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5 College Junior

Academics: Loving the professors. But our major doesn't offer too many courses because of its small size (environmental engineering, about 15 people/year)

3 College Freshman

Academics: So much work, but there are options for students to receive help if they are struggling in a class.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is relatively easy, but it is difficult to get into unique, popular classes because the seniors fill them up. They have priority over all the other classes, and i have even heard that the graduate students come last in terms of classes following the undergrads.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors: World best professors who are influential in the US.

Curriculum: Robust and demanding, but tailored to the needs of students.

Registration process: Easy and computer based.

Worklord: Reading and writing requires a lot of time.

Special study options: Early gradulation and more than one specification are possible.

Popular study areas: Finance and international development.

6 people found this useful Report
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.

5 people found this useful Report
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Hopkins students are generally pleased with academics. If you ask JHU students what the deciding factor was for choosing Hopkins, the school’s strong academic reputation tops the list. The medical school is regarded as the best in the world, and other majors—such as engineering, economics, and international relations—are nationally recognized. Some students are cutthroat, but for the most part, JHU students are willing to lend a helping hand. Humanities/social science students have more control over their schedules, and their classes focus less on memorization and more on critical thinking. Engineering/science students complain that their classes are tougher, but this is definitely up for debate. The only universal complaint Hopkins students have about academics is that some teachers are unapproachable and are only interested in their personal research. Courses with teaching assistants are great because TAs are often more accessible than professors. The general belief is that teaching assistants have more interest in helping students learn than professors.

Academics at Hopkins would be stronger if there were greater camaraderie and individual attention in lower-level lecture courses. Students who need or want a lot of individual attention have to make the effort to meet the professor or teaching assistant outside of class. This is less true in small, upper-level seminar courses. Students also complain about the lack of grade inflation at Hopkins, which puts them at a disadvantage when compared with students who attend other top universities. This disadvantage is overpowered by the fact that Hopkins students have access to some of the best professors and researchers in the world. Hopkins provides ample opportunities for students to design independent studies and research. Overall, Hopkins is the perfect fit for hardworking individuals who have a thirst for knowledge.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,088
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
246
Total FT Faculty
3,985
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$104,323
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Transfer-Out Rate
5%
Graduation Rate
92%
Programs/Majors Offered
154
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 21%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Carey Business School
  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Peabody Institute
  • School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • School of Education
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Whiting School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Foundations of Education: 2%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 4%
  • Public Health Studies: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Combined bachelor's/master's programs
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • AMR I study lounge
  • Charles Commons
  • Gilman Hall, in the atrium and reading room
  • Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Get involved right away. As a freshman, make sure you join as many student organizations as you can. Hopkins students are extremely motivated. The more student organizations you join, the quicker you will assimilate into college.
  • If a class is extremely difficult, go to your teaching assistant's office hours or even get a tutor. There are hundreds of people willing to give you extra help if you need it. Make sure you use all of the available resources.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 85 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 49 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 49 responses

  • 35% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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