In his 1873 will, Johns Hopkins, a wealthy entrepreneur, left $7 million dollars for the foundation of a university and hospital that would be later named in his honor. In accordance with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman, Johns Hopkins University opened on February 22, 1876. Aiming to not only advance the knowledge of the students, but of society as a whole, the university was established with the philosophy that research and discovery were just as if not more important than scholarship and teaching. The premium placed on research has made the school a model for other large universities and enabled the school to become a leader in research at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
In 1897, the first class graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There were three women among the fifteen graduates. In 1933, as the national depression worsened, faculty members voluntarily contributed a portion of their salaries to help avoid a university deficit. After World War II, the GI Bill led to a huge influx of veterans into the student body and by the fall of 1970, the first full-time female undergraduates arrived on campus. Hopkins has maintained its strong reputation in teaching and research to the present day, and its School of Medicine is considered one of the best in the world.
The main campus of Johns Hopkins was Johns Hopkins was originally located in downtown Baltimore. However, needing room to grow, the trustees of the school decided to relocate the campus to the estate of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and later a senator from Maryland, and to Homewood House, an estate in northern Baltimore.
The Homewood Campus is park-like at 140 acres, and buildings are red brick and marble in the Federalist style. Homewood has nearly 4,600 full-time undergraduates and more than 1,600 full-time graduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. The Baltimore Museum of Art is near the southern end of the campus, while athletic fields are to the north. The campus is organized in quads with plenty of open spaces for students to enjoy.
The campus’ medical institutions are located in the east Baltimore neighborhood, which is home to the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing. This campus runs several city blocks from the original Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Johns Hopkins is located on several campuses in Baltimore, MD. The main undergraduate campus is in the northern part of the city.
JHU is very much a ‘city school’ albeit in a quiet part of a small city. Most of the area around the campus is residential and has seen some development recently that has expanded options for students. The area around campus feels very safe, but you do not want to stray too many blocks away as you could easily end up in a less than welcoming neighborhood.
On St. Paul Street, which is one block down from and runs parallel to campus, there is a new condominium complex with a storefront that was built in January 2007. There's nothing spectacular - a stationery store, a 24-hour mini-mart, a clothing store, Cold Stone Creamery, Subway, Starbucks, and a Chipotle. Still, since all the neighborhood had before was a few restaurants, a bank, and a grocery store, it's considered an improvement. The new Barnes and Noble, aka the campus book store, is also vastly better than the too-small one that once resided in the basement of one of the campus buildings.
Within walking distance are several grocery stores and a two-screen movie theater, as well as the Ottobar, a small music venue, and Paper Moon, a 24-hour diner with mannequins and retro toys decorating the walls. It's not a lot, but it's better than it used to be. Despite the chain stores and restaurants that have recently opened, the local area remains quirky and interesting with favorite eateries such as One World Café, a great vegetarian restaurant, Carma's, a breakfast place, and various international cuisine ranging from Indian food to Sushi. There is even an ice cream shop that serves spinach, pumpkin, and carrot flavored ice cream.
Gertrude's, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, which is about a block away from campus, is typically filled because of its '10 Dollar Tuesdays.' Students can also take the free Hopkins Vans (or walk the ten minutes) to Hampden where you find funky and eclectic shops that include inexpensive antique stores and chic, expensive boutiques.
The Johns Hopkins Film Society holds a yearly film festival, consisting of four days (Thursday-Sunday) of student films, independent movies, foreign films, and whatever else the Film Society members think is worthwhile. It's free to Hopkins students.
Once upon a time, the Whimsy Progress Administration made a habit of putting pink flamingos on the lawn of the Upper Quad. Their members have since graduated and moved on to flamingo-ing other, distant lawns, but traditions can always be revived.
John Astin (1952) played Gomez on the original hit TV show The Addams Family. Astin remains a professor at Hopkins and is very involved in the theater department.
Russell Baker (1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, best known for his autobiography, Growing Up.
Michael Bloomberg (1964) is mayor of New York City and founder of financial information company Bloomberg L.P.
Michael Griffin (1971) is the current administrator of NASA.
Donald Munson (1968) is a state senator representing Maryland’s second district, which includes Washington County.
The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays compete at the Division III level and in the Centennial Conference, except for their Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. The men’s lacrosse team has won 44 national titles, nine of them Division I titles.
“The most popular teams on campus are the men’s and women’s DI lacrosse teams. They draw enormous crowds, even when students are stressed out because of exams. In particular, the JHU men's lacrosse team is nationally recognized for their winning streak. When Duke comes to Homewood Field, the crowd goes crazy. All the students wear black or blue shirts and sit in The Nest, which is the student section. It is a great time with lots of families and other fans attending the games.
