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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University

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.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Life at Johns Hopkins is about more than earning a degree. Here, you'll be a part of enduring university traditions and have new experiences that you'll remember for a lifetime.

Baltimore has so much to offer. Museums, restaurants, concert venues, coffee houses, and one-of-kind shops are just a short walk or a free shuttle ride away from our four Baltimore campuses.

Living on campus is an indispensable piece of the Hopkins undergraduate experience—nearly all our Homewood campus-based undergraduates live in residence halls during their first two years, and some stay longer.

Our students have easy access to the arts as spectators, participants, and creators right on our campuses.


“Our simple aim is to make scholars, strong, bright, useful, and true,” Gilman said in his inaugural address.

In the speech, he defined the model of the American research university, now emulated around the globe. The mission he described then remains the university's mission today:

To educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.

Or, summed up in a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman's own words: “Knowledge for the world.”


First Night: This annual Orientation event showcases the university’s a cappella, dance, and theater groups. First Night serves as an induction ceremony hosted by upperclassmen to welcome freshmen as the newest members of the Homewood community.

Convocation: Hopkins officially inducts the incoming class into the Homewood community with this traditional ceremony, marking the end of Orientation and the beginning of the Blue Jay experience. This year, President Daniels spoke about the exciting experiences that await our eager undergrads, followed by an opportunity to meet professors, the deans, and other members of the faculty.

University Seal: Campus lore dictates that the university seal located in the foyer of Gilman Hall holds the fate of those who dare step on it. As the legend goes, students who step on the seal will not graduate, prospective applicants who step on the seal will not be admitted, and professors who step on the seal will not be granted tenure. Over the years, stepping on the seal AFTER graduation has become a celebratory finale to the undergraduate experience.

President’s Day of Service: Every year, students, faculty, and staff, (including the University’s president!) take part in a day of university-wide community service across Baltimore. Projects range from constructing homes and planting gardens to distributing food and volunteering to work with elementary school students. The President’s Day of Service is the ideal opportunity to give back to what will be your community for the next four years.

Hoptoberfest: Held every October, Hoptoberfest is a celebration of the Homewood community. Students, faculty, and staff gather for a weekend of traditional fall activities, including pumpkin painting, pie-eating contests, a free outdoor screening of Halloween movies, a haunted house, and a game of laser tag.

Lighting of the Quads: This event kicks off the holiday season at Homewood as President Daniels flicks the switch to light up the quads in early December. Gingerbread house competitions, performances, and hot chocolate make this a memorable annual tradition. In conjunction with the festivities on campus, just a few blocks away is Miracle on 34th Street, an incredibly decorated row of homes lit up in spirit of the holiday season!

Commemoration Day: Held annually on February 22 to celebrate the university’s founding (and the installation of President Daniel Coit Gilman in 1876), Commemoration Day is a time when students gather in the Glass Pavilion to eat and mingle with the president, deans, the faculty, and peers.

Symposium Series: The Milton S. Eisenhower and Foreign Affairs Symposiums are student-run events occurring in the fall and spring, respectively, bringing speakers to campus once a week. Each event is free and open to the public, hosting speakers that range from political figures to actors and comedians. We’ve also heard from Bill Nye the Science Guy and Jerry from Ben & Jerry’s, who brought free ice cream for everyone in the audience!

Flamingos: Each year hundreds of pink (plastic) flamingos mysteriously appear on Keyser Quad. No one is exactly sure why. 

Homecoming: Homecoming weekend at Hopkins happens in the spring, during our ever-popular lacrosse season. Each year, alumni return to campus to relive the glory days. Game-day tickets are free for students and tailgates are hosted on the freshman quad.

Spring Fair: Perhaps the most widely-loved Hopkins tradition, Spring Fair is a student-run event hosted on the Homewood campus. The fair brings together members of the Hopkins community and Baltimore neighborhood for full of food, drinks, carnival rides, live concerts, shopping, art, and more.

