Second-Year Experience

Students at Spring Fair

The Second-Year Experience (SYE) program is designed to provide engagement opportunities for community building and career exploration, while also developing intentional second-year traditions. The SYE program pulls together various campus partners, programs, and engagement opportunities to create a holistic experience for second-year students at Johns Hopkins.

What Should I Look Forward To?

Your second year in college is one that we want you to remember! Between academic major decisions, planning for your future career, engaging in campus organizations and activities, there is a lot going on and the SYE program is here to guide you through it all. The SYE program can serve as a reference point, a place of support and also a home for you in your second year as we provide a number of opportunities for you to succeed! There are three ways that you can engage with this program…pick one.

SYE Community

All second-year students are a part of the SYE Community and can engage in opportunities as they would like. Much of these programs are offered as a way of building community and are connected to various second-year traditions. These programs include:

  • Hop into the SYE BBQ – welcome back event in the fall semester for second-year students
  • Second-Year September – month-long series of programming geared towards second-year students
  • Second-Year Sunday Brunches – regularly scheduled brunches in Nolan’s on 33rd for second-year students
  • Annual Garden Party – annual spring tradition sponsored in collaboration with the Sophomore Class Council
  • …and much more!

SYE Collaborators

If you are looking for a more personal commitment with the SYE Program, there are a number of opportunities that can be utilized to assist in your experience at Hopkins as a second-year student. This path is designed for students to select the opportunities that will be most impactful for their experience, and students can select from opportunities such as:

  • EXCITE Hopkins – two-day fall retreat prior to classes focuses on second-year needs and post-graduation planning
  • SYE Links Coach – be matched with a SYE Links Coach (JHU staff or faculty member) that serves as a resource and coach during your second year
  • Second-Year Blue Jay Summit – day-long conference during Intersession that provides students with conference workshops, an alumni networking lunch and afternoon immersion experiences
  • Center for Leadership Education Course – a second-year focused leadership course
  • …as well as other opportunities!

SYE Cohort

The SYE Program will also host a 30-40 person cohort that will receive unique experiences that prepares you to make the most of your second-year at Hopkins. The students within the SYE Cohort will engage in the following opportunities:

  • EXCITE Hopkins – two-day fall retreat prior to classes focuses on second-year needs and post-graduation planning
  • SYE Links Coach – be matched with a SYE Links Coach (JHU staff or faculty member) that serves as a resource and coach during your second year
  • Career Academy Placement – connection with a Career Academy through the Career Center based on your career interest
  • SYE Project Grant – access to up to $1000 grant to complete a project around Career Exploration and Affirmation, Community Engagement, or Research & Innovation
  • Staff Support – additional staff support from the Assistant Director of the Second-Year Experience (SYE) Program
  • Cohort-Specific Programming – community building programming at JHU and in Baltimore for SYE Cohort members

Indicate interest in participating as either a SYE Collaborator or a SYE Cohort member during your Housing Application Process or by emailing the Second-Year Experience (SYE) Program.

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