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You’re growing up poor — and your chances aren’t good

If you want to learn more about Baltimore’s urban story, listen to Hopkins researcher Karl Alexander and Baltimore writer D. Watkins talk to NPR’s Tell Me More program about growing up poor and the potential to rise above it.ย

Karl Alexander


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Hey Baltimore, It’s ON!

One of our favorite summer traditions, Artscape, kicked off today and goes through this weekend! Are you going?ย 

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This just made our day

We just ranked in the top 20 universities in the world. Thank you, all.

Read up on us here:ย

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A sample Dean’s List letter from Johns Hopkins

This is what your parents get when you make our Dean’s List. Way to go, Adrienne!

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The Truth…

Shall Set You FREE. This is our school motto.

If you believe it, please re-blog!ย 


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Question: Who was Johns Hopkins? And why the ‘s’?

Answer:ย First things first: why the extra “S”? Because his first name was really a last name.

Johns Hopkins’ great-grandmother was Margaret Johns, the daughter of Richard Johns, owner of a 4,000-acre estate in Calvert County, Md. Margaret Johns married Gerard Hopkins in 1700; one of their children was named Johns Hopkins.

The second Johns Hopkins, grandson of the first, was born to Samuel and Hannah Janney Hopkins in 1795 on the family’s tobacco plantation in southern Maryland. His formal education ended in 1807, when his parents, devout Quakers, decided on the basis of religious conviction to free their slaves and put Johns and his brother to work in the fields. Johns left home at 17 for Baltimore and a job in business with an uncle; then, at the age of 24, he established his own mercantile house.

He was an important investor in the nation’s first major railroad, the Baltimore and Ohio, and became a director in 1847 and chairman of its finance committee in 1855.

Hopkins never married; he may have been influenced in planning for his estate by a friend, philanthropist George Peabody, who had founded the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 1857.

In 1867, Hopkins arranged for the incorporation of The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and for the appointment of a 12-member board of trustees for each. He died on Christmas Eve 1873, leaving $7 million to be divided equally between the two institutions. It was, at the time, the largest philanthropic bequest in U.S. history.

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We forge writers

In the crucible of the university experience, Hopkins has a worldwide reputation for educating generations of scientists, researchers, engineers, technologists and health care professionals.

But did you know we also cultivate many of the most promising writers around?


We’ve trained and encouraged many great writers over the years, many through our world-class Writing Seminars. (Pictured above: M.A. alumna and National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich.)ย 

Are you looking to grow as a writer in college, or in your post-graduate education?

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The outdoors and your college experience

"The opportunities that exist in and around Baltimore, including at Hopkins itself, to get outdoors are copious."

How have you explored the natural world while at Hopkins?

Read about Caleb’s experiences:

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