Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is located in the culturally rich and diverse city of Baltimore, Maryland in close proximity to Washington D.C. More than 5,000 undergraduates and close to 2,000 grads attend classes on the beautiful Homewood campus. Hopkins has a high academic reputation, often cited as one of the “new ivies,”with state of the art facilities and one of the best medical schools in the country.


Stay: Inn at The Colonnade |  Breakfast: Miss Shirley's

Lunch: Johnny's  | Dinner:  Woodbury Kitchen


Visitor Information: Tour Johns Hopkins

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Transportation: The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is the closest airport (20 minutes) to the JHU campuses.
 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., is convenient for domestic flights. It is located approximately 1 hour from downtown Baltimore. Amtrak is a great way to travel throughout the Northeast Corridor. The closest Amtrak Station in Baltimore to Johns Hopkins is Penn Station. In Washington, DC the closest Amtrak station is Union Station.  

Stay: Doubletree’s Inn at the Colonnade is the closest hotel to Hopkins, just a short walk to campus. Also in the area, The Radisson at Cross Keys offers a free shuttle service to JHU. It’s touristy but fun to stay in Baltimore's Inner Harbor just 15 minutes from campus. The Four Seasons is an elegant stay right on the waterfront. Next-door the rates are gentler at the Marriott Inner Harbor or nearby at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Everyone’s talking about the brand new refurb of the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore’s most historic neighborhood--the newly hot, gentrifying Fells Point, close to the Inner Harbor. With a harbor side infinity pool, the Rec Pier Chop House from famed NY Chef Andrew Carmellini and The Cannon Room Whiskey Bar you might want to extend your trip for a day or two. 

Coffee: In the recently renovated Gilman Hall, right on campus, Alkimia’s espressos get many students through their day, it opens at 8 am Monday-Friday. Bird in Hand is a Café/Bookstore right in Charles Village from Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Restaurant fame so expect the pastries and bread to be top notch (open at 7 am.) Starbucks has two nearby locations, one on St. Paul Street and another in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

Breakfast: If you want to be "wowed," Miss Shirley's delivers with a traditional Southern menu of down-home cooking. Must-orders include the monkey bread and chicken and waffles. There are two locations within driving distance of Hopkins, the Roland Park flagship and one in the Inner Harbor. The Paper Moon Diner, a Baltimore institution serves breakfast all day in a room decorated with toys, quirky and fun and just a short drive from campus. 

Lunch: On the Homewood campus, Azafran (in Gilman Hall) is buzzy with students, professors, and researchers enjoying soups and salads with an international flair. Eat where the students do, on St. Paul Street, just one block from campus to get a real feel for daily campus life. There's nothing gourmet going on, just the usual quick college town kind of places serving pizza, ramen, with chains like Subway and Chipotle. Student favorites include Carma's Cafe,  a funky, bohemian spot good for a quick, healthy lunch or personalized sandwiches to go at Eddie's Market. In nearby Roland Park, Johnny's is an upscale diner heavy on seafood with some eclectic twists incorporating global influences. 



Casual: Close to campus in nearby Hampden head to The Food Market for updated, elevated comfort food. Grab your wooden mallet and get your hands dirty devouring steamed crabs at LP Steamers, one of the best crab houses in the city, worth the 20-minute drive from campus. Thames Street Oyster House serves outstanding seafood, a Baltimore classic with water views in Fells Point. Nearby, head to Pierpoint for inventive Maryland cuisine, the smoked crab cake is a must order. Brooklyn’s Paulie Gees was big news when it opened in Hampden in 2016 with what some say is the best pizza in Baltimore. Others argue that Matthew’s Pizzeria, the oldest in Baltimore dating back to 1943 deserves that title, with a must try crab pizza topped with naturally old bay seasoning. Little Italy’s most recognized restaurants include Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, Café Gia, and Amicci’s


A Step Up: One of Baltimore’s absolute best restaurants, book a table at Woodberry Kitchen. The location in a beautiful brick building matches the quality of the seasonal food, sourced locally and earning comparisons to Alice Waters Chez Panisse by Washington Post’s restaurant critic  Tom Sietsema—high praise indeed! Ouzo Bay is a pretty spot for upscale Greek food if you’re staying in the Inner Harbor. One student said she always takes her parents when they visit to Gnocco.


Sweets: It’s worth the 5-minute drive for ice cream at The Charmery, paying homage to Baltimore with flavors such as Maryland Mud, Old Bay Caramel and Day at The Yard. Open until 10 pm during the week and 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. 

Local Attractions: Depending on the season, try and attend a baseball game at nearby Camden Yards, one of the best stadiums in the US. Wander the Harbor and be sure to check out the world famous Aquarium, especially if you dragged younger siblings along on the tour. For something different visit the much praised, compelling American Visionary Art Museum, showcasing outsider art with a sculpture garden and outdoor movie theater at the foot of Federal Hill. For a very different art experience head to the Baltimore Museum of Art’s “Imagining Home” exhibit (running until August 2018) after spending some time in their renovated second-floor galleries. Who doesn’t love a good food market and Lexington Market is a landmark, one of our nation’s oldest

— Quotes From Campus —

There is so much to do around campus and even more to do in the city of Baltimore! Being so close to D.C. there are endless opportunities for internships and jobs—all just a train ride away!
— Becca
Hopkins is one of the top schools for research programs, everyone I know has done some research either on campus or in Baltimore or D.C.
— Josie
The Humanities program is considered one of the best in the country, yet I still feel isolated at times not being a medical or international studies major.
— Gillian
Hopkins is a competitive school, be prepared to work hard.
— Kimberly
Hopkins students are some of the most diverse, hardworking and passionate in the country—I am surrounded at all times by such a stimulating group of people.
— Nell





Blue Jay

School Colors

Black, Columbia Blue, Old Gold, Sable

Acceptance Rate

11.5% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision








Admissions Office

3400 North Charles Street, Mason Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218-2683

(p) (410) 516-8171
(f) (410) 516-6025

Ellen Kim, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Pete Agre
Michael Bloomberg

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