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Baltimore, MD
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5,866
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$43,390
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm still a freshman, so I can't live off campus for another year, but everyone moves off campus, so it must be worth it.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are quite a few restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores around.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Great wireless network- fast and easy to access. You don't necessarily need a computer, but I can't imagine not having one. You need a laptop in physics lab, and almost all your other homework is online.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from Minnesota, so I think it's great. You barely need a jacket and if it snows even a little they will usually shut down the school.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Great security, very visible because some of the seedier neighborhoods near campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the best building wolman, however its a really long walk to class.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: its not bad. i mean, it is baltimore. a couple stabbings have happened, one at a frat party and one for a girls iphone by baltimore natives. also, on the first night of school people were held up at gunpoint for their phones

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Its okay, it centers mainly around fraternities. sororities don't do much, but fraternities have something going on every weekend. Pike throws pretty big parties, piketoberfest is the biggest party on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: its okay. before i was a varsity athlete the facilties were sub par. still, the varsity gym is mediocre at best. the weights and racks are very old and outdated

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Hopkins does give quite a bit of aid, but it seems to be mostly based off of FAFSA information, which can be a bit misleading in terms of true need. Some students were given generous packages; I was not one of them because of my home zip code.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: On campus, safety isn't a question, it's a guarantee. There are security guards everywhere, and access to the dorms is gained by using your J-card. The farther off-campus you go, the more likely you are to encounter problems - thefts (at knife- or gun-point) are not uncommon 4-5 blocks off of campus, and home burglaries increase drastically as you move farther away.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Mol/Cell Bio was incredibly intense. Hopkins gives off the vibe that, if you aren't studying, you're actively getting behind, and that can push some people over the edge (I started calling my family as I walked around campus because otherwise I would feel guilty for wasting time...). There are a lot of great people who will help you out selflessly, as well as some really helpful professors, but there are also super-competitive people who mostly live at the library and are much less likely to assist with homework or studying questions. I'm not concerned about my next step, since I was accepted into veterinary school, but I know that it is quite difficult to get a job as a young researcher without going to graduate school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Hopkins is on the Common App, so the process itself wasn't that hard - it's just very competitive to gain entry, so you have to put your best foot forward and make yourself stand out somehow.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Hopkins is a fairly safe area of Baltimore because of the large number of Hopkins Security personnel that patrol the campus and surrounding areas. There are quite a few dining options within walking distance (including a Chipotle, Potbelly's, an Indian/American diner called Tambers, and a 24-hour Subway), but the on-campus dining options are incredibly overpriced (one meal at the Fresh Food Cafe is about $14...) and can be disappointing. The Baltimore Museum of Art (which is free) is located at the South end of our campus, and there are numerous other galleries and museums on the JHMI shuttle route. Parking can be a nightmare, since the Baltimore meter maids seem to pay very close attention to the JHU area and there are areas in which you cannot park during rush hour, but if you get parking included with your housing option, it can be easy.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many people with different religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, and I never saw any animosity come out between the groups of people. The student body is about half white, with a large group of Asian students and a much smaller group of African American students.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: As a Molecular and Cellular Biology major (one of two BS degrees awarded by the School of Arts and Sciences), I found the workload to be very intense. All the required science classes were 200-350 people, leaving little room for interaction with the professor, and many professors made it obvious that they would rather be doing research than teaching (Hopkins is known for not funding teaching hours but requiring professors to take a certain number of them per semester anyway to retain connection with the school). The facilities became much more incredible with the construction of the new undergrad teaching labs, which I graduated before the completion of but have heard are amazing. It's fairly easy to obtain a position as a research assistant/tech during school, especially if you have federal work/study monies or would like to do research for credit; this can create connections that lead to a job after graduation. Most bio majors are pre-med (or at least, they were when they started at Hopkins).

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: All students are guaranteed housing for their first two years on campus, and then nearly everyone moves off campus (as of this moment, there isn't much housing available for upperclassmen on campus). The housing ranges from insect-infested but very close to campus to gorgeous but very far, with intermediate options between. Rowhouses are an option for larger groups of people (some have 5-8 bedrooms), but are more likely to be broken into than apartment buildings. Parking varies based on the building, and there is some free street parking available north of campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol use, as at any college campus, is quite prevalent. Fraternity parties are sometimes shut down due to overcrowding/noise complaints, but I have never heard of anyone being arrested for underage drinking as a result. It's essentially acknowledged but kept quiet by the campus security force.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The Blue Jay Shuttle is generally useless - point-to-point service does not give you estimates of time before you're picked up, so you can end up waiting over an hour, and the routes seem to have been drawn by a 5 year old, with no regard to order. Also, the fact that it only goes within a mile of campus means you are limited in choices for 'fun' outings. The JHMI shuttle, which runs to Peabody and the Medical Campus, is fairly reliable (although shuttles can get very crowded), but it won't take you to 'fun' spots, just to more school/work. Zipcar is fabulous, with cars all over campus (you can pretty much get one at any time, although you should book for weekends early because they may all be in use on Saturday/Sunday afternoons), but can get expensive pretty fast. If you want to go grocery shopping, Zipcar or your own car is your best bet (although you can go on the Blue Jay Shuttle...but see above for that option).

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Parties at fraternity houses are as you would expect - loud, crowded, and grungy. There are three bars in walking distance - Maxie's (where underage drinking is prevalent), PJ's (home to the lacrosse players and their groupies), and CVP (usually full of the 25+ hipster crowd), and no real nighttime entertainment for underage students. You can take the JHMI shuttle to Penn Station and then catch the Charm City Circulator (rumored to be extending it's purple line up to the JHU campus - which would make this trek easier) down to the inner harbor, but you'll usually have to walk many (8-10) blocks to get to the nearest clubs and bars. Plan on taking cabs back, since the Circulator stops running at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't participate in it, but it's okay.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: The major is difficult, but it's worth it if you enjoy the hard sciences.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are rigorous, but you learn a lot.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have the usual fast-food chains and a few restaurants.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Hopkins and I'm glad I chose to come here.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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