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I only applied to Hopkins - early decision
I only applied to Hopkins - early decision
Try to visit and meet with people thyat attend the school before you go - networking and seeing how you would fit the environment before you get there will give you a huge advantage. Stay on top of classes, but don't let them consume you; also, don't be afraid to ask for help studying or going over what you learned in class, because many of the professors and your classmates are more than willing to help. Find things you love to do. Pick a major that fits what you're interested in, and talk to an advisor about how you can make it fit with any future plans you might have. Also find a club or activity you love - it will help you make friends, and give you a break form academics every once in a while; for me, joining a sorority was the best thing I could have ever done, because I really have found a second family, a home away from home. Parents should be supportive and encouraging, but not overbearing; let your child decide how often to call or what classes to take. College is about making decisions and mistakes to find out who you are.
The people I hang out with
It's impossible to make the best college choice for you without really getting to know the school, campus, and student body. ...
It's impossible to make the best college choice for you without really getting to know the school, campus, and student body. I visited my school at least 4 times before I decided to apply early decision. I read college manuals, talked with students and other potential applicants, visited their website hundreds of times, went on a tour, sat in on information sessions, walked around campus myself; I literally did everything I could think of to get the best perspective I could. And it worked! I found a school with a wide range of extra curricular activities, both familiar and new, that interested me that also had an academic caliber to challenge me to become the best student I could. However its important to explore the city the campus is located in, its important to not get lost in the campus bubble while in college, or simply just be too far away from home. So make sure you look at the school in its entirety before making your decision.
Nothing. I was pretty well informed from information sessions, hopkins literature, and the various advisors asigned to me by the school (both academic and students).
How much I love my classes, campus, and our year round schedule. We start school in early September, and have a month between Fall and Spring Semesters. During this time you're not obligated to be taking classes in order to still graduate on time and can simply take a month off from school, but if you want you can take extra fun classes in that month (examples include Greek Mythology, Wine Tasting, various seminars - there are tons to choose from).
A Hopkins student says that a major stereotype is that many students are too career-focused.
A Hopkins student says that a major stereotype is that many students are too career-focused.
A Hopkins students says a stereotype of students is that they never leave campus.
A Hopkins says that one stereotype of Hopkins is that students are apathetic.
A student says Hopkins and Baltimore is stereotyped as being unfriendly but it is actually much more vibrant and fun.
A student talks about his favorite film, class, and what he'd do with a spare hour.
A Hopkins student talks about her favorite things at school.
A Hopkins student talks about her favorite film.
Friends gather on a Saturday night in someone's apartment to drink, chat, and dance. House parties are very fun at JHU.
Spring '08 and the Baltimore weather has finally turned nice. Johns Hopkins students gather on The Beach, a JHU lawn.
The best thing about JHU is the campus. The beautiful Georgian architecture, brick buildings, cherry blossums, and large gra...
