Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Orientation, Move-In, campus living, and more. If you have a question that isn’t answered on this page, please contact us.

When is Orientation?

The New Student Orientation program will begin on the evening of Saturday, August 25, 2018, and will continue through the evening of Wednesday, August 29, 2018. A detailed schedule will be available by August!

What happens during Orientation?

New Student Orientation will provide students with a better understanding of life at JHU. Each student will be placed in a small group of 15-20 students and paired with a First Year Mentor (current JHU student). Some of the ideas that new students will be exposed to include what makes Baltimore unique, how to build academic and personal success, understanding diversity, and where they can find further assistance for the transition to being a student at Johns Hopkins University.

I am a Transfer Student. Is there a separate orientation program for me?

Yes! Transfer Students will move in on Thursday, August 23, 2018, and begin their orientation program by the following day.

I am an International Student. Is there a separate orientation program for me?

There is an orientation program specifically for International Students, which is coordinated by the Office of International Services (OIS) at the Homewood campus. International students should soon be receiving information from OIS regarding their arrival and this orientation program. If there are further questions, email or call OIS at +1-667-208-7001.

Starting on the evening of Saturday, August 25 through Wednesday, August 29, International Students will join domestic students for the rest of New Student Orientation.

Is there an orientation program for parents and families?

Yes! There will be parent/family programming on the same weekend as New Student Move-In. Parent and Family Orientation will take place on Saturday, August 25 beginning midday through Sunday, August 26, ending in the early evening.  Specific times and programs will be announced by early-July.

More details to follow! Parents and families of student-athletes and students participating in Pre-Orientation programs will have the option of attending a condensed orientation program on Saturday, August 18, 2018, in place of the regular parent/family orientation.

When can I move in?

Move-in for new students is on Friday, August 24, 2018, or Saturday, August 25, 2018. The specific dates that students are able to move in are dependent on their housing assignment, which will they receive in July. Student-athletes and pre-orientation participants will move-in as specified by their respective program. More information regarding move-in can be found on our move-in page.

How do I get to campus?

For more information regarding move-in and travel/directions, visit our move-in page.

When is the first day of classes?

Fall semester courses will begin on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

When are breaks?

In the 2018-19 school year, the breaks are as follows:

  • Fall Break (Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21): Classes suspended.
  • Thanksgiving break (Monday, November 19 – Sunday, November 25):  Residence halls remain open for but dining services are not available.
  • Mid-year Winter Vacation (Saturday, December 22 – Sunday, January 6): Residence halls will close down, and it is necessary to make travel plans or find a place to stay near campus.
  • Intersession (Monday, January 7 – Friday, January 25): Residence halls and dining services will be open. You may return to campus to take Intersession courses or choose to do something else. Participation in Intersession courses is entirely optional.
  • Spring Vacation (Monday, March 18 – Sunday, March 24): Residence halls remain open for but dining services are not available.

Check out the PDF Document: full 2018-19 academic calendar (PDF) for more information.

What is Intersession?

Intersession is a 3-week mini-semester immediately following Winter Vacation where students can choose to take 1-2 credits of coursework. This coursework is generally more light-hearted in nature and allows for academic exploration that may not be able to be completed during the semester.

Will my AP/IB & Community College credits transfer to JHU?

This website has a list of all AP/IB credits that are accepted at Johns Hopkins. Credit will be automatically applied to the transcript as long as the scores were submitted through to the University.

The process for receiving credit for courses taken at previous institutions are provided here. More details about university external credit policies can also be found here. The professional advisors will determine if the credits are transferable. Keep in mind that students are required to complete at least 60 credits at Johns Hopkins University regardless of the number of credits that transfer.

What meal plan options do I have?

We know that Blue Jays all dine differently. Some Jays eat meals multiple times a day, some Jays eat larger meals a few times a day, some Jays eat large meals multiple times a day, and some Jays are in a hurry and need to fly out of the dining nest to make a class or study with friends! Whatever your Blue Jay dining preference, we have a plan for you.

Meal plans are comprised of three parts: meal swipes, dining dollars, and guest passes. Meal swipes provide entrance into the Fresh Food Café where Blue Jays are able to eat buffet style. Dining Dollars can be used to pay for food at Bamboo Café, Nolan’s on 33rd, Levering Kitchens (including the Levering Cafe) and the Charles Street Market (including Crepe Studio). Guest passes are bonus meals that can be used at the Fresh Food Cafe to treat your friends or family. First-year Blue Jays receive two guest passes each semester.

First-year Blue Jays have a few meal plan options to choose from, each offering a certain number of meal swipes per week (unless the Anytime Dining is purchased) and a set amount of Dining Dollars for the semester. For more information about meal plans and the dining locations, visit the Dining Programs website.

How do I do laundry?

Laundry facilities are provided in all of the students’ residence halls, where students are able to use the machines at any time. Use of each machine costs $1.50 and can be paid using either quarters or using J-Cash, which can be added online here.

What banks are accessible from the Homewood campus?

There are three banks with branches within an immediate walking distance of the Homewood campus.

Bank of America3121 Saint Paul StreetHomewood Branch (410) 338-1386
Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union4 E. 33rd Street800-543-2870, #0
M&T Bank3003 N. Charles Street(410) 366-1043