First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience is a continuation of New Student Orientation, affectionately known as O-Week throughout the academic year. First-Year Mentors (FYMs), backed by our professional staff team, are engaged year-round to ensure our newest Blue Jays are supported in their transition to Hopkins. FYMs offer a welcoming community and 1:1 peer mentorship as well provide the tools and resources necessary for you to succeed and thrive during your first-year at Hopkins. Through meaningful engagement, events, and activities FYMs are here to help create and provide all new students with a robust First-Year Experience.

The Office of Orientation and First-Year Experience oversees the FYMs to ensure a First-Year Experience is being provided. Our team also collaborates with other campus partners to offer programming, events, and other offerings geared to incoming students such as Family Weekend and B’More featured below.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is designed to highlight the many exciting opportunities that students have at Johns Hopkins and to deepen the connection that family members have to our community. It provides students with a chance to involve their families with their lives at Johns Hopkins and creates a valuable opportunity for parents and family members to interact with faculty and staff, get to know the campus, and experience a sense of confidence in their student’s progress in their new home.

Please visit the Family Weekend website for more information. We look forward to your participation.

B’More – More than a Single Story Intersession Program

Baltimore, a city of neighborhoods, is shaped by a strong cultural and artistic landscape. During intersession, B’More courses give first-year students the opportunity to explore this landscape through stories of empowerment, creativity, community organizing, diversity and inclusion, education and nutrition. First-year students will partner with Baltimore City community organizations to explore diverse topics and perspectives. Check out the B’More website for more information, and for this year’s course descriptions and more, please visit