Summer Academic Guidelines for the Academic Year

  • Complete To Do List. Follow each step of the Freshman Advising To Do List (including the advising profile). Completing the steps will lead to a successful registration and great start to college.
  • Check JHU email. Read your JHU email once a day during the summer and into the school year. Your Hopkins email is the primary source of communication between the university and students. Students will also be contacted via email when a course that you are waitlisted in opens up. You will have 48 hours to take action.
  • Select small classes. You should try to take at least ONE small class a semester. This will give you the opportunity to get to know faculty and for faculty to get to know you. An inspiring teacher will have a huge impact on your college experience.
  • Explore Majors. Familiarize yourself with various majors and their requirements. Also explore minors.
  • Understand distribution, writing, and university requirements.
    • H= Humanities (classics, English, film and media studies, foreign languages- 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)
  • Be flexible. When it comes to registration, you must be OPEN and flexible about your class selections. You should ALWAYS have alternative options!
  • Exercise your freedom. Make a habit of taking one unique class each semester.
  • Learn how AP credits work for pre-meds. If you are pre-med, read the Office of Pre-Professional AP guidelines: http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/prospective.html