The best thing about JHU is the campus. The beautiful Georgian architecture, brick buildings, cherry blossums, and large grassy quads were some of the many factors in my decision to attend Hopkins. Although, I do not think that JHU has the strongest sense of community, the quads allow people to congregate on "the beach" as they sun themselves and attempt to do homework on the large grassy area outside the library. People play frisbee, soccer, football, and it is really entertaining and community-orientated to sit out on the beach on a sunny spring day. In the wintertime, there is the Lighting of the Quad where all the lamp posts are adorned with Christmas tree lights and the Gilman Hall Clock Tower shines red and green for the holidays. No matter what season, JHU is a beautiful place to be. In terms of Baltimore, the location of Baltimore in the middle of a bunch of East Coast cities is really wonderful. The fact that you can get to Washington DC and Philadelphia in an hour, and New York in two hours makes road trips and weekend visits very conveninent. Batlimore itself is an interesting cultural city with lots of funky and unique neighborhoods. One can take the free shuttle to Hampden and find a wide array of shops from anitque shops to ritzy/expensive clothing boutiques. As a city, Baltimore has a good sense of humor, and you will be suprised with what you find. With great restaurants all over the place, a favorite tradition is Vacarro's on Monday nights in Little Italy for all you can eat desserts. The Inner Harbor, may be the main attraction for most visitors, and as beautiful as it is, the longer you stay in Baltimore the more you may expand your visits to include other historic neighborhoods like Mt. Vernon, Fell's Point, Mt. Washington, and Canton. There are a lot of bars in Baltimore and on Halloween everyone puts on a costume and heads down to Fell's Point for one of the largest Halloween parties ever. The streets are filled with all types of people wearing crazy costumes. For those who want to party on or near campus there are frat parties, off-campus parties, and local bars and clubs which students frequent. Although some people believe the only thing Hopkins students do is study, this is not true. There are quite a few people that go out multiple times per week, if not every night. Overall, Hopkins is a suprising school and Baltimore is a suprising city. The public transportation in Batlimore is sometimes frustrating, and most people take cabs, but the admistration does its best to make students feel safe and allow them to travel about the area. There is a local shuttle system that you can call, as long as you are within a mile radius of campus. There is also a shuttle that stops at the different Hopkins campuses in Baltimore, including the Peabody Conservatory and the Medical School. Conveniently enough, it even stops at the train station. Finally, there is a Collegetown Shuttle that stops at local Baltimore universities and downtown at the Inner Harbor.
Danielle speaks about Nolan’s on 33rd, an upperclassmen dining hall located in one of the residence halls.
When the weather is nice, everyone congregates on the grassy lawn known as The Beach.
A junior Political Science major, Julia describes why she chose to attend Hopkins.
A freshman Writing Seminars and English double major, Lauren describes why she chose to attend Hopkins.
A sophomore Philosophy and Economics double major, Jackie, describes why she chose to attend Hopkins.
A senior Neuroscience major and theater minor, Michelle, describes why she chose to attend Hopkins.
A freshman Film and Media Studies Major, Josh describes why he chose to attend Hopkins.
The student body is pretty diverse, although I have heard complaints that many people disagree. There are a lot of multicultural events on campus, a lot of religious groups, and even groups for sexual diversity. Overall, I would say that JHU is pretty accepting of diverse people and opinions whether this diversity be about race, religion, LGBT, or socioeconomic. Most students dress pretty casually to classes often wearing Hopkins gears and sweatpants. There are some fashionistas who go all out each day, but people are pretty much dressed in jeans, sweatshirts, and jackets. While some people are preppy, it is by no means an unoffical uniform for the students. People are pretty nonchalant with their clothing choices, but typically leaning towards the trendy side. Stuents come from all sorts of backgrounds some come from prep schols, some from public, and many are international students. Students are politically active when it comes to national elections, but as a whole, the campus is mostly moderate. There exist a campus group of republicans, democrats, libertarians, and independents. This year the College Democrats will be debating the College Republicans, which should be very interesting and many hope this will become a tradtion. While the campus is moderate, as a whole it is more liberal than conservative. There is some separation among the diverse groups on campus and can be seen in the dining hall, but overall as long as you are outgoing you can meet people and make friends. The Hopkins community is slightly detached and passive, but when it comes to lacrosse season everyone goes out to the Homewood field to rally around our National Champions. The boys and girls soccer teams, along with the boys baseball team also draw crowds, as Hopkins is one of the best teams in the divison. The boys waterpolo team is one of the best Divison-Three teams and overall is one the top twenty waterpolo teams in the country. Students are ambitious and set the bar high, but do not dwell on the details of their future incomes.
While the food at Hopkins has drastically improved in the last couple of years, there is a lack of choices. In particular for upperclassmen who do not want to eat in the dining hall, there is only one other eating venue that serves dinner. Off-campus, there are quite a few options and as Charles Village expands it gets better and better. A starbucks, Chipotle, and Coldstone were recently established and there is a Subway and University Market which are both open 24/7. Besides the small problems with the dining menu and venues, the Hopkins adminstration does its best to satisfy the student body. When the students complain, things change. When people complained about paying for the internet, the next year the policy was changed and now the internet is included. We are proud students and President Brody and his wife are campus favorites. They are involved, friendly, and nice enough to live on campus with the undergraduates. Hopkins students are proud, but willing to speak their minds and although they are not the friendliest bunch, if you are outgoing enough you will make a ton of friends and have a great time.
