Johns Hopkins

When you envision your future, what do you see? A high tech research facility? A career as an entrepreneur, doctor, dancer, engineer, or educator? If you’re interested in any of these fields, Johns Hopkins may be the place for you! At Johns Hopkins, students will find a wealth of resources, dedicated professors, and an aura of academic success.

John’s Hopkins University is a school of many firsts, including being the nation’s first research university, founding the first school of public health in 1916, and receiving the largest philanthropic gift in the United States at the time. Benefactor Johns Hopkins gave $7 million ($140 million-$1.6 billion in 2011 dollars) for the founding of the school[2].

The founder, Daniel Colt Gilman’s inauguration date was both planned and coincidental. Gilman’s inauguration was on February 22, 1876. February 22 was George Washington’s birthday and 1876 was the centennial of the United States[2]. Ever since John’s Hopkins University opened its doors, many esteemed alumni have passed through and people that are affiliated with Johns Hopkins have won Nobel Prizes. For example, Woodrow Wilson, former President of the United States and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919, and Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, have attended Johns Hopkins. A total of 37 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to people who were affiliated with Johns Hopkins[1].

Since its founding, Johns Hopkins has broken into smaller campuses, as well as adding new ones. Johns Hopkins started in Baltimore, Maryland and their main campuses are still there, but they’ve also established campuses in other places and overseas in Washington D.C., Italy, China, and Singapore. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education, and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood Campus in Northern Baltimore, the schools of Medicine, Public Health, and nursing share a campus in East Baltimore with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and The Peabody Institute, professional school of music, is located in downtown Mount Vernon in downtown Baltimore. Outside of Baltimore is the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C., The SAIS Bologna Center in Italy, The SAIS Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in China, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore[2].

Johns Hopkins has hostolic admissions which means that they look at more than just a student’s SAT/ACT score and GPA. They also look at your academic records, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and good essay, and your interview. Even so, there is a certain range of SAT/ACT scores that most accepted students fall into. Most students that are accepted have “A” averages, an SAT score of over 2,000, and ACT composite scores of 30 and higher. Students can submit their highest SAT scores in each subject even if they were taken on different days. For the 2013-2014 school year, you must have turned in your application by November 1, 2012 for early decision students, January 1, 2013 for regular decision students, and students must apply for



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financial aid by March 1, 2013. To apply, you must turn in either a Universal College Application with the Johns Hopkins supplement or a Common Application with the Johns Hopkins supplement. Along with the Johns Hopkins supplement, you will need to write an essay and answer two short answer questions. You will also need two teacher evaluations and a Secondary School Report (guidance counselor recommendation, transcript, and high school profile). The number of students accepted yearly has remained pretty constant although the percentage of those accepted has gone down because of the number of students that apply each year. Keep in mind that there is a nonrefundable $70 application fee and that you cannot appeal a denial.

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The average need-based financial aid package for Freshmen is $34,052 and 42% of undergraduates receive financial aid. Attending Johns Hopkins University can cost more or less, depending of your family’s income. Typically, tuition will cost $43,930, room and board will cost $13,390, and there will be a matriculation fee of $500.

Although Johns Hopkins’s academic school colors are Old Gold and Sable, its athletic school colors are Columbia Blue and Black. Their mascot is the Blue Jay and their main sport is lacrosse. Their men’s team has won 44 national titles although it does not belong to a conference. The women’s lacrosse team belongs to the American Lacrosse Conference. They do offer other sports such as Brazilian jujitsu, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, and tennis. They have 12 men’s sports teams and 10 women’s sports teams.

There is a two year residency requirement at Johns Hopkins that states that first and second year students must stay either in University housing or at home with a parent or legal guardian. 79% of JHU’s students are out-of-state and 21% are in-state. The university’s first fraternity was established in 1877 and the first sorority was established in 1982. Today, there are 13 fraternities and 11 sororities at Johns Hopkins. Also, there is a University policy that prohibits hazing and alcohol at recruitment activities. These fraternities and sororities include roughly 25% of the student body. There are also student-run businesses such as Hopkins Student Movers, which is a moving and storage company that serves JHU staff and students, and The Blue Jay Cleaners, which is a student janitorial service for all on-campus and some off-campus residence halls. There is also a Student Health and Wellness Center which has well-qualified staff and provides quality healthcare to students on campus[2].

Different schools offer different degrees to students. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate degrees, the Whiting School of Engineering offers Bachelors, Masters, and PhD’s, and the Carey Business School offers both undergraduate and Master degrees. Of course, the School of Medicine offers a medical degree (MD)[2]. Of course, there are several other schools and they each have their own degrees that they offer.

Like the degrees, each school mainly focuses on a particular subject. For example, some of the majors that the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offers are Biology, French, Mathematics, Public Health Studies, and History. You can tell what types of courses they offer based on the name of the school. Because there are so many schools that each focus on their own topic, there are many career paths that you can follow after attending Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins is a wonderfully diverse school, both in gender and ethnicity and in the fields of study that they offer. They have a history that stretches back many years and have consistently received the most research funding from the government for many years making it the ultimate haven for anyone that wants to research new things. They have proven that they are among the best many times over and they strive for academic excellence. "I know of no other institution that can make a bigger difference in lives around the world through its groundbreaking research – especially in the field of public health." (Michael Bloomberg)