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Reviews 1258 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's Okay. There's plenty to do if you're into the party scene, or if you prefer to chill and find a few close friends to bond with.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttles Are the Way to Go – Hopkins has many transportation options. The public bus line is right by the school, the Collegetown Shuttle takes you to many Baltimore campuses including MICA, Towson, Goucher, and Loyola, and the Johns Hopkins bus line runs between all of the campuses and is a great way to get around Baltimore. The Hopkins security van number is on everyone's J-Card, and the van will take you anywhere within a mile of campus late at night, which is great for getting to friends houses or going home from a party.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety Oasis – Hopkins is a surprisingly safe campus, even if it is located in the middle of the city synonymous with murder, gangs, drugs, and "The Wire." I've never felt unsafe on or off campus, nor does the security presense make you feel unsafe with the law. The security officers are very chill, and are there to keep you safe and out of trouble with the real cops - not catch you doing things you're not supposed to.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Great for Sophomores – Housing is fairly standard for freshman, but most sophomores get a single room in a suite.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: If You Want It, You Can Find It – Marijuana is everywhere, as is alcohol. You can find cocaine in many social circles on occasion, and harder drugs (like hallucinogens) are available in certain groups. That being said, it is easy to go through your four years without seeing anything more intense than weed.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Options Vary With Price – Living off-campus can be expensive if you want to live in a nice, clean, and safe apartment, especially if you want fewer roommates. Cheaper and more social options include row houses around campus. These are fun but often in poor condition and not very secure. Break-ins are an unfortunate reality.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I saw people from many ethnicities on campus and it seems that the school accepts people from different corners of the world to add to its diversity. Although it does have lots of chinese students in research arenas. A healthy mix.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Very Intense Programs for All Departments – The curriculum is very intense and fast paced as they follow the 2 month semester system rather than the usual 4 months. So a lot of stuff is taught at break neck speed. Some of the professors are great and knowledgeable and very approachable especially those teaching epidemiology, biostatistics etc. Some are not. But usually there are atleast 3 teaching assistants(depending on class size. Registration process is very simple. Workload is pretty heavy leaving rarely any time for part time jobs etc. Popular study areas are public health.

5 College Student

Parking: Two Words...Two Wheels – i ride a motorcycle so i park anywhere. but the school has its own transportation system, idk why anyone would want to drive

5 College Student

Campus Quality: everything in Maryland is beautiful, everything at Hopkins is well maintained and up to date. The best by far, and i have visited a ton of schools (all ivy leagues)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Awesome School With Unlimited Resources – Advisers are always there to help you.
close proximity to the med school provides us with so many opportunities including volunteering, internships, jobs, work shadowing etc
there's always academic help if you need it
teacher's are very knowledgeable of their material

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's Stuff to Do – Baltimore downtown is 15 min away. But near the school, we have an art museum right next door, there are a lot of parks nearby, and many places to eat, shop etc.
Downtown has a lot to offer, from the Orioles stadium, to the aquarium, to the Cheesecake Factory, to the Hardrock Cafe and most of all, the Chesapeake Bay, where you can take a ride in one of the many ships/boats available

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lacrosse Rules – That's the only sport anyone here cares about. Maybe cross-country too.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Baltimore does not have great public transportation, although there is a shuttle that comes to Hopkins hourly and shuttles between Peabody (Mt Vernon) and Hopkins (in Charles Village). Without a car on campus, it is difficult to get most places.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Surprisingly Lax – Although many people think there is no social life at Hopkins, there is a surprising amount of drinking that the school allows. There are often frat parties that the campus clearly knows about, but unless the noise level is exceedingly loud, nothing gets shut down.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Underrated City – Baltimore is usually only known for a few things: crabs, natty-boh beer, and the Inner Harbor. However, Baltimore has so much to offer; although being on campus without a car makes it difficult to explore all the great areas in Baltimore, the locals know the good spots. Mt Vernon, Fells Point, Canton, and Hamden are all quirky neighborhoods with great restaurants, shopping, and beautiful architecture. Baltimore is a fantastic city, even though it does have some unsafe areas. Talk to locals and explore the different neighborhoods--you will not be disappointed.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: The majority of the nightlife revolved around the frat scene. There are some bars around, and more if you go to a different area of Baltimore, but frat parties are the most common. If you're not into that, you're basically out of luck.

4 College Senior

Academics: Academic Excellence – The history department is great. The professors really care, and are always there to help you. The academic level is very impressive, with a lot of students involved in research in addition to their classroom work.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Hopkins is in a pretty dangerous area. I've never had any incidents, but the farther off-campus you live, the more likely you might get robbed or something like that. On and close to campus, Hopkins security and regular officers patrol, and I've never heard of something happening to a student on campus itself.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Have More Fun – The Greek scene is definitely growing at Hopkins. Since Baltimore is rather dangerous, most of the party-scene (specifically for freshmen) is based on frat parties. The greeks are not too exclusive - they have many friends in both other frat/sororities and non-greek. The Greek system does provide lots of social options but a student can definitely have an active social/night life without going Greek.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Amrs Are Rough First Year but Worth It – AMRs are ok in regards to standards - they provide the typical college experience for sure and are definitely the most social, but you wouldn't last there for than that one year. Most dorms are very conveniently placed near campus, except Homewood building which is quite a walk. Charles Commons is amazing - its brand new as of 3 year!

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty computers around campus - and there are computer labs specific to various fields of study (engineering, language study, computer sci etc.). Printing is rather easy, but is only available at the lib. The majority of campus has wifi which works real well. The lib could use some more computers (and newer ones at that). It is possible to get around without a computer of your own, but not convenient.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Bother Bringing a Car – Nobody brings cars to Hopkins. Everyone lives close by, as owning a car in an urban area can be very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Much Besides Alcohol – The drug scene at Hopkins isn't very widespread. Many people drink, but there is never any pressure to drink.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Better Than Expected – I have eaten at several different colleges, and Hopkins has been the best so far. There is a great variety of meals, and many options are available for those with special dietary needs. The staff at the dining facilities are very helpful, and they are happy to get you a to-go box if you don't have time to eat-in. Everything is fresh and of good quality.


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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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