No. While there are a large number of pre-meds at Hopkins, it is not true that everyone is pre-med. In fact, the most popular major at Hopkins is International Relations. This is quickly followed by Public Health (which can be take as either a natural science or social science), Neuroscience, and I believe Writing Seminars. Last year, most of my friends happened to be International Relations students, although a few of them branched out into other more specific programs. Nevertheless, it is clear that this rumor is untrue. In regards to the rumor that Hopkins is cutthroat, I have not found this to be the case. While classes are very difficult, especially considering that we do not have grade inflation, people are more than willing to share notes, do homework in groups, and even tutor you in specific subjects. I don't know how I would have gotten through Calculus without my friend helping me each week.
Classes at JHU are very rigorous. Unlike the Ivy Schools, there is no grade inflation. People really have to work hard for an A and strive to achieve a good GPA. Nevertheless, the classes are manageable and are not that much work. While some people say certain majors are much easier than others, there is the unanimous agreement that Organic Chemistry is not an easy or enjoyable class. Some of the introductory political science classes such as Contemporary International Politics and International Politics, are among student favorites, despite the fact that the large lecture is full with around 300 students. Just as the introductory science classes draw huge crowds, so too do the introductory economics classes. These large classes can be intimidating-- especially if you want to talk to the professor. The good thing is, when you have such a large class you also have a section that is basically a review of lecture taught by the TA (teaching assistant). Sections can vary in size from as small as 5 people to as large as twenty. Having the teaching assistant can be very helpful as a liasion, and rather then ask the professor questions you can first ask the teaching assistant and if your question cannot be answered it can be referred to the professor. The professors are all very knowledgeable and are experts in their fields. This too may be intimidating, but if you ask questions most are very understanding and nice. However, you typically do not see professors outside of class, with the exception of a few special campus events or at lectures in related fields. Some professors may be more geared to teaching than others. For example, in one of my higher level economics classes we played a class wide game where the winning groups won ten dollars each. There was another time in class when my professor auctioned off old CD's to demonstrate the different types of auctions. While the introductory classes may be boring, they also can be particularly interesting. Classes in archaeology, english, and bioethics draw people from all types of majors. Freshmen year, is likely to be filled with introductory classes, but by the time you are a second semester sophomore, you are highly likely to get into the classes you want to take including the smaller, more intimate classes. JHU is a great combination of job-orientated classes and classes for the sake of intellectual enlightenment. While a business school was recently founded, students have had the opportunity to take more buisness-like classes for the last couple of years with a minor being offered in Entreprenuership and Management. This minor offers classes in law, finance, and communications and is a great option for people who want to get an idea of the different careers they may want to puruse after college. Besides the pre-med classes and this entreprenuership minor, most of the classes are geared towards learning for its own sake and pure intellectual enlightenment. Outside of class, it is not uncommon to hear people discuss concepts learned in class. In fact, in some of my philosophy classes it is almost laughable to hear the conversations people have. The discussions are so abstract and may sound pretentious, but this enthusiasm for knowledge can be very refreshing. In fact, a large percentage of students do research off-campus and puruse their own intellectual pursuits at the hospital, public health school, or at other organizations in the city. Students at JHU love to learn, and are open about their opinions and views.
