Advising and Other Counseling
From the day new students first arrive on campus until they graduate (and beyond), Hopkins advisors and counselors work closely with them to guide and shape their academic experiences. Many students arrive with clear goals and the skills to reach those goals, but all can benefit from academic advisors who support and guide them on their voyage of discovery. We have multiple counseling offices to help your son or daughter achieve academic success, enjoy his or her undergraduate years, and prepare for life after Hopkins:
- Office of Academic Advising
- Office of Engineering Advising
- Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising
- Office of Student Financial Services
- Career Center
- Counseling Center
- Office of Student Disability Services
- Office of Academic Support
- National Fellowships & Scholarship Advising
- Office of Study Abroad
The Office of Academic Advising in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) promotes intellectual exploration by giving students the counsel and encouragement to find courses, majors, and minors that suit their curiosity, interests, and talents. We strive to help students achieve academic excellence by offering workshops, tutors, study consultants, and advice.
The Office of Engineering Advising in the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) strives to ensure that engineering students find the resources and information they need in order to be successful at Hopkins. We begin by advising incoming freshmen during the summer about their course choices and other academic matters. We also facilitate and support the faculty advising system for engineering students throughout their undergraduate years and monitor the academic progress of all engineering students. In collaboration with the KSAS Office of Academic Advising, we advise students regarding academic support services.
The staff of the office supports the faculty in the planning, evaluation, and assessment of engineering programs through our participation in and coordination of the Whiting School Curriculum Committee.
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs & Advising works in tandem with the Career Center and the offices of Academic Advising and Engineering Advising to support and guide students whose long-term interests include careers in health professions or law. Advisors encourage prehealth and prelaw students to explore the Hopkins curriculum in all its subtleties, considering majors in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and engineering. We also encourage study abroad because it allows students to become acquainted with people from other cultures. For prehealth students, research, medical tutorials, and independent study provide rich learning experiences and faculty mentorship. Volunteer work in the community, and exposure to patients and health professionals, helps us gauge a student’s motivation for a career in medicine. Overall, we believe that the key to a student’s undergraduate success and satisfaction is exploration and self-development.
For pre-law students there are many volunteer experiences available in the community to help develop leadership and communication skills. We also encourage students to work or intern in a legal environment to gain a better understanding of what it is lawyers do on a daily basis.
The Office of Student Financial Services offers information, advice, and options for financing a Hopkins education. A quality education is an investment that provides lifetime returns. Financing this investment can be a daunting and complex task. Our staff is ready to assist you from the beginning of the process through graduation to make a Hopkins education financially possible.
Each student applying for financial aid is assigned an advisor who works with him/her and becomes familiar with his/her situation. Our advising staff is highly trained and experienced, and accessible in person, or by telephone and e-mail.
The Career Center seeks to enrich the experience of Hopkins students by educating and guiding them through all facets of the career decision-making process, including assessment, career exploration, skill development, career decision making, networking, and the job and internship search process. The Career Center actively creates and strengthens opportunities for employment, graduate education, experiential learning, and networking to address students’ career interests.
With a focus on individual career counseling, we partner with students to develop career goals consistent with their skills, interests, values, and aspirations. The Career Center works in collaboration with the Office of Academic Advising, the Office of Engineering Advising, the Office of Pre-Professional Advising, and the Counseling Center to ensure the overall success of students in the career decision making process.
The Counseling Center is the primary source of psychological counseling for undergraduate and graduate students. Our staff is made up of licensed professional psychologists, consulting psychiatrists, and social workers. Services are also provided by advanced doctoral students in professional psychology who work under the supervision of senior staff. We facilitate the personal growth and development of Johns Hopkins students and foster a healthy, caring university community through individual and group counseling, as well as consultations and referrals. Additionally, a wide range of educational and support programs is designed to foster the development of students as healthy, thoughtful, responsible, respectful, and productive members of a diverse community who will be able to function at their full potential.
The Student Disability Services Office assists the University in compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for full-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. Staff members in the office promote an understanding of the effects of disabilities within the university community and work to eliminate physical, technical, attitudinal, and programmatic barriers that limit the range of opportunities available to students with disabilities.
Students interested in taking advantage of services offered by the Office of Student Disability Services are encouraged to contact us for information on our registration process. Registration is required for all students seeking specific acadamic accommodations at the university. To register, students must submit valid documentation of their disability for review by the University's ADA Coordinator. The ADA Coordinator determines whether accommodations are due and in what form. Documentation guidelines can be found on our Web site. All information shared with the Office of Student Disability Services is kept strictly confidential in accordance with ADA and FERPA regulations.
The Office of Academic Support provides free academic assistance throughout the academic year for all undergraduates in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. Support is offered through four programs designed to enhance academic achievement: the Learning Den tutoring program, the Study Consulting program, the Academic Cohort Mentoring Program (ACMP), and the Peer-Led Team Learning (PILOT) program.
Johns Hopkins is committed to providing support for students interested in applying for nationally competitive fellowships. The National Fellowships & Scholarships Program coordinates nearly twenty prestigious external awards that fund undergraduate study (such as the Goldwater and Udall Scholarships) and post-baccalaureate study/research (such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Churchill). Students are advised on how to identify which fellowships fit their particular interests and abilities, supported through the application process, and guided toward composing their strongest, most compelling applications. During the first or second year, students should attend a general information session in the spring semester. For a schedule of the information sessions and more details on scholarships, visit their website.
The Office of Study Abroad promotes, supports and develops international programs designed to complement the Hopkins curriculum, foster intercultural competencies, and encourage students to reflect on their roles as world citizens. Toward that end, the Office of Study Abroad provides students with information on study abroad programs and scholarships for international study. We also collaborate with students' majors and minors on academic advising for courses taken at universities abroad. The Office of Study Abroad facilitates transfer of credit toward the Hopkins degree, portability of financial aid, and emergency support for Hopkins undergraduates overseas.