Johns Hopkins University was the next stop on our DC/Baltimore college tour. My colleague Sherry and I took the Marc train from Union Station DC to Penn Station Baltimore and then took a short taxi ride to JHU. As we approached the university, I was pleasantly surprised by the green space and insulated feel of the pristine campus. There is a nice mix of brick and modern buildings and the facilities and technology are state-of-the-art.
Johns Hopkins is a medium-sized research university with big resources. It prides itself on being the nation’s first research institution with a liberal arts concentration. JHU is known for its strong STEM programs, but many may not know that approximately one-third of its students major in the humanities.
The most popular majors on campus are public health, international studies and biomedical engineering. Sixty-percent of students double major. Pre-medical advising is strong. Eighty-percent of students who apply to medical school are admitted and ten-percent of those students will attend JHU medical school.
Research and internship opportunities are abundant. Over seventy-percent of students will conduct or participate in one or more research studies before graduation. Many students hold internships in Baltimore or DC.
Students are deeply involved both in and out of the classroom. Our tour guide, Haley, embodied this description. She is a neuroscience major and spends her time outside the classroom conducting research, volunteering as an EMT, participating in Hillel activities, and is a member of a sorority. Lacrosse is the big spectator sport. In fact, homecoming is held in the spring and the activities center around a home lacrosse game. Food trucks and a beer garden add to the weekend’s festivities. Greek life is active on campus. There are 13 fraternities and eight sororities. A free campus shuttle takes students to downtown restaurants, bars, shops and festivals.
Security is tight on this city campus. There is a four-point security system. Students must swipe or show their student ID at the university gatehouse, academic buildings, dorm building and dorm room.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Hopkins admissions is highly selective and looks at course rigor with a strong emphasis on math and science for those wanting to major in the sciences and engineering. The SAT/ACT is required, and SAT subject tests (math II and one science) are strongly recommended for those wanting to study STEM. JHU is need-blind and meets 100-percent of demonstrated need.
Hopkins is home to the first brain science institute. There is an impressive archaeological museum on campus.
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