The dorms are typically how you meet people freshmen year. If you do not end up in a social dorm, it may be somewhat of a problem. While some of the older dorms are said to be more social, it really depends on the people who reside there. Overall, people leave their doors open and even the dorms that are full of suites are social because of the common room with a TV on each floor. Many people meet their closest friends this way, but you can meet people through other activities. The intramural and club sports are competitive and fun. There are also Dorm Wars between the different frehsmen and sophomore housing buildings, where the dorms compete in different sports and activities. The theater groups and acapella groups on campus do draw big crowds. In particular, the all male acapella group, the All-Nighters are great for laughs and listening to some of your favorite songs. The Buttered Niblets, an improv comedy group are also a campus favorite, and have some great improv games; they are a crowd favorite. Volunteer organizations like The Tutorial Project, where JHU students tutor inner-city kids, and other clubs acting out of the Center for Social Concern are popular amongst students. Outdoor Pursuits is a campus group that goes hiking, rock-climbing, and kayaking in local areas, is very popular among students. Many people attend the MSE Symposium, which brings popular and controversal speakers such as Bill Nye, Jason Alexander, Ralph Nader, and Howard Dean. The Foreign Affairs Symposium also brings some controversal and internationally renowed speakers. While the people on campus are not the most friendly, and it may seem at times difficult to meet new people, one just needs to be outgoing and friendly. The Student Council sets up many events and parties and there are weekly showings of recently released movies. People can definitely find things to do that do not involve drinking. We are in a city that offers tons of opportunities, and people can always find something to do or something to see whether it be on or off campus. That being said, there are also plenty of frat parties and off-campus parties that people attend. Annual themed parties draw tons of people to the frats, but there are also local bars and clubs that people frequent including PJ's a local bar and The Den, a somewhat fancy club. Both of these are close to campus, but there are of course, plenty of opportunities to go clubbing in downtown Baltimore. Many Hopkins people date one another, and in fact, there is suppose to be a high percentage of Hopkins couples that marry each other. Hopkins is a suprisingly social place and while there are people that study each night, there are also people that go out to party every single night. Fraternities and Sororities are under 30%, but it seems to be a bit more. The good thing about sororities is that the girls do not live together, so there is not a complete feeling of exclusivity. Many people are in sororities and are friends with those who aren't. It does seem like a lot of people pledge, but at the same time people are down to earth and friendly and it really doesn't affect friendships or relationships at all. Finally, Spring Fair and the Duke Lacrosse game are events that draw even the most reclusive person. The intense rivalry between Hopkins and Duke is energetic and extremely exciting. Kids go all out to support their team when Duke comes to the Homewood Field. Spring Fair, an annual campus event, brings a big-name musician as well as tons of vendors,games, and activities. Open to the Baltimore Community, it is a great event to experience Hopkins at its best. It is fun and social, and nobody should miss it.
It is a common belief that everyone at Johns Hopkins is pre-med. Another related belief is that everyone is cutthroat, and will go to extremes such as hiding books in the library, stealing notebooks, and refusing to help others in order to secure a good grade.
You get respect for having attended Hopkins. I chose it because it was a relatively small self-contained liberal arts school ...
You get respect for having attended Hopkins. I chose it because it was a relatively small self-contained liberal arts school with the major city amenities and internship opportunities of Washington DC nearby. The environment promoted an informal and friendly atmosphere among professors and classmates. My most memorable experiences were with the friends I made in my freshman dorm. I remember there were always parties, social events and opportunities do those silly and crazy things that you only really do in college.
When I was at JHU, homosexuals and African Americans seemed to me to be marginalized. But I have no idea if that's the case today. Asian Americans seemed to be very visible. Generally speaking, it was a very conservative campus. There was an abundance of pearls, polo shirts and j. crew but among various groupings, there was still quite a bit of cross over just because the school was so small. I doubt there would such mixing in a large university, such as Columbia, Harvard or Berkeley, for example. Students mostly ate with their housemates as the freshman housing system really promotes comraderie. Students don't really talk about how much they will earn one day. Most are focused on their classes and interestes, and assume jobs and earning potential will fall into place.
Not at all. Students study as much as anyone at a decent school would study. If you compare it to a party school, obviously, you may consider it intense, but if you compare Hopkins to its peer schools and the prep schools that most students come from, the study/workload/collaboaration level is really no different. The school needed to stimulate the arts more, sports facilities and other activities for students to enjoy outside of the classroom, but I understand they have progressed that since I left over a decade ago.
