From The School
Classes are small here, and the resources are big. That means you get to know your professors and classmates the way you would at a small liberal arts college, but you have all of the opportunities of a major research institution with a global reach, right at your fingertips as an undergraduate. Many students complete independent projects with professors, mentors, and teams. Lots more take advantage of study abroad, internships, semesters in Washington, D.C., and advanced graduate study. Johns Hopkins has schools, centers, and affiliates all over the Baltimore area-and they are often linked by free shuttle bus—in Washington, D.C., across the country, and around the world. Cross registration, independent projects, and internships are all encouraged options. Several generous awards—such as the Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards and the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowships-are available to give participants the chance to complete projects of their own design under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Instead of a rigid core of compulsory courses, Johns Hopkins leaves you free to concentrate on what you love, or to explore more broadly. Academic and faculty advisers, career advisers, and pre-professional advisers help you chart the waters.
Johns Hopkins University has a reputation as an academic powerhouse, one that its undergrads wholeheartedly affirm. Although the university offers “a pretty intense environment” with “really rigorous” classes, all of this is made bearable by professors who are “concerned with the individual student” and “extremely approachable, even in [an] organic chemistry class of 300 students.” Indeed, “they enjoy being in the classroom and sharing what they know. Each is passionate about their area of study and eager to share it with students who are equally as enthusiastic.” A satisfied senior echoes these praises, saying, “All the professors that I’ve encountered at Hopkins recognize that learning should be fun and thought-provoking. Their lectures or discussions engage students to think about the materials in a different way and pursue further outside study.” “Engage” is the operative word here, as undergrads are “treated as though they are participants in their respective academic fields, not just ’students’.” However, as one senior cautions, “There’s very little grade inflation, and you work hard for the grade you get.” Praise also extends to the administration, which students describe as “caring to a fault, willing to help, and generally highly interested in the undergraduate experience.” As one junior sums up, “It’s clear that our professors and deans genuinely care about the students, as evidenced by their attendance at student fundraisers, fraternity scholarship events, and even plays and a cappella concerts. They want students to learn about anything that interests them, but they want students to grow as people too, and it’s astonishing how high their success rate is in that regard.”