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Greek Life: Greek life is fun. It definitely gives the campus life. The fraternity parties are fun if you know which ones to go to, but it can never dominate the social scene. There are too many other things going on at the same time for them to dominate.

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Academics: Because JHU is a research university, and many of the professors are high profile, you are less likely to receive personal attention. You are often really on your own.

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Academics: Despite its reputation as being cut-throat, in most subjects, there's a lot of teamwork. Students who do best usually work together, especially in math and physics. Most of the teachers seem to care about how students do and are accessible, but in some cases, I feel like they don't realize how lucky they are to have the students they do. They need to teach at a community college to realize what it's like to teach students who really don't care about class.

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Academics: Academics at Hopkins are some of the best anywhere, but some of the professors know that they are working at the forefront of their fields and only want to teach upperclass students within their field of expertise. It can be hard to find lower-level courses that you can take (and understand) simply because you wanted to learn about a subject. You have to take four courses that are completely outside your major, but most students don't branch out too much other than that.

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Academics: The teachers are all different. Some are really enthusiastic and interested, while others aren't. You can add and drop classes within the first couple weeks, though, which gives you time to see if you like the professor or not. Most teachers are a lot more friendly and helpful if you see them outside of class. They really like it when you come to their office hours.

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Academics: Generally, Hopkins professors are very knowledgeable in their subjects. Large lecture courses are likely to be a little impersonal. How many of these one takes depends on his major. Humanities classes tend to be smaller seminars.

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Academics: Professors are nice and very intelligent. They are definitely hard and expect a lot from their students. Most of them genuinely care about the students and will challenge your mind! Most of my classes were big freshman year because I was taking all the preliminary pre-med classes. I didn't get as much of a chance to meet my teachers. However, by sophomore year, classes are all relatively small. All professors have scheduled office hours, and they will meet with you any other time if you e-mail them.

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Academics: The professors here absolutely are amazing. I haven't encountered a single one I haven't liked as a professor or as a person.

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Academics: The teachers are good, although your first year, you'll spend most of your one-on-one non-lecture time with TAs (although not true of all classes). My experience with TAs has been wonderful, and I really like the idea of a lecture with the professor and a section with a TA. Teaching assistants are grad students, and I feel more comfortable in a setting with people closer in age. It can be a bit daunting to deal with someone who is the top in their field. Still, many of the professors are very approachable, and there are many smaller classes taught only by professors.

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Academics: Teachers are always accessible and hold office hours every week. Sometimes, they bribe us to come visit with anything from cookies to bringing their dogs. My experience is mostly with the psychology department, and all the professors I've had in those classes have been excellent.

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Academics: There are some really good teachers-especially the business teachers. But then there are some poor teachers who focus only on their research. It is a main focal point at Hopkins, and the University brings in some of the best people in the world in their fields.

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Academics: The teachers seem to be pretty good lecturers. Some make nasty, hard exams just for kicks; others put their class on a C- curve for fun. I don't really worry about it, but grades are definitely lower here than at the Ivies. It doesn't really hurt as long as you're being pulled down at the top, because grad schools know how hard they grade at Hopkins.

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Academics: I have enjoyed learning from the professors at Hopkins. Although they are all busy, I have found that they are genuinely interested in helping students learn. If students make an effort to go to office hours, they should have no complaints with professors.

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Local Atmosphere: Visit the Inner Harbor. There are lots of places to go there, like the National Aquarium, ESPN Zone, Hard Rock Café, the Cheesecake Factory, and Legal Sea Foods. You can rent paddle boats there and see street performers.

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Local Atmosphere: One of the advantages of Hopkins's location in Baltimore is that there are tons of festivals, and the city has a really unique atmosphere-from the accent to beehive hairdos. Students who don't have cars complain a lot more than those who do. It's not really safe to walk places because a lot of things are separated by bad neighborhoods. The more people actually explore Baltimore, the more they seem to like it. The city has charm, but it's hidden. One example is Sherwood Gardens, a quaint park near Hopkins that's surrounded by mansions.

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Local Atmosphere: I grew up near Baltimore, so I'm biased about the city. I think it's great, but a lot of students really don't like it here. They complain that there's nothing to do, but it's not true. There's not always a whole lot to do right around Hopkins, and there isn't really a city center (other than the Harbor, which is geared to tourists), but there are lots of neighborhoods. They have restaurants and bars. Also, many students don't know that there are several wineries outside Baltimore that host weekly events. I would suggest Hamden (famous for John Water's movies), Mount Vernon for bars and ethnic restaurants, and Annapolis, Harper's Ferry, or Washington DC for a day away from Baltimore.

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Local Atmosphere: There are several other colleges in Baltimore, which is nice because Hopkins really isn't big enough to support a college atmosphere in the city on its own. Some parts of Baltimore are kind of unsavory, although it's been improving greatly in the past few years. Generally, it's good to be careful. Hopkins has an excellent shuttle service, which is a great way to get around the immediate area. As far as things to visit, DC is just a stone's throw away, and there are a number of options there. Baltimore itself has the things you'd expect from a city of its size (a zoo, sporting events, museums), and some unique stuff, too. See the aquarium at least once.

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Local Atmosphere: I have few complaints about Baltimore. I feel like Hopkins is a rather sheltered environment. Due to lack of convenient transportation, I do not get off campus often. Other universities are present, but I have yet to have a reason to go to another campus. Some places to visit are the Lyric Opera House, Inner Harbor, and Towson Mall.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is okay. There isn't that much to do in Baltimore really, other than clubs and the usual. The Baltimore Museum of Art is right next to campus, but it's not that great of an art museum. I like the aquarium.

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Local Atmosphere: There are three other universities down the street from Hopkins: Loyola, Towson University, and Goucher. I have a couple friends at Loyola, and it's not hard to get there. The atmosphere is very suburban right around the school, and more city-like towards Mount Vernon and the Harbor. Stay away from Greenmount Street and the ghetto-like area opposite of Towson. Definitely visit the Harbor and Fell's Point.

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Local Atmosphere: There are other universities where we party, especially Towson and Loyola. I like to go to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and DC is easily accessible from here. Baltimore has a great symphony orchestra and a nice opera house. Also, the Charles Village area around campus is nice.

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Local Atmosphere: Directly around us are a few restaurants and a supermarket. Just a taxi ride away is the Inner Harbor, which has an aquarium, Hard Rock Café, ESPN Zone, a science center, and few shopping malls. There are a few other colleges in the area. There is also a shuttle to a large mall 30 minutes away and a movie theater.

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Local Atmosphere: It's Baltimore. You can visit the Inner Harbor or the mall in Towson, but there isn't always a lot to do. Most people hang around campus until they get a better feel for the place. There are a lot of colleges around, though, and they mostly come to JHU because we are one of the only colleges in the area that has frats.

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Local Atmosphere: The area right around Hopkins is geared towards the school, with coffee shops and cafés. The Baltimore Museum of Art is next door, which is great to just walk around on a day off. Towson University, Notre Dame of MD, and Loyola are nearby colleges.

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Local Atmosphere: There are at least five or six universities around or in Baltimore, and they're easy to get to by shuttle. Definitely visit Inner Harbor (good food in tourist area), Fell's Point (bars and shopping), and Little Italy (good food). Stay away from the ghetto areas.


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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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