Let's put it this way, first and foremost, if you HAVE no time to study, JHU GRAD Program is not for you. Their curriculum is rigourous and activities such as sports, and social interraction fall far behind academics. Now that we have that out of the way let's continue. If you do not have time to research and write plenty of reports and case studies critiques as well as participate in team projects, JHU is not for you, chances are you will not make it. The right student whose main focus is academics will enjoy the school. With that said here are a few things to know. Again these are based on my experiences. -If you graduated undergrad with a 3.5-4.0 GPA with great SAT or GRE or GMAT grades, congratulations, chances are you will be accepted. -Now that you are in, the first semester will whip you to shape. What i mean is that if you were used to getting inflated grades while partying in undergrad, at JHU be prepared to receive deflated grades. If you get an A in JHU, that means you went beyond and above the call of duty (suicidal). In other grad programs that would be considered "A+++". When you receive your 1st semester grades, two things will happen- if you were truly an "A, or B" student, the grades will reflect those efforts but don't expect to be showered with inflated grades for average work. The other option is that your instincts will quickly shift and you will line up quickly to JHU program or you will be in shock and never recover leading to quitting or being kicked out of the program. There is no such thing as coasting in JHU. -Two F's at any given course at any time of the semester and you are kicked out of the program. -Maintain a GPA of less than 3.0 p/s. If under 3.0, you are given one opportunity to get to 3 and above the next semester. You fail, you are kicked out of the program. -RESEARCH! if you cannot research and write 5-20 APA style papers often, you will FAIL. JHU curriculum is geared towards research. There are few quizzes here and there, but most of the work is research and assignments. You will not be sitting for exams open book or cramming for quizzes! -Two missed CLASS attendances during the 2 or 3 credit classes -you are out of the GRAD program unless you have a very very good excuse. -There are NO online-classes or class make-up! you must attend physically in class and participate! most of their grading include class participation. -You will meet/even make new friends but don't expect to have hundreds of friends. JHU is not designed to accomodate socialites but they make an effort to create a friendly and social activities invitations. The funny thing is even these social interractions involve some type of education incentive/micro research, fortune company CEO invited for speeches etc. -Faculty was okay, they all come from respected backgrounds with elevated studies. Some profs taught at Booth, some got their PHD's from Standford, Berkley etc. They also have worked with great organizations both private and govt. Remember JHU is only 45 minutes away from the white house, pentagon etc so they benefit a great deal by tapping into top ranking business leaders etc. -The campus is beautiful -The brand is strong -A lot of students are well established individuals with respectable backgrounds. They come from companies like Nasa, Govt. Sector, Medicine etc.
It can't be all positive, some negatives: -The same professor would sometime teach up to 3 courses -JHU is not a place to coast, enjoy friends, drinking or make a big name in sports etc. -Some courses are offered in some but not all campuses -Deflated grades- you will earn your grades- too much time spent on studying and keeping up. -Some courses are intense and overwhelming -The other reason it's very hard to get A-/A at JHU is because grading relies on heavy rubric usually between 4-6 grading categories. Since most work is done via research and groups, sometimes your grades rely on your peers! so if your peer dislikes you and simply gives you a lower grade, your grades may suffer. Ontop of that JHU defaltes grades. That's where the extra effort comes in that many JHU students despise to make up for those dependency grades. In my opinion JHU is JHU and their program has been around since the 1800's so they know what they are doing. You earn your grades and they quickly weed out slackers. After all, they know exactly the kind of students they want! sometimes i think the program is designed to simply self-weed slackers. You can get B-, B, B+ and you'll get a comment from faculty " why are you grades so low?" these cases are sporadic and depends on whether you are just under 3.0 or hovering around it.
Yes, In my opinion JHU is JHU and their program has been around since the 1800's so they know what they are doing. You earn your grades and they quickly weed out slackers. After all, they know exactly the kind of students they want! sometimes i think the program is designed to simply self-weed slackers.