Blue Jay Families


Blue Jay Families

Welcome to Johns Hopkins University—your student’s home away from home.

As a Blue Jay Family, you play an essential role in your student’s success. The office of Parent and Family Relations is here to provide resources and support as you and your student navigate the university and the new and dynamic experiences that occur in the college environment. The office of Parents Programs and Giving engages families in ways to support and enhance the Homewood student experience.

Getting Started

It won’t be too long before your Blue Jay reaches out to you for help or advice, so we encourage you to learn as much as you can about JHU and become an informed partner in your student’s education.

To get started:

  • Explore this website.
  • Ensure you are signed up for email updates and newsletters.
  • Follow us on Facebook.
  • Learn more about the events Blue Jay Families are invited to participate in throughout the academic year.
  • Contact us anytime.

Finally, we encourage you to get involved at JHU and visit our campus. When you are here, let us know. We would love to meet you. We are proud to call you our Blue Jay Family! Go Hop!


For general inquiries and concerns, contact Parent and Family Relations at 410-516-7355 or email

For giving and leadership opportunities, contact Parents Programs and Giving at 410-516-3413 or email

Upcoming Events

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News & Announcements

  • Why New-Student Orientation Matters

    The transition to college can be disorienting. Students move from the familiar routine of high school into a new and unfamiliar environment. It’s a big change for their families, too. Johns Hopkins University recognizes this adjustment that students and families are facing and supports them by offering New Student Orientation before


  • A Welcome Message To Blue Jay Families

    Welcome, Blue Jay Families of the Class of 2023 and welcome back to our returning families! This electronic communication, produced monthly by our office of Parent and Family Relations, acts as an important resource to keep your family informed so that you can better support your student. To view previous


  • Transition Tips for First-Generation Families

    Welcome first-generation families! We are delighted that your student has decided to share their college journey with us at Johns Hopkins University. The Office of Parent and Family Relations realizes there will be moments where first-generation family members may need additional help in supporting their student as they navigate the


  • Blue Jay Family Feature: Meet the Herbst Family

    As international parents, Pierre Herbst and his wife Yvonne faced a steep learning curve when it came time to send their first child, Kameka, to college. The Herbst family resides in Hong Kong, but Kameka set her eye on Hopkins, thanks to its film program, flexible degree options, and its


  • Blue Jay Family feature: Meet the Opoku-Achampongs

    Distance can be intimidating for many first-time college students and their families. For Kwabena and Eva Opoku-Achampong, their son Nigel’s decision to turn down offers from Ivy League schools in their home state of Massachusetts in order to attend Johns Hopkins took some getting used to.


  • Blue Jay Family feature: Skaff family

    There are many elements to consider when selecting a college, from the range of majors offered and the reputation of the institution, to the size and location of the campus. After narrowing the options down to a shortlist of schools and scheduling in-person visits, the first impression of a college community is often the deciding factor.