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Johns Hopkins University

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“From an Alumnus”
November 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Everyone here is very bright and into their studies, courses cover a lot more material than at other schools, beautiful campus

Downers

grade deflation (A work at another school is a B here), too much work, little school spirit, not many avenues or opportunity for fun and relaxation

Comments

Difficult to get a good GPA here if you're pre-professional. Great school for engineering. Consider if you're willing to sacrifice a "fun" college experience for good grades and a Hopkins degree. University is generous with aid for lower to middle class families. Many great companies recruit directly from Hopkins campus.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

We have no core, instead we have distribution credits. So if you study in the humanities, you need to take a certain number of credits in the social, natural, quantitative or engineering sciences. However, you can take whatever you want. There are freshman advisors, and then once you declare your major, you get an advisor in that major. Class sizes are generally small. Roughly 2/3 of the classes here are fewer than 20 students. 5 % have more than 100. The work is difficult but rewarding, and there is an appropriate amount of collegiate competition, but nothing crazy. Many difficult classes offer a curve that will always help you. The work load is heavy, but manageable.

Quality of Life

JHU is in the center of Charles Village, a great neighborhood in Baltimore. So much is accessible to you through shuttle services and other methods of free transportation, which is awesome. Your first 2 years you live in a dorm, then you can more off campus into an apartment, which are nicer and cheaper. We have the number one ranked security in the country, and the neighborhood is safe for a city. Just don't wander more than 2 or 3 miles off the beaten path late at night; it's common sense. Students are in general, very happy. There is a great balance of work and play.

Admissions

We have an early decision deadline in November and then a regular admission deadline on Jan. 1. We accept the common application with a supplement. We do not require SAT II's, but they are strongly recommended. We offer interviews, and while not mandatory, can be very helpful. We offer need based financial aid and very, very few academic scholarship.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Classes at hopkins are very demanding and rigorous. There is no grade inflation so students are expected to perform. I personally do not feel a sense of competition among my classmates and rather work with them constantly to accomplish problem sets, study etc.

Quality of Life

Many buildings have been updated and are really nice. Wolman and Charles Commons are great dorms. Finding upperclassmen housing off-campus (virtually everyone does this) is hard if you are studying abroad.

Admissions

common applications + additional questions; informational interviews; regular and early decisions

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There are no general requirements or core curriculum for any major. There are simply categories that must be filled like Humanities and Social Sciences, or Technical Electives. The advising offices for me in Mechanical Engineering are spectacular. My advisor and the guy who manages the office knew my name before I knew theres. They are super friendly and always willing to meet. I couldn't be happier with the whole staff. One of the nicest things about this relationship with your advisor as well as most professors means that it is a LOT easier to get advice and possible even a job from them. About 70% of students at Hopkins end of doing research. The school is exceptionally good at pairing up students with their interests in academics and providing a real world application for it. The grading is very difficult and the school has very little grade inflation compared to a lot of other upper echelon schools like the Ivies, or places like Stanford. This can be difficult when applying to jobs or grads schools where you are at a 3.5 and the average is a 3.2 and someone at Harvard has a 3.7 but the average is a 3.4. This means the same thing but at a quick glance might look worse.

Quality of Life

Housing is great. Hopkins owns the entire surrounding area to campus including a lot of the random apartment buildings. One of the primary concerns with living in Baltimore is the crime but if you're intelligent about it you'll be fine. There is campus security everyone who are honestly looking out for you. Most of them who catch you with a drink will simply tell you to dump it out and get home safely. If you don't push their buttons you'll be fine because they know they're here for your best interests. They understand we're in college and there are more pressing concerns they might need to deal with.

One of the nicest things about the University is that they have so much money that they are continually adding to the facilities. They always have several new construction projects underway on campus to add to the experience. Where this might be annoying for the upper class men who won't get to enjoy them, the incoming students have a totally brand new building when they get here.

Admissions

We have unique application essay questions. Interviews are not required but can be used to supplement your application package. There is early decision which is binding and was how I was accepted. I got in early and it made the whole process so much more relaxing I was done December 15th and was able to enjoy the latter half of my senior year of high school.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Hopkins has no core curriculum meaning you will not be forced to take a specific class or a specific set of classes to fulfill requirements to graduate. Hopkins however does encourage interdisciplinary study by requiring distribution credits such as "Writing Intensive" classes which transcend the boundaries of specific disciplines. For example, Screenwriting and Intro to Fiction and Poetry are both "Writing Intensive" as is "Intro to Business".

Hopkins is a difficult school but if/when you do have difficulty in classes a tremendous support structure is in place. Academic advising employs professional advisors to help with any sort of academic dilemma you might encounter in your tenure. Hopkins funded but student run organizations such as the "Writing Center" and the "Learning Den" are free student help areas.

Professors are required to hold office hours and are extremely accessible. May professors are even willing to meet with students outside of office hours at local coffee shops to discuss material.

For many years, Hopkins has a stigma of being a "cutthroat" atmosphere and that students try to “bring others down to academically rise up". This is completely untrue. A vast majority of our study space on-campus (Library, Hutzler Reading Room, Levering, etc.) are GROUP study areas. Professors encourage learning cooperatively however plagiarism is a highly frowned upon crime punishable by immediate expulsion.

