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Mon, May. 15th, 2006, 03:25 pm
isis77: Inquires of a Hopeful Transfer

Hello all,
I was a freshman at the University of Michigan this past year and I applied to JHU as a transfer in March. I won't be hearing back until the end of this month-beginning of June, but I was hoping that someone could let me in on any info they may have about transfers. My GPA on the transcripts I sent in with my app was 3.8 (first semester) and my final GPA for the year is 3.6. I want to major in Near Eastern Studies with a concentration on Egyptology and as far as I have seen from the website, JHU is a leading establishment in that area. Any info anyone can provide will be extremely appreciated; especially if anyone knows about the housing status of transferring Sophomores. Looking at past entries from other hopeful JHU kids, I have a general idea about the campus atmosphere and it seems a lot like UMich, so I'm not too worried about challenging course loads ("no pain-no gain" right?), I'd just like to know if it seems I stand a chance. Again, thanks in advance!

I got accepted! (yay!)

Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
paczki0901: Michigania!

Dear Hopeful Transfer,
Funny, even as a freshman I had doubts and considered going home to UMich as a transfer student But, now, I love Hopkins. While some students complain that the Near Eastern Studies program is too small/too geared toward Graduate Students, I believe that a few interested undergrads could bring astounding changes under faculty guidance. The professors genuinely want to spark interest in the students. I hope you never hesitate to reach out.
With respect to housing, the policy has recently changed to a lottery system for which juniors and seniors can opt into and for which freshmen and sophomores must participate. As a transfer student, your lottery number will be lower, but you will hopefully make fast friends with suite mates (no pain no gain, right?). Currently, most sophomores reside in the homewood/bradford apartment style housing or the wolman/McCoy suite style housing. The NEW Charles Commons will be opening this Fall and features exciting changes on campus.

All the Best,
Kate '07

Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
isis77: Re: Michigania!

thanks! :D