Johns Hopkins: A Big Campus In The Big City
By Esther Huescas
“Collaborative, engaged, and interdisciplinary.” That is how the Johns Hopkins’ undergraduate admissions counselor, Quinn Furness, answered when asked what three words he would use to describe the university. On Friday, Sept. 14, Furness came to Northside to answer the many questions Northsiders had about the prestigious university. Johns Hopkins is a private research institution located in Baltimore, Maryland. Hopkins is a 15 minute shuttle ride or a 45 minute walk to downtown Baltimore, where the endless opportunities of the city awaits.
The average annual cost to attend Johns Hopkins is $65,496, which prompted many questions from the students regarding financial aid. According to Furness, financial aid is primarily composed of need-based aid, yet he assured the students that there are merit-based and athletic scholarships available. For merit-based scholarships, Furness said, “The good thing is that you don’t have to do anything extra in order to be considered for the merit based scholarships. Once you apply to Hopkins, you will automatically be considered for all financial aid, whether it be need based or merit based.” Furness also made a point to mention that if admitted, Hopkins is dedicated to meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. The aid comes in the form of scholarships, grants, and work study programs. He also mentioned that when applying, Hopkins is need-blind for their domestic applicants, meaning the school does not let a student’s financial situation determine whether or not they will be admitted. According to Furness, “About a quarter of their students that are on aid graduate with no loans or debt.
On-campus housing for Johns Hopkins students is about $8,912 per year and is required for a student’s first two years. There are many options within the university regarding housing, and many of the dormitories have been recently renovated. There are three housing options available for students: the traditional dorm for two with a shared floor bathroom, the suite style where students share their bathroom with one other person, and apartment-style living. In their third and fourth year Furness says, “Almost all students live off campus, which is a misleading term [considering] 97% of the students live within 3 blocks of the campus.”
Campus life also features greek life. “About ⅓ of our student body participates in a fraternity or sorority,” said Furness. Furness also mentioned how greek life houses also include o community service houses and research houses. About half of Johns Hopkins’ students participate in intramural sports. In addition, every year students invite people to speak to the student body; in the past, those individuals have included John Kasich, Bernie Sanders, and Nelson Mandela.
As aforementioned, Johns Hopkins is a research institution, and research is a essential aspect to the Hopkins student’s life. The majority of students at the university participate in undergraduate research starting in their second semester of freshman year. Hopkins offers their students the opportunity to work at state of the art facilities to research neuroscience, biology, and chemistry, as well as various other areas of studies. Furness assured the Northsiders that getting involved is as easy as emailing a professor and expressing interest in a project. Furness said that unlike undergraduate research in other institutions, it is all real world; it is not a simulation or practice for the real world.
“Over 60% of the student body at Hopkins are pursuing a double major,” said Furness. Even if a student’s interests are a combination that goes hand in hand, or two fields that make no sense together, Johns Hopkins is dedicated to allowing students to pursue their interests. This also illustrates the dedication and drive to succeed that defines a Hopkins student. At Hopkins, the open curriculum allows its students to discover new passions and further explore those they are already interested in.
For all who did not have a chance to stop buy at Furness’s table, the three biggest things to take away from his speech would include considering Johns Hopkins for undergraduate study, taking advantage of Baltimore’s unique location and many career opportunities, and that the country’s best undergraduate research institution could be a student’s future home.
5,862 undergraduate students
47.8% male and 52.2% female
7:1 student to faculty ratio
Cost of Attendance: $65,496
46% of first year students receive aid
3.381 billion in endowment
Urban / Baltimore, Maryland
14% acceptance rate
93% graduation rate