Johns Hopkins University Mission Statement
The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.
A Brief History of JHU
The Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876, with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. “What are we aiming at?” Gilman asked in his installation address. “The encouragement of research … and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell.”
The mission laid out by Gilman remains the university’s mission today, summed up in a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman’s own words: “Knowledge for the world.”
What Gilman created was a research university, dedicated to advancing both students’ knowledge and the state of human knowledge through research and scholarship. Gilman believed that teaching and research are interdependent, that success in one depends on success in the other. A modern university, he believed, must do both well. The realization of Gilman’s philosophy at Johns Hopkins, and at other institutions that later attracted Hopkins-trained scholars, revolutionized higher education in America, leading to the research university system as it exists today.
After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Eminent professors mentor top students in the arts and music, the humanities, the social and natural sciences, engineering, international studies, education, business and the health professions. Those same faculty members, and their research colleagues at the university’s Applied Physics Laboratory, have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university.
The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington’s Dupont Circle area.
The Applied Physics Laboratory is a division of the university co-equal to the nine schools, but with a non-academic, research-based mission. APL, located between Baltimore and Washington, supports national security and also pursues space science, exploration of the Solar System and other civilian research and development.
Johns Hopkins also has a campus near Rockville in Montgomery County, Md., and has academic facilities in Nanjing, China, and in Bologna, Italy. It maintains a network of continuing education facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, including centers in downtown Baltimore, in downtown Washington and in Columbia.
When considered in partnership with its sister institution, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, the university is Maryland’s largest employer and contributes more than $10 billion a year to the state’s economy.
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Johns Hopkins is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success. This climate for diversity, inclusion and excellence is critical to attaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care and other strategic goals of the Health System and the University. Taken together these values are recognized and supported fully by the Johns Hopkins Institutions leadership at all levels. Further, we recognize that the responsibility for excellence, diversity and inclusion lies with all of us at the Institutions: leadership, administration, faculty, staff and students.
For undergraduates, the first place to stop for information about applying to The Johns Hopkins University is our comprehensive undergraduate admissions site, apply.jhu.edu. Chances are, you’ll find everything you need there.
Graduate applicants, and those needing direct contact with individual schools can find the current information for those schools on the Graduate Admissions information page.
Other information of interest during the admissions process may include:
- Campus Visits
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Student Employment
- Student Accounts
- International Student Support Services
- Student Orientation
The Schools of The Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University enrolls nearly 20,000 full-time and part-time students on three major campuses in Baltimore, one in Washington, D.C., one in Montgomery County, Md., and facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington area and in China and Italy. The headquarters campus — Homewood — has nearly 4,600 full-time undergraduates and more than 1,600 full-time graduate students in two schools.
For more information about each of our nine schools, please click on the “overview” links, or follow the links to each school’s web site.
Campus Life at Johns Hopkins
A campus isn’t just a school. It’s a small city, with rhythms and needs of its own.
What is it about a place that makes it truly special? At Johns Hopkins, it’s a combination of wide, green, inviting spaces in the heart of a bustling city; impressive Georgian brick and white marble; and winding paths through gorgeous landscaping.
Johns Hopkins is an active and supportive community, filled with students of different viewpoints, different cultures, and different backgrounds.The thing that brings them all together is their desire to be here and to celebrate everything this place has to offer.
There’s always something going on. Every week offers lectures, concerts, art and photography exhibitions, theater, movies, sports, volunteer opportunities, and whatever else anybody has an idea to do. You’ll never run out of things to try.
There are at least 350 student groups and organizations on campus, although that number keeps expanding because students are encouraged to start new clubs to fit their interests – and they don’t hesitate to do so! All Johns Hopkins student groups are governed and managed by students, and there is literally something for everybody.
To the left are links to services, web sites, calendars, libraries, campus facilities and other information that help turn our campuses into a thriving and welcoming home town. To the right, you can see a sampling of some of the many events that are happening right now at JHU.
Johns Hopkins Athletics Quick Facts
Columbia Blue and Black
NCAA Division I (Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse)
NCAA Division III
Independent (Men’s Lacrosse)