Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876 with the inauguration of our first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. He guided the opening of the university and other institutions, including the university press, the hospital, and the schools of nursing and medicine. The original academic building on the Homewood campus, Gilman Hall, is named in his honor.
As America's first research university, we have been tackling difficult questions and finding answers since 1876.Every day, our faculty and students work side by side in a tireless pursuit of discovery, continuing our founding mission to bring knowledge to the world. Whether you study engineering, chemistry, music, anthropology, or all of the above, every student here—no matter his or her major—is an investigator.
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.
Underclassmen have two options:
The George Peabody Library, also known as “the cathedral of books,” holds some 300,000 volumes, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries, and is routinely ranked among the most beautiful libraries in the world. The ornate, cast-iron balconies rise to a latticed skylight above a black-and-white-marble-floored atrium (Instagramming welcome), providing an inspiring place to connect to the past.
The Student Health and Wellness Center provides a variety of primary care services for the evaluation and treatment of an illness or injury, preventive health care and health education to the Johns Hopkins University student population. The mission of the SHWC is to support the education and development of students by promoting their optimal health and well-being.
Johns Hopkins University is based in Baltimore, but our 10 divisions are spread out across 10 campuses on three continents.
We have four Baltimore campuses: Homewood, where our schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Education are located; East Baltimore, home to our schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health as well as the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital; the Peabody campus, site of the Peabody Institute, the nation's oldest conservatory; and Harbor East, the waterfront home of the Carey Business School.
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).