The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    Baltimore is a great mid-size city that offers many entertainment options. Washington, D.C., is an easy day trip away.
  2. 2
    Despite being in the city, Hopkins is actually very beautiful and green. When on campus, you never ever feel like you're in a city.
  3. 3
    Johns Hopkins University has a great academic reputation. This reputation helps students network and find jobs right out of college.
  4. 4
    Lack of a general core curriculum. Individual majors have requirements, but there are no courses that everyone takes.
  5. 5
    Off-campus housing is affordable. Baltimore is a city with a low cost of living.
  6. 6
    Research opportunities abound. If you want to do research as an undergraduate, Hopkins is a great choice.
  7. 7
    Students organize symposia and lectures with world-class speakers. These speakers discuss topics from engineering to international relations to film.
  8. 8
    Transportation around the city is quick, easy, and cheap. This allows students to explore the many benefits of Baltimore.
  9. 9
    You can walk anywhere on campus and to almost all off-campus housing within 15 minutes.
  10. 10
    All of the dorm and food options are well above average. Hopkins students are spoiled by this.

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
97% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 10 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
92% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
95% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
56% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
63% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
63% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Safe Campus
50% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
67% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 51/49 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
94% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 68% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Students Stick Around
Only 5% of students transfer out.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-51% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    The competitive nature of the students. The school is so competitive that a large number of students rarely take a break from studying. As the school year drags on, you begin to see the same people in the library.
  2. 2
    Hopkins lacks traditional school spirit. Students are proud of the Hopkins name and reputation, but not its athletics.
  3. 3
    Many students feel that professors are more concerned with their own research than with helping the students they teach.
  4. 4
    The on-campus meal plan leaves a lot to be desired. Although there's a wide selection of food offered, students dislike the meal plan requirement for freshmen and sophomores. It is expensive, and the dining halls repeat food choices often.
  5. 5
    Parking is a headache. Even when friends come to visit for a day or two, it is almost impossible to find them a parking spot.
  6. 6
    There are unsafe neighborhoods surrounding Hopkins, and new students need to learn where they should and should not walk.
  7. 7
    Tuition is extremely expensive. Although financial aid packages and scholarships lower the burden, most students graduate with large amounts of debt.
  8. 8
    With the name recognition attached, students expect to have an adequate health and wellness center. The Student Health & Wellness Center, however, is famous around campus for misdiagnosing student illnesses.
  9. 9
    Although there are around 6,000 undergrads, it often feels like you always see and deal with the same people.
  10. 10
    Grade deflation makes it difficult to maintain a high GPA, though there are always exceptions. Very academically rigorous.

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $43,390, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $7,668.
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