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Reviews 1272 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Administration: Work Hard Play Hard – You definitely have to find your own fun at Hopkins. It's not the type of place that insists you drink or partake in drugs. One thing that is appreciated is the fact that Hopkins treats young students' foray into drinking with the appropriate amount of severity. No one's future is ruined because they went to a frat party while underage. Still, Hopkins isn't stupid and deals with severe infractions appropriately.

3 College Senior

Athletics: No School Spirit Unless You Like Lacrosse – The only sport for which Hopkins really comes together is lacrosse. Despite having top teams in many other sports, Hopkins doesn't seem to encourage attendance to any games except those played by their only D1 sport. It's a pity, seeing as the performance by those other teams is equal to if not better than that of the lacrosse team.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Slim Pickings – In all honesty it isn't that the restaurants around campus are bad. It's that there just aren't many of them. The options are so limited and the few places that do exist are small and often too crowded or expensive. While bigger chains like Subway and Chipotle are around, they are pretty much the only places to go.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not Great – There are very limited options for food off campus. The go-to seems to be Subway which is open 24/7, but there's also a pizza place, chinese take-out, sandwich stores, and a few restaurants. Most of these places offer average to below average quality food. To find food worth your money, you would need to head further off campus into the Inner Harbor or Towson.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the Most Part, Safe – I've heard of crime off campus, but never really anything happens on campus. The Hop-Cops are always on duty around the clock, and are always very quick to respond to problems. I've never felt uncomfortable on campus, even at night. However with all that being said, it is Baltimore City and crazy things happen all the time and theres not much anyone can do about that.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: For the two years I've been here, I have had great professors for everything from microeconomics to calculus. Every professor knows his or her curriculum thoroughly and is always available in case anyone needs extra help. The curriculum is very rigorous with assignments due weekly and tests maybe once a month. However with good time management, the curriculum is not as bad as people say it is.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Research Is King – Hopkins was the first research university in America, and that's something we're very proud of. There are research opportunities available in everything from Neuroscience to Linguistics; from Economics to Acting. The chance to work closely with such a magnificent (#1 in the world this year, again) hospital and teaching staff is something you can't find anywhere else.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Quirky Neighborhoods With Style – Hopkins is located in the center of 5 very distinct neighborhoods, each with its own flair for food and arts. Charles Village is where most students live and is the most easily accessed. It has the popular college restaurants that you expect to find: Chipotle, Subway, Starbucks, etc., but also a few local treasures like Niwana's Korean and Japanese fusion, Donna's classy date-night feeling, and Charles VIllage Pub, a popular hangout for of-age students celebrating the end of a busy week. On the other side of campus is Hampden, a "hipster"-esque town with the funky Papermoon Diner, Holy Frijoles with its amazing fish tacos and margarita specials, and rumors of a restaurant that occasionally serves everything from Lion to Python.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Classic and Refined – The facilities at Hopkins are all either very modern or in the process of being updated, but the overall aesthetic of the campus follows a beautiful classic theme based on the architecture of an old house that has been on the property since before it became a college campus. The study areas are numerous, and one of my favorite things to do on campus is to constantly hunt for and sample new study atmospheres. All of the necessities for success are easily accessed and other students are always willing to provide tips and advice to their lesser-experience peers when it comes to using the facilities to their fullest.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking around campus is really terrible. It's tough to park on the streets of Baltimore and it isn't really necessary to have a car during your four years at Hopkins.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment Hunting – There are a lot of options, but the process can be stressful, tricky and annoying. By the time the university tries to help, most apartments are already filled. It's best to inherit an apartment from an upperclassman.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The university is incredibly helpful when it comes to internships. Recently I met with an advisor at the career center, and she guided me through the whole internship process from resumes and cover letters to interviews and applications. She was very friendly and invited me to return if I wanted help with my resume. Hopkins has a strong alumni network, and the university provides us every opportunity to succeed.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls are generally okay looking. Athletes are always fun to hang out with and are more or less the better looking people on campus. Everyone is very fun though, and likes to socialize

4 College Junior

Diversity: Great Diversity, lots of acceptance and ethnic/racial diversity

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Big but No Pressure – Drinking and partying is very common at Hopkins, and contrary to stereotypes Hopkins students do know how to have a good time. I've encountered no peer pressure when it comes to drug use. There are some harder core drugs around, but they happen behind close doors, and only a small minority of the students take part.

In terms of the campus police, they will turn a blind eye if you are stumbling drunk on the street. If cops do break up a party, little discipline occurs as long as people respectfully leave.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Really limited to a few over priced places to eat.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As an International Studies Major, I take a wide variety of classes (History, Political Science, Language, Economics). So far my professors have been brilliant. For the most part they are very accessible, encouraging students to attend their office hours. The workload is intense, but manageable. The work you put in does pay off in a practical sense--I have received little busy work. Within my major, students are friendly and willing to help. Across the board, you get the genuine sense that Hopkins cares about its undergraduates, and I'm confident that the quality of education is top notch.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: No Sorority Houses – Greek life is great if you're into it, but doesn't dominate the social scene if you're not interested. None of the sororities have houses, which is too bad.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Wolman and Charles Commons – If you are lucky you will get to live in Wolman hall your freshman year and Charles Commons your sophomore year. The other dorms are alright but those two dorms definitely stand out from the rest.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Weird Question – Quite a few "nerds" but mostly pretty normal people. Wide ranging from people who want to party every night, to those who don't go out at all. Generally a pretty competitive crowd when it comes to academics.

3 College Junior

Technology: Can't Complain – There aren't too many labs, but most people just use their own computers. Departments who's students need computers with certain programs to do schoolwork tend to have their own labs.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Finding out your major isn't always the easiest thing. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to study as an undergraduate. I had some ideas, and after talking to counselors here they really cleared up everything. They got my ideas and told me what major would suit me based off of what I told them and they were right. There are also many majors that are very similar. BEST part is there are not set requirements. If I want to be a math major because I hate history, I never have to take history, or even economics, if I never want to.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great Shuttle System – Hopkins revamped their transportation system just this year. There are now multiple shuttles with different preset routes, and their exact location and predicted times are available via GPS online. There are also free vans that you can call after 10 pm supposedly, but I've heard that they either take forever or don't show up at all. Cab fair is cheap too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful Campus – After all of the construction finishes this campus will become even more beautiful than it already is. The Rec center is really clean and new and all of the building are beautiful. The new Brody Learning Commons are going to be amazing!

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frats or Downtown – The frat life at Hopkins isn't that great, but there's always a party somewhere if you know the right people. For those that aren't happy with the (dude-heavy) frat parties, however, the clubs in Baltimore are great if you're willing to drop the money. There are a LOT of formals, so if you're involved in Greek life or happen to be in with a lot of the brothers or sisters, you can get used to the idea of open bars.


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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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