While nothing compares to the popularity of the lacrosse teams, the water polo team, men’s and women’s basketball and soccer teams, and the men’s baseball teams all have a decent fan base. In fact, in the last years, all of these aforementioned teams have done very well and the men’s water polo is one of the most successful Division III teams in the country and plays a full schedule against Division I opponents.”
In the TV show Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Dr. Eli says he graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1848 - even though the school wasn't founded until 1876.
Baltimore Police Major Howard Colvin on The Wire looks into retiring to a job as deputy director of campus security for JHU.
In the 1920s researchers at Hopkins came up with the process of chlorination for water purification, which came to be used by all municipal and industrial suppliers in the United States and beyond.
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, and since the construction of the Charles Commons, upperclassmen are also given the option of entering the housing lottery and a chance at living on campus. In theory, anyone who enters the lottery can live in any of the dorms, but given the difference in quality and dorm amenities, the choices tend to fall along class standing. Freshmen live in either the AMRs (Alumni Memorial Residences), Buildings A and B, or Wolman. The AMRs are the oldest dorms on campus. There are two buildings: AMR I and AMR II, located directly on the freshman quad. Each building is made up of houses named after prominent Hopkins Alumni (such as Woodrow Wilson). Each house shares three floors, and these houses participate in various planned activities organized by the RA. The rooms do not have air conditioning (which is particularly a problem at the beginning and end of the year, especially on the third floor), and residents share bathrooms at the end of the hall.
Most houses (save the one all-female house and one all-male house) are co-ed, though rooms and bathrooms are single-sex. The rooms range in size and are either single or double occupancy. Some are very large and others are extremely tiny; occasionally, single rooms will be larger than double rooms. Although the amenities aren't great, many people choose to live in these dorms because they are supposedly the most social. However, it really depends on what type of people live on a given floor and in a given house.
Buildings A and B, which are located behind the AMRs and above the Fresh Food Cafe, are suite-style living. Typically, this means there are two rooms connected by a short hall that share a bathroom. They do not have carpeting, but do have air-conditioning. Occasionally suites in A and B, due to excessive demand for housing, are turned into forced triples.
Wolman is the last building for freshman housing and is often filled with athletes because it offers vacation housing, which allows students to stay in the dorms during holidays and breaks. Like A and B, Wolman is also suite-style living, but the suites have a mini-kitchen with burners, a sink, and cabinets, in addition to the shared bathroom. Wolman offers the most amenities of the freshman housing options. The floors are carpeted and the rooms are air-conditioned. There are lounges with a TV and DVD/VCR on each floor, and as such, Wolman tends to be very social. The only detriment to living in Wolman is that it is not technically on campus, but in the dorm cluster across the street from the library. However, since the construction of Charles Commons, the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and the revitalization of shops along St. Paul, just behind Wolman, it is a very busy, social, and convenient location.
Housing for upperclassmen is not as strictly defined as freshman housing is, because it depends entirely on the lottery system and where people want to live. Charles Commons is only two years old and one of the more popular choices. Made up entirely of suite-style rooms, residents can choose to live in either a double or a quad. In the doubles, there is one bathroom for the two single rooms to share and a small common kitchen with burners, a sink, and a mini-fridge, along with a table and chairs. In the quad there are two bathrooms, a kitchen with a large refrigerator, table and chairs, and a living room with a TV stand, couch, side tables, and a chair with an ottoman. The building itself has a small gym with treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes, a common kitchen with an oven, and Nolan's, one of the main dining halls on campus. There are also study rooms and lounges with a TV on each floor, and the building has a mailroom. Aside from going to class, students don’t really have to leave the building if they don’t want to.
McCoy Hall is another housing option that is popular with sophomores – only if that’s because it's picked last. It is very similar to Wolman with its suite-style living and a small kitchen. The rooms may be a little larger but the only other difference is that it has a small gym on the second floor. Other than that, McCoy is the same as Wolman. The one thing people can do when living in McCoy is find a bunch of people to live with (at least 16) and try to block off a floor.
Bradford and Homewood are the two apartment-style dorms on campus. Bradford is located one block down from Wolman and McCoy, while Homewood is farther away and somewhat removed from the campus and the main cluster of dorms and shops. Bradford is nine stories high while Homewood is six, and each contain studio, one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments available to students. Each contains a full kitchen, bathroom (sometimes two, depending on size), and living room. The studio is the only exception, consisting of one bedroom which also serves as the living room, plus the usual amenities. Bradford and Homewood are built in such a way that they're less communal than the suite-style or traditional dorms, as there are no real community/study rooms, and RAs do not typically organize events. Both buildings have laundry rooms in the basement and gyms in the building, though Bradford's ‘gym’ consists of a treadmill and elliptical alongside the washing machines. Homewood is considered the nicer of the two, as it offers much larger rooms and better facilities, though Bradford is popular for its convenience to campus, the bookstore, and the shops along St. Paul.