Johns Hopkins University is a private research institution located in Baltimore, Maryland. The school was established in 1876 and is named for Johns Hopkins, a 19th-centry Maryland philanthropist, entrepreneur and abolitionist with Quaker roots who believed in improving public health and education in the Baltimore area and beyond. America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins University is a founding member of the American Association of Universities and is considered to be one of the top universities in the world. The school has an incredible number of valuable discoveries to its name, having (among many other accomplishments) launched the field of genetic engineering, authenticated the Dead Sea Scrolls, invented saccharine, developed CPR, and made water purification possible. It is the alma mater of visionary CEOs, scientists, authors, winners of Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, and Pulitzer Prizes, and a U.S. President.
Academic ProgramsJohns Hopkins University’s mission is, simply, “to make scholars, strong, bright, useful, and true.” The school awards a number of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees in a variety of majors and fields through its several academic divisions, including the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Peabody Institute, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Education, Caray Business School, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Advanced International Studies. The university carries a proud tradition of leadership in education, service, research, and patient care throughout the world and has training and research programs located on every continent. Each year, more than 450 undergraduates participate in study abroad programs in dozens of locations around the world.
A number of undergraduate research programs and fellowships exist at Hopkins, including the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards, the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, and the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards. Students have access to a wealth of resources including the university’s vast library system and the Applied Physics Laboratory, which is the nation’s largest university affiliated research center.
Student LifeMore than 21,000 students are enrolled at Johns Hopkins University, including more than 6,000 undergraduates. Most first-year student housing is centered around the Freshman Quad while upper-class students determine their housing arrangements through a lottery system. More than 400 undergraduate student clubs and organizations exist, catering to students from a variety of backgrounds and with different interests. Nearly half of all undergraduate students participate in intramural or club sports and the university sponsors approximately two dozen varsity sports teams, which are named the Blue Jays and play under the university’s athletic colors of blue and black.
A culturally diverse city with a small-town feel, Baltimore has been nicknamed “Charm City” and resident students on Johns Hopkins’ Baltimore campus enjoy all the sights and opportunities the city and surrounding area has to offer. One of John Hopkins’ most anticipated annual events is the Spring Fair. The nation’s largest student-run festival, the celebration lasts three days and features music and merriment.