Admissions Counselor: Mark Butt
Territory: Delaware, New Jersey, and select International regions including Canada
Johns Hopkins Start Date: August 2006
Top 10: Things To Do When Visiting Campus
One of my most favorite things to do is to visit college campuses in the U.S. and across the globe. I love the ranges of architecture that can be found through different colleges, the unique histories behind each college and simply the collegiate atmosphere. On most campuses, you can walk around and think why buildings were built the way they were and recognize architecture from all different decades. However, I've found that unless you know someone at a specific college, then it's hard to know the idiosyncrasies of each individual campus - what to do, where to go. Visiting can allow you to get a feel for a campus, the people, the atmosphere and the geography - all of which are important when trying to find your home for the next four years.
So, in order to facilitate your trip to Johns Hopkins University this spring, I've compiled a list of Top 10 things to do when you visit the Hopkins campus this spring. This, I feel, will give you a great overview of the university and will really show you what Hopkins is all about as a university, a community, a family and a place of highly concentrated human capital. I look forward to seeing you this spring!
10) Baltimore Museum of Art - Are you an art fanatic like me? I recently visited the megasize, provocative, and playful work of acclaimed Austrian artist Franz West at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). The BMA is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 (!) works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. It's located right next to Mason Hall (Visitor's Center) and .... it's FREE!
9) Information Session - The On-Campus Information sessions happen twice daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. They are an hour long and give you a comprehensive overview of the university, information about unique features of Johns Hopkins, the admissions process and Q&A at the end. It is a great venue to learn a lot about the University.
8) Wander Around Charles Village - The campus bookstore is a great place to relax, pick up a book or a coffee and people watch. If you like to people watch like I do, this is a great place because it's on a busy intersection and you can watch Hopkins people wander around, chat and curl up with a new book and warm beverage. Who doesn't like that?! Also, there are wonderful places to eat so take a chance to wander up and down St. Paul street and North Charles. Given the neighborhood's strong and dedicated activist community, economic and social diversity, and memorable character enhanced by designs from the renowned Olmsted Brothers firm, American Planning Association named Charles Village as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods in America for 2008. You can have a big ol' Chipotle burrito too if you like.
7) Homewood House - Johns Hopkins is quite a historical place and the campus is actually an old estate. Acquired by The Johns Hopkins University in 1902, Homewood House stands today as one of the nation's best surviving examples of Federal Period architecture. It is a widely-copied prototype and is the source for both the architectural vocabulary and the name of The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus. Restored by the University and opened as a museum in 1987, Homewood provides a year-round calendar of tours, exhibitions, lectures, and educational programs. It's right on campus and you can access information here: http://www.museums.jhu.edu/homewood/
6) Visit the Inner Harbor - Baltimore is one of the best reasons to come to Hopkins. The Inner Harbor is about 15 minutes from campus and is a densely populated commercial district located on the water. The harbor is within walking distance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium and has a water taxi that connects the Inner Harbor to Fells Point. You can find great shopping, a world class aquarium and outstanding food!
5) Campus Tour - Campus tours are conducted by real-life Hopkins students who give you their personal perspective on life here at Hopkins. You'll venture around campus learning about Hopkins and hearing student anecdotes about their experiences here. They begin in Mason Hall at 11am and 2pm daily. Oh - and wear comfortable shoes!
4) Prospective Student Interview - Interviews happen four times daily, Monday through Friday and in our process they are open to students in their Junior year starting in February all the way until Thanksgiving of their Senior year of high school. Our interview process is quite informal as we have a set of great Hopkins upperclassmen who will sit down with you for 30-45 minutes and discuss your opportunities and give you a chance to hear about their experiences. It is one of the best places to get answers to your questions and get a great sense of what is here for you. The one-on-one opportunity is not to be missed.
3) Sit in on a Class - At the front desk in Mason Hall, we have a master set of classes that are available for students to sit in on. They can be advanced, intermediate or introductory courses. I always encourage students to sit in on some of the classes as they can give you a great idea of the intellectual vitality that is happening on campus. Maybe the professor will even call on you... :)
2) Eat at FFC - Eating at the Fresh Food Cafe (FFC) will give you a chance to sample an on-campus dining facility. Located in the Freshman Quad, lunch and dinner are served daily and can give you a good idea of what students eat while on campus. Don't be shy... it's all-you-can-eat, just remember you have to walk back the car after!
1) Lacrosse Game - Hopkins Lacrosse is naturally one of the best teams around, always has been, and always will be! That said, definitely see if you and your family can schedule your campus tour on a game day. Not only is it a great opportunity to watch a Lacrosse game, but it's a great place to see all the Hopkins spirit in full swing! Even if you don't know anything about Lacrosse, you'll learn pretty quickly that it's a HUGE part of the Hopkins experience that is not to be missed. Thunder Sticks anyone?!