Class sizes are mostly small. Intro classes tend to be a bit bigger but only making up a few of your classes as underclassmen. As you get more specialized, class sizes become very small. Avg class size is between 10-20.

Study abroad office is absolutely amazing and can pretty much find any opportunity in any country.

Research on campus is super prevalent and can be done in almost any field. Most internships and research opportunities are either for pay or credit which is always a plus.

Quality of Life

Facilities such as the rec center, computer rooms, and game rooms are all fantastic and in great condition. Everything you could possibly ever need is on campus.

Security is very tight on campus and Hopkins was recently voted the safest campus in the nation by readers digest. We employ off duty Baltimore PD and ex-military as JHU Security (called Hop Cops). Behavioral analysis cameras also litter the campus keeping an eye 24/7. We also have a van service which will pick you up and take you anywhere within 1 mile of campus for free anytime between 5pm and 3am.

Many students who spend all their time in their room or the library do not enjoy Hopkins. If you ask anyone who is even the slightest bit active in the Hopkins campus they will tell you they absolutely love it. Ask any of our wonderful "Blue Key" tour guides and they will tell you the same!

Admissions

Common and Universal App accepted with mandatory supplement. Supplement essays ussually ask questions such as, "Why Hopkins" and "What do you want to major in and why?".

Interviews are conducted by current students on-campus and by alumni off campus. Not mandatory but offered. Good way to get a solid feel for the school and the types of people who are on and off campus.

Early decision deadline is Nov. 1. Early decision has much higher acceptance rate however it is binding. ED shows a commitment to Hopkins which is taken very seriously and puts you at a significant advantage.

Common and Universal App accepted with mandatory supplement. Supplement essays usually ask questions such as, "Why Hopkins" and "What do you want to major in and why?”

Interviews are conducted by current student’s on-campus and by alumni off campus. Not mandatory but offered. Good way to get a solid feel for the school and the types of people who are on and off campus.

Early decision deadline is Nov. 1. Early decision has much higher acceptance rate however it is binding. ED shows a commitment to Hopkins which is taken very seriously and puts you at a significant advantage.

Admissions looks at students as a whole, not only GPA or SAT scores. Admissions truly want students who show a passion for learning while also giving back to the community.

Scholarships are readily available and financial aid (under recently elected president Ron Daniels) is tremendous. Avg package is around $29,000. Overall tuition (inc room and board) is around $55,000. Money to attend school is available; students must seek it however and will not be just thrown at them. Woodrow Wilson Scholarship is $10,000 to do individual research in any field. Hodsun Trust Scholarship: Half to Full scholarship for exceptional students on merit based.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is no core curriculum at Johns Hopkins. However, each student is required to complete distribution requirements to ensure that he or she is getting a well-rounded education.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

no core classes = awesome, 129 credits for my biomedical engineering degrees, study abroad opportunities even for engineers, decently small classes except for notably bigger classes like general chem, curves to around a B- generally

Quality of Life

a pricey education, beautiful campus, security stationed everywhere, great ways to get involved in Baltimore

Admissions

common app, interview, research funding opportunities

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is no core curriculum at Hopkins but each major has their own distribution requirements. Class sizes vary. Only intro classes exceed 100 students and the rest tend to be very small in number and intimate. Professors always have office hours and are very easy to get in touch with and meet with if necessary. While this is an extremely competitive university, it is healthy competition and more common is competition within the student.

Quality of Life

Hopkins is an incredible campus where I am always made to feel extremely safe. My freshman dorm was perfectly located right on campus near the dining hall and close to class buildings. The campus is not too large and is very easy to navigate. The school itself has good relations with the community which improves the safety of the school. I am very happy where I am. My sophomore year housing will be even more ideal with a much more modern living situation.

Admissions

Johns Hopkins is a university that does use the Common Application along with 2 other essays. I applied early decision and interviewed at the university as well.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

-top notch academics

-no core --> distribution classes

-academic advisors --> great! get assigned to one before your freshman year and help you select classes

-accessibility of professors --> required to hold office hours at least once per week for at least an hour

-hopkins is based on research! "the truth will set you free"

-great study abroad programs and curriculums

Quality of Life

-housing: great, required for first two years, not guaranteed after sophomore year

-facilities: great!

-library: great, small space, but building a new learning commons to accommodate everyone

-dining: good! lots of options in different locations on campus

-neighborhood: great neighborhood, young professionals and small families

-community relations: EXCELLENT!

-crime and safety: we're in Baltimore, but on campus feels very safe

-overall happiness: EXTREMELY HAPPY!

Admissions

-we have early decision (fall deadline) and a regular decision (late winter deadline)

-we accept the common application

-we have an additional supplemental essay

-there are countless merit-based scholarships available, as well as need-based financial aid awards

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The classes are about 100x more difficult than any other school in the US and it shows in our GPA's.

Quality of Life

Everything here is pretty great except pricing.

Admissions

I applied early decision via Common App.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

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