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Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
5,866
Tuition
$43,390
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Facilities: Pretty great facilities overall, could have more spaces for the arts and it would be awesome to have a student center and more space for studying.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: It's good but why is this survey so long omg........

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: I think our buildings are new enough with great tech.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic center is very nice, and the library and study places are also very nice.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: With the medical campus and the school of education campus in the city, the opportunities available to students are incredible.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 206th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 239th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 490th
    Best Library
  • 1101st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1359th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dan White
Hometown
Glen Rock, NJ
Major
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
2012
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Hopkins has renovated and is continuing to renovate many facilities on campus due to students’ complaints. The campus itself is beautiful—several years ago, an anonymous donor gave money to replace all asphalt pathways with brick, and the quads are landscaped well and surrounded by flowers and trees. After driving through Baltimore to get to Hopkins, walking around the beautiful campus is a very pleasant surprise. While on campus, you barely feel like you are in the city. Levering Hall is a great place to hang out, but many students still wish it were an on-campus bar. The Mattin Center, Levering Student Union, and the recreation center were all built or remodeled in the past few years, and students are happy with these facilities. The main complaint is that although these buildings contain more space for student recreation, music practice, and theater, they are still crowded. On the other hand, these three buildings are state-of-the-art compared to other facilities.

Students have responded well to the renovations that the administration has made. There are plenty of places for student groups to meet, and the campus is well maintained. The recreation center and the Mattin Center are grade-A buildings. These facilities only lose points because they are not big enough for the interest they have generated. Levering Hall has a cafeteria and large meeting rooms for student fashion shows, dances, and lectures. The athletic facilities are state-of-the-art because of the Division I lacrosse team.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
519
Campus Size
140 acres
Student Centers
  • Levering Student Union
  • Mattin Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE)
Popular Places to Chill
  • "The beach"-when nice out, "the beach" is packed with people, some dogs, and an overall relaxed state of mind.
  • Athletic center
  • Café Q
  • Charles Commons and Nolan's
  • Charles Street Market
  • Freshman quad
  • Gilman Hall
  • Pura Vida coffeehouse
Bar on Campus
None-technically. PJ's Pub is a block off campus and is always filled with people watching the game, having wings, and drinking beer. Charles Village Pub is another block east of that; it's your traditional pub. Two blocks southwest of CVP is Maxie's, and you can also grab a beer next door to CVP at Ledo Pizza.
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Alkimia in Gilman Hall
  • Café Q on Q-Level of the MSE Library
  • Pura Vida in Levering Hall
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but several times a month the Film Society uses Shriver Hall or Mudd Hall to either preview movies before they come out in theaters or as second releases before they come out on DVD.
"Green" Initiatives
Every year, the school undertakes several green initiatives to compete nationally with other elite schools. Concentrating on recycling, limiting electricity, minimizing the use of plastic are all campus-wide initiatives taken by faculty, staff, and students.
School Slang
  • AC: Athletic center
  • BME: Biomedical engineering
  • Char Mar: Charles Street Market, located underneath Wolman Hall
  • Herb: Individual who constantly studies and never goes out
  • HERO: Hopkins' emergency response unit
  • Hop cops: Hopkins security officers
  • The HUT: Hutzler Undergraduate Library, an all-night study room on the second floor of Gilman Hall
  • IFC: Interfaith Center
  • IFP: "Introduction to Fiction and Poetry" class
  • IS/IR: International studies/international relations major
  • MSE: Milton S. Eisenhower Library, the main library on campus
  • The Shush Lady: As the community liaison between the students and the residents, this woman is known for breaking up parties before hop cops and Baltimore city cops come. She's also very active on Twitter, keeping students up-to-date with news about the area.
  • Uni Mini: University Market, great place to get a late-night sandwich
  • WaWa: Nickname for the fraternity Alpha Delta Phi
Traditions
  • Library Streaking: Every semester during finals, the Outdoor Society runs naked through the main campus library one evening to break the monotony and seriousness of studying.
  • Lighting of the Quads: Every winter, right before finals, a cappella groups perform on the main quad in front of faculty and students, as the University president leads the countdown of the quad lighting up with festive lights. Hot chocolate and refreshments are always served, as well.
  • The Seal: No one can walk across the University seal located in the main entrance to Gilman Hall. Tradition says that if they are a prospective student, they won't be admitted to Hopkins. If they are an undergraduate, they will not graduate.
  • Spring Fair: Spring Fair is held every April. It is the one event that draws almost every student from Hopkins outside. There is a concert by a national act, student plays, and student musical performances. Craft vendors come from around the Mid-Atlantic area, and student groups sell goods or services. In addition, the beer garden is popular with students who are 21 years old or older.
Urban Legends
  • One of the dining halls was shut down for 14 health violations, including having rat droppings in the food-preparation area. The most disturbing aspect of this legend is that it's true-ask upperclassmen if they remember when it happened.
  • Students claim that there is a set of underground steam tunnels that link the basements of various buildings on campus.
  • Supposedly, there are hidden labs underneath Bloomberg, the physics building, where secret government experiments are conducted. In addition, there's a room in the building with a smaller-than-normal door set about a foot off the floor with a sign that claims it is the Monopole Storage Room. (A monopole should be impossible to create or store.) Graduate students become extremely evasive when asked about it.
Favorite Things To Do
There are several theater groups, many a cappella groups, an improv comedy group, several bands, and a symphony. Because there are so many student arts groups, there are performances almost every weekend. The recreation center's basketball courts and climbing wall are popular places for students to meet. When the weather is warm enough, students gather in the quads and on "the beach" to enjoy the sun. Many students, however, choose to spend time in the library instead of hanging out at other places on campus.
Student Newspaper
The JHU Gazette
gazette.jhu.edu
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Johns Hopkins has a great wealth of clubs to capture every student's interests. There's a group for each minority group, for political leanings or religions, for tutoring inner-city children, for moviegoers, for raising environmental awareness or cancer awareness. There are also several outdoors groups that take several trips per year to go hiking, climbing, and kayaking. You're bound to find a club for you, and one that has a collection of great people.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 53 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 38% Gilman Hall
  • 25% Freshman quad
  • 12% Charles Commons and Nolan's
  • 12% Athletic center
  • 12% Chocolatea
  • 0% Charles Street Market
  • 0% Café Q
  • 0% Pura Vida coffeehouse

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 83% Spring Fair
  • 17% Lighting of the Quads
  • 0% Library Streaking
  • 0% The Seal

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 53 responses

  • 23% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 32% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 30% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 15% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 50 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 14% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 36% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% Go to the library
  • 50% Try new restaurants

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