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Pre-College Celebrating 25 years from 1987 to 2012

  • 1987

    First in Class

    JHU launches its first year of Pre-College Summer Programs. There were 44 total students, who attended one of three courses offered that first year.

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  • 1990

    DNA Mapping

    Johns Hopkins establishes the Genome Database, which becomes the repository for data from worldwide research. Today’s Discover Hopkins: Bioethics’ students will delve deep into the challenges of genetic testing.

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  • 1991

    Five Years and Going on Strong

    Always time for a little review before class. Pre-College students began studying alongside Hopkins undergraduates and chose from a variety of courses, among 16 departments.

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  • 1993

    Future Nobel Prize Recipients?

    Einstein watches over students discussing class work in their dorm room. Thirty-six Hopkins graduates or faculty have received the Nobel Prize.

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  • 1994

    Guten Tag!

    Pre-College receives its first class of German students, recipients of scholarship awards from Bildung & Begabung, one of Germany’s Gifted and Talented Associations. Today, students hail from over 25 countries.

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  • 1996

    New Kids on the Block

    Over 50% of this year’s Pre-College students were from the New York and New Jersey area.

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  • 1997

    “A” Decade

    Just 10 years after the first Pre-College class, enrollment hits 325, and 290 students earn A's in their summer courses!

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  • 1998

    Always a "Cell Out"

    Since its launch in 1992, Biological Molecules rapidly becomes the most popular course in Summer Programs, and continues to be one of the longest running classes to date.

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  • 1999

    Economic Inventions

    Hopkins researchers receive 56 patents and file for an additional 199. These inventions generate fourteen new companies in Maryland.

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  • 2000

    Home Sweet Homewood

    With input of hundreds of people and a year’s work of renovations, a new master plan for Homewood is adopted. This results in a safer, more functional environment, with 24 acres of open space in the heart of campus.

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  • 2001

    Access to World Class Art

    Just around the corner from campus, students enjoy the contemporary sculpture garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). The BMA’s renowned collection includes the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.

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  • 2002

    Technology of the Times

    Students using state of the art computer labs in 2002. Homewood’s Hodson Hall opens and its wireless capabilities in every room set the standards for future universities.

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  • 2003

    Full Speed Ahead

    Pre-College students were at the helm—navigating, anchoring and reefing the Chesapeake in our first sailing program.

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  • 2004

    8 Great Natives

    Baltimore Summer Scholars is launched, awarding 8 Baltimore City students full scholarships to attend Pre-College.

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  • 2005

    Summer Programs Hosts a Dynamite Guest Appearance

    Actor Dietrich Bader arrives for a showing of Napoleon Dynamite, at the premiere of Hopkins Summer Outdoor Films Series. Bader, who starred as fitness crazed Rex, kindly signs autographs.

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  • 2006

    Discover Hopkins

    The Discover Hopkins program launches, designed to expose students to topics from different perspectives. This first class toured The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, Maryland.

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  • 2007

    All Decked Out

    The university completes the Decker Quadrangle, the largest construction project on the Homewood campus since the Wyman and Keyser quads were built.

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  • 2009

    Duff’s Band Takes the Cake

    Charm City’s own Food Network Star and Chef, Duff Goldman performs with his indie rock band soihadto live before a screening of Dark Knight, all hosted as a free event by the Summer Programs Outdoor Films Series.

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  • 2010

    Got Talent?

    Summer Program students share some of their musical talent. Many students bring their musical instruments, which come in handy for the Pre-College Talent Show.

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  • 2011


    “[It was] the best lecture I’ve ever given in my life, because of the ‘demonstration’ in its last few minutes this morning: we all went down to the Auditorium and witnessed the last launch, ever, of the Space Shuttle.” - Dr. Richard C. Henry

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  • 2012

    25th Anniversary!

    Summer Programs celebrates 25 years of academic exploration for pre-college students. There are currently over 150 courses and two different programs now being offered this summer!

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  • What's Next?

    For 25 years, Summer Programs has provided an educational experience through an array of courses taught by distinguished faculty that will foster research and prepare students for their future. Be part of the next class to Do More—Achieve More!

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Featured Alumni

Kurt Herzer


College: Johns Hopkins University
Major: Public Health Career
Path: MD-PhD Student

Summer Class of 2004, 2005

During his time in Summer University, Kurt Herzer enjoyed being away from home and exploring the city of Baltimore. He even remembers a few occasions where he was “out past curfew, got lost and had to get picked up.” Although he had a lot of fun on his nights out, he took his classes seriously and states, “I even used some of the material and notes I took in Dr. Ketchum’s Biological Molecules course in med school.”

Kurt is currently an MD-PhD student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.



Whether you attended our Summer Programs just last year, or were part of the original class of 1987, we would love to hear from our alumni! Take our brief survey below and share stories, accomplishments and insights, and inspire the next future class of Summer Programs here at Hopkins.

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This Summer It’s Time to THINK BIG!

Join us this summer as Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, gives a presentation on his career as a surgeon, and his philosophies on life and success. Dr. Carson holds more than 50 honorary doctorate degrees and was named by CNN and TIME Magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. Dr. Carson shares his formula for personal success and his words to live by from his New York Times Bestseller THINK BIG.
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“Meeting people from all over the country and getting a taste of college life is what I remember most.” — Ashley, 2006