The Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus is home to the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, the two undergraduate schools of the Johns Hopkins University. All undergraduates learn, live, and participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities around campus during their four years at Hopkins. The campus itself is filled with green grass, beautiful gardens, and brick-and-marble buildings that combine to create a park-like environment in the heart of a major city.
This tour is sectioned into six parts – Decker Quad, Wyman/Lower Quad, Keyser/Upper Quad, Freshman Quad, the athletic facilities, and the Charles Street area.
Decker Quad is the newest quad on campus. This is where any tour of the Homewood Campus begins because Mason Hall, the Admissions Office, is located here. Also on this quad are Clark Hall (home of the world-famous Biomedical Engineering Department), Hodson Hall, and Hackerman Hall (which was specifically designed for collaborative research among the Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Medical schools and has its own computer-integrated surgery robot called the Da Vinci.). Decker Quad also has a certain magical quality, as it is where our Qudditch team practices (there’s been no word yet on how soon it will take a Hopkins student to engineer a flying broom for the team).
The next quad a Hopkins tour takes you to is Wyman Quad (called the Lower Quad). It is the home of many engineering departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering (Barton Hall), Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering as well as Material Science & Engineering (Maryland Hall), and Mechanical and Civil Engineering (Latrobe Hall). The quad also has Shriver Hall, the main performance showcase center. Shriver Hall is unique in that, as stipulated in the will left by the building’s namesake, its inner walls are filled with murals depicting ten philanthropists of Baltimore, the Hopkins class of 1891, and several Baltimore clipper ships.
Keyser Quad (also known as the Upper Quad) is the home of Gilman Hall, which is the oldest, largest, and tallest building on Homewood Campus (no building can be built to be higher than Gilman). Gilman hall is seen as the center of humanities as Hopkins and houses all humanities and social sciences. The Keyser Quadrangle is also bounded by Mergenthaler, Jenkins, Remsen, Krieger, and Ames halls as well as the Milton S. Eisenhower Library. A quick tip for aspiring chemists: (or those just trying to finish their AP or IB Chemistry classes) Remsen Hall is named after a chemist who discovered saccharin in 1878 and a plaque in the building bearing his likeness is said to bring good luck on chemistry tests to those who rub it!
Most of the freshman dorms are located on the Freshmen Quad, with the exception of Wolman and McCoy located on Charles Street. The AMRs offer the traditional college dorm experience, while Buildings A and B offer suite style living for freshman. The main cafeteria on campus, the Fresh Foods Café (or FFC) is also located here. Near this quad is Mudd Hall, home of the Biology department.
This area is the place where a lot of Hopkins students work out in the 63,000 square foot Recreation Center . There are also many sports field around the center for athletes to practice, including our award-winning Division I Lacrosse teams. Just north of the Recreation Center is the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. It is the home of many applied physics labs and our physics and astronomy departments.
Charles Street Area.
Many students cross Charles Street everyday to either go back to their dorms or hang out with their friends in one of the numerous restaurants off campus. Freshman housing options on Charles Street include suite-style living in Wolman and McCoy. Just east of the street is the home of many upperclassmen dorms such as Charles Commons, Bradford, and Homewood.
We hope you enjoyed this tour of the Hopkins campus! If you would like to see more photos of campus, check out http://www.flickr.com//photos/hopkins-interactive/sets/72157626004464000/show/.
If you’d like to see some photos of the Charles Village area just outside campus, check out this slideshow: http://www.flickr.com//photos/hopkins-interactive/sets/72157626004579878/show/.
If you’d like a more in-depth virtual tour, check out this interactive map: http://apply.jhu.edu/visitors/map.html
Good luck with your college decisions and check back for more blogs about why you should choose Hopkins during the rest of the month!