See what students say:


Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore might have a rep for STEM, but undergrads say Hopkins offers a diversity of strong programs, including in music and political science, in which students “[can] study anything and still be taught by the highest of experts.” Students say that the academics here are “beyond compare” and rave about the interdisciplinary studies, hands-on engagement, and an “availability of resources, research, internship, and job opportunities [that] are unmatched.” With 5,300 undergrads, Hopkins is “small enough for strong interactions among students” and large enough for “unparalleled opportunities to pursue research, form strong relationships with professors, and learn from an outstanding group of peers.” While most students major in STEM fields, they “come from various backgrounds and have vastly different experiences,” and every student here is “overwhelmingly passionate about what they do and aspires to make an impact in their field.” Students have the ability to design their own curriculum, and professors “make themselves very accessible to their students for coffee chats, career advice or even just to give life advice.” A few exceptions aside, most instructors are described as “more than willing to push class topics beyond the confines of the textbook to expose us to the implications of the topics discussed in class.” Students appreciate that Hopkins posts what other students think of courses so each person “can see what classes appear ‘better’ and so professors can gain feedback and improve.” Classes are “rigorous but very cooperative” and teach you “how to approach any problem fearlessly.” The strong alumni network helps with job placement, and professors are eager (“almost giddy even”) to take undergraduates under their wings and show them how to do research. These opportunities are available regardless of your major: “One of my art history major friends curated his own exhibit in a gallery downtown (with work from several world-renowned artists) as his research project,” says a student.

Student Body

This group of “ambitious workhorses” is “very intellectually curious and smart” and “want to be on the forefront of innovation.” The typical Hopkins student “works really hard, and knows how to cut loose as well.” Though many students are interested in the sciences, everyone at Hopkins “brings something unique to the school whether it is their love for art, school spirit at sporting events or their desire to find a cure for cancer.” The demographics include “a lot of international people and people from various backgrounds.” There may be “a lot of introverts,” but “people are very nice and helpful,” and everyone is “invested in the livelihood of the Hopkins community.”

Campus Life

There’s a saying about the “Hopkins 500”—that “it’s the same 500 people who are social and go out to parties and bars.” In reality, “it’s probably closer to one thousand but it’s always the same people you see out,” and the library doesn’t necessarily die down just because it’s a weekend night; “some of the students prefer to study all the time.” Though life can get stressful, “most students at Hopkins are the type that thrive under pressure.” The majority of student life “revolves around clubs and organizations,” and throughout the week (as well as on weekends), students will also attend “concerts, symposiums with famous guest speakers or explore what Baltimore has to offer, such as its “great music and food scene.” Nearby Mount Vernon “has fantastic culture and food,” and Fells Point and Federal Hill are known for their nightlife; Orioles and Ravens games are also popular. Thanks to the city’s relatively low cost of living, students “tend to go out and eat at nice restaurants without paying too much money.” During lacrosse season, some people will go to the games and “get really involved in the season.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Victoria Dawe
Associate Director of Admissions

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3400 N. Charles St./Mason Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Brody Learning Commons
Gilman Hall
Undergraduate Teaching Labs
Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center
Fresh Food Cafe
Archaeological Museum in Gilman Hall, daVinci Robot in Hackerman Hall, Space Telescope Science Institute, Special Collections Library at Milton S. Eisenhower Library, LaB student union, JHU-MICA Film Centre, FastForwardU Homewood, Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, Bloomberg Center for Physics & Astronomy

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Baltimore Museum of Art (adjacent to the campus)
Baltimore Aquarium
Hampden neighborhood
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Pavilions at the Inner Harbor
You can find more information about Baltimore attractions at apply.jhu.edu, hokinsinsider.com, or baltimorecollegetown.org

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays
8:30am-4:30pm M-F and 10am-2pm selected Saturdays

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies, see website.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Check online for class availability on selected days

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


1 night stay only; Online registration required; offered on selected dates


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By Plane: Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is 20 minutes driving time to the south of campus. Take a taxi from the airport and ask to be driven to the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins on North Charles Street, not the hospital. By Train: Baltimore's Penn Station is 10 minutes driving time to the south of campus. Take a taxi from the station and ask to be driven to the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins on North Charles Street, not the hospital. By Bus: The bus station is located in downtown Baltimore. Take a taxi from the station and ask to be driven to the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins on North Charles Street, not the hospital.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please see our website, apply.jhu.edu/directions, for the most up-to-date directions.

Local Accommodations
Double Tree Inn at the Colonnade, Radisson at Cross Keys, Mount Washington Conference Center


Applicants: 38,513
Acceptance Rate: 6%
Average HS GPA: 3.94



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