New Graduate Student Information – Fall 2019

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering!!

We are thrilled that you will be joining us this fall and know that you have questions, so we’ll try to answer them as best we can. 

  • (1) Download the New Graduate Student “To Do” Checklist.

    (2) TRANSCRIPTS:  Now that you’ve accepted our offer, you will need to contact your institution to have your academic transcripts sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment. All official transcripts sent electronically should be sent to Mailed transcripts should be sent in their officially sealed, institutional envelopes directly to the GAE office.

    Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment
    3400 N. Charles Street
    W601 Wyman Park
    Baltimore, MD 21218

    Delays in receiving these documents may prevent registration in your first or future terms. For those that receive only one copy of your academic records you may be eligible to present your documents to our office. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment, via their Contact Us form, for more information. Please note, federal financial aid recipients will not be eligible to register until the final transcripts have been received.

    For international students:  you are permitted to present your official transcripts in their sealed envelopes upon arrival and within 2 weeks of enrolling.

     (3) Wait to be contacted by the Registrar’s Office, Student Health & Wellness Center and the Office of International Services (for international students).

  • All new graduate students must meet the University’s pre-entrance health requirements by providing proof of immunity to certain communicable diseases prior to registration.


    Before arriving at Johns Hopkins you must do the following:

    • Download, print and send the Student Health and Wellness Center a paper copy of your immunization information signed by your health care provider.
    • Enter the immunization information into your electronic health record using the “SH&WC Web Portal.”

    For detailed information and instructions for completing these requirements, please visit the Student Health & Wellness Center.


    Submission Deadline

    You must submit your Pre-Admission Health form by – July 15

    Failure to submit these forms will render your ineligible to register for classes or use the on-campus Student Health and Wellness Center.

    If you require any vaccines or screening tests to determine immune status, they can be administered at the Student Health and Wellness Center, at a cost of a US $100 Health Form Completion Fee plus the cost of each vaccine or screening test.

    Those who have the University insurance plan can receive the vaccines at reduced rates, but antibody testing is not covered by the plan. Please direct your questions regarding these requirements to the Student Health and Wellness Center at +1-410-516-8270.

    Health Insurance

    All students MUST have health insurance.  Domestic students must either purchase the University plan or provide proof of current health insurance and complete a waiver form.  International students ARE REQUIRED to purchase the University’s plan.  The Department may be covering part or all of the cost of the insurance, so check your offer letter to see.  But you will still need to sign up for the insurance as instructed on the Health Insurance website Information on the student health insurance plans can be found on the Consolidated Health Plans (CHP) website.

  • When Should I Plan to Arrive at Hopkins?

    • International students should arrive no later than August 21, 2019.
    • Domestic students should arrive no later than the day of the first orientation.

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    When is Orientation?

    There are a number of orientation events.  Many of them are mandatory attendance, so please note this carefully.


    JHU Graduate Student Orientation

    You must register in advance for these events. You will be notified by the Graduate Admissions Office as soon as registration opens.




    Thursday, August 22, 2019, 9am-12:30pm (Shriver Hall – jCard Required)

    This session will include OIE/Title IV information, Academic Integrity, and a panel of various services office around the university (Counseling, Health & Wellness, Student Employment, Registrar’s Office, Career Services, etc).  You will need your J-Card for entry into this Orientation Session as proof of attendance.


    GRO Welcome Picnic

    Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12:30-2:30pm (Wyman Quad)


    WSE Master’s Student Orientation

    Friday, August 23, 2019 (Location TBD)

    – Orientation attendance is MANDATORY for all new master’s students (including BS/MSE students)

    Program Schedule
    12:00pm – 12:30pm:  Pizza Lunch for New WSE Master’s Students (Location:  TBD)
    12:45pm – 5:30pm: Welcome and Engineering Master’s Student Sessions (Internships and Alumni Employment Panel)
    5:30pm: WSE New Master’s Student Welcome Reception (Hodson Hall 2nd Floor Lobby)


    International Graduate Student Orientation

    – This orientation will be online.  You will receive additional information from the Office of International Services in the near future.


    TA Orientation

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    – 8:00am to 10:00am – Hodson Hall Auditorium – All new graduate students are asked to register between 8:00 and 8:30am in the 2nd floor lobby of Hodson Hall.  A continental breakfast will be provided there during that time.

    – 10:00am to 12:00pm – Breakout Workshops – Hodson Hall classrooms

    The TA orientation is mandatory for all PhD students.  Master’s students are encouraged to attend but not required.  LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED at the end of the Breakout Workshops.  For more information, CLICK HERE!


    Civil Engineering Department Master’s Program Orientation

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – 12:00pm – (Latrobe 107)

    Lunch will be provided. 

    MANDATORY for all new master’s students, including BS/MSE students.


    Civil Engineering Department Doctoral Program Orientation

    MANDATORY for all new doctoral students.

    Part 1:  Friday, August 23rd – 10-11am (Latrobe 106)

    • Department Overview, Payroll, Logistics


    Part 2:  Friday, September 6th – 3-5pm (Latrobe 106)

    • Director of Graduate Studies Introductions, Program Timeline, Ethics, Policies



    Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) Boot Camp!!

    Date:  August 26, 2019.

    All doctoral students are encouraged to attend this interesting and informative 1 day event.

    The goal of boot camp is to give incoming grad students introductory knowledge to some key resources and general skills that they will need as JHU/HEMI students.


    The detailed agenda is still under construction but it will include:

    • Data management and computational facilities
    • Library resources
    • Working with your advisor and choosing research directions
    • Making technical presentations


    Several of the Civil Engineering faculty are HEMI faculty advisors.  For a list of faculty, click here.

