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Getting Started at Johns Hopkins this Summer

We are excited to have you join us here at Johns Hopkins University very soon!

As you embark on an unforgettable summer at Johns Hopkins, we think a critical part of this journey is an orientation to expectations for your academic and personal conduct at Johns Hopkins, as well as to the resources and opportunities that will help you make the most of your time at the university.

The program requires that you participate in an online orientation program. It is for commuter and residential students, pre-college and college students as well. There is a short assessment at the end which tests your understanding of our policies and services. The Online Orientation is an online class you will complete at your own pace. To access the Online Student Orientation course, please log into your Blackboard account. You must complete all sections and pass the final test at the end of the orientation in order to receive credit for this step. Average time for completion is about 30 minutes.

Tips for Viewing the Orientation via Blackboard

To Login:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the JHU Enterprise Authentication link
  3. Enter your JHED ID and PW
  4. Click on Johns Hopkins University Summer Programs on the left side of the menu under your organizations
  5. Click Course Materials on the left side of the menu
  6. Click “Johns Hopkins University Student Orientation”
  7. Be sure to complete the required assessment “Test your Knowledge”

Browsers: It is probably best to use Firefox version 3 or above when using Blackboard 9. Older browsers do not work with this version of Blackboard. If you encounter a problem, consider trying another browser to see if that fixes anything. Click here for more information about browsers.

Blackboard Help:

Online students 24/7 access to Help Desk support:

  • Call our toll free, 24/7 help desk at 855.593.0086
  • Email:
The program provides free shuttle service for pre-college program students (aged 18 and under) to and from the Thurgood Marshall Balitmore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

Our shuttle information page provides more information.

Visiting undergraduates (aged 18 and older) must secure their own transportation to and from the airport.

Residence Hall Check-In Information

McCoy Hall
McCoy Hall
For persons under the age of 18, which includes students in our pre-college/high school program(s), your residence hall is McCoy Hall.

Check-in at McCoy Hall between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Parents or drivers, drop off your student at McCoy Hall, and then proceed to park you car along either St. Paul St. or Charles St.; or if it is after 1:30 PM, in the University Baptist Church parking lot (which is located next to McCoy Hall). From there, you will be able to walk back to the dorm.

During residence hall check-in, you will receive an access card and room key. After check in, drop off your belongings, and settle in. Don't forget that there are campus tours at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.

McCoy Residence Hall
3401 N. Charles Street
(Entrance on 34th Street)
Baltimore, MD. 21218
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McCoy Hall Check-In11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.McCoy HallMap it
Campus Tours12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.McCoy HallMap it
(Students Only)
6:00 p.m.Fresh Food CafeMap it
Residence Hall Orientation7:00 p.m.TBA
View the McCoy Hall Information Sheet
For persons aged 18 and older, your residence hall will be Charles Commons.

Information about check-in and check-out will be provided by Charles Commons staff. For more information, contact the Homewood Conference & Events Services Office.

Check-in to Charles Commons from 12:00 – 4:00 PM on the check-in date(s). You will receive an access card and room key. You will receive an access card and room key. After students check-in, drop off your belongings. Once settled, proceed to pick up your JHED ID at McCoy Hall from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm. After 3:00 pm please pick up your J-Card in the McCoy Hall residential office.

Charles Commons summer staff will be on site to greet you and make sure you get settled in for your stay.  The front desk will be open 7am-12 midnight, seven days a week.

Charles Commons Residence Hall
3301 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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View the Charles Commons Information Sheet
One-Week SessionSummer InstituteSunday, June 21, 2020Saturday, June 27 2020
One-Week SessionSummer InstituteSunday, July 19, 2020Saturday, July 25, 2020
One-Week SessionSummer InstituteSunday, July 26, 2020Saturday, Aug 1, 2020
Two-Week Session ISummer Intensive
Summer Academy
Sunday, June 21, 2020Saturday, July 4, 2020
Two-Week Session IISummer Intensive
Summer Academy
Sunday, July 5, 2020Saturday, July 18, 2020
Two-Week Session IIISummer Intensive
Summer Academy
Sunday, July 19, 2020Saturday, Aug 1, 2020
Five-Week Session IISummer TermSunday, June 28, 2020Saturday, Aug 1, 2020
Between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, the Johns Hopkins University Office of Summer Programs will have a table set up at McCoy Hall for students checking-in and picking up their welcome folders. After 3:00 PM, students can pick up their welcome folders in the McCoy Hall residential office located on the first floor of McCoy Hall.
On check-in dates, the JHU Office of Undergraduate Admissions will offer campus tours at 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. Meet the tour group in front of McCoy Hall at these times.

A campus tour is not required, but it is a great way to get oriented to the campus, services, and great places to hang out.

Take a virtual tour now.
We will gather for a quick round of staff introductions and updates on program details in a Welcome Session. You'll learn more about program expectations and next steps. After the welcome session, program staff will assist you in finding your classroom locations.

Summer Intensive I
Summer Academy I
Summer Institute I
Sunday, June 213:00 - 4:00 p.m.Shriver Hall AuditoriumMap It
Summer Term IISunday, June 283:00 - 4:00 p.m.Shriver Hall AuditoriumMap It
Summer Intensive II
Summer Academy II
Summer Institute II
Sunday, July 53:00 - 4:00 p.m.Shriver Hall AuditoriumMap It
Summer Intensive III
Summer Academy III
Summer Institute III
Sunday, July 193:00 - 4:00 p.m.Shriver Hall AuditoriumMap It

What to Expect on the First Day

Course instructors will provide information about required reading and suggested, or secondary, readings, on their COURSE SYLLABUS. The syllabus is a document that gives students information on expectations for course conduct, grades, and attendance.

The course syllabus is typically distributed to the class on the first day. Instructors may also publish the syllabus, along with other course materials, on the course website published at Blackboard.
Typically, course instructors do not expect that you will show up with information about class readings in hand, or having started on the course early by reading ahead.

Occasionally, instructors may use email or the course website to alert students to any necessary pre-class reading. If you haven't received that communication, then the instructor does not have expectations.
The official bookstore of the university, the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Johns Hopkins University, is your source for textbooks, class reading packs, Hopkins gear, and much, much more!

Located at the corner of 33rd Street & St. Paul, the JHU bookstore is just a walk around the corner from McCoy Hall. It house in the Charles Commons Residence Hall.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Johns Hopkins University
3300 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Use the Student Information System (SIS) to view your course registration information. You will need to logon with your JHED ID and password. Follow directions to view your current class schedule.
If your name does not appear on the instructor's course roster, this means that you are not officially enrolled. Staff can help, but you do need to take quick action.
  1. Let the instructor know you are in the class. He or she will note your attendance, and ask that you correct your enrollment quickly.
  2. Phone or email the Office of Summer Programs and ask for assistance in resolving your enrollment problem. Staff will research and/or fix the problem.
Help is on the way!

Here is an interactive campus map. Select the building you want to find, which will open a Google Map. You can enter where you are, and instructions will be delivered so that you can get to where you want to be.

If you still can't find your target location, call the Office of Summer Programs (410.516.4548). We'll talk you through directions or send someone to you to help.
Directions to the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, an interactive map of campus, and a printable map sheet, is available for your use. Click here for more information.  


If a problem should arise on your move-in day, please call the Residential Program Office at 410-516-3887. You can send an email to