The Homewood campus features wide, green, inviting spaces in the heart of a bustling city; impressive Georgian brick and white marble; and winding paths through gorgeous landscaping. According to one student, Homewood "has got to be the most beautiful college campus in the country." While authorities may differ on which is the best view, they all agree that it's a great place to call home.
Johns Hopkins is an active and supportive community, filled with students of different viewpoints, different cultures, and different backgrounds. The thing that brings them all together is their desire to be here and to celebrate everything this place has to offer.
There's always something going on--and freshmen are encouraged to get involved. Every week offers lectures, concerts, art and photography exhibitions, theater, movies, volunteer opportunities, and whatever else anybody has an idea to do. You'll never run out of things to try.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Hopkins students dive into their lives outside of the classroom with the same enthusiasm and energy with which they approach their academic pursuits. Student life is centered around the 140 acres of the Homewood campus. A park-like setting within the city of Baltimore, our campus has had many renovations in recent years and continues to grow with exciting additions for our students. Most recently, we've unveiled the Undergraduate Teaching Labs (UTL). The UTL, housed in a beautiful glass building, includes lab teaching space that facilitates cross-disciplinary collaboration. Another recent addition, the Brody Learning Commons, is an exciting addition to Homewood that has already been embraced by the student community as a place to gather, study, and collaborate. The building connects to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and contains the latest learning technology, including TeamSpot, interactive projectors that allow student to write on walls, Lifecam cameras, and video teleconferencing capabilities, all to support collaborative work. The building, constructed with current student input, features ample natural light and has achieved LEED Silver certification. Another campus highlight is the Mattin Center, which offers space for student groups and artistic endeavors. The center features a theater, cafe, art studios, darkrooms, music practice rooms, dance studios, the Digital Media Center, multipurpose rooms, and meeting spaces. The Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center, open for use by all students, houses basketball and volleyball courts, a rock-climbing wall, a weight room, and fitness training and aerobics areas, as well as access to the Athletic Center's swimming facilities. Popular fitness classes include yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, step aerobics, spinning, West African dance, and sports conditioning. Charles Commons, a two-building residential complex, features suites with single rooms, kitchenettes, and in many cases, living rooms. The complex is also home to a number of student amenities and common areas. The renovated Gilman Hall, located in the heart of campus, is home to the humanities departments and also features the Hutzler Reading Room, or "the Hut," a popular spot for quiet study or group projects; a glass-ceilinged atrium; the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, and a coffee bar. Our campus is also home to many academic resources, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Homewood Museum, a world-class archaeological collection, and the six-story Milton S. Eisenhower Library.
Surrounding the campus is Baltimore's vibrant Charles Village community, home to many shops, restaurants, some student housing, and the Barnes and Noble bookstore. Students can often be found here, grabbing lunch or coffee at sub shops or local spots; using services like banks and dry cleaners; and grocery shopping.
Baltimore, Maryland, is situated in the heart of the busy mid-Atlantic corridor, which puts Johns Hopkins within easy reach of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City--some of the East Coast's most exciting destinations. Johns Hopkins students have access to the opportunities, experiences, and fun throughout the region, all from a comfortable home base.
According to our students, Baltimore has the best of both worlds: all the amenities of a major urban center--theater, museums, music, professional sports, all kinds of restaurants, and public transportation--plus the easy lifestyle and neighborliness of a smaller city. "Baltimore is an unpretentious kind of place," says one student.
Baltimore may be unpretentious, but that doesn't mean it's unexciting. It's active and dynamic, with a full calendar of events. One of the city's biggest attractions is its famous Inner Harbor, widely recognized as a major accomplishment in urban renewal. The Harbor is home to the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the restored Civil War frigate U.S.S. Constellation, the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, and a variety of shops and restaurants--plus an enthusiastic but easygoing crowd enjoying life on the water.
Baltimore is also a colorful place, and a bit quirky. Nicknamed "Charm City," it has a unique flavor and a character all its own. People are friendly and call each other "Hon!" Pink flamingos have been known to sprout up in rowhouse gardens. Bumper stickers from Bertha's Restaurant that read "EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS" have been spotted as far away as Tibet. Residents take pride in their city, and they also take care to make everyone who comes here feel welcome.
Student Organizations & Activities
Homewood is an active, engaged campus where students are rounding out their academic pursuits with all kinds of activities, interests, and events. There are over 300 student groups and organizations on campus. All Johns Hopkins student groups are governed and managed by students, and there is something for everybody, from theater and performing arts groups, to political, special interest, and cultural groups, to publications, student government, and religious groups. Published since 1896, the News-Letter is one of the oldest student papers in the country. In 124 years of competition, the men's lacrosse team has won 44 national championships, including the 2005 and 2007 NCAA Division I National Championship, and twice represented the United States in the Olympic Games. For the past 10 years, the women's lacrosse team has also competed in Division I. Outside of lacrosse, one out of six Johns Hopkins students participates in one of our twenty Division III teams or club athletics, and more than half participate in the popular intramural program. Campus life extends to the city of Baltimore, our hometown, where students can explore concert venues large and small; a number of art galleries, theaters, and museums; and countless dining options. Many students come to adopt Baltimore as their hometown.
Life at Hopkins is “certainly based around work.” Indeed, most undergrads are diligent students “who put work over everything else.” This is a school where “people care about what they study” and it’s not uncommon to see fellow students “stay up all night debating philosophy, politics or the theory of evolution.” Sound a little intense? No worries: One junior assures us that “there’s never a dull moment at Johns Hopkins: You just have to step outside your room and look for five seconds.” Another senior confirms, “There’s always something cool going on around campus, whether it’s from the world of entertainment (like Will Ferrell coming to speak) or academia.” There are numerous “free on-campus movies, plays, dance, and a cappella performances” to take in along with “the best lacrosse team in America” and “incredibly competitive [Division III] sports like soccer and water polo.” And with roughly a quarter of the student body involved in fraternities and sororities, Greek life offers a “tremendous social outlet.” Fortunately, when students get bored on campus, they can always explore hometown Baltimore for entertainment options. The city offers “movie theaters, malls, shopping centers, a ton of restaurants, a good music scene, and proximity to D.C., clubs, and other colleges. Many undergrads can frequently be found hanging out by the Inner Harbor or the nearby Towson Mall.