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About the Program

The Hop-In Program supports  the success of first-generation students and limited income students by providing a year-round high-touch, intentional, and holistic advising model consisting of a summer program, leadership development, mentoring, and academic support.

Much of the success of the over 200 students served through the Hop-In program can be attributed to the high level of support and engagement they receive throughout their matriculation at Hopkins.  Through Hop-In, students have access to a community of supporters and support services.

Peer Support

The Hop-In Buddy Program is an opportunity to foster a network of support for and among Hop-In students. The goal of the program is to aid in the academic, emotional, and socio-cultural adjustment of Hop-In students by actively involving upper-class students, alums, faculty, and staff with the Hop-In program. The first phase of the Buddy Program launched in  Fall 2018, consisting of matching first and second year Hop-In students with third and fourth year Hop-In students.

The Peer Mentor Program is designed to foster a network of support for first-generation and limited-income students at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Peer Mentors serve as peer support personnel for first year students (mentees) and share program goals and responsibilities aimed at ensuring the retention of these particular students.

Academic Support

PILOT is a loose acronym for peer-led team learning. In the PILOT program, students are organized into study teams of six to 10 members who meet weekly to work problems together. A trained student leader acts as captain and facilitates the meetings. PILOT is generally offered for Calculus I, II, and III; Linear Algebra, Chemistry I &II, Physics I & II, Gateway Computing, Discrete Math, Statistical Analysis I & II, Epiemiology, and Microeconomics.

The Study Consulting Program helps undergraduate students strengthen their academic skills, adjust to the increased demands of college, or fulfill their potential. Since its launch in 1985, the program has consistently helped dedicated and hard-working students improve their academic standing. Study consulting pairs undergraduate students with an accomplished junior, senior, or graduate students who serves as a consultant. The student-consultant pair meets for one hour every week and worked on universal academic skills.

Financial Support and Assistance

The Hop-In Book Loan Program provides students the opportunity to borrow necessary books for the current semester by filling out a book loan request form. The book loan can only be used on textbooks. All textbooks must be returned to the Center for Student Success (CSS) during regular hours of operation and signed off by a CSS staff member. The final deadline for the return of all textbooks is the last day of final exams at 3pm. Any lost or stolen books will be replaced at the expense of the borrower.

The Hop-In Summer Tuition Grant allows students to minimize the cost of taking necessary summer courses by filling out a Summer Tuition Grant application. The summer tuition grant can only be used on academically necessary courses intended to be applied towards the student’s major(s)/graduation requirements.

Tutoring Services

The Learning Den provides tutoring for all registered students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. Tutoring is conducted in small group format, with a maximum of six students in each group. Tutors review course-specific material and encourage students to ask questions and exchange information.

Hop-In students are also able to request personalized tutoring for specific courses through their Hop-In advisor. Students are matched with a tutor through the Office of Academic Advising, and students are expected to attend all tutoring sessions.


The Hop-In Program seeks to cultivate an affirming, supportive, and cohort-based community for first generation and Pell-eligible students  by promoting a holistic and personalized approach to success at Johns Hopkins University and beyond.


The Hop-In Program will enhance the student experience of first generation, Pell-eligible, and students with disabilities at Johns Hopkins University.

Program Values


The Hop-In Program seeks to create a community of scholars, program administrators, faculty and staff who serve as a support network that values individual empowerment with collective challenge and support.


We hold students and professional team members to the highest standards of academic and professional excellence. We believe all students can maximize their academic success at Hopkins with the right resources and support services. As team members, we will maintain an improvement-oriented ethos to ensure we remain thought leaders and experts in the field.

Holistic Wellness

We value holistic wellness and define it as a focus on and intentional development of the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, and financial aspects of one’s life.


We believe to whom much is given, much is required. Through outreach, collaboration, and reflection, our students tie their service and learning together to address disparities prevalent in underserved areas. As a result, we hope to foster strong connections with our neighbors in the greater city of Baltimore.

Social Justice & Equity

Our goal is to decrease educational inequity by providing what is needed for our students to be successful at Johns Hopkins. We celebrate and respect our students’ identities by creating a just community inclusive of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, nationality, and disability. 

Student Centeredness

We believe all students at Johns Hopkins can be successful with an optimal balance of challenge and support. In Hop-In, we make student-driven decisions related to our coaching, programming, and services.


Hop-In participant RanaEven though Hop-In was my first time being away from home on my own, I had one of the most gratifying summers of my life. Hop-In allowed me to get accustomed to college and the academics at Johns Hopkins. More than simply being on campus, I got to delve into Baltimore and its neighborhoods, and was able to understand JHU as an extension of the city and part of a complex community. – Rana Saeed, Public Health and Biology

Learn more about the Hop-In Student Experience and find answers to frequently asked questions.