Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about New Student Orientation, Move-In, campus living, and more. If you have a question that isn’t answered on this page, please contact us.

When is Orientation?

The New Student Orientation program will begin on the evening of Saturday, August 24, 2019, and will continue through the evening of Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Please make sure you can attend, as all our programming is expected of all incoming students. A detailed schedule will be available by August!

What happens during Orientation?

New Student Orientation will provide students with a better understanding of life at Hopkins. Each student will be placed in a small group of approximately 15-20 students and paired with a First-Year Mentor (a current JHU undergraduate student). Some of the ideas that new students will be exposed to include what makes Baltimore unique, how to build academic and personal success, understanding diversity, and where they can find further assistance for the transition to being a student at Johns Hopkins University.

I am a Transfer student. Is there a separate orientation program for me?

Yes! Transfer students move in early to begin their orientation program on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Starting on Saturday, August 24, 2019, Transfer students will join the rest of New Student Orientation.

I am an International student. Is there a separate orientation program for me?

Yes! International students move in early to begin their orientation program on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Starting on Saturday, August 24, 2019, International students will join the rest of New Student Orientation.

Is there an orientation program for parents and families?

Yes! There will be parent and family programming on Friday, August 23-Sunday, August 25, 2019, the same weekend as New Student Move-In. Specific times and programs will be announced by July.

Parents and families of student-athletes and students participating in Pre-Orientation programs will have the option of attending an abridged orientation program on Saturday, August 17, 2019 or Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in place of the regular parent & family orientation. More details to follow!

When can I move in?

New Student Move-In will take place either Friday, August 23 or Saturday, August 24, 2019. Further details will come out with housing assignments in late July. International and Transfer students will move in early on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Student-athletes and Pre-Orientation participants will move in as specified by their respective program.

How do I get to campus?

For more information regarding move-in and travel/directions, visit our move-in page.

When is the first day of classes?

Fall semester courses will begin on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

When are breaks?

In the 2019-20 school year, the breaks are as follows:

  • Fall Break (Friday, October 18–Sunday, October 20): Classes suspended.
  • Thanksgiving Break (Monday, November 25–Sunday, December 1): Residence halls remain open for students who register to stay but dining services are not available.
  • Mid-year Winter Vacation (Saturday, December 21–Sunday, January 5): Residence halls will close down, and it is necessary to make travel plans or find a place to stay near campus.
  • Intersession (Monday, January 6–Friday, January 24): Residence halls and dining services will be open. You may return to campus to take Intersession courses or choose to do something else. Participation in Intersession courses is entirely optional.
  • Spring Vacation (Monday, March 16–Sunday, March 22): Residence halls remain open for students who register to stay but dining services are not available.

Check out the full PDF Document: 2019-20 academic calendar for more information. The calendar for the 2020-2021 academic year will be announced during the Spring semester.

What is Intersession?

Intersession is a 3-week mini-semester immediately following Winter Vacation where students can choose to take 1-3 credits of coursework. This coursework is almost always pass-fail, generally more lighthearted in nature, and allows for academic exploration that may not be able to be completed during the semester. Intersession is included in fall tuition for full-time undergraduates.

Will my AP/IB and/or Community College credits transfer to JHU?

The Exam Credit Policies list of all AP/IB credits that are accepted at Johns Hopkins. Credit will be automatically applied to your transcript as long as the scores were submitted to the University.

The Transfer Credit Policies have information about the process for receiving credit for courses taken at previous institutions. Our professional advisors will determine if the credits are transferable. Keep in mind that students are required to complete at least 60 credits at Johns Hopkins University regardless of the number of credits that transfer.

What meal plan options do I have?

We know that Blue Jays all dine differently. Some Jays eat meals multiple times a day, some Jays eat larger meals a few times a day, some Jays eat large meals multiple times a day, and some Jays are in a hurry and need to fly out of the dining nest to make a class or study with friends! Whatever your Blue Jay dining preference, we have a plan for you.

Meal plans are comprised of three parts: meal swipes, dining dollars, and guest passes. Meal swipes provide entrance into the Fresh Food Café where Blue Jays are able to eat buffet style. Dining Dollars can be used to pay for food at Bamboo Café, Nolan’s on 33rd, Levering Kitchens (including the Levering Cafe) and the Charles Street Market (including Crepe Studio). Guest passes are bonus meals that can be used at the Fresh Food Cafe to treat your friends or family. First-year Blue Jays receive two guest passes each semester.

First-year Blue Jays have a few meal plan options to choose from, each offering a certain number of meal swipes per week (unless the Anytime Dining is purchased) and a set amount of Dining Dollars for the semester. For more information about meal plans and the dining locations, visit the Dining Programs website.

How do I do laundry?

Laundry facilities are provided in all of the students’ residence halls, where students are able to use the machines at any time. Use of each machine costs $1.50 and can be paid using either quarters or using J-Cash, which can be added from the J-Card website.

What banks are accessible from the Homewood campus?

There are three banks with branches within an immediate walking distance of the Homewood campus. The Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, and M&T Bank are within 2 blocks of campus.

Bank of America3121 Saint Paul StreetHomewood Branch (410) 338-1386
Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union4 E. 33rd Street(800) 543-2870, #0
M&T Bank3003 N. Charles Street(410) 366-1043