Friday and Saturday
Who makes the best pizza in Baltimore? What's the fastest route from Charles Village to Fell's Point? When someone asks if I want to go "downy o-shun," what the heck are they proposing?
Twenty-one members of the class of 2009 at The Johns Hopkins University should be able to answer these and many more Bawlmer-related queries for their classmates who are unfamiliar with Charm City. The 21 students with a hometown advantage are the first group of Baltimore Scholars, Baltimore City public schools graduates accepted into the university's undergraduate programs who have received full- tuition scholarships through the new initiative.
The Baltimore Scholars are among the 1,163 incoming freshmen who will be arriving at the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 and 3, in anticipation of the university's 130th academic year beginning Thursday, Sept. 8.
A parade of SUVs, minivans and family cars stuffed with the usual back-to-campus staples will roll onto campus by around 8:30 each morning, forming a caravan along the red brick pathways. Continuing their tradition, President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy, will cruise among the various residence halls on their scooters, meeting and greeting parents and students.
The hard part for parents — with the exception of having to say goodbye — will be over once their wheels hit Homewood: Everything from books to bedspreads will be moved into the residence halls by a volunteer brigade of upperclassmen. In the Glass Pavilion, faculty members will mingle over coffee and doughnuts with parents who have wisely left the lifting to the kids.
The rest of Baltimore will have a chance to meet the class of 2009 when the students venture off campus for INVOLVED, a day of service, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The freshmen will be dispatched to approximately 20 Baltimore locales to participate in volunteer projects with local groups. Plans include a clean-up project coordinated by Civic Works at Leakin Park; assembling furniture and beautifying the grounds at Barclay Elementary School; and sorting clothes, organizing a store room and cooking a meal at Helping Up Mission. With many sites throughout the city, this event would be a great opportunity for the media to speak with students as they learn about Baltimore and meet people working to make it better. Contact Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960 for the complete list of locations and contact information for student organizers and their advisors.
Some facts and figures (as of Aug. 26, 2005)
Total Homewood campus freshman enrollment: 1,163
Number of freshman applicants: 11,314
Number admitted: 3,909
For enrolling students:
Minority students: 13%
International students: 7%
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 761 students
Whiting School of Engineering: 402 students
Early Decision: 31 percent (368 students)
Top 10 states: Maryland, New Jersey, New York, California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut
Median SAT I score: 1,400
Median high school class rank: 95th percentile
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