Student Experience

Summer Program

The Hop-In Summer Program is a fully comprehensive and inclusive five week program for incoming first generation and limited income (FLI) students. During the summer program, Hop-In students will earn up to four college credit hours by completing a Hopkins summer course. This unique opportunity enables students to experience the rigor of college-level instruction as well as preparation to meet the high standards of performance at Johns Hopkins. Students will also have access to an upper-class peer mentor, learn about research, interact with faculty as well as participate in team-building activities, field trips, and explore the Baltimore community.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can learn more about the Hop-In Summer Program by viewing answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact or call 410-516-8666.

For Parents

Should my child join?

During the summer, Hop-In provides income first generation and limited income (FLI) students with the opportunity to take credit-bearing courses that can be applied to their degree, to develop relationships with faculty and peers, to learn more about campus resources, and to participate in a variety of workshops and outings. This program is designed specifically for first generation (students whose parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree) and limited income ( students who are pell-eligible or receive need-based aid) students.

The Hop-In Summer Program is a residential program. Students are expected to remain on campus for the duration of the program and will not be able to leave the program for work, family functions, etc. Students are also expected to abide by the Hop-In program rules and policies including curfew, regardless of age.

What are the Hop-In program dates?

The 2019 Hop-In Summer Program will run from Saturday, June 27, 2020 until Friday, July 31, 2020.

How much does the program cost?

All services including housing, meals, and class materials will be provided free of charge. Hop-In students will also receive a stipend for their participation in the summer program. Pell-Eligible students may also apply for a summer travel assistance grant to cover the cost of travel to and from the program.

Will I receive college credit?

Yes! Students can earn up to four credit hours.

For Students

How do I join?

After receiving an invitation, students can complete the online registration form.

What courses will be offered during the 2020 Summer Program?

Courses offered include: Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Professional Writing and Communication, and Stars & the Universe: Cosmic Evolution.

How many students will be admitted into the program?

The Hop-In Program will accept 40 incoming freshmen.

Will I be able to meet current Hopkins students?

Yes! Eight upperclassmen will serve as Peer Leaders during the summer program. These student leaders will be living in residential halls with Hop-In students and will mentor you and your peers throughout the school year. Throughout the summer, you will also interact with other current Hopkins students through panels, service, tutoring, and peer-lead-team learning.

What happens after the Hop-In Summer Program?

The promise and support of Hop-In extends beyond the summer program. Each year, Hop-In staff will continue to provide individual success coaching and access to a variety of support services until you graduate from Johns Hopkins. You will also be exposed to a variety of programs and services necessary to foster your personal ethos, high academic excellence, leadership growth, and professional preparation.

Academic Year Program

Following the summer program, Hop-In students will continue to work with Hop-In professional staff and peer mentors. Hop-In students receive ongoing guidance, academic support, advocacy, financial literacy programs and career development until graduation. In addition to one-on-one meetings with a Hop-In team member, student can also expect the following support throughout their matriculation at Hopkins.

First Year

During the first year, Hop-In students are exposed to coaching and programs focused on personal development, academic skills development, major exploration, and financial literacy. These activities include:

  • Self Assessments: MBTI and Strengthsquest
  • Plans for Success- Time Management, Study Skills, and Goal Setting
  • Career Assessments: FOCUS
  • Cohort Building Activities
  • Networking Opportunities with Faculty and Staff
  • Peer Mentors

Second Year

During the second year, Hop-In students are exposed to coaching and programs focused on leadership development, professional development, major selection, and research. These activities include:

  • Faculty/Staff Mentors
  • Mentoring Opportunities
  • Portfolio Development
  • Career Fair Prep: Elevator Pitch, Resume Development
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Third Year

During the third year, Hop-In students are exposed to coaching and programs focused on experiential learning and experiences, career preparation, long term goal setting, and financial planning. These activities include:

  • Shadowing Opportunities
  • Professional Mentoring
  • Career Coaching: Resume/Interview Critiques
  • Internships, Study Abroad, and Lab Experiences

Fourth Year

During the fourth year, Hop-In students are exposed to coaching and programs focused on their post-Hopkins plans and career management. These activities include:

  • Graduate and/or Medical School Preparation
  • Alumni Networking
  • Integrative Career Fairs
  • Pathway to Graduate School: GRE, MCAT, or LSAT Prep Courses and Materials, School Visits, Admissions Information, Financing Information
  • Pathway to Career: Salary Negotiation and Mock Interviews

Hop-In participant IsaacHop-In was the perfect transition to college. I definitely would not have been as successful at Johns Hopkins without spending five action-packed weeks on campus. Not only was I able to take an entry level Neuroscience class, I was surrounded by mentors ranging from first-year students to graduates who provided me with the tools to succeed in class. – Isaac Bernstein, Neuroscience Major