HopkinsCORPS students pose for photo at Fort McHenry

HopkinsCORPS is an immersive, week-long community service and leadership development Pre-Orientation program for incoming first-year students. The “CORPS” in HopkinsCORPS stands for “Civic engagement, OutReach, and Public Service,” three elements which are at the core of what we’ll be doing.

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. and participate in fun group outings in the evenings to continue to explore their new community together. Students move into their residence halls early, then, spend the week living together at a retreat center located at the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood of central Baltimore. The program is facilitated by staff from the Center for Social Concern and student leaders who are highly trained and have significant community service experience. Facilitators will remain with students throughout the entire program.

HopkinsCORPS is wonderful opportunity to really understand the issues surrounding Baltimore and what you could do to amend them. It’s a way to make amazing friends and learn to think differently and openly…you come into Hopkins already so knowledgeable about the city which can only prove an invaluable asset for the next four years at Johns Hopkins. — Participant

Program Information

Who should apply?

Students need not have had extensive community service experience before college, but should be committed to an immersive experience engaging with social justice issues.

What will we be doing?

After moving into your dorm room for the school year early, the whole group will move to a retreat center located in historic Mount Vernon. There, we will live together as a group for the week, developing meaningful friendships as we cook together, engage in service and leadership workshops, and explore the city.

Each day will be different, but we will generally include a direct service project, a conversation or exploration of a neighborhood with community leaders, leadership workshops, and other activities designed to cement our bond as a group, understand the issues we’re engaging with through service, and get to know each other (and ourselves!) better. We will do a range of fun activities in the evenings to explore all that Baltimore has to offer. In previous years, evening activities included catching an Orioles game, a boat cruise in the Inner Harbor, and bowling!

What are the costs and fees?

There is a fee for each Pre-Orientation program offered by Johns Hopkins. For HopkinsCORPS, the fee is $375. The fee covers early move-in, housing for the week, all food and transportation, and all activities for the program. Substantial need-based financial aid is available and applying for financial aid will have absolutely no bearing on a students’ application.

Checks should be made payable to “Johns Hopkins University” and be mailed to:
JHU Center for Social Concern
ATTN: HopkinsCORPS Pre-Orientation
3103 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Is financial aid available?

A significant amount of need-based financial aid is available and applying for financial aid will have no bearing on your application to the program.

On the HopkinsCORPS application, check the box that indicates “interested in applying for financial aid.” Once students are accepted into the program, they will be asked to email a copy of their financial aid statement from Johns Hopkins as well as a short note detailing why the student has requested aid.

How do I apply?

Participation in the HopkinsCORPS program is application-based, as there are a limited number of spaces available. Unfortunately, the application is closed for 2016. Those who submitted applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program fills, according to the timeline below.

  • May 1: Applications open
  • June 3: First round of students notified of application status
  • June 17: Second round of students notified
  • June 30: Third round of students notified
  • July 11: Priority Application deadline
  • August 19: Participant move-in and program begins

What happens after I’m accepted to HopkinsCORPS?

Students accepted to HopkinsCORPS will receive an email offering them a position in the program and be asked to complete a participant packet consisting of: Conditions of Participation, Volunteer Waiver of Liability, and Emergency Medical and Contact Information forms. Students will also submit a photo of themselves and mail a check for the program fee payable to “Johns Hopkins University” and sent to:

JHU Center for Social Concern
Attn: HopkinsCORPS Pre-Orientation
3103 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Students who have expressed an interest in applying for financial aid will receive additional information about how to apply for a reduced or waived fee. Students who are accepted into the program can expect to hear from the HopkinsCORPS leadership team periodically throughout the summer before arriving on campus.

Students are responsible for arranging transportation to arrive on campus on time to participate. Students should not make travel arrangements until they are confirmed and accepted into the program.

Meet our Leaders

HopkinsCORPS is facilitated by Caroline Ouwerkerk, assistant director of the Center of Social Concern, and four undergraduate students who have a strong commitment to community service and civic engagement. They are responsible for advising, supporting, and mentoring participants throughout the program. Read more about each leader below.

Dorothy Chen

Dorothy ChenDorothy Chen is a third-year Public Health Studies major and Spanish for the Professions minor from Sunnyvale, California. She is currently affiliated with Health Leads and Students for Socioeconomic Equity, but had previously been involved with Tutorial Project and Thread (Intensive Mentoring Program). She’s looking forward to sharing her passion for health disparities within immigrant populations, and is excited to get to know you all at the HopkinsCORPS Pre-Orientation Program!


Anna Clements

Anna ClementsAnna Clements is a junior Neuroscience and Spanish double major from Fairfax, Virginia. She’s been involved with the Center for Social Concern since her freshman year as a member of the Student Advocacy Board. She is also a member of the JHU Track and Field team, Alpha Phi sorority, Nu Rho Psi society for neuroscience, and Admissions Representatives. She’s looking forward to kicking off the year right with civil engagement and exploration in Baltimore as a co-facilitator for HopkinsCORPS!

Caroline Lupetini

Pre-O 2016 LupetiniCaroline Lupetini is a second-year International Studies/Political Science double major from Chicago, IL. She is involved with Model UN, the Student Admissions Advisory Board, the International Studies Leadership Committee, and her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. She will also be serving as the CSC’s intern for Alternative Breaks next year. On the trip, Caroline is especially excited to share her favorite Baltimore neighborhoods and meet the incoming first-year students!

Osiris Mancera

Osiris ManceraOsiris Mancera is a second-year Latin American Studies and Medicine, Science and Humanities double major. She’s originally from Jacksonville, Florida but has strong roots to her family’s home in Guanajuato, Mexico. She’s involved as a Stressbusters and OLE Outreach Coordinator and also works at the Office of LGBTQ Life and in Hampden’s Charmery ice cream shop. She’s looking forward to sharing her love for Baltimore, Mexican food, horror films, and Johns Hopkins as a co-facilitator for HopkinsCORPS!