Wednesday at Hopkins

Join us on Wednesday, September 20, at our Homewood campus!

NACAC’s annual conference is one of the best opportunities for professionals to learn the latest trends and network with colleagues in the field of higher education. Ahead of this year’s conference in our hometown of Baltimore, we invite you to arrive early to attend Wednesday at Hopkins.

Designed specifically for secondary school, community-based organization, and college counseling professionals, you’ll learn about the undergraduate student experience at Hopkins and gain additional tools for supporting your students in the admissions and financial aid processes.

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Wednesday at Hopkins runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. We encourage you to attend as many sessions as your schedule allows. Some offerings will be recurring throughout the day.

Shuttle Information

A free shuttle will be running between the Baltimore Convention Center and our Homewood campus. Hopkins shuttles will depart from the Baltimore Convention Center every half hour from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations

Baltimore Convention Center: Charles Street Lobby Entrance
Homewood campus: Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being

*Please note that all locations are subject to change.

Welcome Lounge⏰ 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being

Our Welcome Lounge will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for any downtime you may need throughout the day. It will also be home to registration, all-day shuttles between the Baltimore Convention Center and our campus, coffee & refreshments, phone charging stations, and opportunities to chat with students and members of the Hopkins community.
Breakfast⏰ 7 to 9 a.m.
📍 Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being
Campus Tour: A Day in the Life of a Hopkins Student⏰ 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.*
📍 Departs from Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being

On this special campus tour, a student guide will take you through Homewood based on their individual experiences—where they hang out, where they meet for their clubs, etc. You’ll get the most authentic look at what it’s like to live at Hopkins.

 *Tours begin every hour on the hour. The last tour will depart at 5 p.m.
Who We Are and How We Make the Match⏰ 9 a.m. | 11 a.m. | 2 p.m. | 4 p.m.
Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being – Multipurpose Room

Freedom to pursue interests. The open exchange of diverse perspectives. Investment in the potential of our students. This is what defines the Hopkins experience and how we make it possible for our students to create knowledge for the world. Hear from admissions leadership about recent institutional investments, exciting developments in our community, and how we identify the students who thrive here.
Putting Students First: Building a Student-Centered College Experience⏰ 9 a.m. | 1 p.m.
Shriver Hall Auditorium

As the world evolves, so do we. Learn about the investments we’ve made in the undergraduate experience, our commitment to building a diverse community, and what this looks Like in practice. Some of the topics we’ll discuss include our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, our First-Generation and/or Limited-Income Network, and our roadmap for a re-envisioned Hopkins undergraduate education.
Student Panel: Building Community and Embracing the City We Call Home⏰ 10 a.m. | 2 p.m.
📍 Shriver Hall Auditorium

To know us is to know our students. Hear from current Blue Jays about what they do when they’re not in class—how they find community, get involved on campus, and engage with the city of Baltimore.
Understanding Financial Aid: Helping Students Plan for College Expenses⏰ 10 a.m. | 1 p.m
📍 Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall

Financial aid can sometimes feel overwhelming to students, and we’re here to make the process as clear as possible. We’ll go over how to support your students through the financial aid application process and our commitment to affordability through our 100% need met, no loan, and need-blind financial aid program. Using a specific case study, we’ll share how we determine financial aid offers. This session will also include changes from the FAFSA Simplification Act and what they mean for your students.
Building Your Game Plan: Recruitment and the Athletic Experience⏰ 11 a.m.
📍 Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall 

Our Blue Jays compete in Division I Lacrosse and a top-ranked Division III program in 22 additional varsity sports. If your student is considering a varsity sport at a school like Hopkins, it’s important they prepare for excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Join our athletics leadership as they discuss the recruitment process, how students can build a strong academic profile, and how our students learn to balance the demands of competitive athletics with their studies. This session will also feature student perspectives about life as an athlete at Hopkins. 
Lunch OptionsOption 1: Food Trucks
⏰ 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
📍 Athletic Center Circle

Sample the flavors of Baltimore through food trucks from local vendors.

Option 2: Join a Jay for Lunch
⏰ 11 a.m. | 12 p.m. | 1 p.m.
📍 Hopkins Café or Nolan’s on 33rd

Grab lunch at one of our dining halls with a current student. These are small-group opportunities where you can have more casual conversations about the student experience and get a taste of Hopkins dining at one of our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, Hopkins Café and Nolan’s on 33rd.
Peabody Double Degree: Combining a Top Research Program with a World-Class Conservatory⏰ 12 p.m.
📍 Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall

The Peabody Double Degree is a unique opportunity for students to combine learning at the nation’s top research university with a world-class conservatory offering programs in areas including music, dance, and recording arts. Learn how these students can become full-time degree seekers at both the Peabody Institute and our Homewood schools. We’ll go over the admission requirements and how Peabody Double Degree differs from other degree programs.
WORKSHOP—Putting Achievements in Context: The Role of Letters of Recommendation in a Highly Selective Process⏰ 2 p.m. | 3 p.m.
📍 Scott-Bates Commons

In this session, we share how letters of recommendation shape the discussions in the committee room and help us understand your student’s academic character, the impacts they made in your school community, and how they might thrive at Hopkins. You’ll also receive a brag sheet you can use to consolidate information about your students when writing for a large caseload.
WORKSHOP—Blue Jay Well-Being: Supporting the Entire Student Throughout Their 4 Years⏰ 2 p.m. | 3 p.m.
📍 Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall

College is just as much about personal growth as it is the academics. Our office of Health Promotion and Well-Being shares how we support our students in creating positive, long-term habits and behaviors. 
WORKSHOP—Life Design: A Modern, Integrative Learning Approach to Career Planning⏰ 3 p.m. | 4 p.m.
📍 Shriver Hall Auditorium

Our Life Design approach asks students to use what inspires them and test out steps to build the future they want. Learn how this modern approach to career planning helps our students create a fulfilling path forward. You’ll be able to use these takeaways to encourage your students to keep an open mind and explore more than one academic interest in their college search.
Off-Campus Field Trip: FastForward U⏰ 4 p.m.
📍 Departs from Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being

FastForward U works with students to turn their ideas—like sustainable fashion brands and life-saving medical devices—into investable businesses. Students have access to $500K+ startup funding, co-working spaces, and mentorship to make progress on their ventures. 
Off-Campus Field Trip: JHU-MICA Film Centre⏰ 4 p.m.
📍 Departs from Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being

Home to our Film & Media Studies major, the JHU-MICA Film Centre gives students access to state-of-the-art production facilities, including a green room sound stage, screening room, and rentable film equipment. Our graduates have gone on to be nominated for Academy Awards and write for hit shows like Ted Lasso.  

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