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Baltimore, MD
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5,866
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$43,390
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Very Hard
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Overall Experience: I really like Hopkins. For me, it's a good balance of liberal and conservative views. I think that I'm getting a great education and that students are really working to make the overall social experience better. I still kind of wish that more students at Hopkins got excited about the school. I think that they don't appreciate the opportunities here. I sometimes feel that way about the professors, also.

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Overall Experience: Naturally, there are things I've liked and things I haven't, but overall, I've had a good experience, and I'm glad I came.

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Overall Experience: My experience has been great. I love Hopkins.

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Overall Experience: Overall, I think I had a good college experience at Hopkins. I was pushed to my limits and was challenged in many ways, and I think I came out a better person for it. I often wondered what it would have been like had I gone to a different school.

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Overall Experience: Hopkins provides incredible opportunities to undergraduates that aren't possible at other institutions, especially in research. Socially, it's what you make of it. There's a lot going on, but it's not force-fed to you the way it is at some other schools.

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Overall Experience: Basically, if you're going to college for a well-rounded social experience, then Hopkins may not be the place. It is very academically driven, with many focused and hard-working students. You can find social life through sororities, and Hopkins gives you great resources, especially if you're pre-med or pre-law. But think twice if you want to have fun and have good grades at the same time. Hopkins is grade-deflated, and you must work hard for a good GPA. Otherwise, you meet life-changing friends, develop great relationships, and understand what it means to grow up and become a focused person.

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Overall Experience: Most of the people are cutthroat, but you'll also find the sweetest and nicest people. Don't get me wrong, I'm a BME. You do a lot of studying. Your first semester is pass/fail, so you don't get any grades, which was good. Overall, I think it depends on your major and what you ultimately want to be.

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Overall Experience: I love it a lot, but I'm a bit of a geek. I'm not afraid to admit it. It's very challenging, and the people are nice. I don't really have any complaints.

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Overall Experience: At Hopkins, we study hard and play hard! There is a ton of stuff to do in Baltimore. I think that it is a difficult school, but I am having a wonderful time, and I think that I am doing really well. The people are awesome-most of the kids are middle class and aren't showy or pretentious-one reason why I chose JHU over Yale or Harvard. I can't picture myself anywhere else.

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Overall Experience: I really like it at Hopkins. My friends are the best I could ever ask for. We really enjoy ourselves on the weekends. I only wish it was easier to get good grades. The grading is very harsh. Only a small percentage of each class receives an A. If it wasn't for the fact that I'm a pre-med, I wouldn't care too much. But I must be careful that my grades aren't too low.

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Overall Experience: I'm pretty happy with the Hopkins scene. It's definitely not for everyone, but everyone makes what they want out of their college experience. I joined an a capella group, and several other rewarding clubs. I think Hopkins was probably the best choice for me.

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Overall Experience: I love Hopkins. I complain about it all the time, but it's really been the best, yet most challenging, experience I've ever had. Some keys to success at Hopkins: time management, love your major, love your friends, and have some fun.

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Weather: Summers get pretty hot. Winters are fairly mild, although there's usually at least one substantial snowfall. Campus can get pretty muddy, so bring at least one pair of sturdy shoes.

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Weather: Bring clothing for all seasons, although it doesn't usually stay extremely cold for very long. The weather in Baltimore is really weird; storms frequently come up quickly in the evenings. All in all, it's not too bad. It's almost never over 100 degrees or under 30 degrees. The one thing you might want, though, is air-conditioning or a good fan.

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Weather: Baltimore weather is unpredictable. Have clothing available for all different weather.

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Weather: Baltimore is hot in September and cold in January. It doesn't snow much, but it's very humid in August and September.

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Weather: The weather in Baltimore is typically warm and cold during the appropriate seasons and not very extreme. It is pretty rainy in the spring, but other than that, it's not too bad. This past year, though, was a little more variable.

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Weather: The weather is about 10 degrees warmer than in NY, where I am from, but it has snowed. It doesn't rain often, and on most days it's sunny.

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Weather: Weather is random, very random. In the dorms, it's always 80 degrees and people wear shorts, but outside it can get cold. I grew up in CA and thought it was cold here, and that was before the snow season.

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Weather: The weather was really nice this year. I was at school for intersession, and it only snowed once. It was pretty windy this spring, but that's my only complaint.

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Weather: It could look nice outside and still be cold, and it could rain but still be warm. When it rains, it's normally humid, so I guess that's one way you can tell if it will rain. It can get very warm in the summers due to humidity.

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Weather: Weather was awesome this year. It was pretty mild. It only snowed once in January. I'm from Michigan originally, so it was a little adjustment. Most of the year, the temperature ranged between the 50s and 70s, with a couple weeks when it was warmer, and a few when it was cooler.

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Weather: For the first semester, it was beautiful with very little rain. It is kind of windy, but not too bad. It never got really bitter cold, with only one day of snow. It was 50 to 70 degrees pretty much constantly after February, with the exception of one really hot week in April.

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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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Hometown
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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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