Join fellow STEM-loving students from across the country and around the globe to preview life as a JHU engineering student at our beautiful Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland! Whether you take Explore Engineering Innovation (EEI), Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE), or participate in the Biomedical Engineering Department’s ISPEED summer program, Hopkins will help you prepare for college through an immersive four-week summer experience.
Dates and Times
July 1 – 26, 2024 (no class on July 4)
Students will check-in for the residential program on Sunday, June 30 and will be free to leave the afternoon of Friday, July 26. Students who are not able to book travel for Friday, July 26 may stay until Saturday, July 27, but must check out of the residence hall by 9 a.m.
You will be in class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with a 45- to 60-minute break for lunch. Many weekdays you will have the opportunity to attend special lectures from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. where you can learn about cutting-edge research from the talented JHU faculty and graduate students doing this work.
EEI and SEE Academics
Below is information for Explore Engineering Innovation and Sustainable Energy Engineering students. If you are an ISPEED student, please visit their website for more information.
Your instructors receive JHU faculty appointments to teach your course. They typically have a PhD and teach college-level courses. Local high school teachers, university graduate students, and former EEI students also assist with the classes serving as teaching fellows and teaching assistants.
Your class will have between 18 and 24 students, with whom you will work closely in teams of up to four to complete engineering projects. Each course has a 12:1 or less student to teacher ratio.
EEI, SEE, and ISPEED - Planning Your Arrival and Departure
Please be prepared to participate in the entirety of the program, from check-in day on June 30, 2024, to check-out day on July 26 (for most students) or July 27, 2024.
Travel to Campus
Explore Engineering Innovation families will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
ISPEED students will work with a JHU approved travel agent to schedule their travel. Please do not make your own travel plans because ISPEED is unable to reimburse those expenses.
Drivers should drop their student and luggage off at Scott-Bates Commons located at 3301 North Charles Street at the intersection with 33rd Street. Parent(s)/guardian(s) should then park their cars and return to Scott-Bates Commons. There are metered parking spaces near campus on North Charles Street, East 33rd Street, and St. Paul Street and a covered parking deck (South Garage) at 3101 Wyman Park Drive (near Shriver Hall where orientation sessions and program check-in will occur). Please use the entrance to Scott-Bates Commons on North Charles Street.
All students arriving by car must complete the Student Travel Plans Form, one of the online enrollment forms available through the application portal, with their anticipated arrival time and a cell phone number. If there are travel delays, or a student will be arriving later than expected, please call our office at 443-927-1986.
We will provide free transportation from Baltimore Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station) to campus starting at 9:00 a.m. on check-in day, Sunday, June 30. Students who indicate that they plan to arrive by train will be provided with additional information about meeting the shuttle closer to arrival. Regularly scheduled shuttles will continue until 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 p.m., shuttles will run less frequently.
Please do not book trains for students as an Unaccompanied Minor. Students will be met at the train station, but we cannot provide the name of the specific staff member who will meet a student in advance.
Due to liability issues, only students and staff may ride in the shuttles. If parent(s)/guardian(s) or other family members accompany students on the train, they will have to arrange their own ground transportation.
All students arriving by train must complete the Student Travel Plans Form, one of the online enrollment forms available through the application portal, with their train information, confirmation number, and a cell phone number. If there are travel delays, or a student will be arriving later than expected, please call our office at 443-927-1986.
We will provide free transportation from Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport to campus starting at 9:00 a.m. on check-in day, Sunday, June 30. To ensure that you are on campus in time to attend orientation with the Summer Discovery residential staff, we encourage you to schedule a flight that arrives at BWI by 1:00 p.m. If you arrive before 9:00 a.m., you will wait at the airport for the first shuttle.
Students will meet the shuttles near Baggage Claim #7. When you arrive at Baggage Claim #7 residential staff will meet you and assist you in getting to the shuttle. Look for staff wearing Johns Hopkins t-shirts. Regularly scheduled shuttles will continue until 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 p.m., shuttles will run less frequently.
Please do not book flights for students as an Unaccompanied Minor. Students will be met at the airport, but we cannot provide the name of the specific staff member who will meet a student in advance.
Please note that students flying to Dulles International Airport or Reagan National Airport will need to make their own arrangements for ground transportation; we will not provide shuttles to/from Dulles or Reagan.
Due to liability issues, only students and staff may ride in the shuttles. If parents or other family members accompany students on their flight, they will have to arrange their own ground transportation.
All students arriving by plane must complete the Student Travel Plans Form, one of the online enrollment forms available through the application portal, with their flight information, confirmation number, and a cell phone number. If there are flight delays, or a student will be arriving later than expected, please call our office at 443-927-1986
All Homewood Residential students are required to attend Check-In and Orientation on June 30. Specific instructions for Check-In Day and arrival to campus will be sent closer to the start of the program.
