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Reviews 958 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Johns Hopkins has a pedestrian campus, so there is no need for a car on a day-to-day basis. They are Pay To Park street meters on most streets, and a few places were you might find a free parking spot near a curb. There are also shuttle buses that take students to the grocery store, etc. and a College Town shuttle that stops at all the nearby universities and at the Inner Harbor and Mall.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Registration for Classes – The registration process is so painful. You have to wake up super early and often times you can't log into the system because everyone is trying to do so at the same time. It's now organized by year, where older students get preference for classes. Even so, I wasn't able to join a few of the classes I wanted my senior year because by the time I was able to log on, they were full. However, if you express a genuine interest in the taking the course, professors will usually sign an add form.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Exceeds Expectations – Many students come here thinking that they are in for a miserable time; however, once you arrive on campus you quickly realize how false that is. Students quickly make friends with the people around them and become close within the first two weeks. Social life is there and students can quickly find a niche to fall into. The school keeps a wonderful balance between its experience. There is a strong academic feel with a great social outlet. There is a beautiful green campus set in the middle of an eclectic and adventurous city. There are professors that are highly ranked researchers to previous US ambassadors. The school offers everything that a student will need in order to prepare for the future while still getting that fun college experience.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: A Slap on the Hand – The strictness on the campus is barely noticeable. Ever since President Daniels took over, the campus has become a wet campus which means that if you get caught with alcohol you are turned over to the Head housing RA rather than the cops. Once there they ask you about your safety and then you are free to go usually. The cops on campus aren't there to get you in trouble for being drunk, but to keep you safe so they are very lax about drinking policies.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Hard Work Pays Off – Hopkins offers such a great experience that allows students to experience all aspects of academia. The flexible schedule allows students to pursue subjects and courses of their interest and focus on that. Furthermore, academics outside of classes are also available through research and internships. While the workload is heavier than the norm, it is not unbearable. Studying at Hopkins is like any other college where you are crammed in a study cubicle all alone, but with groups of friends where students work together on assignments.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There are free shuttles that run fairly on-schedule that go between the various JHU campuses. Security has escort vans running from 6 AM to 3 AM every day that will pick you up and drop you off anywhere within a mile radius of campus. The Collegetown Shuttle is also free and runs all around the city, but is never on time. The only problem is that it's not safe to walk anywhere in Baltimore, and parking is impossible, so for the most part you're stuck on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Don't let the grade mislead you. JHU is infamous for its academic rigor, and if you're looking for intellectual challenge you've come to the right place. However, the professors vary wildly as to their teaching abilities, interest in students' learning, accessibility, helpfulness, etc. It's best to use the ACE guide to evaluate courses and professors before putting together a schedule for the semester. The registrar's office is always very helpful, as is the academic advising staff. The workload can be overwhelming, but professors are usually understanding and generous with extensions.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: You can't get much more diverse than the Hopkins campus. A large percentage of international students, lots of ethnic minorities, a broad spectrum of religious and economic backgrounds, etc. The only failing (if you can call it that) is that the students taken as an average lean liberal, but most colleges do nowadays.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: All you can see is that people get drunk a lot but thats all

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Around Campus – Food on campus is expensiv but there are many choices around campus that one can easily walk to so it balances it out

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3 College Junior

Academics: Advisor Wasnt So Helpful – I was trying to find a research position for the summer and I was asking my advisor how i can apply for one. ALl he said was to go check the department website. The site wasn't even that helpful

5 College Junior

Administration: NOT STRICT AT ALL. There is no campus strictness. There is no religious affiliation at hopkins, so there are no weird rules about signing a "friend" (if you know what im saying) into the residence halls late at night. Condems are free for the taking at the health center. Security won't harass you no matter how drunk you decided to get on any given night (as long as you aren't destructive). The RA's are sometimes a problem- just don't play any loud drinking games in your room and you'll be fine... (i.e. FlIPCUP).

