Pre-Orientation

Students talk on top of a mountain during Outdoor Pursuits

There are eight (8) Pre-Orientation programs offered in 2017 for incoming students (see below). Programs fill quickly so be sure to apply as soon as possible once applications are open. Scholarships are available, and participants will move into their residence halls when they arrive to campus for their program. Please contact firstyear@jhu.edu with questions.

2017 Programs

Check out our Pre-Orientation program options below. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the application process for each program. Applications will open May 1st. We hope you consider applying!

Experiential Education’s Outdoor Pre-O

Program Dates: Friday, August 18 – Friday, August 25

The Experiential Education Outdoor Pre-O program offers multiple outdoor expeditions that range from water to land with everything in between. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure or to try something new and unique, we have options for everyone – and no matter the trip, no experience is necessary! Take advantage of the last days of summer and meet fellow first-year students before the academic year kicks into high gear. You may even pick up a few backcountry skills to help you survive college…

HopkinsCORPS: Civic Engagement, Outreach, and Public Service

Program Dates: Friday, August 18 – Friday, August 25

HopkinsCORPS is an immersive, week-long community service and leadership development pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students. Through direct service, site visits with community organizations, reflection sessions, and leadership development activities, students learn about a variety of social justice issues relevant to Baltimore, then participate in fun group outings in the evenings to continue to explore their new community together. Participants move into their residence halls early, then spend the week living together at a retreat center located in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood of central Baltimore. The program is facilitated by student leaders and staff from the Center for Social Concern, the community service and civic engagement center at Johns Hopkins.

HopkinsLEAD: Leadership Education and Advocate Development

Program Dates: Friday, August 18 – Friday, August 25

HopkinsLEAD is designed to get students thinking and excited about who they are, what they’re passionate about, and what type of communities they want to develop at JHU. The first three days of this program are dedicated to helping incoming Blue Jays develop the reflective and interpersonal skills needed to be effective leaders. During the second half, students will explore ways to get involved on campus and meet leaders from across Baltimore City in small groups led by returning Hopkins undergraduates. After HopkinsLEAD, students will feel more connected to the Homewood Campus and more capable of enacting positive social change, whether that is in a student organization, research team, or the local community.

Habitat for Humanity

Program Dates: Friday, August 18 – Friday, August 25

Each August, the JHU Habitat for Humanity chapter welcomes around 20 first-year students to the Johns Hopkins campus and Baltimore community. During this week-long program, we work closely with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake on a Johns Hopkins-sponsored house, helping with everything from laying down flooring to building the walls of the future home. During our break days, we’ll explore the rich Baltimore culture, from the scenic Inner Harbor, to the artsy Mount Vernon, and the world-famous Lexington Market. Come be a part of an impactful organization and make long lasting friendships along the way!

Film Culture in Baltimore

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 23 – Friday, August 25

There’s never been a better time to dive into Baltimore’s thriving film scene, from the recent opening of the beautifully restored Parkway Theater to JHU’s state-of-the-art filmmaking and educational facility, both in Station North. Tour these and other historic, working movie theaters around town and meet some of the filmmakers and innovators who are turning Baltimore into a great place to make and see movies.

Baltimore and Entrepreneurship

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 23 – Friday, August 25

This program will allow you do discover ten neighborhoods within walking distance from the Homewood Campus, focusing on JHU’s connections to community/economic development, entrepreneurship, and opportunities for JHU student engagement in these areas. The program will also offer examples of how Baltimore is thriving with maker and innovation spaces, music, dance, and other arts and culture, community building, and, of course, food.

Baltimore Theater: Behind the Scenes

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 23 – Friday, August 25

Want to get to know the Baltimore theater scene better than most locals? Join us for behind the scenes tours of four theaters! We will visit a variety of spaces, from small and innovative to larger regional or Broadway style, and students will meet the staff who provide the energy, passion, and creativity at their organizations. There will be time for questions and discussion at each theater.​​

JHU Sustainability: EcO Pre-O

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 23 – Friday, August 25

Through innovative projects – many that are often not visible to the naked eye – green is what we do, how we build, and who we are at Johns Hopkins University. Join your peers in discovering how JHU is transforming campus and raising the bar on environmental responsibility. During this two day program, students will tour and explore on-campus solar installations and sustainable infrastructure projects, and connect the dots between campus and community. Paired with off campus adventures, participants will explore and engage with quirky and creative programs across the city, gain an understanding of how personal actions have shared impacts, and uncover opportunities to get involved while they call Baltimore home!