College Spotlight: Johns Hopkins University

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins is a private research university with just over 6,500 undergrads. While undergrads are based in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins also has graduate campuses in Washington, D.C.; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China! Talk about a global university. 

What about student life? Three things stand out to us:

  1. As noted above, there are about 6,500 undergrads. But did you know that about 1,000 are involved in Greek life? About 23% of women and 20% of men at Johns Hopkins are actively part of the Greek community, and those numbers continue to grow each year. 
  2. The Spring Fair at JHU is the largest three-day student-run festival in the country. Spring Fair features carnival rides, vendors, food and a beer garden, not only for JHU students but also Baltimore inhabitants! This obviously happens each spring-- this coming year the dates are April 28-30, 2017. Fun for all!
  3. The men's lacrosse team is superior, winning 44 national titles! Go Blue Jays! Lacrosse is a big part of life at Johns Hopkins University. So much so, that the campus is also home to the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame!

Academics are most important at Johns Hopkins and that's definitely partly why JHU was ranked #10 among National Universities by US News this year with a score of 91/100. Research opportunities are strong at Johns Hopkins University (it is a research university after all!), and about 80% of undergraduates perform independent research, often alongside top researchers. Each year, Johns Hopkins leads the nation in research spending, and earned $2.2 billion dollars in funding in 2013 (which means it was given more money than any other U.S. university for the 35th consecutive year). In fact, the university boasts:

Johns Hopkins was founded on the principle that by pursuing big ideas and sharing what we learn, we make the world a better place. For more than 140 years, we haven’t strayed from that vision.

If you're curious about past statistics, selectivity increases year after year, as more students are hopeful to attend this great university. In general, admitted students are in the top ten of their graduating class and score between 1440-1560 on their SAT (out of 1600). So start now in improving those grades and test scores if you're looking at attending Johns Hopkins because they're important!

And as a fun fact: One long-standing myth surrounds the university seal that is embedded into the floor of the Gilman Hall foyer. The myth holds that any current student to step on the seal will never graduate. In reverence for this tradition, the seal has been fenced off from the rest of the room. (wiki)

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