Freshmen

As you navigate through the academic year, review the appropriate tab below for useful tips and advice.

Summer/Incoming Freshmen

  • Complete the freshmen advising to-do list. Completing the steps will lead to a successful registration and a great start at JHU.
  • Review the freshmen scheduling tips. Read them before you register for classes.
  • Check your JHU email. Read your JHU email once a day during the summer and school year. Your Hopkins email is the primary source of communication between the university and students. You will be contacted by email if a course in which you are waitlisted has availability. In this situation, you have 48 hours to take action.
  • Explore different majors. Familiarize yourself with various majors and their requirements. Also explore options for minors.
  • Understand the distribution, writing, and university requirements.
    • H = Humanities (classics, English, film and media studies, foreign languages at the intermediate level and beyond, history, history of science, history of art, philosophy, theatre arts, and writing seminars)
    • E = Engineering
    • N = Natural sciences (biology, biophysics, chemistry, cognitive science, earth and planetary sciences, neuroscience, and physics)
    • Q = Quantitative (applied math and statistics, mathematics)
    • S = Social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology)
    • W = Writing intensive (denoted by an asterisk * on your transcript)
  • Learn how AP credits work for pre-meds. If you are pre-med, read the Office of Pre-Professional Advising AP guidelines.

Fall

Early Fall (September)

  • “Shop” for classes. Visit different classes, in addition to the classes for which you are registered, on the first few days of the semester. Class shopping will give you a better understanding of what each course is about and the expectations of the professor. It should be fun, not stressful. Commit to your courses by the end of the first week. All class selections must be finalized by the end of the second week of the semester.
  • Go to class. Enough said.
  • Establish healthy habits. Eating, sleeping, and exercising majorly impact your ability to concentrate. Be healthy!
  • Leave your room. Get involved on campus through activities, organizations, community service, sports, work, etc. Make connections with your peers and try something new.
  • Balance life. Learn how to balance your social life and work life with academics. Developing your time management, studying, note taking, listening, and communication skills is extremely important.
  • Step-up your studying habits. You will need to improve upon your work habits from high school. For every one hour of class time, you should study 2-3 hours. Studying means techniques like reading/highlighting/taking notes on textbook and PowerPoint slides both before and after lectures, reviewing flashcards, and doing practice problems.

Mid Fall (October-November)

  • Review your academic record. Verify that any AP, IB, French Bacc, and GCE credits appear correctly on your transcript.
  • Know your academic progress. If you are unsure about your academic progress in a course, meet with your professor and/or TA during office hours.
  • Recognize motivation vs. competition. Understand the difference. College is not about competing with others.
  • Use your resources. Professors, TAs, academic advisors, tutors, and study consultants are all resources. “A” students are the ones who ask for help when they need it.
  • Handle stress. If you begin to experience stress, anxiety, or any cause for concern, meet with an academic advisor or stop by the Counseling Center at 3003 N. Charles Street, Suite S-200. In times of academic stress, you may need to further develop your study techniques. In times of emotional stress, you can learn effective techniques to cope better.
  • Meet with your advisor. Make an appointment to meet with your advisor several weeks prior to next semester’s registration period. Don’t miss your opportunity to register on time.

Preparation for Registration (November)

  • Review the freshmen scheduling tips. Read them before you register for classes.
  • Explore different majors. Familiarize yourself with various majors and their requirements. Start narrowing your focus on potential majors.
  • Take an intersession course. Consider a course during intersession and/or a B-more freshmen course.

End of Fall (December)

  • Complete your assignments. Give yourself proper time to complete end-of-semester projects, papers, and exams by mapping out the last 2-3 weeks of the semester well in advance.
  • Take advantage of academic assistance. Go to your professors’ and TAs’ office hours. Meet with a study consultant. Attend tutoring at the Learning Den.
  • Plan for finals. Two weeks prior to finals, create your study calendar. Dedicate time over several days to prepare and study for each of your classes. Review all necessary materials, including PowerPoint slides, class notes, textbooks, etc.

Winter

Winter (January)

  • Reflect on your first semester. Are there areas you need to address going into next semester? Consider your study habits, choice of classes, personal interests, and goals.
  • Don’t delay. You may still sign up for a B-more course during intersession if it hasn’t already started.

Early Spring (February)

Spring

Mid Spring (March-April)

  • Know your academic progress. If you are unsure about your academic progress in a course, meet with your professor and/or TA during office hours.
  • Use your resources. Professors, TAs, academic advisors, tutors, and study consultants are all resources. “A” students are the ones who ask for help when they need it.
  • Handle stress. If you begin to experience stress, anxiety, or any cause for concern, meet with an academic advisor or stop by the Counseling Center at 3003 N. Charles Street, Suite S-200. In times of academic stress, you may need to further develop your study techniques. In times of emotional stress, you can learn effective techniques to cope better.
  • Meet with your advisor. Make an appointment to meet with your advisor several weeks prior to next semester’s registration period. Don’t miss your opportunity to register on time.

Preparation for Registration (April)

  • Declare a major. There are benefits to declaring a major at the end of your freshman year. When you declare a major, you are assigned a faculty advisor within your major department. The faculty advisor plays a critical role in helping you navigate through your discipline.
  • Map out a four-year plan. A four-year plan helps you incorporate major requirements with other academic interests. It gives you a good understanding of how to balance your courses during your academic career at JHU.
  • Discuss your summer plans with an advisor. Consider taking a summer course. You may take summer courses at JHU or another university with preapproval for transfer. Students may transfer up to 12 credits. Discuss financial options with your financial aid advisor.

End of Spring (May)

  • Complete your assignments. Give yourself proper time to complete end-of-semester projects, papers, and exams by mapping out the last 2-3 weeks of the semester well in advance.
  • Take advantage of academic assistance. Go to your professors’ and TAs’ office hours. Meet with a study consultant. Attend tutoring at the Learning Den.
  • Plan for finals. Two weeks prior to finals, create your study calendar. Dedicate time over several days to prepare and study for each of your classes. Review all necessary materials, including PowerPoint slides, class notes, textbooks, etc.