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Baltimore, MD
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$43,390
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Very Hard
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Campus Strictness: Hop Cops are around to keep us Hopkins students out of the hands of Baltimore police, and protect Hopkins's reputation.

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Campus Strictness: If you are caught with drugs, you can get kicked on the first offense. For drinking, you mostly just get warnings from RAs and Hop Cops, but after your third offense, you are out.

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Campus Strictness: Sometimes police are strict, and sometimes they're not. Don't get caught in your dorm drinking, or you will get probation. However, you won't get caught unless your RA finds out. Frat parties sometimes get broken up, but no one gets into trouble, and major parties never get broken up. Drinking and drugs do go on and police don't do a whole lot about it. So, just don't do it in the open. You don't even have to drink, though. I have friends that never drank, and some that did often. It's college-you are treated as an adult and held responsible.

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Campus Strictness: Campus is supposed to be dry. So, how often you get busted really depends on your RA. They do have substance-free housing, but you could still get an RA that doesn't care if you party in your room, or you could get an RA that will bust you if you're being loud after coming back from a party. So, be intelligent about drinking or whatever, and it usually isn't a problem.

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Campus Strictness: There is also a strict Honor Code they are starting to crack down on now. Cheating was considered a widespread problem, and they are tightening down on it. If you get caught, it could be anything from failing the class to being expelled from the University. So, just don't get caught.

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Campus Strictness: Don't sweat the Hop Cops-you can always just run from them. RAs are sometimes really strict, but it depends on their mood. You can always find someplace to drink if you have friends, and there seems to be a drug subculture, at least a little.

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Athletics: Except for lacrosse, which draws a crowd and fans, varsity and IM sports are appreciated, but pretty small.

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Athletics: Lacrosse is pretty much the sport at Hopkins. I'm from an area where football is big, so it was surprising to me that the crowds at lacrosse were so much bigger than those at football games. Homecoming is actually in the spring because that's lacrosse season.

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Athletics: A lot of students don't really care about athletics. Many students don't exercise, and IM sports are mostly frats and dorms. A lot of students like lacrosse, but even with free tickets, the stadium doesn't fill up.

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Athletics: If you're looking for a good football program, look elsewhere.

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Athletics: We are Division III in all sports, except lacrosse. Lacrosse is very big at Hopkins, and everyone comes out for the games. Other than that, sports are not huge on campus, but many students do participate. IM sports are organized by specific groups, such as fraternities and dorms. They are present, but not huge. There are also club sports that meet about once a week, and are just fun for people who don't have time or aren't as serious as varsity players.

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Athletics: Varsity sports, well all sports for that matter, aren't very big on campus. We do well in lacrosse and baseball, but besides that, there's not a whole lot. I know some people who participate in IM sports, and they enjoy it.

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Athletics: Hopkins men's lacrosse is big, but that's the only Division I sport we have. Other than that, people sometimes watch the games, but they aren't a major deal. Lacrosse games are packed and way fun. IM sports aren't much of a deal, either, but are available to those who want them. My friends and I create our own pickup games when we want to play tennis.

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Athletics: I'm on the varsity crew team. Lacrosse is huge, but I think they recruit for that. There are a lot of IM opportunities, and some teams that you could try out for even if you didn't participate in them at all in high school, like crew, for example.

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Athletics: People on varsity sports tend to stick together. They are more high-profile than other people on campus, especially people on the lacrosse teams.

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Athletics: Everyone comes out for the lacrosse games, and our homecoming is in the spring, during the season. There're also IM and club sports. Club sports, such as lacrosse and soccer, are a lot of fun. I know people who played both of those and loved it. They travel sometimes to other schools, but it's more relaxed, and they practice much less than varsity. Intramurals don't practice; there's a variety of sports to choose from, and anybody can join or form a team. A lot of dorms have teams-frats and sororities, and just groups of friends.

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Athletics: The only big sport is really lacrosse. Our homecoming is in April for lacrosse, not football. We have very little school spirit, but lots of people are involved with intramurals.

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Athletics: Lacrosse is the number one sport on the campus for both male and female teams. We are ranked number one in the country for it. In lacrosse, we are NCAA Division I, and all other sports we are NCAA Division III. Spirit and morale for other sports besides lacrosse is a little low. IM sports are pretty big, too, as long as you get your house or floormates involved in it. They can be a lot of fun.

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Athletics: Lacrosse is huge, and the team is really good. The games we went to were tons of fun, because the whole student body really comes out. Other sports are pretty poorly attended, and no one pays much attention. You can definitely play IM sports with your hall, which is fun. Club sports, like ultimate, are another option if you want some more serious athletic involvement.

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Transportation: There's lots of good public transportation around Baltimore, especially between universities. The MARC train to DC is a nice and affordable, but unfortunately, it doesn't travel on weekends.

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Transportation: The Hopkins's shuttle system is a really nice, safe way to get around within a mile of campus. It's also easy to get to Towson with the Colltown shuttle to go to the mall or to the movies. If you want to go anywhere else in town, however, you basically have to take a cab because the bus system is slow, and there's virtually no subway system.

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Transportation: Everyone uses the shuttle service, but I don't think a lot of people use the bus system. Almost everyone knows someone who has a car and can take them places, and besides, there's nowhere you really need to go that's not within a mile of campus. I think more people might use the subway if it actually went anywhere, but it's rumored to only have a few stops.

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Transportation: We take cabs, mostly. There's also the light rail and a campus shuttle that runs to Penn Station. There are also shuttles to grocery stores, Blockbuster, and the mall-all free of course.

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Transportation: There are always cabs available, which are convenient to take to the Harbor and Fell's Point. There are also MTA buses, which are cheaper, although a little sketchier. I hear they are very convenient and reliable.

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Transportation: Cabs are everywhere, but the bus system is kind of sketchy. Just like any big city, you'll find all kinds of people on the buses. Imagine NY buses, but less numbers of people on each bus.

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Dan White
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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