At Check-In, you will receive your room and roommate assignment, dorm access card, Student ID card (aka J-Card), dining swipe card, a campus map and directory, your class section number and class location. Staff from the Hopkins Engineering Innovation office and Summer Discovery will be there to help and answer questions.
Handbooks will be posted soon.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (first meal is dinner on move-in day)
- Room furnishings: XL twin bed, dresser, desk, chair
- Lanyard with meal card, JHED ID, and room key
- Program t-shirt, backpack, and water bottle
- Wireless internet
- Shower curtain in bathroom
- Trashcan in room
- Pillow and blanket
- All course materials and supplies
- Government-issued photo identification (ID) and valid travel documents (if traveling by plane or train)
- Your medical insurance card
- Cell phone and charging cord. The phone must have a US phone number. International students will be given a US SIM card; they will be responsible for all associated fees.
- Long pants, long sleeved shirt, and closed toe shoes for lab days
- Sheets and a pillowcase for Twin XL mattress (38 in x 80 in). These are not provided
- Towels and washcloths. These are not provided
- Basic Scientific Calculator
- Notebooks, pens, pencils
- Facemasks and hand sanitizer
- Passport (for international students)
- Prescription medication
- Laptop computer and charging cord, if you have one
- Shower shoes and necessary toiletries
- An umbrella
- Laundry bag and laundry detergent
- Clothes hangers
- Clip-on reading light, for reading in bed
- Alarm clock.
- Your own pillow, if you want (a pillow will be provided)
- A blanket, if you want (a lightweight blanket will be provided)
- Mattress pad
- Your camera!
- Cash for souvenirs (~$50/week)
- Bathing suit and beach towel for trips & on campus activities
- Tape, ruler, scissors, flash drive
- Frisbee or other sports equipment
- Electric heater, toaster oven, hot plate, electric grill or skillet
- Any items with exposed heating elements, candles, or incense
- Firearms, ammunition, any weapons, bows, guns, BB guns, slingshots, launching devices, knives
- Alcohol and narcotics
- Cigarettes, Juuls, vaporizers, or any form of tobacco
- Expensive jewelry and other valuables
Final day of class and residential check-out day: Friday, July 26, 2024, for most students. All students must check-out of the residence hall by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2024.
All EEI students, your final day of class is Friday, July 26, 2024. On this day, you will participate in the Spaghetti Bridge Ceremony from 9:00 a.m. until approximately noon followed by a luncheon. Depending upon the pandemic situation, your parent(s)/guardian(s), other family members, and guests may attend both the ceremony and the luncheon. We plan to offer live-streaming and/or a recording of this event to families who are not able to attend in-person.
All SEE students will complete their program by noon on Friday, July 26.
Students participating in ISPEED in BME should see the department page for more information.
If the local pandemic conditions will allow, an informal lunch will be available to you and your guests immediately following the ceremony. An email to RSVP will be sent in early July.
Students leaving by car can depart any time after the ceremony on July 26th. If a non-parent/guardian will be picking up the student, the parent/guardian will need to complete a form giving us the name and contact information for the adult who will be responsible for the student.
Students leaving by train should schedule their train for 4:00 p.m. or later on July 26th. We will provide free shuttles to Penn Station only. Students who are not able to schedule a train on July 26th should make arrangements with the Engineering Innovation office ([email protected]) before arrival to be able to remain in the dorm that night. All students must check out of the dorm by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27th and will be transported to the train station by 10:00 a.m.
Students leaving by airplane should schedule their flight for 4:00 p.m. or later on July 26th. We will provide free shuttles to BWI airport only. Students who are not able to schedule a flight on July 26th should make arrangements with the Engineering Innovation office ([email protected]) before arrival to be able to remain in the dorm that night. All students must check out of the dorm by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27th and will be transported to BWI airport by 10:00 a.m.
Students departing from an airport other than BWI must make their own arrangements for ground transportation.
EEI, SEE, and ISPEED Student Life
As a residential student, you will live on campus in JHU’s conveniently located residence hall Scott-Bates Commons. Our high-quality dorms will meet all your needs including in-suite refrigerator and bathrooms, laundry rooms, central A/C, common areas to socialize, and more. You will be just a few blocks from the academic facilities, dining halls, campus cafes, recreation center, and student wellness center—all of which you have access to as a residential student!
