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Date: Jan 2013

I’m not a big football fan, but it’s hard not to notice the hum of excitement in Baltimore this week.

Last Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens won a nail-biter of a game in overtime against the Denver Broncos.  Seemingly overnight, purple billboards appeared on Interstate 95 advising the New England team to “Bring It!” to this Sunday’s AFC Championship game.

The front page of The Baltimore Sun is covered in Ravens news, including the video of a fan’s over-the-top reaction to last week’s win that went viral on the Internet. The Sun has also provided an amusing pictorial comparison of Baltimore vs. Boston (we would strongly disagree with the one category The Sun awards to Boston).

The Sun should also have included a welcome sign category. I’m sure Under Armour’s “Welcome to Baltimore” sign, visible from southbound 95 and 895, would have won. It features a 3D image of Raven’s linebacker, Ray Lewis, roaring at cars about to enter the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels.  At night, his eyes glow purple.

And Ray Lewis’ eyes aren’t the only thing! At night, half the city’s skyline is lit with purple lights.

Today (and every Friday during football season) is purple Friday. In the grocery store, on the Hopkins’ shuttle and in our own office, it would be easier to count the people who are NOT wearing purple.

I find a city this crazy for its home team rather endearing.

That spirit is also contagious.

GO RAVENS!

Purple Friday

Purple Friday Shoes

Most of our doctoral deadlines have passed, but we have programs accepting applications throughout the spring.Deadline Alarm Clock

Know your program’s requirements, adhere to the deadline, APPLY EARLY and when in doubt, contact us!

Rapidly approaching application deadlines:

February 1, 2013

February 15, 2013

Questions? Visit How to Apply, review our FAQs, or email us admiss@jhsph.edu.

Construction in East BaltimoreIt's a gray, but busy day here in East Baltimore as the Bloomberg School hosts a Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America.

East Baltimore is home to our School. The Johns Hopkins campus here includes the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The past few years have seen a lot of change in our neighborhood and it’s exciting – not just for the University, but for the community we share this space with.

Recently, the Johns Hopkins Gazette published two articles on changes coming to East Baltimore.

The Changing Face of East Baltimore

New mixed-use neighborhood rises just north of university's medical campus

Northeast Market to get a Makeover

Johns Hopkins partners with Baltimore City and other stakeholders to revitalize a landmark public market

The projects are inspiring and make me proud to be part of a University that takes care of its neighbors.

Summer Slurpees at the new 7-Eleven are just an added bonus.

TheresaToday, I’d like you to meet another wonderful member of our staff:

Theresa Veatch

Admissions Coordinator

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    Baltimore also known as Smalltimore is my hometown; every time I turn a corner, I run into someone I know.
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    I live in historic Bolton Hill; walk to dinner on Charles Street then to the Lyric for a performance.
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    The Helmand on Charles Street   
  4. What do you like best about your job?
    I was included as “part of the team” during the pre-employment stages.
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins? (specifically, in Admissions Services)
    Since September 2012
  6. Favorite color?
    Sunshine Yellow; it's warm and bright
  7. Favorite sports team? 
    Refer to question number one then take two guesses… the Ravens and the O’s
  8. Hobbies/activities
    The great outdoors with my family. Hiking on snow covered trails. Boating. Camping. And shopping at thrift stores especially the Wise Penny on York Road; they often have brand new items at thrifty prices.
  9. What did you have for lunch today?
    Roast beef and Swiss cheese on toast, UTZ potato chips, a juicy nectarine and a snicker-doodle cookie. Okay. Okay. Three snicker-doodle cookies; they were so fresh and chewy, I couldn't resist.
  10. If you were to be locked all by yourself in E1002 for one week, with no electrical power, what is one thing you would bring with you?
    A book of Sudoku puzzles; they make the time fly.

Photo by Katherine Lin

Woman with computerYou've had a lot of questions! We spent quite a bit of last week answering email inquiries and I kept a tally of the questions asked.

Below are the top five questions from the first week of the new year.  I’ll answer them briefly now, provide links to additional information, and address each one in detail later this month.

  1. Have you received my transcripts/test scores/letter of recommendations?

We’re happy to check, but if your application is submitted, you can monitor its status by logging into your online application.

Also see “Welcoming the Flood” and “Our Process – Part 2: What Happens When I Click Submit?”

  1. Will you waive my TOEFL/IELTS scores?

Admissions will waive the English language proficiency test score required of international applicants if:

1) you completed a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. institution

2) you’re from a country listed on the quick reference list.

  1. Attached (to my email) are my transcripts/test scores/letter of recommendations.  Please add them to them my application.

Emailed attachments are considered unofficial. Many of our programs will not review an application unless the supporting materials are official.

  1. Can I add a fourth recommendation provider?

Absolutely! Admissions staff can add them on the administrative end.

After entering your first three providers, email admissions your fourth provider’s name, contact information, whether you will be waiving the right to view the letter, and whether the provider will be submitting on or offline.

  1. I attended a school outside the U.S.  Do I really need to submit a credentials evaluation? Can’t you just review my official transcript?

Regardless of your citizenship, language or home country, if you attended a post-secondary institution physically located outside the United States, you must have your academic records evaluated by an NACES-approved credential evaluation agency.

An official transcript from an international institution will not suffice.

I hope this helps!