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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many people with different religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, and I never saw any animosity come out between the groups of people. The student body is about half white, with a large group of Asian students and a much smaller group of African American students.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: As a Molecular and Cellular Biology major (one of two BS degrees awarded by the School of Arts and Sciences), I found the workload to be very intense. All the required science classes were 200-350 people, leaving little room for interaction with the professor, and many professors made it obvious that they would rather be doing research than teaching (Hopkins is known for not funding teaching hours but requiring professors to take a certain number of them per semester anyway to retain connection with the school). The facilities became much more incredible with the construction of the new undergrad teaching labs, which I graduated before the completion of but have heard are amazing. It's fairly easy to obtain a position as a research assistant/tech during school, especially if you have federal work/study monies or would like to do research for credit; this can create connections that lead to a job after graduation. Most bio majors are pre-med (or at least, they were when they started at Hopkins).

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: All students are guaranteed housing for their first two years on campus, and then nearly everyone moves off campus (as of this moment, there isn't much housing available for upperclassmen on campus). The housing ranges from insect-infested but very close to campus to gorgeous but very far, with intermediate options between. Rowhouses are an option for larger groups of people (some have 5-8 bedrooms), but are more likely to be broken into than apartment buildings. Parking varies based on the building, and there is some free street parking available north of campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol use, as at any college campus, is quite prevalent. Fraternity parties are sometimes shut down due to overcrowding/noise complaints, but I have never heard of anyone being arrested for underage drinking as a result. It's essentially acknowledged but kept quiet by the campus security force.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The Blue Jay Shuttle is generally useless - point-to-point service does not give you estimates of time before you're picked up, so you can end up waiting over an hour, and the routes seem to have been drawn by a 5 year old, with no regard to order. Also, the fact that it only goes within a mile of campus means you are limited in choices for 'fun' outings. The JHMI shuttle, which runs to Peabody and the Medical Campus, is fairly reliable (although shuttles can get very crowded), but it won't take you to 'fun' spots, just to more school/work. Zipcar is fabulous, with cars all over campus (you can pretty much get one at any time, although you should book for weekends early because they may all be in use on Saturday/Sunday afternoons), but can get expensive pretty fast. If you want to go grocery shopping, Zipcar or your own car is your best bet (although you can go on the Blue Jay Shuttle...but see above for that option).

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties at fraternity houses are as you would expect - loud, crowded, and grungy. There are three bars in walking distance - Maxie's (where underage drinking is prevalent), PJ's (home to the lacrosse players and their groupies), and CVP (usually full of the 25+ hipster crowd), and no real nighttime entertainment for underage students. You can take the JHMI shuttle to Penn Station and then catch the Charm City Circulator (rumored to be extending it's purple line up to the JHU campus - which would make this trek easier) down to the inner harbor, but you'll usually have to walk many (8-10) blocks to get to the nearest clubs and bars. Plan on taking cabs back, since the Circulator stops running at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't participate in it, but it's okay.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The major is difficult, but it's worth it if you enjoy the hard sciences.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are rigorous, but you learn a lot.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have the usual fast-food chains and a few restaurants.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Hopkins and I'm glad I chose to come here.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no peer enforcement, and drugs are not too visible. It's easy to stay away from them.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Chemical and biomolecular engineering is one of the toughest majors, but it has made getting a research position easier. I have a paid position and I have learned a lot from it.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It gets very humid in the summer and it snows in the winter, but overall it's bearable.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The policies are strict about doing anything illegal, but at the same time they want to protect the students and keep their best interests in mind.

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4 College Freshman

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

4 College Freshman

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

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is quite a bit of diversity, but not any more than I've seen elsewhere.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Baltimore is a scary city to be in alone, but on campus is very safe due to the security officers.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't qualify for any aid.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation options for Hopkins students are practical and free. Hopkins is also close to the Baltimore Penn station, so taking buses or trains from there is never a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They seem to give you less and less as you progress through your four years, so don't stop looking for scholarships once you get in.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains SO MUCH in Baltimore. I only live two hours away, and there is a big difference in the amount of precipitation that we get. Definitely don't forget your rain gear. Our campus is beautiful though, and the rainy days make the sunny ones so much more precious.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently an Engineering Mechanics major, which is like Mechanical Engineering, except I have more leeway with the classes that I am required to take. If you want to do engineering, you have to apply to the engineering school along with your initial application. Biomedical Engineering was my original choice, but it is more selective because they have a limited number of spots. If you really want to do it, and you don't get in at first, you can reapply and you might get in if some spots open up. I decided that it was better for me to go into Engineering Mechanics and get a concentration in Bioengineering because I am not sure if I will continue school right after I get my BS, and Mechanical Engineering provides better job opportunities right out of undergraduate school.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I participated in engineering programs throughout middle school and high school, and I decided then that I would go for engineering. It's become a part of me, even though I don't have much natural aptitude for the calculation side of things. I have excellent spatial perception, so if I can picture it, I'm fine, and it's something that I enjoy doing. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the competition at the end of the Freshmen Experiences lab. It was a great opportunity to apply what we had learned, and to have fun doing it. All those programs that I participated in as a child were not in vain! Now the workload is getting pretty heavy, and I regret that I didn't come in with more credits, but I am still learning how to manage my time properly and find a balance between my best work and my fastest work.

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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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