Student Experience

Hop-In is a high touch, high profile program that supports the success of Johns Hopkins students who may be eligible for the federal Pell Grant and/or the first in their family to attend college.  The Hop-In Program offers year-round academic, career, and personal enrichment opportunities for students to develop them academically, professionally, and personally to be leaders at Hopkins. All incoming Hop-In students will 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 Program by viewing answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.  If you still have questions, please feel free to contact or call 443-509-6500.

Should my child join?

Although it is not possible to host students for an in-person summer experience, Hop-In remains committed to providing students with a premier student experience.

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. Hop-In will provide  students with the opportunity to take a credit-bearing course with other incoming Hop-In students, to develop relationships with faculty and  peers, to learn more about campus resources, and to participate in  a variety of workshops and outings.

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How do I join?

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

How many students will be admitted into the program?

The Hop-In Program will accept 40 incoming first year students.

Will I be able to meet current Hopkins students?

Yes! Eight upperclassmen will serve as Peer Leaders.  These student leaders will  mentor you and your peers throughout the school year. You will also have access to a Hop-In Buddy.

What is the benefit of joining without a summer program?

The promise and support of Hop-In extends beyond the summer program.  Hop-In is ready to welcome students to the Hopkins with exciting programming designed to make your first year one of your best years at Hopkins.

Students will participate in a a dedicated Arrive and Thrive course for academic credit, which will include an off-campus retreat experience during their first  year at Hopkins. In addition to having an upper-class peer mentor,  incoming Hop-In students will learn about research, interact with faculty as well as participate in team-building activities, field trips, and explore the Baltimore community.

Each year, Hop-In staff  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.

What support is offered through the Hop-In Program?

  • One-on-one meetings with a Hop-In Advisor and Peer Mentor.
  • Academic, Career, and Financial Aid advisement with a Hopkins administrator
  • A strong support network, which includes a community of over 200 scholars and alumni.
  • A dedicated transition course with customized programming to meet your academic, social, and career goals and promote your overall wellness.
  • Opportunities to engage frequently with JHU faculty and staff members.
  • Ability to apply for Hop-In Book Loan Program and Summer Tuition Assistance Grant

Academic Year Program

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