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: First, the admission percentage for the incoming class at JHU is 18%. I don't know where the 28% came from -- must have been 4 or 5 years ago.

JHU is not the school for everyone but the opportunities here are endless. Research positions are easy to find. Professors are accessible. Social opportunities are ample. The trick is to really have the mindset that to do well and enjoy your time here (which for the most part, go hand in hand), you should be studying when you have the chance. When you stay on top of your studies, you can enjoy visiting speakers, a night out at PJs or a fraternity party, or whatever else there is to do at jhu. If you plan (study) ahead of time, you'll do well and have fun when the best opportunities are there. If you squander your time, you will do poorly initially. Then you'll learn the hard way- but you'll get it in time. Stay motivated. Stay on top of work. College life is better that way at hopkins. The cram sesh all nighter might work at other universities, but not here. Best of luck!

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is definitely always something to do every weekend. Greek life plays a huge role in the nightlife. The fraternities have their own houses and constantly throw parties. There are always bars located very close to campus (less than 5 minutes walking) where many students go to. In Baltimore there are also many clubs and bars where free transportation is provided.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Yum Yum Ehhh – For freshman, the only option is a cafeteria. In the beginning, its amazing. But after a while it gets to be the same thing different day, and honestly you get sick of the food. There are other options to dine at, but you have to use dining dollars to eat there which are limited.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The size of Hopkins is the happy medium between too big and too small. You're constantly meeting new people that you've never met before, but at the same time you always see people that you know while walking around campus. If you are interested in the medical field, Hopkins is the place to be. The science department is superb with amazing support and many hands on opportunities for research. Hopkins dishes out a rigorous workload, but at the same time there is ALWAYS help for you if/when you need it. The library is always full and there are rooms that offer daily tutoring. Professors are always willing to meet with students and will work with your schedule. There are always things to do during the weekend for students on campus, and there are also many things to do off campus. Inner Harbor is a very popular area that students commonly travel to. There is also free, easy transportation for college students that makes stops at other colleges, the mall, Inner Harbor, and a movie theater.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The North Might as Well Be the South – WHEN IT'S SUMMER.....IT'S VERY HOT
the weather changes alot but I'm used to it because I'm from South Carolina

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: When You're a Junior, You're in Charge – Freshman housing is Okay. Sophomore housing can be quite luxurious. Once you're a junior you get to live off campus and the housing is good. (Of course this depends on what lottery number you get)

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Biology at Hopkins: Compared to the Other Guys We're TWISTED MUTANTS – Johns Hopkins is renowned for its biology department. The general education course is very objective and it is a good transition for high school students. After that my major is required to take extra classes which are very hard but of course everyone and their grandmother is a bio major at Hopkins. That means that you have plenty of support and there are many opportunities. The equipment that we have is very high tech and expensive but even as a sophomore you learn how to use it. Also every professor is willing to do research and to help any student who is sincerely interested.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Music Program – The Peabody Conservatory at Jons Hopkins University s one of the best schools in the world.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pretty Grand! Overall my experience has been great at Hopkins! I love my friends and the field of study I'm pursuing. The professors and administrative staff are fantastic but I do wish there were more options for students with financial difficulties.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Not So Shabby – Lacrosse is big at Hopkins. So me being from Texas where football is popular, it makes it very hard to adjust. I do wish there was a little more emphasis on school spirit in athletics.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Loved It! I loved living off campus- I just don't advise living alone if you're a social person. You can have the freedom of having parties and visitors without the hassle of campus security checks all the time.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Just Say No – Drugs really aren't that popular at Johns Hopkins. There's no pressure from others to participate in that kind of activity so its easy to say no if offered. Some choose to smoke and experiment but for the most part, students enjoy drinking.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Slowly Growing – Upon arriving at Hopkins I noticed very quickly, although there was a bit of every race enrolled, the demographics weren't as diverse as advertised by the school. Over the years there has been a growth in the diversity of ethnicity and cultures.


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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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