Johns Hopkins University Reviews
The MS in special education program tries to cater to both students who did not study education in undergrad & who do not/have not worked in a school AND to students who are already certified teachers. Because of this, some students are left behind and some are bored and being forced to repeat subjects that they have already studied. If you've never taught, this program will not leave you feeling confident to teach. If you've already taught, half these classes will be boring and repetitive and you'll wonder why you need to take most of these classes. The professors have been great but the subject matter is not adequate for those who have never taught. It's really been a disappointing experience so far.
Johns Hopkins is an institution where the quality of your education largely depends on your degree program and the teachers you learn from. While there are some courses that are led by teachers who genuinely have an interest in the success of their students, there are many others who treat teaching as a requirement to be met in order to continue their research. When faced with difficulties in my Freshman year, my advisor gave me little instruction beyond "college is hard, try going to counseling to cope". Myself and many of my peers were frequently on the brink of mental breakdowns. If I based my experience entirely off of how happy I was with classes, it would likely be 2 stars, but I was able to forge my own experiences through extracurricular activities. There are many highs and lows with JHU, just like there are with many other schools, but the best advice I can give for any incoming student would be to get to know which teachers truly care. Otherwise, you're likely to run into the teachers who think everything they teach should be obvious.
The counseling program has some fantastic faculty members who bring a lot of experience and are also awesome teachers. There are also some faculty members who may be good clinicians but really bad teachers. Then there are some who are hired as adjunct faculty to teach some important core courses only because the head of the department loves them but they have no experience in the field and absolutely no skills in teaching - making them terrible teachers. So, it is like buying a lottery in terms of the kind of teacher you end up with which is completely unacceptable considering the costs of the lottery/per course is in thousands of dollars with little financial aid. The school administration is also very punitive hostile rigid and bureaucratic - students are afraid to speak up and do not feel supported at all which is ironical considering it is a counseling program. There are retributions for anyone who dares to question the unfair unreasonable and unfriendly approach of the administration. Expectations from students in meeting requirements are high and rigid but no reciprocal emphasis on quality or accountability for those responsible to run the program or support the students - they only preach and not practice! Some attention to quality and consistency in teaching and more importantly a change in approach to become more nurturing caring and supporting of students with some amount of flexibility could make this a great program within a great university. Until then students should find other places to spend their money and build their careers!
Johns Hopkins University prepared me extremely well for the post-grad world. It instilled a love of learning in me, and I am happy to say that I was able to be admitted to my first choice graduate school as a result of the skills and content I learned there.
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.
The Carey Business School's BS degree program is great program for learning the basics of business administration. Classes are taught by knowledgeable and informed faculty. Students are from a diverse ethnicity. This makes for unique experiences that enrich the classroom experience.
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.