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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1876
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21218
    • Phone:
    • +14105168000
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is an American private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1876, the university was named for its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. His $7 million bequest (approximately $141.2 million in today's dollars)—of which half financed the establishment of Johns Hopkins Hospital—was the largest philanthropic gift in the history of the United States at that time. Daniel Coit Gilman, who was inaugurated as the institution's first president on February 22, 1876, led the university to revolutionize higher education in the U.S. by integrating teaching and research. Adopting the concept of a graduate school from Germany's ancient Heidelberg University, Johns Hopkins University is considered the first research university in the United States.

Academic Highlights

Johns Hopkins is organized into 10 divisions on campuses in Maryland and Washington, D.C. with international centers in Italy, China, and Singapore. The two undergraduate divisions, the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, are located on the Homewood campus in Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood. The medical school, the nursing school, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health are located on the Medical Institutions campus in East Baltimore. Johns Hopkins University also consists of the Peabody Institute, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the School of Education, the Carey Business School, and various other facilities.

Life in Johns Hopkins University

Athletic teams are called Blue Jays. Even though sable and gold are used for academic robes, the university's athletic colors are Columbia blue (PMS 284) and black. Hopkins celebrates Homecoming in the spring to coincide with the height of the lacrosse season. The Men's and Women's lacrosse teams are in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. Other teams are in Division III and participate in the Centennial Conference. JHU is also home to the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame, maintained by US Lacrosse.

School Ranking

John Hopkins University JHU's undergraduate education is ranked 10th among U.S. "national universities" by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.


For undergraduate programs at the John Hopkins University accept applications for the fall semester from August through January (through March for transfer applicants) for undergraduate admission to our School of Arts and Sciences and/or our School of Engineering. 

For Graduate Programs at the John Hopkins University the faculty and students study, teach, and learn in and across more than 180 programs regularly recognized as being among the nation’s best. All nine of our academic divisions offer full-time graduate programs.

Notable Alumni

  • Peter Agre – Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2003
  • Richard Axel – Nobel Prize in Medicine, 2004
  • J.M. Coetzee – Nobel Prize in Literature, 2003
  • Joseph Erlanger – Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1944
  • Andrew Fire – Nobel Prize in Medicine, 2006
  • Robert Fogel – Nobel Prize in Economics, 1993
  • Herbert Spencer Gasser – Nobel Prize in Physiology, 1944
  • Riccardo Giacconi – Nobel Prize in Physics, 2002
  • Paul Greengard – Nobel Prize in Medicine, 2000
  • Carol W. Greider – Nobel Prize in Medicine, 2009
  • Haldan Keffer Hartline – Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1967
  • Merton H. Miller – Nobel Prize in Economics, 1990

Acceptance Rate

Johns Hopkins University acceptance rate is 13 percent.

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