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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat right around campus. There are places for vegetarians, there are fast food restaurants such as subway and chipotle, Chinese restaurants, there is a thai restaurant and Hampden is really close by with a lot of other different restaurants. There is something for everyone to love.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The housing was alright, mostly because I was lucky to live in single rooms. There is not enough clothing storage space and the dorms are not kept very clean. The HVAC system was never clean.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty Lax – JHU doesn't really punish you unless you're caught drinking or doing drugs in a school building, and even then, you usually only get a warning. As for frats, if the police come and end the party, don't worry. They have other things to do. Just leave the party and don't do anything dumb like finishing your drink before leaving right in from of them or trying to bring your drinks outside.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: A chance to meet new people, have fun, and do service to the community

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Homewood Campus – Great athletic facilities with a vast library that comes very useful when finals come around.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Charm City – Beatiful Inner Harbor with plenty of touristic attractions.

3 College Junior

Weather: It gets really random in baltimore. But it doesn't really affect anything if you're not working one of the athletic contests.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living at Hop – It's really hit or miss with Hopkins. Wolamn and McCoy Hall are some of the best dorms in the country for freshman, but the AMR's and Buildings A&B could be mistaken for section 8 housing. I would rank the sophomore dorms available rank amongst the best in the country so there's hope even if you get screwed as a freshman. The housing process is super easy.

3 College Junior

Local Area: It's a great school with in a major city, but you're not going to have that college town feel that you would at a big state school or the small middle of no where private schools. I love it here but you should definitely invest in a fake to be able to go downtown.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Great Resources – The departments in our school are great. Everyone is well-connected. During the winter break we have an option of taking intercession classes and even the opportunity to go on trips. I chose to further my education and taking a writing course which allowed me to travel to NYC to meet top firms and even Mayor Bloomberg. Hopkins has so many connections and all of the Professors are willing to help out by hooking students up with the right people.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: There Are Always Options – I received tons of aid when I was on campus. They are able to work individually with students to make sure your needs are met. Plenty of loans are available. Though, one year because I maxed out on all of my loans I did not have any option but to take online classes through another school because I couldn't afford to pay for classes out of pocket. I did not want to take out private loans because of the interest rate either.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Lots to Do – Baltimore has a lot of attractions and fun things to do. We've got the aquarium, the zoo, and lots of great places to eat. The city has a lot to offer but one must be careful because Baltimore is not the safest city around. Once it gets dark, it's wise to have a reliable friend around.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: So Worth It – It gets complicated, but was completely worth it. I received enough money to make it possible for me to go there. It's the best.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Awesome Food – Tamber's is a MUST! Maxie's is amazing too. Chipotle, Subway and Freshii closeby

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not Too Bad! There are hop cops everywhere! Even though it gets scary in certain areas, I always feel safe on and around Hopkins campus.

3 College Junior

Parking: If you are visiting the campus, there are a lot of street parking options just outside the campus, and there are also good parking garages available. However, if you live on campus and are looking for a parking spot for your car, it's not so easy to find a nearby spot with a decent monthly price.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Culturally Diverse, Academically Not So Much – I think Hopkins is putting a lot of effort in trying to get rid of its image as a "premed" school. Yes, there are some humanity students here on campus, but premeds definitely dominates the the school. The number of students studying sciences and engineering is far higher than that of students studying humanities.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Too Expensive.. Living on campus is simply too expensive, and requiring students to pay 6 months of rent in advance is a little infeasible. The housing department also kicks everyone out a day after the last day of final, which makes it impossible for some people to take some time and pack.

There aren't that many dorms so only freshmen and sophomores are guaranteed a dorm room, while others are almost forced to live off campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The FFC (freshman dining hall) is really good and they try their best to bring variety to the meals. Like any school cafeteria the meals do get repetitive after a while, but overall the food is great especially in comparison to other universities. There are also great cafes nearby!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not Bad, but Could Be Better – The best food, honestly, is the worst food for you like the fried fish and the three-cheese macaroni. Sometimes the food can get repetitive, but I think the FFC (Fresh Food Cafe) does a good job of changing things up enough that there's always an option. The cookies, however, are AMAZING. The vegetarian/vegan station sometimes has good options, but the salad bar is pretty bad. Other popular places to eat include Charles Street Market (for those late night sushi runs), Uni Mini, Subway, and Nolan's.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's a Roller Coaster Ride – Like any top tier school, JHU is very academically rigorous, sometimes to the point where I feel that people put their grades before anything else. That being said, there are so many different types of people here that you are bound to find a niche that shares your same values and priorities, so while it may be hard at times, you're friends are always a great support system. There's a fair amount of flexibility in what you can pursue at Hopkins, so it's easy to explore all sorts of options both academically and extra-curricularly.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Lots of campus security on and around campus and inside student housing. Neighborhood patrols make you feel safe walking outside of campus at night. Robberies and muggings do happen, but are largely due to student irresponsibility, not lack of security.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Great Location – Baltimore actually has a ton for students to do! The Towson Mall has some incredible shopping, and it's only a quick taxi ride away. The Inner Harbor is usually what Baltimore is known for due to the great restaurants and shops along the harbor, along with the aquarium and the huge Barnes and Noble. The neighborhoods surrounding campus are also worth noting. Chipotle, Marble Slab, the Hopkins Barnes and Noble, Tambers, Starbucks, Freshii, Maxi's Pizza, PJ's Pub, and Ledo's pizza are all popular destinations for students looking to grab a bite to eat. The neighborhoods also offer some great jogging trails that are surprisingly scenic for being located in such an urban area!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors can be very resourceful and helpful, but you have to take initiative - they don't come to you. But that is pretty much expected for any university. Some of the professors I've had have been phenomenal. Many professors are involved with some research as well. Registration is simple - seniors go first, then juniors, sophomores, then freshmen. For many classes, the workload is rigorous, but can be done, especially with the help of TAs and classmates.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Have to Look for It – You do have to put in some effort to find something going on in Baltimore. The Inner Harbor almost always has something going on there and it is easily accessible through the Collegetown Shuttle (free). Also there are several colleges nearby - Loyola, Goucher, Towson, just to name a few. Sometimes students go there. Also, D.C. is a short train ride away (MARC train only costs $7 and the Penn Station can be reached through the Collegetown Shuttle and the JHMI, which are both free) and there is so much to do in D.C. I frequent there at least 3 times per semester.

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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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