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Baltimore, MD
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$43,390
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Very Hard
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Off-Campus Housing: I have lived in off-campus, University-sponsored housing for the past two years, and I have had a good experience overall, but I have some complaints. I think JHU did a good job renovating and furnishing the apartments for students, but I had problems with getting things fixed, among other things.

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Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives off campus junior and senior year, unless they're a RA. It's very convenient. There are lots of apartments and row-houses available for students. The row-houses are like townhouses, but they're in a sketchier part of town. Guys tend to rent them more often than girls.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very convenient. It is plentiful and often very cheap. It's not hard to find housing your junior year, although you have to live in University housing the first two years. Still, if you get a good lotto number your sophomore year, you could get a sweet University-owned apartment. My friend has four singles and two baths close to campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's not too hard to find an apartment off campus. You're only guaranteed to live on campus for your first two years, so everyone has to find something after that. Some people also opt to live in row-houses, but either way, it's not too bad to find a place to live. You'll probably know some upperclassmen that will pass down their place to you.

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Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing is pretty difficult, but it helps to know older students so you can get their house or apartment after they graduate. Greeks and athletes have an easier time because they tend to know the older students.

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Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing isn't as hard as I thought it would be. I was a little frustrated by it because it seems so daunting, but the outskirts of campus are full of apartment buildings and row-houses. Living off campus is actually cheaper than living on campus, and as long as you get your name on a waiting list early, you should be fine.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing is fairly easy to find off campus, and the most you'll walk to any class is 15 to 20 minutes.

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Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse. One ethnicity or belief system does not dominate the school. I don't know the exact percentages, but there's a little bit of everything.

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Diversity: It seems to me like we have students from lots of different countries and a relatively large amount of open-mindedness. But considering the fact that we live in a city with one of the highest percentages of African Americans, they're not well represented at Hopkins.

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Diversity: A lot of people here complain that we're not diverse enough. There are students here from around the world, but many of them only become friends with people of their nationality. When you look around, there are lots of different homogenous groups, and only a few groups with friends of many ethnicities. Some minorities don't like when white students try to learn about their culture.

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Diversity: Hopkins isn't terribly diverse. Hopkins has a large number of international students, but the domestic contingent tends to be mostly white with a decent Asian population, as well. The student body also tends strongly towards upper-middle-class backgrounds.

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Diversity: Racially, we're pretty diverse. However, there are still racial cliques, which isn't cool.

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Diversity: It is a very diverse campus for a college-internationally, racially, and religiously. I'm used to NYC, so nothing is that diverse.

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Diversity: The campus is diverse, though, it can be segregated. There are many culture clubs that promote diversity. I would say the biggest minorities represented are Indians and Asians-both foreign-born and American. The least represented are probably the Hispanics and African Americans.

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Diversity: Campus is really diverse. I've met so many different types of people. My freshman year roommate went to a boarding school, my current roommate was from the mountains of New Hampshire, and there were people on my floor from Korea and Turkey. I've met lots of cool and friendly people.

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Diversity: Hopkins is the most diverse campus you will ever see. No joke. I went to an extremely diverse high school, yet I was amazed when I came here. It's so nice to have different friends who can speak so many different languages, have different views, and cook different foods. You have to mooch off of your ethnic friends here. Don't miss out!

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Diversity: Diversity is possibly the most defining feature of Hopkins. We have a very diverse population with people from all over the United States and abroad. It's one of my favorite aspects, because people are from all different backgrounds and all so unique.

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Diversity: There is some diversity of skin color. There is a fairly large Asian population. There are a lot of African Americans in Baltimore, but on campus, it doesn't make up that large of a percentage. There are only a few Hispanics, but a fairly large Jewish population.

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Guys & Girls: It's a college. There are a several thousand people. Just about any type you'd be looking for, you can find. If you can't, there are four other colleges nearby to look at, too.

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Guys & Girls: JHU is known for having unattractive people, but I found they have a pretty average share of attractive and unattractive people. The main difference is that most students at JHU don't put as much time into their appearance. What struck me the most coming to Baltimore from the South was the difference in the general attitude of people; students here seem a little more withdrawn.

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Guys & Girls: There's such a range of looks here because there are people from so many countries. Foreign students don't really seem interested in dating. They're more interested in studying or hanging out with groups of people of the same sex. Or people have serious relationships. After freshman year, there's not a lot of hooking up.

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Guys & Girls: There are hot people here, especially if you're looking for preppy people. They're everywhere. Watch out, though, because it's a big enough school that not everyone knows everyone else, but you'll know someone who knows everyone. Reputations get built quickly.

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Guys & Girls: Guys and girls are decent looking. `Hot' is a relative term.

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Guys & Girls: The guys get mixed reviews. I think they're fine, but others disagree.

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Guys & Girls: I think that there are a lot of students at Hopkins that are very driven academically and tend to be less involved in social activities. They sometimes tend not to care about their appearances and may appear less attractive physically. They may also need to work on their social skills. However, there are also many students that are academically driven and also make time for social activities, sports, clubs, working out, music, theater, and other activities. I think that the best way to meet people at Hopkins is to get involved in different activities and organizations. By doing this, you'll meet a diverse group of people.

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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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