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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pros and Cons: Generally expensive but proximate to amenities in life.

Availability: There are almost always rooms for rent available.

Convenience: It could be old enough to be inconvenient, but you can bear with it.

Cost: Obviosuly expensive but it depends.

Parking: Limited and expensive if not guaranteed.

Safety: Very safe.

*School helps find possible roommates and rooms for rent via its own website.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Cost: Various but relatively expensive.

Convenience: Walking distance or transportation.

Student DC: Favorable to students.

Variety: Food of international sorts are possible.

Best places: Shackshake burger and Chipotle

2 College Junior

Scholarships: The finanacial situation does not seem very robust. Limited admission letters are with financial aids and almost all scholarships are not need-based but merit-based.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I haven't actually attended any myself.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I like to try out different restaurants. I've yet to be disappointed, but things could be better.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The program is very difficult. In fact, I found the first semester grueling. However, it has pushed me to become a better student. I've improved for next semester and will utilize the campus resources and professors' advice more.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus security is always present, yet it seems somehow invisible. We are educated in security resources and given a walk to show the border of the patrol and thus safe/unsafe areas.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I used the Common App. It wasn't that different from most applications.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like how McCoy allows groups of students to get a dorm together. It's what my dorm plans on next year.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm into kendo and kung fu. We have a sufficient number of members, and they're good. However, I'm not a fan of varsity sports. I just know that lacrosse is kind of a big deal.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I don't have much to say on this since I'm not noisy, I don't drive, I don't do drugs/drinking on campus, I don't protest, etc.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I really like Charm City. There are some fun, unusual attractions, such as Theatre Project, where I listened to Charlie Bethel tell the tale of The Odyssey in the most entertaining way. I've also been to some of the parks, which I find quite nice (I even encountered some deer). There are plenty of good restaurants around, too, like Sofi's Crepes. Then, of course, there is the inner harbor, around which there are various stores, restaurants, museums, an aquarium, a memorial, and even a Little Italy.

There are sporting events for those interested, since the Ravens come from Baltimore, as well as the Orioles. However, I can't say much about interactions with the locals, since I've had few. Also, the safety is concerning; it is pretty safe on campus since it has its own security, but definitely don't go walking outside of it on your own at night.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman, I haven't had experience with this

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The merit scholarships are given out to only a handful of incoming students

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: In freshman year, most social events are comprised of frat parties and private dorm get-togethers.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports at Hopkins are overshadowed by the academic rigors demanded by the school. Although there are an abundance of clubs to join, they are not a vital part of the Hopkins experience.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Only parties really are at frats. But then administration banned open frat parties for the rest of the semester. Also they can be repetitive. Wish there were more classier options to meet people.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The city isn't the safest, but the university definitely puts a lot of effort into security guards and making sure students are safe, so I actually feel quite safe walking around campus. There are blue light poles everywhere on campus so if I feel unsafe, I can just press the button and a security guard can walk me home or whatever.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school didn't grant me much money, and my parents still could not afford to pay for tuition. So I tried to take out my entire tuition in student loans, but I didn't even qualify. So the school covered my costs for this year, which was a pretty easy process to go through, but I have to pay everything back and my parents can't help me. Basically, by the time I graduate college, I'm going to have about $300K in debt and then I plan on attending medical school... I wish that they had a no-loan policy. It would make my life far less stressful.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some cool restaurants around the city, I'm sure of it, but they're not convenient to get to at all! And the touristy part of Baltimore - Inner Harbor - while it looks nice, has pretty bad food and stores (low-quality, not high-end). So the good restaurants, that means, are in the sketchier parts of town where teenage girls should probably not go. Variety is bad, Asian food is bad, and the food in general is really not that good in Baltimore. Wish there was more variety and more convenience.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I think the administration definitely cares about students. Some policies concerning frat parties or drinking are especially strict or unreasonable, but they are definitely working with students to try and make the social environment better.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are top-notch. Professors are incredibly helpful if you ask for help. Registration is super easy online (albeit a bit crazy since everyone clicks "register" at exactly the same time). Workload is difficult but manageable if you work out a good schedule for yourself. There are plenty of study aid options that the school definitely advertises at the beginning of the year with private tutoring, group study sessions, office hours, TA help hours, etc. Finally, there are PLENTY of nice studying areas on campus, from the amazing library to the jazzy cafes to glass-walled reading rooms. It's definitely an environment of academia.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: People really only care about the lacrosse team in the spring since it's the only D1 sport on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: There aren't many restaurants on campus or off-campus: the food in general around town isn't the best. Public transportation is free in the city, which is nice, but it can be a hassle to organize all the stops. There isn't a big shopping scene either, not many small shops. It's considered a more dangerous area to live in, so that detracts from the city. Plus a lot of buildings are dilapidated. If the university just invested in more money in having better restaurants and shops right on campus, though, I know that they would attract more competitive students.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: People here are much more interested in studying than to care about varsity sports.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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