any problems with the school policies as of yet so I'm satisfied overall.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Baltimore City – Baltimore has many attractions including cultural events and art museums.

2 College Senior

Parking: Don't Bring the Car – You won't need a car, and it's just a pain to deal with parking and traffic. Use the public and school transportation. Hopkins has buses running often (thought they sometimes don't show up when they're supposed to and drivers can be cranky), and Baltimore has a free circulator bus that connects to the school's route. People do walk here and while you don't want to be wandering around late at night, you can go nearly anywhere in groups.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Lovely Campus, Great Fitness Center – There are many things I still don't know about the Hopkins campus since I'm a dual degree student and live near the Peabody Conservatory. It is a beautiful campus, though, and the bus system makes it possible to explore the other campuses and Baltimore sites. It seems there are always student activities but with my ties closer to Peabody, I rarely am aware of them. I've gone on hiking trips and picnics with Hopkins students and while most students are very driven, there seems to be time for fun. I can say the food at Hopkins is waaay better than that at Peabody FYI and the fitness center (with it's climbing wall) is great if you're close enough to take advantage.

4 College Senior

Computers: Never Any Trouble Finding One – Wireless access is decent and Starbucks/Barnes&Noble is part of the extended campus, so if you have a laptop, you'll never be without access. There are computers in the library and printing here and there, but I don't depend on them so I don't know if one could survive without personal equipment or not.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Hopkins Does Not Satisfy Need – I got a decent financial aid but not proportional to my need

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not Very Pretty People – Not an attractive study body overall, lots are nerdy, lots are preppy

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Hopkins Housing Is Just Okay – Freshman housing is dorm style which is fun, sophomore can be great or not so good depending on your lottery number and upperclassmen housing is off-campus and not affiliated with Hopkins so is difficult.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Can Be Fun to Join – Greek life is fun for frat parties, especially freshman and sophomore years. The sororities don't have houses, but the frats do. It's not necessary to be in a fraternity or sorority, but it does add to the experience. For a nerdy and smaller school, we have a fairly decent greek life.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Tons of Options – In terms of free transportation, the Collegetown shuttle brings you to all of the local colleges and the mall. The JHMI will bring you down to Penn Station and Mt Vernon, and then you can take the Charm City Circulator downtown. Of course, there are always buses and taxies around as well!

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus Is Fine – The campus is completely fine. That being said, Hopkins IS in Baltimore, so be smart in the areas around campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Inside Scoop – A few facts you should know about Hopkins:

* Many of your classes will be taught and graded by grad students. The quality of instruction of undergrad programs at Hopkins is pretty poor. I would say overall that Hopkins is overrated. Professors are more concerned with their research than with their students, and education suffers because of it. They let the grad students do the work.

* Poor social scene - of the small percentage of kids who actually leave the library and like to party, most of them are surprisingly dull and dim-witted. I expected to have smarter peers when I first arrived at Hopkins.

* Get to know Baltimore - People talk about Baltimore as if it were a huge slum with no cultural attractions. This is far from true. Explore the city, while avoiding the bad nighborhoods, and you should find something fun to do. Baltimore has a great club scene, and a great art and music scene as well. There's something for everyone. Most Hopkins kids stay within the Charles Village area, which is a fairly boring area compared to some of the downtown areas. This prevents them from discovering the interesting people and places that Baltimore has to offer.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Frats Are for Freshmen – The fraternities dominate the social scene among Freshmen at Hopkins. However, most students tend to leave this scene as they get older, and find their groups of friends, or turn 21 and take to the bars. That is, unless they decide to join one of the Greek organizations. Most frat parties are pretty lame, featuring an overcrowded, hot, sweaty room, and beer-stained floors. It's great if you like loud stupid people and beer pong.

One interesting thing is that each fraternity or sorority has a "type" of person that tends to be attracted to it. We have a rich kid frat, a stoner frat, a creepy guy frat, a nerd frat, and a plain no-one-notices-you kind of guy frat, among others.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is good, and offers some options. However, this is an expensive option. The lack of traditional fast food is a common complaint among students. The closest thing to it we have is Chipotle and Subway. For quality take-out, there is the deli and a few Asian places, which. There are also a few restaraunts around campus, which are fun for a date but not so easy on the wallet.

In short, the Charles Village area offers a number of options for food, but many of these options are expensive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Colder Than I Expected – Being from New York, I expected Baltimore to be a bit warmer. I was surprised to find that it's actually colder down there than it is in NY. Summers are hot and very humid, while winters are icy and bitter.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Lacrosse is the big sport at Hopkins. We're division I lax and III everything else. Most of the other varsity programs are under-funded and largely overlooked. This is unfortunate for a student who is interested in sports aside from Lacrosse.

Despite this, Lacrosse games are a popular attraction for students, and a good way to come together with fellow students.

Athletic facilities are good, for both atheletes and non-atheletes. The gym contains a large track, many basketball and racquetball courts, a fitness room, a climbing wall, a weight room, the exclusive varsity weight room and pool, rooms for practicing martial arts, and other great features. It's a good gym.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Improved Over Time. When I first got to Hopkins, I couldn't stand the food at Fresh Food Cafe. I used to joke about its ironic name. Since then, the quality of food has improved. However, Fresh Food is still pretty lousy. Nolan's, located in Charles Commons, is a better bet when it comes to getting a good meal. The food is usually good there, but varies depending on the day. I would recommend their burgers.


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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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