Students on a tour around Baltimore

The Center for Social Concern’s Pre-Orientation programs, Hopkins Votes Pre-O, HopkinsCORPS and Habitat for Humanity at JHU, give incoming first-year students the ability to learn more about Baltimore, their new home away from home. Through these programs, you’ll gain a better understanding of Baltimore neighborhoods and culture and leave with a deeper appreciation of “Charm City.” You’ll also create meaningful friendships with fellow students who share similar passions for civic engagement, leadership, and volunteer work — all before moving onto campus!

If you’re an incoming student who:

  • Already has some service experience
  • Doesn’t have any service experience, but wants to learn more about civic engagement, outreach and public service

Then Pre-O could be for you! Read more about HopkinsCORPS and Habitat’s pre-orientation programs below or learn more about all of JHU’s pre-o programs and how to apply.

Have questions? Contact or (410) 516-4777.


HopkinsCORPS (which stands for “Civic Engagement,” “OutReach” and “Public Service”) gives first-year students the opportunity to dive headfirst into understanding the neighborhoods and culture of Baltimore. During this weeklong program, students will learn more about the social justice issues affecting Baltimore through a combination of service projects, trips to local community organizations, fun cultural events, and leadership development activities. You’ll leave the week with a deeper appreciation for our city and with a new group of friends who share your passion for civic engagement and volunteering. Learn more about the program.

Hopkins Votes Pre-O

The Hopkins Votes campaign is a year-round effort to ensure that every eligible JHU student is registered and ready to cast a ballot in each election. Student Ambassadors and volunteers support our student body in understanding where to register (home or JHU address), research and gain access to your ballot, and support other students in their voting and civic engagement journeys. During Pre-O, our newest Blue Jays connect with Baltimore to understand more about the opportunities and the elected officials, the importance of civic engagement, and the ways to be involved!

Habitat for Humanity at JHU

Habitat for Humanity at JHU is another great way to start making a difference in the Baltimore community and exploring your new home early. The Johns Hopkins chapter works with the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake to renovate houses and revitalize the Baltimore community. No prior construction experience is necessary! Find out more information about Habitat for Humanity at JHU’s Pre-O.

Experiential Education Pre-O Program

For students who would prefer an outdoor experience, the JHU Experiential Education program offers other Pre-Orientation programs for incoming students. In these programs, students will learn valuable outdoors skills, overcome new challenges, and learn about student life at Johns Hopkins. Outdoor experiences include backpacking, climbing, white water kayaking, canoeing and hiking, and multi-element. None of the trips require previous outdoors experience! Visit Experiential Education’s website to learn more.