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Official Ask-A-Student Thread

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Replies to: Official Ask-A-Student Thread

  • sadiea5252sadiea5252 Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    Isn't it like to do pre-med you just have to finish the required courses ie: biology, organ. chem etc...I know that they are really hard courses, but I'm pretty sure it's more than 10%...And also is Johns Hopkins one of those schools that allow you to skip courses (For example my bro got agood ACT score for English and doesn't need to take it in college. He's going to UTAustin and taking ECE)
  • akbkncakbknc Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    @sadie5252 - Hopkins does allow AP/IB credit for some classes. Here is a link. http://apply.jhu.edu/apply/examcredit/ English is not one of them that transfers over. If you are interested in pursuing a pre-med track, you will need to discuss which AP credits to take with a pre-med adviser as the rules for accepting AP credits differs for medical schools. Of course the pre-med courses are hard but no harder than at any other school.
  • atm28vacationsatm28vacations Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    Really? Everyone on here is saying that at JHU, everyone is pushed to the limit with work (regardless of their major, and especially the premeds) as though the premed courses there are tougher than the norm. Are you a student there @akbknc ?
  • sadiea5252sadiea5252 Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    Wait JHU doesn't credit Spanish!?!? Does this mean I'll have to take language again?
  • OnMyWay2013OnMyWay2013 Registered User Posts: 1,334 Senior Member
    @atm28vacations‌ I think it depends from case to case. For my family and at our income level, Hopkins hasn't been super generous. Also, I hear that between the first year and subsequent years, their aid does drop a little. But if you feel your aid is too low, you can always appeal, and from my experience, they'll always consider your case. And they've adjusted their aid pretty generously for my family, both last year and hopefully for this upcoming year.

    @atm28vacations‌ and @sadiea5252‌ The website says "Freshman applicants are strongly encouraged to submit two SAT subject tests." Admissions Daniel has said the following on the subject, from back when the "recommendation" was 3 tests:

    The Admissions website says "strongly encouraged" ... it does not say "required" and it does not say "recommended." Each applicant can interpret "strongly encouraged" in whichever way they choose and when they apply they can submit 0,1,2,3, or more SAT subject exams.

    "The Admissions Committee sees it as we would prefer to see subject exams from all of our applicants and we would prefer to see scores on three different exams. This is a strong preference of ours but not a requirements because we understand that circumstances may be different for each applicant. We would understand why a student without the financial means of taking extensive standardized exams would not send in subject exam scores. We would understand that a student with multiple AP exam scores prior to their senior year may choose to send the AP scores instead of subject exams. Every case is different therefore we do not set a requirement, but in the end our preference is stated and is clear.

    So a lot of students take that to mean, if you want to get in, do it. That's how I interpreted it and that's how a lot of people I know have interpreted it. But I have heard of people getting in without submitting any. So if you can't afford it, don't think you can do well enough for them to help you, or just really don't want to take them, don't. But if you're interested in BME, I'll say, yeah, suck it up and do them."

    @marshmallowpop‌ IDK about 10% (Hopkins has many people who have felt the pre-med call with so much intensity that it's hard to imagine them dropping out unless something drastic happens in the first two years, or even after). But other than that, I think you're accurate that they classes are competitive (not maliciously so; it's just how we are) and a little harsh with the grading.
  • akbkncakbknc Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Not all majors require a foreign language. If there are particular majors that interest you at this point, check here for A&S majors (http://www.advising.jhu.edu/majorsminors.php) or here for Engineering (http://engineering.jhu.edu/academics/degrees-at-a-glance/) to see if there is a language component.
  • OnMyWay2013OnMyWay2013 Registered User Posts: 1,334 Senior Member
    @atm28vacations‌ I only have the struggling freshman experience, but I would say that's kind of, sort of true. Contributing factors to that are: Students' own procrastination / not going to class / not doing homework if they don't want to, taking on max credit loads or overloading, and taking on lots of extracurriculars and research. It's crazy how the same people who would use an hour study break at 2 in the morning before a final to talk about how Hopkins is super stressful were the same people who told me that next semester, they're taking more than the max number of credits, signing up to be an EMT, and doing sports! We are overachievers, and we are also humans who slack off sometimes. We like to bite off more than we can chew, and that can hurt grades.

    Also, it's not so much as a constant tsunami of work. More like a tide with ebbs and flows where assignments pile up and due dates overlap, then maybe 2 or 3 weeks of calm.

    However, yeah, I will say that the grading can be harsh and the curves brutal in some of the classes. Some classes are tougher than the norm, notably Physics, which requires two semesters of Calculus as a prereq (which is hard in itself), and is Calc-based unlike other schools.

    But I do know some people who had pretty chill semesters. There was one Film and Media studies major I knew who took the minimum number of credits every semester. I never saw him working. He actually got to read books for leisure, lol. But he was super smart too, in a lot of areas; he actually helped other people with their Chemistry homework. So a happy medium of hard work and relaxation is doable, I truly believe that.

    @sadiea5252‌ JHU will credit language as 8 credits worth, so you'd place out of the Intro courses. If your major has a language requirement, you can place into higher-level classes. If it doesn't, I think it just counts as credits towards your graduation requirement.
  • sadiea5252sadiea5252 Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    @onmyway2013 Do you know if you can skip required courses for pre med such as English. I saw on their website that they do require 2 semesters I think of English. And if I got English credited would I still have to take the course?
  • OnMyWay2013OnMyWay2013 Registered User Posts: 1,334 Senior Member
    @sadiea5252‌ Unfortunately, JHU doesn't take credits for AP Lit or AP Lang. On the bright side, the 2 semesters can meet 6 of the 12 Writing-intensive credits required for graduation...
  • YanksDolphinsYanksDolphins Registered User Posts: 1,068 Senior Member
    I don't know if things have changed since I graduated three years ago but I got credit for AP Spanish (I think a prerequisite to actually get the credit is to take the placement exam, even if you have no plans to take a language course).
  • bluemeringuebluemeringue Registered User Posts: 183 Junior Member
    edited August 2014
    My son is thinking of applying to the dual program with Peabody and is worried about the workload. The valedictorian from his high school went there a couple of years back and is thinking of transferring, because she doesn't have any semblance of a social life. Do you know of anyone who was in the dual program with Peabody and whether they had time to participate in chamber music groups, practice a few hours per day and actually talk to other human beings every now and again? FYI, he would likely do an English or Film and Media Arts major at JHU. For what it's worth, his instrument is piano. Thank you so much for any guidance you can provide. We are planning to attend the open house in late September and he has applied to do the overnight.
  • sadiea5252sadiea5252 Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    @bluemeringue I didnt know about a dual program. Is the dual program for med? I
  • OnMyWay2013OnMyWay2013 Registered User Posts: 1,334 Senior Member
    @bluemeringue‌ Based on the few English and Film majors I know, their schedules can be really light if that's what they want. I don't know anyone who's doing the dual program, but if it's comparable to someone who does research often or works every day, I think that it is hard to have time to just sit and talk to people or do a lot of clubs. But if your son could arrange it so that he's free nights and/or weekends, that's pretty much when most people will be free to hang out and do things anyway. Still, you definitely want a second opinion from someone who's in the program.
  • YanksDolphinsYanksDolphins Registered User Posts: 1,068 Senior Member
    I knew (not well) a girl who double-majored in math and physics at Homewood and also pursued a degree at Peabody (piano, I think). I have no idea what she did in her free time, or even if she had free time, but I think she's currently in grad school at Stanford.
  • green678green678 Registered User Posts: 618 Member
    Can anyone talk about what it's like to be an engineer in non-BME?
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