Senior Week: Taking place in the week after finals and before graduation, the Senior Class Council plans a “reverse orientation” to celebrate the end of their four years at Hopkins. Some events include the Preakness Stakes, a barbeque on the quad, an ice cream social, an overnight trip to Atlantic City, a cocktail party in the library, and Senior Prom. Bringing the Hopkins experience full-circle, this week is a mix of bittersweet emotions for the soon-to-be graduates.

Student Life:

Hopkins attracts students with diverse backgrounds and interests. Whatever you're into—singing or kayaking, taking pictures or building robots, discussing international relations or playing Quidditch (yes, we have a team)—there's bound to be a group for you. We encourage our students to form their own clubs, so there are more than 400 undergraduate student-run clubs and organizations.

We have 24 varsity sports teams, and more than half of our undergrads play intramural or club sports. In the spring, everyone comes together for the nation's largest student-run festival, Spring Fair, a three-day celebration featuring music and merriment (and yes, funnel cakes).

Our students enjoy exploring Baltimore many neighborhoods, including Charles Village and Hampden (home to the famous holiday lights on 34th Street and the colorful, quirky Honfest); Mount Vernon and Station North, a prime destination for artists and arts enthusiasts alike; the historic waterfront neighborhoods of Fells Point, Canton, and Federal Hill.

Whether you are into drawing, painting, singing, dancing, acting, making your friends laugh, or playing an instrument in an ensemble—or if you simply want to be entertained and enlightened by the talents of your fellow students—Hopkins can satisfy your cultural cravings.



Blue Jay
In recent years, the ever-present Blue Jay mascot has been visible at home and away athletic events, while also making numerous appearances to support other departments, including alumni relations, development, student affairs and admissions.

Johns Hopkins University today:

Johns Hopkins is made up of nine academic divisions plus the Applied Physics Laboratory. Our faculty and students study, teach, and learn in and across more than 240 programs regularly recognized as being among the nation's best.


Johns Hopkins has approximately 5,300 undergraduates and roughly 2,000 graduate students, having a total enrollment of around 7,300. 

Famous graduates:

Woodrow Wilson (born December 28, 1856) spent his youth in the South, as the son of a devout Presbyterian family, seeing the ravages of the Civil War and its aftermath. A dedicated scholar and enthusiastic orator, he earned multiple degrees before embarking on a university career. In a fast rise politically, he spent two years as governor of New Jersey before becoming the two-term 28th president of the United States in 1912. Wilson saw America through World War I, negotiating the Versailles Treaty and crafting a League of Nations, a precursor to the United Nations. He suffered his second stroke during the last year of his presidency and died three years after leaving office, on February 3, 1924, with sweeping reforms for the middle class, voting rights for women and precepts for world peace as his legacy.

Michael Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) put himself through Johns Hopkins and Harvard and became a partner at Salomon Brothers. He started his own company which revolutionized the distribution of financial information and made him a billionaire. In 2002, Bloomberg became mayor of New York City. He was re-elected for a second, then a controversial third term.

Interesting facts about Johns Hopkins University:

Lacrosse is the most popular sport at Johns Hopkins - even homecoming is in the spring instead of in the fall for football. The team first competed in 1904. They represented the U.S. in the 1932 Summer Olympics. They’ve also won 44 national championships, including 9 NCAA Division 1 titles. In 2015, they joined the newly-formulated Big Ten for lacrosse, and won the inaugural Big Ten championship against Ohio State Buckeyes. 

Johns Hopkins is the first research university in the United States. The school’s first president, Daniel Coit Gilman took the idea of merging teaching and research from the German education model of Alexander von Humboldt. Gilman argued “The best teachers are usually those who are free, competent and willing to make original researches in the library and the laboratory.” 

Michael Bloomberg attended Johns Hopkins in the 1960s, where he designed and built the school’s blue jay costume. He also served as the mascot at various lacrosse games. Never losing his school spirit, Bloomberg has donated over $1 billion to Johns Hopkins over the past 40 years.