Hopkins Student Center: Coming Fall 2024!

On March 5, 2019, President Daniels announced to the Johns Hopkins community that funding for a student center had been secured and planning for the facility would commence.

This will be a new kind of space for us—one that is not academically focused, but entirely social by design. Open to all, reserved for none, and boasting the kind of flexible spaces that invite connection and collaboration…It will be a site to which everyone lays equal claim and from which everyone benefits. And one that will evolve with our community as we continue to evolve and change over time. – Ronald J. Daniels, President PDF Document: View full message from President Daniels >>

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From the Hub: Design Concept Selected for Hopkins Student Center

Rendering of Hopkins Student CenterThe concept, submitted by the international architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, features an open design with a large central campus living room, a variety of social spaces, themed community lounges, art and enrichment spaces, and dining options. Continue reading on the Hub…

Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn’t Johns Hopkins already have a student center?

Many buildings have served as quasi-student centers or gathering places over the years, using spaces in Levering Hall, the Mattin Center and other buildings on and off the Homewood campus. But students have long noted their wishes for a dedicated place that serves as the “living room” for the Hopkins community to gather and socialize. Until now, we had not had the funding to build and create this kind of expansive and flexible space that will also withstand student demands of the future.

Where will the new student center be located?

The new student center will serve as a welcoming entrance to our Homewood campus at the intersection of 33rd and Charles streets, and therefore includes the location that currently houses the Mattin Center. We hope the new building will also spark the creativity embodied in the Mattin Center and other locations around campus to continue to flourish, serving our community’s needs and becoming an enduring and iconic addition to the Hopkins landscape.

What will the student center cost?

We are just kicking off the project and determining its cost.

How will the student center be funded? Will tuition be raised?

The building will be funded through a combination of institutional and philanthropic funds. We are grateful for the commitments we have received from multiple generous donors, who have chosen to remain anonymous. So far, we have the funding we need to commit to this project, and we will continue our fundraising efforts with our community of alumni and donors. We have no plans at this time to raise tuition or fees to pay for the student center.

When will the student center open?

It typically takes about two years of planning and design before construction can begin on a project of this scale. We expect the student center to open in four to five years.

Who will be able to use the student center?

This new hub of student life is being designed to attract all undergraduate and graduate students of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. We want it to become the favorite gathering spot on campus for every student.

What activities will be included in the new student center?

The new student center will serve a diverse student population. Programming and uses of the new center will be evaluated during our planning process, which will include input from our student community. As with all of our student life and dining efforts, we always consider a balance of on-campus and off-campus experiences. We expect the new center to complement, not compete, with other dining and retail options.

How can students get involved?

Students are invited to apply to serve on the Hopkins Student Center Advisory Committee. The HSCAC is comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives from across the University. Eight seats on the committee are reserved for students; two of these 8 spots are reserved for members of Homewood student government (1 SGA, 1 GRO). Undergraduate and graduate students from any Hopkins school are encouraged to apply. Students selected to serve on the committee will play a key role in development and implementation of a broad student engagement strategy.

What will happen to the Mattin Center?

The Mattin Center opened in the spring of 2001. While the building is slightly less than 20 years old, our space requirements have evolved over time and the building, as designed, is not adequate to fulfill many of these specific needs — such as the larger gathering venues our students seek today. A new building on this site will also allow the opportunity to provide universal accessibility from all entry points. The Mattin Center was funded by dozens of donors, including Christina Mattin (A&S ‘76). We take our commitments to donors very seriously, and we have been in communication them and will engage them in the process as we plan for this new space. We will continue to be mindful of our alumni and friends who believed in the importance of student space and the arts.

Will the groups who currently hold activities in the Mattin Center be relocated?

As part of the design and planning process, we will be determining options for where to locate the groups and programs that are currently housed in the Mattin Center—both in the short-term during construction and permanently once a new center is opened.

Where will you locate the Student Disability Services Office?

A top priority is firming up plans to accommodate a number of critical programs and services that are currently located in the Mattin Center, or were planning to relocate there. The Office of Student Disability Services is currently located in Shaffer Hall, Suite 103. A brand new office is under construction on the first floor of Shaffer Hall and the Student Disability Services Office will move there later this fall.

Will there be a design competition for the new student center?

We are evaluating several procurement methods for selecting the architect for the new student center; a decision has not been made at this time.