The residential portion of your program is run by Summer Discovery. They provide live-in Residential Directors and Residential Coordinators (RCs) who will arrange a variety of supervised fun and enriching social activities for your evenings and weekends. We are carefully monitoring the pandemic, so evening and weekend activities are subject to change depending upon JHU requirements and local conditions. Saturday field trips may include a trip to Washington, DC, Hershey Park, and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Evening and Sunday activities may include shopping trips, movies, karaoke, and much more!
See the Buildings & Rates accordion titled Scott-Bates Commons to learn specific building details.
Making new friends is an important part of your experience, so specific suitemate requests cannot be accommodated. Suitemate assignments will be released at check-in day upon arrival to campus.
You will live with other high school students attending our program, generally two to four a suite. Each student will have their own room, but share a bathroom, kitchen, and living area with other Engineering Innovation students. Suitemates are assigned by the Summer Discovery residential staff. JHU housing practice is to assign students to rooms based on the gender you selected on the online application. Should this not meet your needs, please contact us when you submit your enrollment forms. EEI and SEE students please contact the EI Office at [email protected], and ISPEED students please contact the ISPEED office at [email protected].
All meals are included in your residential package, beginning with evening dinner on check-in day and ending with breakfast on check-out day. You’ll share any dietary allergies or restrictions when filling out your application forms.
Engineering Innovation and ISPEED Pre-College Programs will dine in the Nolan’s Café on 33rd, which is an all-you-care-to-eat café. Dining times are as follows, breakfast: 7:45 – 8:45 am, lunch: 11:45am-12:45pm, and dinner: 6-7pm.
In the residence halls, you will be supervised by a team consisting of Residential Directors and Residential Coordinators. Residential Directors and Counselors will supervise you during evening and weekend activities. You are not escorted to/from the dorm and class or the dining halls, library, or athletic center. You are free to walk the campus home area which includes the JHU campus and a few blocks of Charles and St. Paul’s Streets. You are not permitted to leave this home area .
Instructors and teaching staff will supervise you during class time.
Enjoy a good breakfast in Nolan’s Café on 33rd, served from 7:45 – 8:45 am. Class starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. There will be a break for lunch in which you can go to the campus cafeteria.
After class, you can attend optional lectures presented by engineering faculty and graduate students, use the campus athletic facilities, do homework, or relax. Dinner is available in in the campus cafeteria is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m; you can go anytime within that range.
After dinner, you can relax, do homework, or participate in activities organized by the Summer Discovery residential staff – take in a movie, enjoy some karaoke, have a good time playing games, and more.
On Saturdays, you will go on a field trip with the Summer Discovery residential staff. In past years, students have gone to the National Mall in Washington, DC, Hershey Park, the Udvar-Hazy Center, and local state parks.
Residential students are not permitted to bring a car to campus.
You will be busy making friends and enjoying the evening and weekend activities provided by the residential staff, so we encourage students to limit their time away from campus. If you need to spend time off campus, please contact our office at [email protected] or if you are an ISPEED student, [email protected] and we will send the appropriate form(s) for your parent(s)/guardian(s) to complete.
What is a J-Card? What is JCash?
You will be issued a J-Card upon arrival to campus. The J-Card gets you into residence halls, the library, academic buildings, and other campus facilities. It’s also as good as cash: You can store money on your J-Card and use it to buy food and other items on and off campus. Make copies, do laundry, buy a pizza: It’s accepted by local businesses in Charles Village.
J-Cash is a prepaid spending account attached to the J-Card. It’s accepted for purchases on campus at locations such as the campus bookstore and dining halls, as well as across campus for laundry, copying/printing, postage, and more. You can use it off-campus as well, at certain local businesses.
Health and Wellness
We recognize that health and wellness is an essential part of supporting our students, so we aim to provide important services to help.
The Ralph O’Connor Rec Center is located on the Homewood campus and has many facilities including a pool, fitness and weight rooms, and climbing wall. As part of your enrollment process, you will complete a general application to use these facilities and an additional application to use the climbing wall. These facilities have set aside specific hours for our pre-college students, we will share this information with you upon your arrival on campus.
While enrolled in a JHU course, you will have access to the Student Health and Wellness Center, This center is located just off-campus so pre-college students will be escorted to the facility by an adult, typically a member of the Engineering Innovation office staff or someone from their instructional staff. The Student Health and Wellness Center is not available 24 hours a day. Students who need more immediate health care will be taken to Union Memorial Hospital which is located just off campus.
Residential life lets you
Build friendships, while exploring new places.
Learn what life is like living on a college campus.
The Brody Learning Commons study areas offer you places to study and books to consult or borrow. You can easily print, copy, and scan documents.
Utilize our 3,400-square-foot space featuring panoramic windows and fitness, weight and jungle gym equipment.