Johns Hopkins University Reviews

  • 198 Reviews
  • Baltimore (MD)
  • Annual Tuition: $60,480
98% of 198 students said this degree improved their career prospects
91% of 198 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 5/30/2023
  • Degree: Finance
"Horrible experience. The arbitrary GPA cap forces professors to sabotage their own work. They deliberately include exam questions on stuff they never cover or in some cases have nothing to do with the class. Example: I had a question about molecular biology on a investments quiz. You rarely see what you did wrong on exams because they might need to change your score to curve under the cap. So first off, this means you don't get better because you don't know what you did poorly on. Secondly, you can get 28 of 30 questions right, but if they need to get under the cap, they'll just go back and mark some right answers wrong. If you don't know they are marking correct answers wrong, you can't file to challenge your grade. So they just won't let you see it. There is an overreliance on generic copy/paste group work assignments. This makes it easier for them to grade in segments rather than individually. This allows them to deliberately stack the deck too. For example, in the Fixed Income class, they put everyone who work in fixed income together and those without a business background together. TA's openly admit this is to make grading to the cap easier as the FI professionals are more likely to do well and those without any business background are likely to do poorly. Because there is a GPA cap, this essentially meant, the grades were preassigned before anyone did a single assignment. This is what Carey considers "rigorous." The proctoring software bugs out all the time. It's so inconsistent that some professors just choose to ignore it. The IT infrastructure is a joke. My.jhu crashes all the time. It will show courses you're not registered for, account balances for other students rather than your own. To their credit, the IT team will work hard to get it fixed, but it's always temporary. Not worth the money at all if you're not going to work in the North East where the Hopkins name has the most impact."
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2022
  • Degree: Computer Science
"On top of being a very overpriced program to begin with, almost every semester has seen price increases already to the very expensive tuition considering what the student is receiving in return. Repeated course material that is sometimes outdated. It just feels like a real slap in the face to raise the tuition after it already is very overpriced in my opinion. Try Georgia Tech 1000% before coming here, you will not regret it."
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Hopkins is a world-class institution that did not disappoint. I absolutely loved my time at Hopkins. I received a very rigorous education with small classes, accessible professors, and engaged classmates. My classmates were extremely talented, engaged, smart, well-rounded individuals that became lifelong friends. Even with the academic rigor, I still had a lot of fun. I am very thankful for my time at Hopkins and am a proud alum!"
Kathleen Barros
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"The rigor of my education at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) was unparalleled. I felt challenged by and hungry for the educational opportunities available at my institution. I am the daughter of divorced parents and was raised mostly by a single working mother. I also attended college during a recession. JHU took my financial background into account and supported me with Pell Grants each of my four years there. Without these grants, my education at JHU would not have been possible. I hope that other students who come from financially challenged backgrounds will not give up their hopes of attending JHU due to the high average annual cost of the education. At least in my experience, JHU made the cost of attendance there possible. With the cost of attendance under control, I was able to take full advantage of my education. I took courses beyond my area of concentration in psychology. I had internship experiences in psychology labs, and even an internship for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. Every day the professors, students, and experiences at JHU shaped me and expanded my vision of what could be possible in my life. I hope other young people will attend JHU and experience the intellectual challenge and the profound expansion of their worldviews."
Matt Jenkins
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"My time at Johns Hopkins University was an incredible experience. I pursued a graduate degree later in life - after serving in the military and working in my chosen field after leaving the service. I feel the diverse demographics and academic strength of students there provided a range of perspectives in class discussions and is essential for being successful the workplace today. The courses were challenging and pushed me to excel, and the network of people and resources I have at my disposal is invaluable."
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2019
  • Degree: Special Education
"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."
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"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."
Julia A. Mitchner
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2018
  • Degree: Office Management
"I am a proud graduate of the Great Johns Hopkins University School of Business. I received both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees there. The program was excellent and planned in such a way as to give this working mother a chance to study and graduate with Maximum learning in Minimum time. The school is well respected throughout the world and has access to the most modern equipment. The library is outstanding, in comparison to other Universities, for any research project you may undertake. I am proud of the time I spent and the education I received at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. I would recommend this school to any serious academic learner."
Mr. Smith
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2018
  • Degree: Counseling
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
"The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is an amazing place to study. The resources and educational opportunities available there are the best in the world. However, make certain that you take cost into consideration (including the amount you need to borrow) before starting any degree program, and balance the cost of the degree with the salary for the type of job you want to get after graduation."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Economics
"It was excellent for working adults to further their education. Classes were taught by professionals in the field and gave up applicable real life situations"
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
"It was a very connected and inspiring place that is dedicated to improving population health"
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"Johns Hopkins is a research university, excellent for biomedical studies. Education provided is very thorough and the instructors are helpful and accessible."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Economics
"One can achieve very good learning outcomes if enough motivated."
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
"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."
MS Finance Student
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2017
  • Degree: Finance
"Carey really is what you make of it. It's not perfect by any means - but if you put in the time you will have lots of opportunities. They are very close to making this a special business school - but still have some challenges to tackle. The faculty is very very close to being elite. They've gotten a lot of great professors from Wharton, Harvard, etc. The student piece is probably their biggest challenge - it's overwhelmingly Asian in the MSF program. If they can solve the diversity problem this will be an elite business school program. If you're hard working, don't mind being taken out of your comfort zone, and want to build your skill set - id recommend Carey for you. The Hopkins name carries a lot of weight."
A. Mohammed
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"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."
Anita M. Shelton
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
"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."
Carey Student
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2017
  • Degree: Finance
"Really awful in almost every way. The program has almost no diversity and it is massive. A 600 student MS Finance program with more than 550 of them coming from China is a sign that there is a diversity problem. The program is essentially a "blood bag" of revenue to keep the Carey school alive. $40 million in revenue every year from the 600 students that they put no effort whatsoever into placing. Career services exist to tell students they should "explore themselves" but this is graduate school - the exploration piece should be done and the PLACEMENT piece should exist. They publish no placement data for this program because they flat out do not place students. The whole thing is a massive sham, an office building in Dupont Circle filled with students they'd like to hide from the public eye to avoid drawing attention to the backwards mentality this program is built on."
David Reynoso
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"Johns Hopkins University offers a wide variety of concentrations within Biotechnology to help students personalize their education to prepare for industry. Because of the variety of concentrations, there is always an extensive list of electives students can take at two campuses or online. Although I cannot speak to the online courses, I know the overall rigor of the program is on par to other programs at Johns Hopkins."