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Johns Hopkins University


Named for Maryland philanthropist and business man, Johns Hopkins, Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876. Hopkins was born with Quaker roots and believed in improving public health in Baltimore and beyond. Making his fortune investing in emerging industries, including the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Hopkins set aside $7 million in his will to establish a hospital, an orphanage and a university, as well as a training college affiliated with the hospital, the largest bequest in history at the time.

From the beginning, Johns Hopkins University used an unusual method of learning, incorporating both teaching and research. The university also focused immediately on the need for graduate education, connecting academics with medicine and engineering. Johns Hopkins became the first medical school to admit women and to require bachelor’s degrees of those who were admitted to the program.

Mr. Hopkins requested in his will that both the hospital and university be built upon the grounds of his Baltimore estate known as Clifton. In addition, none of the endowment funds could be used for construction of buildings, instead allowing only the interest on the investments be used for such purpose. When the value of his railroad stock plummeted after his death, it was too cost prohibitive to build on his estate and the hospital was built in downtown Baltimore, rather than at Clifton.

Johns Hopkins outgrew its downtown location by the early 20th century. It was still too costly to build the campus on the grounds of Clifton, so 30 acres of the estate were sold to the City of Baltimore for use as a public park. In 1902, a team of prominent locals acquired the estate “Homewood,” and transferred ownership to the university. Gilman Hall, the first building on campus, was named after the first president of the university and opened in 1915. During the early 1900s, much of the land owned by the university was ceded to the city for use by the public. Today, two parks and the Baltimore Museum of Art are on lands that were part of the Homewood estate.

In 1909, Johns Hopkins was the first to start adult continuing education programs. Today, Johns Hopkins University still strives to fulfil the vision of its namesake. The university is a destination for excellent, ambitious scholars and stands as a world leader for research.

Johns Hopkins University Accreditation Details

Johns Hopkins University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been since 1921. Accreditation indicates that an institute of higher learning promotes standards of excellence and strives for constant improvement. Specific programs may be accredited by agencies that specialize in accreditation for programs in specific industries.

Johns Hopkins University Application Requirements

Students applying for their first year at Johns Hopkins University must complete the Common Application or the Universal College Application and pay the applicable fee. Students must have a guidance counselor submit a recommendation, official high school transcript or high school profile. Students must also provide two teacher evaluations and official SAT or ACT test scores. Transfer students must provide high school and college transcripts as well as a report from a college official along with a professor or instructor recommendation.

Graduate school admission requirements vary depending on the program the student wishes to enter. Before applying for graduate school, students should contact an admissions counselor to learn what is required.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate tuition at Johns Hopkins University is as follows:

  • Carey Business School – $44,750
  • Peabody Institute – $42,631
  • School of Arts and Sciences – $48,710
  • School of Engineering – $48,710

Full-time graduate tuition is as follows:

  • Carey Business School – $56,100 or $1,240 per credit hour
  • Peabody Institute – $42,631
  • School of Advanced International Studies – $42,992
  • School of Arts and Sciences – $48,710
  • School of Education – $39,000/Doctorate – $43,923
  • School of Engineering – $48,710
  • School of Medicine – $48,750
  • School of Nursing – Full-time MSN – $36,217/Full-time MSN/MPH – $48,960/Doctorate PhD – $41,154/Doctorate DNP – $28,591
  • School of Public Health – $61,200/Doctorate – $48,960

Financial aid is available at Johns Hopkins and awards more than $70 million in need-based grants each year. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify. At least 88 percent of families with incomes under $200,000 receive grants and the average need-based grant for first-year students is $37,000. About one in four Johns Hopkins students can graduate without student loans. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs.

Student Experience

Johns Hopkins University is located in the heart of Baltimore, with museums, outstanding restaurants, concert venues and one-of-a-kind shopping. A city known for its working class roots and active port, the area surrounding Johns Hopkins has grown into a cultural, social and economic hub, gaining it the nickname “Charm City.”

Johns Hopkins attracts students from diverse backgrounds and interests, yet there is something for everyone both on and off campus. There are 400 undergraduate student-run clubs and organizations at Johns Hopkins, including a Quidditch team. There are 24 varsity sports teams and more than half the undergraduates at the university play intramural or club sports.

Spring Fair is an annual event, lasting three days and featuring music, food and fun. It is the largest student-run festival in the country, providing students with a relaxing, fun way to celebrate spring. The event is held on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus in April.

Johns Hopkins also focuses on the health and well-being of the students attending. There is a Student Health Center and Counseling Center as well as hotlines to prevent sexual assault. The O’Connor Recreation Center offers a location where students can maintain their own health and fitness using the indoor track, pool, weight room, squash courts and climbing wall.

As for sports, Hopkins has 22 teams competing in NCAA Division III, while men’s and women’s lacrosse compete in Division I. Hopkins men’s lacrosse team is one of the most decorated athletic teams in college sports with the first team fielded at the university in 1883. The team has won 44 national titles and was an inaugural member of the Big Ten Conference for lacrosse. There are also intramural and club sports that include:

  • 3-on-3 Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Intertube Water Polo
  • Wallyball
  • Badminton
  • Brazilian Jujitsu
  • Cricket
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water Polo

Security is also important at Johns Hopkins with more than 200 campus police officers, security personnel and support staff. Officers patrol on foot, bicycle, Segways and in vehicles. They have received specialized training in diversity, sexual harassment, hate crimes, AED/first aid, community policing and crime prevention. They do not carry firearms. There are also 113 blue light call stations where students can press a button to sound an alarm in order to be connected with the 24-hour Homewood Communication Center. There are also 190 video cameras on and off campus for additional protection.

Johns Hopkins has been an innovator in adult education since the early 1900s, offering adult education long before other universities began doing so. Located in the heart of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins offers students a unique experience both on and off campus.