From the Hub: In Hopkins Student Center planning, ‘nearly everything is on the table’

Student riding seesaw with Blue JayA film screening room. A gaming space. A rooftop terrace. A test kitchen. The ideas keep coming for the new Hopkins Student Center, and the project team wants more. Continue reading on the Hub…

History of the Student Center Project

The Hopkins Student Center is the result of years of dedicated advocacy, philanthropy, and planning. For decades, students and university leadership alike have recommended the development of campus facilities that support informal social interaction, relaxation, and community building beyond the rigors of academics. More recently, the Student Government Association, representing undergraduates in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, sought input from their constituents in the fall of 2018 on several items relevant to the JHU student experience, and their results showed that over 81% of those who voted supported the construction of a student center. In 2012, a student life, residential, and retail study—which included a survey of nearly 1,200 students, faculty, and staff as well as an analysis of both existing facilities and development on and adjacent to campus—was completed. The study concluded that the current location of the Mattin Center is the best location for a new student center, given its proximity to other key campus facilities and its positioning as a “gateway” into campus from Charles Village. In 2014, a subsequent feasibility study and concept design was undertaken. The effort reinforced the need for student center on campus and confirmed the current Mattin site as the best location. Now slated for completion in fall 2024, construction for the Student Center will begin in spring 2022, ushering in a new era in the Hopkins experience. The Center will provide an inviting, inclusive, and accessible space for all Hopkins students to connect and unwind.

I’m very excited about the impact this facility will have on the student experience. The addition of a university student center to the Homewood campus will serve as a game-changer for our students, who have long noted the need for a space that promotes relaxation, socialization, and interaction with friends outside of studying. – Alanna Shanahan, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Student Center Advisory Committee

The initial phase of the Hopkins Student Center project engagement process is underway… Academic and student affairs leadership have identified faculty and staff members to serve on the Hopkins Student Center Advisory Committee and these representatives are in the process of being finalized. Student applications for the committee will be accepted until April 8, 2019. The full membership of the committee will be announced in April 2019 with the first meeting taking place before the end of the month. A major responsibility of the committee will be to work with the administration to identify compelling engagement opportunities for university stakeholders. These engagement opportunities will be shared widely with the university community.

Committee Charge

The committee will:

  • Offer perspectives on the best and most innovative means through which the student center can advance our campus community and foster life-long school spirit.
  • As the planning process moves forward, help ensure that we thoughtfully identify and include programming in the Hopkins Student Center that reflects our students’ interests and needs.
  • Assist our design team in developing inclusive spaces that invite connection and collaboration for the entire Hopkins community.
  • Explore how our Hopkins Student Center can serve not only as a hub of activity but also as a welcoming, dynamic and engaging entrance to our campus from Charles Village.
  • Engage with fellow University community members to seek their ideas, input and feedback.

Committee Membership

The Advisory Committee will first convene in Spring 2019 and will meet monthly (60-90 minutes) throughout the Hopkins Student Center planning process. Members are expected to:

  • Attend monthly meetings (preferably in-person);
  • Come prepared to meetings (review agenda and supporting materials prior to meetings); and
  • Actively participate in discussion, take responsibility and complete assignments

The Advisory Committee is chaired by Alanna W. Shanahan, Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Eight seats on the committee are reserved for students—two spots will be reserved for members of Homewood student government (1 SGA, 1 GRO). The committee is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any Hopkins school. Students who serve on the committee play a key role in development and implementation of a broad student engagement strategy.

First NameLast NameDepartment/ProgramTitle/Class
WaleedAslamComputer ScienceSophomore
CatherineAxeDisability ServicesDisability Officer
Roger BecksCommunity LivingExecutive Director of Student Auxiliary Services
GrahamBoutonIT ServicesDirector of IT Services
CameronBrownCognitive ScienceJunior
WilliamChoComputer Science, Applied Mathematics and StatisticsSenior
StevenDavidFaculty Professor of International Relations
Moses DavisDean of Student LifeAssociate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
SusandeMuthAlumni RelationsAsst. Vice President for Alumni Relations
Renee EastwoodKrieger School of Arts & SciencesDirector of Academic & Student Affairs
LisaEganFacilities & Real EstateSenior Project Manager
GeorgiaEsmondPublic Health with minors in Marketing and Communications, Entrepreneurship and ManagementJunior
SanddhyaJayabalanComputer Science Junior
SwethaKumarChemical & Biomolecular EngineeringGraduate Student
Jessica KupperCommunity LivingAssociate Director, Residential Life
BrandonLaxComputer Engineering & Computer ScienceAlumni
KatherineLeeCarey Business SchoolGraduate Student
OliverMcCammonWriting Seminars & Political ScienceSenior
Kelly MiloCenter for Social ConcernAsst. Director of Operations
Kerby NelsonCommunity LivingDirector of Scheduling & Events
SandraAlexanderUniversity CommunicationsInternal Communications Manager
SmitaRuzickaDean of Student LifeDean of Student Life
AlannaShanahanStudent AffairsVice Provost for Student Affairs
KevinShollenbergerStudent Health & Well-BeingVice Provost for Student Health & Well-Being
LauraStottStudent Leadership & InvolvementExecutive Director of Student Engagement
Michael WardBloomberg School of Public HealthAssociate Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

From the Hub: Student Center Coming to Homewood Campus

Student riding seesaw with Blue JayLong-sought social space for Johns Hopkins students will be built at the intersection of Charles and 33rd streets, is expected to be completed by end of summer 2024. Continue reading on the Hub…

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