Why Hopkins?

Five Good Reasons to Choose Hopkins Engineering
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At Hopkins, we don’t just disseminate knowledge. We create it. And you will, too. Roughly 70 percent of our undergraduates do research – many, from freshmen year on – in labs with our world-class clinicians and researchers, putting the theories and facts they learn in the classroom to work solving real-world problems.

Every year, our undergrads author papers in leading scholarly journals, present findings at professional conferences, and work to commercialize their inventions. The Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards, Johns Hopkins Medicine Summer Internship Programs, and the JHU IGEM Team are just a few of the unique research opportunities at Hopkins.

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Sure, reading textbooks and note-taking have their place (the classroom), but at Hopkins, you will actually make stuff! Whether it’s designing and building a car powered only by chemical reaction, tending an organic community garden or using reinforced concrete to make a floating canoe, a large (and ever-growing) number of student groups mean you’ll have plenty of chances to design, build, repair, compete and just get your hands dirty.

From class-based projects, such as Mechanical Engineering’s annual “Mousetraps and Rubber Bands” competition and Biomedical Engineering’s freshman “Roller Coaster Experiment,” to campus service projects in sustainability and the Digital Media Center’s MAKE workshops, opportunities to get involved and make things abound.

We have 18 active engineering student groups for you to join, including the Johns Hopkins student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which has brought irrigation systems to remote South African villages and designed and built a daycare center in Ecuador. And, a multitude of student groups around culture, arts, environment, politics, and community service are open to student’s across the Homewood campus.

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Let’s clear up one misconception right away: engineering students can – and often do – study abroad. It just requires a bit of advanced planning. At Hopkins, you may study abroad in your sophomore and junior years, and in the first semester of your senior year, or during the summer.

Engineering students can do a semester (or even a full academic year) abroad through one of four Hopkins Engineering Exchange Programs offered in Israel, Mumbai, Singapore, or Switzerland.

Our coveted Vredenburg Summer Engineering Travel Scholarship Program, covers travel, living, and other expenses for 10 to 15 exceptional rising juniors and seniors each year. Through this program, our students have completed international research, service projects, and internships across the globe, in countries including Spain, The Gambia, Argentina, China, France, Germany, and Japan.

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In 2012, Hopkins ranked fifth among small colleges (fewer than 5,000 students) in producing Peace Corps volunteers, with 22 JHU graduates serving in 2012. We were  fourth in the 2013 ranking of graduate schools participating in the Peace Corps Fellows program for returned volunteers. It's a great legacy--nearly 700 Johns Hopkins alumni have joined the Peace Corps so far.

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As a Hopkins engineering student, you’ll have access to the full resources of one of the world’s leading research universities. You can participate in internships at the world-class School of Medicine and study and conduct research at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Nursing.

(You will take interesting courses in the social and basic sciences and humanities at the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. You can even perform, take classes and even major and/or minor in music at the renowned Peabody Institute.

The Hopkins Engineering community is small, tight-knit and collegial, with all the benefits that come with being part of the Johns Hopkins global research network. Since 1979, Johns Hopkins University has been ranked by the National Science Foundation as the nation’s leading academic institution in total research and development spending.

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At Hopkins, we don’t follow: we lead. And so will you. We will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to make your unique mark on the world.

We’ll help you launch your own businessinvest in a Wall Street portfoliodevelop a business plan around a novel technology, and engage in the process of invention – from start to finish. And you can do all of this as an undergraduate.

At Johns Hopkins FastForward, the university’s new technology accelerator, education center, and innovation system, you will find faculty mentors in entrepreneurship, internship opportunities, and more.

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