Some of my favorite classes were in international politics and taught by SAIS professors visiting the undergrad campus. The level of energy and impressive caliber of the international relations department as well as its recognition around the world were major factors in my choosing it as a major in my junior year. Education at JHU is geared towards finding what interests you. For the students who really want to find that passion, the opportunities are there.
I think this has changed quite a bit since my day. If I was awake very late on a weekday, I was either in the Hut undergrad reading room cramming a semester of the history of Occidental Civilization into 3 days or dancing in the basement of a fraternity house. Sororities and Fraternities were big, but not in a state school kind of way. They were just social groups that offered some fun parties and comraderie and an opportunity to meet people you wouldn't necessarily meet in your dorm. As for sports, lacrosse is a big deal. Soccer is occasionally exciting and that's about it.
Cut throat, ultra competitive, non cooperative, intense.
I think that if I didn't love my friends to death I would hate Hopkins, they definitely allow it to be somewhat bearable. I ...
I think that if I didn't love my friends to death I would hate Hopkins, they definitely allow it to be somewhat bearable. I think that Hopkins is a socially segregated school and groups seem to break off instantly, like as soon as we get to school, which is sad. Honestly, I would not advise anyone who I care for to come here.
lol...we do study all the time and that's how we have fun!!! Just kidding we do have a heavy work load but there is definitely time and opportunity to have fun...sometimes.
The professors do not know your name, I am sure you can try to get them to remember it but I have a difficult name so it is not too likely. I think a great thing about our campus are the numerous intellectual conversations we have outside of the classroom. I feel like more thought occurs outside of the classroom then in it...at least amongst my friends. I believe that Africana studies and Public Health are the two most interesting departments because you get to step outside of what you have learned in high school, most likely, and actually think as opposed to regurgitating information. I think the pre-med track is insane and definitely does it's job at trying to weed people out.
We study all the time and have no fun
Hopkins is a perfect size for anyone who likes seeing familiar faces, but doesn't necessarily want to meet everyone in their ...
Hopkins is a perfect size for anyone who likes seeing familiar faces, but doesn't necessarily want to meet everyone in their class during orientation. It's small enough where your adviser will know who you are, but big enough that you're always meeting new people. It's also pretty convenient to get around without needing a car because there are shuttles running all over the city, as well as the MARC train to DC and other places in Baltimore.
People are pretty accepting here. Moreso than I found in high school, where if you weren't like everyone else or didn't try to be, you were "weird." There's a lot of individuality here and a lot of diversity if you're into that, but it's not mandatory. There are a lot of people who make friends with people who are exactly like them and that's fine, too. Again, you make it what you want.
To a certain extent, yes. A lot of kids do spend all of their time studying, but a lot of kids don't. It all depends on your major and what kind of student you are (engineers typically get more work and go out less, but some engineers can do well without studying).
The academics are tough, and you really have to manage your time. If you're the type of student who never had to study in high school, start studying right from the get-go. You can't BS your way through school here and still do well on the exams. Also, a lot of kids have intellectual conversations outside of classes and on the weekends, and there are a lot of kids who really enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together just for the fun of it. If you're not into that stuff, though, there are plenty of other things to do. Not everyone is a nerd, and people do go out on the weekends. You make it what you want.
If it's a club or organization, we probably have it. It's pretty normal that someone's social life takes a back seat to school work, but usually not for too long a period of time. Also, if you make friends with the right people you never have to go out and still have a great time. If you do go out, though (especially to frats), if you don't like drinking and/or dancing, you won't have a good time so don't bother.
Everyone who goes here is a huge nerd and studies all the time and never has any fun.
Hopkins is an amazing place with a huge amount of diversity in every area - the student body, academics, athletics, arts, ext...
Hopkins is an amazing place with a huge amount of diversity in every area - the student body, academics, athletics, arts, extra-curriculars, charitable organizations and so much more . The school is the perfect size (around 5000) so you don't feel insignificant but at the same time, you can always meet people who you haven't met before. The great thing about Hopkins is that it has both a campus and a city atmosphere. Baltimore is not a huge city, but it constantly surprises you. The city's selection of restaurants is one of its best features I think, and there's always cute boutiques, markets and shopping areas (such as Fells Point and Mount Vernon) to visit. I spend most of my time on campus in one of the coffee bars, in the library, in the Hut of at the gym. Also, Charles Commons is a great new addition to the school where you can play pool, grab some food, and just relax with friends. I would say that there is a lot of school pride, especially during lacrosse season, when everyone (including alumni) come out for the games.
