Johns Hopkins University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (14)
Overall I enjoyed my experience at Johns Hopkins University. Hopkins provides academic support, opportunities to network, research and gain experience in your desired field. If you are coming from a public high school or have little experience with advanced curriculum (i.e. AP or IB courses), I strongly recommend taking advantage of the tutoring resources on campus from the beginning. I attended high school with AP courses and I still had difficulty my first year adjusting to the rigor of the curriculum. There are various forms of academic support you can seek free of charge. Throughout the year there are frequent talks held in various departments, offering many opportunities to network with peers and visiting faculty from other universities. The school has a pre-professional advising office that is very helpful if you are pre-med. The school also offers support for other allied health professions as well as pre-law, although Ive only communicated with the advisors through pre-health. The pre-health advisors provide frequent information throughout the year to help build your resume internships to apply for, departments hiring undergrads, etc. I recommend this school from my perspective as a pre-health and a natural sciences area major. I had friends who majored in other science fields who went on to graduate school and friends who majored in engineering who were employed directly after school. However, for those interested more in the arts, please do your research to make sure that the school offers what you need.
JHU provided me with a very rigorous education that greatly improved my critical thinking skills. I was continuously challenged and because of that, I have confidence when I encounter tough tasks in my professional life. The classes are small and the professors are accessible. I majored in political science and because Hopkins is a very science-focused research institution, I often felt like non-science majors had their own community. This may be ideal for some but if a person is looking for an artsy, creative environment, Johns Hopkins may not be the best choice. My school also did not have a great amount of class or racial diversity. This led to high tension and protests during my senior year (in 2015). The President of Hopkins has made it his mission to diversify the university by outlining a 10 year plan. I believe Johns Hopkins has room for growth but overall, I do not regret the excellent education I received from the university.
The undergrad Hopkins atmosphere is undeniably competitive, but not cutthroat. It's a fairly large school, although the campus itself isn't remarkably difficult to navigate. Hopkins has an interesting culture of 'productivity' that can be difficult to manage, but the surest way to live well in that environment is through community. If you are planning to spend your tuition money (and then some) here, commit to seeking out people who will challenge you, encourage you, and remind you of who you are. The grind is real, but so is the love.
The ChemBE program is one of the most rigorous programs at Johns Hopkins. It is important to have a great work/life balance at this school. Hopkins strives to meet that balance. Hopkins also strive to prepare you for your future. It has many research opportunities that people get involved in during their freshman year (myself included). The ChemBE program is perfect for those who want to push themselves beyond their limit to see what they can accomplish.
It was a nice college. The courses were challenging. The social life was okay. I wish it was in a better area.
Hopkins is a tight-knit community where you have TONS of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for a great education including research, internships, and travel. I entered unsure about the "intense" reputation of the students, but soon learned the vast majority of students are warm, friendly, team-players who work hard and play hard. At JHU, I made deep, meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime and had countless unique educational opportunities.
Although it's known for medicine, I chose Hopkins because it had the second-best writing program in the US. There's an awesome liberal arts culture that doesn't get much outside publicity. The English and Writing Sems professors are excellent, and the theater program is run by none other than Addams Family star John Astin. There is also a huge musical community, since Peabody is under the Hopkins umbrella. Having private lessons with top-notch Peabody professors is amazing. And just because you major in the humanities doesn't mean you can't have a robust scientific experience. I worked in a lab and spent a good amount of time doing research on child cognitive development. At first, it's rough getting used to the fact that you're no longer a big fish in a small pond. Students enter feeling a bit full of themselves for getting into a good university. Most people who go there were considered top of their class in high school, and the first semester is definitely a shake-up. The first couple of months, you have a lot of bruised egos. After that, though, everything calms down and people are genuinely great. You develop an identity that's not tied to academic achievement. Socially, Hopkins is great. I'm still close friends with a lot of people from college, and I met my now-husband during our Junior year. If partying is your thing, you'll find plenty of people into that, but if partying's not your thing, you'll also find plenty of people that feel the same.
Great variety and quality of courses, majors, professors and opportunities to apply knowledge.
JHU was great at helping me get into medical school and it's hard sciences are very strong. However, JHU has a few drawbacks; it has a very strong East Coast elitist culture to it (note the emphasis on lacrosse), students have very little free speech rights (note the recent fiasco caused by the university trying to stop students from founding a pro-life club) and little safety (note the university's covering up of recent rape). Having said all of that, if you keep your head down, take advantage of the great resources, and study hard, you'll end up in a good place on the other side.
The Bloomberg School of Public Health has a very rigorous MSPH program that really challenges public health students and gives them practical experiences to exercise the knowledge learned in the classroom. Faculty and professors are highly invested in students as well.