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Twenty-nine undergraduates displaced from New Orleans-based universities closed by Hurricane Katrina have been admitted to The Johns Hopkins University as visiting students for the fall semester. Of those students, 27 are undergraduates from Tulane University and two are from Xavier University; the university does not yet know how many of the students will accept the admission offer.
The students and their parents have been invited to the Homewood campus on Wednesday, Sept. 7, for a tour, followed by an informal luncheon. The students will then meet with academic advisers and register for courses. Fall classes in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering start on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Since the university does not have residence hall openings, priority admission has been given to applicants from the Baltimore area, who will be able to live at home. The admitted students are primarily from the Baltimore area, with a smaller number of the students from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Johns Hopkins' visiting students plan is a response to requests for assistance from New Orleans colleges and universities and from national higher education associations, such as the American Council on Education. In accordance with ACE guidelines, the students are admitted as one-semester visiting students and will return to their home institutions when they reopen. If a visiting student from a New Orleans university has already paid tuition to the home institution, he or she will not be charged tuition by Johns Hopkins. If he or she has not yet paid the home institution, Johns Hopkins will collect the home institution's tuition and remit it to that institution. Visiting students who need financial aid will receive help filling out and filing their federal forms and finding other alternatives for financing their Johns Hopkins semester.
Besides Arts and Sciences and Engineering, at least some of Johns Hopkins' six other schools are also expected to register visiting students from Katrina- closed universities during the fall. The university and Johns Hopkins Health System have already sent two medical teams to Mississippi and Louisiana and have another team ready to deploy. Two faculty members from the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the university's School of Professional Studies in Business and Education are organizing a mental health crisis response for children and families in southern Louisiana.
"As this is just the beginning of the trial for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, it is just the beginning of the Johns Hopkins response," said William R. Brody, president of the university.
For updated information about the university's response to the hurricane, visit webapps.jhu.edu/jhuniverse/today/katrina.cfm.
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