Baltimore, MD
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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors rock, curriculum is pretty reasonable, class registration is a pain but as long as you're prepared and wake up on time it works out, the workload is absolutely bonkers but nobody goes to Hopkins expecting state-school level academic rigor, and the library is the most popular spot on campus.

5 College Junior

Academics: There are not enough good words for my department and the amazing professors in it. Love the courses, love the workload, love Gilman Hall. The only complaints I have are in terms of the lack of preparation for application to MFA programs/jobs with my major, and the philosophy course requirement.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The education you will receive here is first class.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Some professors aren't great, but the workload is intense anyway.

5 College Junior

Academics: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is the best in its field for international affairs. I have attained proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and have broadened my knowledge to include economics.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 80th
    Smartest Professors
  • 94th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 108th
    Best Course Variety
  • 136th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 188th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dan White
Glen Rock, NJ
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
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Hopkins students are generally pleased with academics. If you ask JHU students what the deciding factor was for choosing Hopkins, the school’s strong academic reputation tops the list. The medical school is regarded as the best in the world, and other majors—such as engineering, economics, and international relations—are nationally recognized. Some students are cutthroat, but for the most part, JHU students are willing to lend a helping hand. Humanities/social science students have more control over their schedules, and their classes focus less on memorization and more on critical thinking. Engineering/science students complain that their classes are tougher, but this is definitely up for debate. The only universal complaint Hopkins students have about academics is that some teachers are unapproachable and are only interested in their personal research. Courses with teaching assistants are great because TAs are often more accessible than professors. The general belief is that teaching assistants have more interest in helping students learn than professors.

Academics at Hopkins would be stronger if there were greater camaraderie and individual attention in lower-level lecture courses. Students who need or want a lot of individual attention have to make the effort to meet the professor or teaching assistant outside of class. This is less true in small, upper-level seminar courses. Students also complain about the lack of grade inflation at Hopkins, which puts them at a disadvantage when compared with students who attend other top universities. This disadvantage is overpowered by the fact that Hopkins students have access to some of the best professors and researchers in the world. Hopkins provides ample opportunities for students to design independent studies and research. Overall, Hopkins is the perfect fit for hardworking individuals who have a thirst for knowledge.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 21%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Carey Business School
  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Peabody Institute
  • School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • School of Education
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Whiting School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 4%
  • Public Health Studies: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Combined bachelor's/master's programs
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • AMR I study lounge
  • Charles Commons
  • Gilman Hall, in the atrium and reading room
  • Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Get involved right away. As a freshman, make sure you join as many student organizations as you can. Hopkins students are extremely motivated. The more student organizations you join, the quicker you will assimilate into college.
  • If a class is extremely difficult, go to your teaching assistant's office hours or even get a tutor. There are hundreds of people willing to give you extra help if you need it. Make sure you use all of the available resources.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 45 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 53% Michael Bloomberg - mayor of New York City
  • 20% Woodrow Wilson - 28th U.S. president
  • 13% Wes Moore
  • 7% John Astin - actor
  • 7% Zbigniew Brzezinski
  • 0% Wes Craven - horror film director
  • 0% John Barth - writer


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