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Johns Hopkins is really what you make ofQuite BrightMechanical Engineering
Johns Hopkins is really what you make of it, and it certainly isn't for everyone. If you are looking for a school where you can get an easy 4.0 and go to graduate or medical school, this is not the place.

If you want a school where you can do incredible research as early as your freshman year and continue that for grad school, this is a good place.

I personally intend on going into industry and my average GPA (3.3) has landed me several internships with Fortune 500 companies already (I'm going to be making almost $15,000 this summer alone). Doing well here requires a lot of work, but if you manage your time well then you can also have a great social life. I go out to bars and parties on average 4 nights a week, and still get pretty good grades.

Some professors are great, and some do not really enjoy teaching. Since there is no core curriculum, just make sure that you schedule your classes with only professors you know who are good.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Surrounding City: C+
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Hopkins is a meritocracyQuite BrightOther
Hopkins is a meritocracy - less of the "old boys network" and "blue bloods" than at other top-tier universities (you know who you are!). Very smart, hard-working students here. But not all grinds.
4th Year Male -- Class 1985
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: B
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My review of Hopkins is overwhelmingly a goodBrightEnglish
My review of Hopkins is overwhelmingly a good one. A little background info: I am an English and Writing Seminars (Creative Writing) double-major at the university. During the admissions process, I was not at all set on going to JHU--a school which is overwhelmingly perceived as an engineering and premed school--but gave it a second look when acceptance letters began rolling in. And thank god I did--JHU has the second highest rated creative writing program in the country, a fact that is often overlooked by those outside the program here at Hopkins but is very evident to those who get involved with it. While the faculty in the creative writing department can sometimes be aloof (a nice way of saying they really don't answer their emails), they are always very responsive to meeting and discussing your work as long as you can track them down once in a while. Given that the entire department is housed in Gilman Hall and everyone has their names on their office doors... it's not a hard task. Just pretend it's the days before email and it doesn't seem crazy at all to stop by their office when convenient. It might take a few tries (writers are of course not known for keeping regular hours) but it'll be invaluable when you get to sit down with them and hash out some work. As far as the surrounding area, Baltimore is a fantastic place to be involved in the arts, and many humanities departments (the Film & Media department especially) take full advantage of collaborating with these local events. As much as I came to loathe the phrase "you can find whatever you're looking for at School X" during the campus tours and admissions process, I have to say that Hopkins really is this phrase incarnate. Are there students who literally live in the below-ground levels of the library even on weekends and never see the light of day? Yes. Are there also students like me and my friends who are on every mailing list for concert and arts venues in the city, who go on adventures every weekend and often during the week and take full advantage of what Hopkins (and Baltimore) has to offer? Yes. If you come to Hopkins, remember that there's really no "average" JHU student. If you don't like the vibe you're getting hanging out with a certain group of study-holics, get social with somebody else. If your major is making you suicidal, maybe it's not the right major for you after all. Be the change, dudes.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, Faculty Accessibility: B
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