I think that the student body is diverse and on the whole very respectful of each other, but I know that there has been some tension in the past year/s with regards to people feeling insulted and targeted, racially. I feel however, that most people are not insulting, and respect everyone at the school. I think the kind of student that would feel out of place at JHU are those who don't have very much interest in academics, since I feel that most students do place a high priority on that, and the school can be quite competitive at times. Most students wear jeans to class, but many girls often wear dresses, skirts and sometimes more comfortable clothing. Most JHU students are from the east coast and mid-west, I would say, and I would say that there is a mix of financial backgrounds but that most people come from middle-class families. I think that students are politically aware and active, especially during the current primary season and elections. I think the students are predominantly left, but there is also a more right-wing presence on campus.
While we do spend a lot of time in the library (they know how to make you work hard at hopkins), we know how to have a good time too :o)
I've really enjoyed my classes at hopkins, but I feel sometimes you have to be a little selective with the courses you take. I've taken some great lectures (particularly some psychology and entrepreneurship and management classes), but I tend to prefer the smaller seminars that are often more advanced. Professors definitely know your name if you take these seminars. My favorite class was a History class about Slavery in the Americas that was actually taught by a graduate student. He was so enthusiastic about the topic and his knowledge was so extensive because it related to his dissertation. I would definitely recommend these classes, which are normally labeled "Dean's Teaching Fellowship Courses." Students, I would say, study alot, because you have to in order to get good grades, but I wouldn't say it takes over their life. Class participation is pretty common, but that depends mostly on the dynamic of a particular class. Students do have intellectual conversations outside of class, mostly about politics. I'm a double major in International Studies and German. I love the IR major because it allows me to take classes in a wide variety of areas, but also to choose a concentration that interests me. I think that Hopkins' academic requirements are good because they give the students a true liberal arts education, which I think is important.
I think that the most popular social groups on campus are the sororities, fraternities and sports teams such as soccer, lacrosse, baseball, waterpolo etc. because they make it easier for everyone to meet and socialize. On the other hand, I wouldn't say that they dominate the social scene. I'm a member of Alpha Phi, and even though I have alot of friends outside of the sorority and the greek system, I'm glad I joined because it allowed me to meet and become friends with so many more people. The AMR freshman dorms were also a greet environment to meet everyone. Lacrosse games and big name guest speakers are always popular as well as the Barnstormers plays and comedy events. I met my closest friends during freshman year in my dorm and through friends. The dating scene is pretty active on campus and it's relatively easy to meet people, but not everyone is in long term relationships. The events that happen each year that are a lot of fun are fall festival and spring fair. For fall festival, they normally bring a comedian to campus (last year was Bob Saget) and spring fair always has a band and tons of stalls with food, jewelry, clothes etc as well as a beer garden.
Most people don't go out on weekends and spend most of their time in the library.
Really beautiful in the spring. I think the grading of some of the classes makes things a bit more stressful than they need ...
Really beautiful in the spring. I think the grading of some of the classes makes things a bit more stressful than they need to be. Mostly, I love it. I sometimes wish there were a bit more to do in the charles village area, but it's still an aamazing time.
Nobody feels out of place. I'm the biggest dork on the planet and I have friends.
Not really. (Not from my experience)
Very difficult. Yikes.
People party thursday, friday, saturday. Sometimes even Sunday. On a Tuesday night, you're probably hanging out in someone's living room eating ice cream.
Well the most famous walk-of-shame is the walk at 3 AM when the library closes to the Hut, our 24 hour study library.
Well the most famous walk-of-shame is the walk at 3 AM when the library closes to the Hut, our 24 hour study library.
That all we do here is study and that we don't party.
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