    Register for the event here.  If you have questions about the event, please contact Ms. Bess Bieluczyk at

  • Finding a Place to Live

    The University’s Off-Campus Housing office can help you find a home, give advice on securing a lease, and connect with potential roommates.

    Off-Campus Housing Listing Database: this normally requires your JHED ID but until that’s issued, you can request access as a “Guest.”  Visit the Guest Registration page for instructions to request access.

  • What are all these HOLDS on my SIS account?
    Once you get access to SIS (Student Information System) you’ll start to notice Holds on your account.  There are various reasons for these holds and some of them can’t be resolved until you arrive.  But if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the Academic Program Coordinator.

    • Advisor Hold:  You will not be able to register for any classes until you have met with your advisor upon arrival.  He/she will release the Advisor Hold at that time.
    • Financial Hold:  Check to ensure you have paid your tuition and/or health insurance costs.  If you know that you’re partially- or fully-covered and there is still a financial hold on your account – don’t panic!  They place these holds on the accounts long before we have a chance to upload the budget information into SIS.  If you are partially-funded, just pay the portion you know you will owe.  Consult your offer letter for details.
    • Health Clearance Hold:  Have you completed the Pre-Entrance Health Requirements and uploaded your medical clearance?  If not, go to the Student Health & Wellness Center website and consult the instructions.
    • Missing Local Address:  As soon as you have your new address in Baltimore, it is advisable to update this information in SIS.
    • Missing Perm Phone Number:  As soon as you obtain a local mobile phone number, it is advisable to update this information in SIS.
    • Visa Check-In: For international students.  (more information to come on this)

    I received funding but got a bill. Why?

    The Student Accounts (billing) Department usually runs the first bills for tuition and fees in July.  For those of you who are receiving full funding, please note that we usually haven’t had a chance to get the budget numbers into the system that early, so don’t panic if you get a bill!!  Likewise, this applies to those who are getting partial funding.  Just pay the portion you know that you are responsible for.  For those who did not receive fellowships, we are sorry that we cannot provide funding to everyone, but there are options.  You can find information at the JHU Graduate Students’ Financial Aid website at  Upon arrival on campus, you can seek out TA or grading positions with instructors; however, we cannot provide you with any information at this time as to what might be available this fall.

  • When will I be assigned an Advisor?
    Doctoral Students:  If your letter did not specifically name your advisor, you’ll be assigned a nominal advisor who will guide you in taking classes and choosing your permanent advisor.  You will receive an email with your nominal advisor assignment sometime in early August.  In the meantime, you can direct questions about the program, courses, or research to Prof. Siddiqui (  You won’t be able to register for any classes until you arrive, so there’s plenty of time to decide what classes to take this fall.

    Master’s Students:  Your advisor will be Cristopher Moen (

    When can I register for classes?
    We encourage you to take a look at what courses are being offered this semester in SIS, however, registration does not open for new graduate students until late July.  Doctoral students are not be permitted to register for classes until you have arrived and had a chance to meet with your nominal advisor.  Your advisor, at that time, will lift the “hold” on your SIS account to allow you to register.  You may find that you have been auto-enrolled in certain required courses in the meantime however.  Master’s students can email Cris Moen to discuss registering for classes prior to arrival.

  • When Will I Get My I-20?

    Once you have uploaded your Intent to Enroll form, the department submits the admissions package to the Graduate Admissions office, who after processing sends them to the JHU Office of International Services (OIS).

    You will receive an e-mail with instructions on completing an electronic form that will also ask for a copy of your passport identification page, documentation on how you are funding your study (if needed) and, if appropriate, information on any dependents that will accompany you.

    Please allow up to 2 weeks for the record transfer and e-mail notification process.  This e-mail will also provide instructions on how to arrange for shipment of your I-20.  Estimated costs of attendance can be found on the OIS website.  Questions on immigration or visa issues should be addressed to OIS at or +1-667-208-7001.

    The completion time of the I-20 process may be from 3 to 6 weeks.

    F-1 and J-1 Student Check-In (online)

    Newly admitted students will be contacted by email regarding the check-in process.  Check-in processes may vary by school.  Students who are asked to upload copies of their immigration documents can refer to the SEVIS Check-In Document Upload Instructions for more information.  If you still have questions for the Office of International Services, check out their website for more information.

  • How do I obtain a JHED ID and email address?

    • Your record will be uploaded into SIS (Student Information System) in May. At this time, New grads will be directed to the student portal ( to create your JHED password and email account.
    • International Students and anyone who did not submit an SSN are assigned and emailed “988” Government ID number (SSN) within 48 hours of student record creation.
    • Please set up your JHU email address as soon as possible.  Please send Debbie Lantry a quick email to let her know your new email address.
    • DID YOU KNOW?  You don’t have to live with the email address you’re assigned!  If you’ve been assigned an email like lwet345 @ and you want some a little more personal, you can set up an “Alias”.  Here’s how.
  • Download the Student and Employee Data form and return it to Debbie Lantry via email.  DO NOT include your social security number as it may not be secure sending it through gmail or another email server.  We can look that up in the system.

    During our Department Orientation, I will provide you with a Confirmation of Campus Employment form which will be specific to you.

    You will make an appointment with Student Employment Services in Garland Hall to complete the I-9 process.  They will require the Confirmation of Campus Employment form and proper identification.  International students should take their I-20, passport and visa.  They will help you complete tax forms and, for international students, the Foreign National Information Form. They will also tell you how to apply for Direct Deposit.

    The first pay date for doctoral students will be September 15.

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