Blue Jay Families encourages parents and family members to be informed partners in their student’s education. We provide resources, support, and engagement opportunities to help you and your student navigate the college experience and thrive at JHU.
- Career Center
What they do: No matter how far along you are in deciding your first destination beyond Hopkins, the Career Center can help—from selecting a major, to writing a resume, networking, job searching, interviewing techniques, and more. We serve all full-time students in Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering, freshmen through PhD candidates, post-doc and post-bacc students.
- Center for Student Success
What they do: Through coaching, mentoring, collaborations with campus partners, and community-building programs, the Center for Student Success focuses on every aspect of your undergraduate experience, providing an environment where you can maximize your potential and acquire the ability to thrive — at Johns Hopkins and beyond.
- Community Living
What they do: Chances are you’ll spend less than 20 hours a week in the classroom – a lot less than you’ll spend where you live and eat. Turn here to find on- or off-campus housing, learn about dining plans, work through roommate problems, and more. Your ties to community living won’t end once you leave university housing. Our staff also provide resources for those students living off campus.
- Dean of Academic and Student Services
What they do: The Dean of Academic and Student Services works with partners across the university to ensure student success both at Hopkins and beyond. With responsibility for the Career Center, National Fellowships Program, Student Disability Services, and several other areas, the dean’s office builds programs and initiatives in the area where academic and student affairs intersect.
- Financial Aid
What they do: Johns Hopkins is committed to meeting 100 percent of students’ financial needs, through scholarships, loans, and other sources. Advisers at the Office of Student Financial Services can help families learn how to secure need- and merit-based aid, understand aid requirements, and find other ways to make a Hopkins education affordable.
- Hopkins Sports
What they do: Hopkins fields 24 varsity teams – 11 women’s and 13 men’s. The Blue Jays’ men’s and women’s lacrosse teams compete in the NCAA’s Div. I, while the others compete in Div. III. The rich history and tradition of the men’s lacrosse team and its 44 national titles are often the first thing that comes to mind, but all of our teams have achieved success: Hopkins is considered one of the top ten athletic departments in the country.
- Hopkins Symphony Orchestra
What they do: Baltimore’s only community orchestra relies on the talents of 150 musicians, including many students. In addition to affordable concerts of orchestral and chamber music, the HSO also works with public schools, offers lectures and demonstrations, and delivers free pre-concert talks.
What they do: HopReach is designed to ensure that students who are having difficulties at Johns Hopkins receive the support they need to succeed academically and get the most out of their college experience.
- International Services
What they do: International students, scholars, faculty, researchers, and staff can turn here for assistance with immigration and visas; housing, transportation, health care and other personal matters; taxes and other legal issues; and more. Walk-in appointments are available for general questions on F-1 and J-1 visas.
What they do: The J-Card is Hopkins’ official identification and access card; it also stores J-Cash, which can purchase food and other items on- and off-campus. Deposit cash to your J-Card, report or replace a lost card, make an appointment for notary services or get passport photos here; campus groups can also borrow terminals to accept J-Cards as payment during events.
- Office of the Dean of Student Life
What they do: The Office of the Dean of Student Life is responsible for non-academic student support services — but everything we do is meant to heighten the learning experience at Hopkins. Whether through Community Living, Campus Ministries, the Student Health and Wellness Center, or any of our other offices, our goal is to provide programs that complement and enhance the learning you do in class.
- Orientation and First-Year Experience
What they do: Whether you’re a first-year student, a transfer student, or a parent/guardian, the Orientation and First-Year Experience team will help you settle into Homewood by providing information about campus resources and ways to get engaged in your new community. You’ll get an overview of academics, student life, and what it takes to make a smooth transition to college.
- Parent and Family Relations
What they do: If your student is at JHU, you’re a Blue Jay, too. Stay informed about university events, student support services, and family resources. Get involved by becoming a Blue Jay Family Ambassador or join the Hopkins Parents Council. Support student life at JHU with a gift to the Hopkins Parents Fund. Plan a visit to explore campus and the surrounding community.
- Scheduling and Event Services
What they do: Whether you need a single meeting room or space for an entire conference, the Scheduling and Event Services can help plan your entire event. Air-conditioned housing for up to 900 people is available during the summer, and our catering team accommodates everything from coffee to crab feasts.
- Student Accounts
What they do: Whether you’re paying tuition, expecting a refund, or need to set up a payment plan, the Student Accounts office can help. Tuition payments can be made with personal or traveler’s checks, money orders, or wire transfers; only evening students can pay by credit card.
- Student Conduct and Ethics
What they do: As a Hopkins student, you’re expected to respect the rights of others and uphold the institution’s integrity. Sanctions resulting from academic infractions and other violations of university policy are determined by two panels: The Student Conduct Board and the Undergraduate Academic Ethics Board. Each are comprised of students and faculty members.
- Student Disability Services
What they do: We help full-time undergraduate and graduates students Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering gain equal access and support for academic, developmental, and career-related needs. Students seeking support for a disability must register through our office.
- Vice Provost for Student Affairs
What they do: Services offered through Homewood Student Affairs, which include career planning, health, wellness, and counseling programs, athletics and recreation, registration and academic recordkeeping, housing and dining, and more, add up to life experience – not just an academic one.