Baltimore, MD
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5 College Freshman

Academics: I am a double major in Behavioral Biology and Cognitive Science. The workload is fine so long as you don't procrastinate! The classes for these majors have been extremely interesting so far! I can't wait for my classes next semester to start! There are tons of research/internship opportunities available on campus for these majors.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I am overwhelmingly pleased with the academic life at Hopkins. A lot of students complain about the heavy workload, but if you manage your time well it is no problem! And this is coming from a double major (in the sciences!) The professors are all awesome and are very helpful as well. The curriculums they choose are almost always very intestine and engaging.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Baltimore is extremely dangerous, but the "Hop Cops" keep the area relatively safe. I never feel as if I am in danger walking around campus (even at night), but I do stick to walking in groups just in case.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is delicious. The Inner Harbor and Fells Point (only a few miles away) has a lot of delicious restaurants, although they can be a bit pricey.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is seasonal, which I like. It never really rains too hard and it barely snows, which is good too. I do wish it was a little warmer in the winter though.

5 College Freshman

Majors: All professors are extremely helpful and very passionate about their subjects. I love all of the teachers I have had so far!

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is delicious and there are many dining spots available on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone goes to lacrosse games, but beyond that the student body doesn't really attend very many sporting events. All of the teams are very good as far as their national ranking though (even though they are D3.)

College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for financial aid.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are free shuttles for Hopkins students that follow several different routes, making travel extremely convenient. Taxis are always available as well if you are not willing to wait 5-10 minutes or if you venture to the Inner Harbor (or elsewhere) very late at night.

3 College Senior

Majors: Since many people are getting into the same program as me, it's very hard for me to be able to get into the programs that I want.

3 College Senior

Majors: I do enjoy it but knowing that there are some classes I can't take made me feel down-hearted.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I would like to transfer to another school. This university is too far and very uncomfortable.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I try to ask my friends about off-campus housing but it seems like it will never work out.

2 College Senior

Computers: It took at least 15 min to access to the internet. Some places are fast and some places takes a long time.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I personally did not have time to visit cafeteria because I am always busy with my school work. I rarely go to dining.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Money is a big problem to me. Even though I applied to many other scholarships. I never got into one.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Our campus is very beautiful and bright during the day. Most of the student hangs around there during spare time.

2 College Senior

Transportation: The bus service is totally a bad and worst thing that happen to me. Since there is no train station around my house, I have to take nearby bus and transfer to another bus and walk about 5-6 blocks.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most of the guys and girls in my school usually does not care about education. Most of my classmate came to class very late and always complaining about projects and homework.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Even though there are a few things I would change, at the end of the day I really love this school and am really glad I'm here. Hopkins students are genuine, smart, and ambitious. It's a very challenging school and expects the best from it's students, but the administration makes a point to give credit to the accomplishments of it's students and students are generally happy to be here.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are perfectly reasonable. AMRs I and II have pretty social settings and it's easy to get to know everyone in your hall and even your house. AMR III (buildings A and B) are less social. Wolman is newer but further from campus which can be annoying.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Health and Wellness Center is a few blocks from campus, which is very inconvenient if you're sick and can barely get out of bed. The quality of the caregivers there, however, are pretty good. As for security, there are security guards in several spots on campus as well as the popular "blue lights." The campus itself feels quite safe but it's easy to feel unsafe off campus, particularly at night. Students are aware of this, though, and it's easy to find someone to walk home with/walk you home if you want.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's easy to avoid drugs if you want to; it's also pretty easy to find them if you want to. It depends on the student--no one will pressure you if you're not interested.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Although the Freshman dorms are regulated by RAs, they typically aren't looking to get students in trouble. Other dorms have even less regulation. As long as you're respectful to your RA and the people living around you, there's rarely any trouble.


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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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