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We are very pleased to welcome you as new graduate students to the Mechanical Engineering department at the Johns Hopkins University. We hope your time here will be stimulating, challenging, and rewarding. This page gives general info, helpful web links, and information on what to do when you arrive.
If you have not already done so, please follow the instructions that were sent in the “official” admission notification sent by the Graduate Admissions office.
If you did not yet receive that notification, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will help you.
Also, visit the Graduate Admissions “Newly Admitted” Students page for information on how to send your final transcripts (also called “final documents”), which are required as part of your admission package. You don’t have to send your final transcripts until your final semester is complete and final grades are added to the transcript.
We’re happy to help!
Academic Program Manager
230 Latrobe Hall
Senior Academic Program Coordinator
223 Latrobe Hall
Other contact people will include your advisor and the Mechanical Engineering administrative staff. We’re all happy to help.
International students whose native language is other than English are strongly encouraged to strengthen their English language skills, no matter how proficient they are currently. Taking the course 370.602 Accent Reduction will help.
If you feel that your English-language skills are strong enough to avoid taking these remedial courses, you are welcome to participate in English-language assessments by the English Language Program for International Teaching Assistants of the Language Teaching Center (LTC)
Visit the LTC in 523 Krieger Hall to take the English-language assessment listening test and interview. Contact the Center for Language Education to arrange an appointment.
If you pass the test, you may drop the Accent Reduction course and you will be eligible to act as a Teaching Assistant right away. If the examiner “recommends” or “requires” taking 370.602 Accent Reduction, then our department requires you to take the course.
If you must take 370.602 Accent Reduction but there is a conflict with another course on your schedule, you may delay taking the course but cannot be hired as a Teaching Assistant until you take and pass the remedial course.
Students joining us in the Spring semester can take the remedial courses that semester or can wait until the next available pre-scheduled sessions the next Fall.
In July, the Johns Hopkins Student Accounts office will post a bill for amounts due on your SIS record with payment instructions and due dates. Expect to see a discrepancy of what is posted on the SIS record and what is actually due in your case. This is because of system process deadline dates being slightly off.
If you see a discrepancy, don’t panic. By late-July to early-August (for new Fall students) or mid-January (for new Spring students), our department will post the expected financial aid for each student and the parts of the University systems involved in financial and billing will eventually catch up with each other – but sometimes not until late-August. The balance will be correctly adjusted before classes begin.
If you are being prevented from registering for courses, please contact Mike Bernard. Otherwise, please let the system complete their processes as inquiries to Mike or Kevin will not speed that process.
Select the tab that applies to you for additional financial aid information.
The University’s Off-Campus Housing office can help you find a home, give advice on securing a lease, and connect with potential roommates. Note that while there is no housing on campus for graduate students, there are many homes and apartments available within 3 km / 2 miles of campus.
Off-Campus Housing Listing Database: this normally requires your JHED ID but until that’s issued, you can request access as a “Guest.” Visit the Guest Registration page for instructions to request access.
The new Nine East 33rd building is also offering luxury accommodations and encourages you to take a look.
Our department does not endorse any specific living space, but we encourage you to explore all options within your price range.
Get a jump on getting connected at Hopkins!
In early June (Fall students) or early January (Spring students), the Registrar will send all enrolled new graduate students an e-mail that includes your JHED ID. The “Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory” (JHED) is an online directory of all students, faculty, staff, and other associates with Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and all related entities.
This e-mail will also provide you a JHU e-mail address and set-up instructions. Note that until your JHED ID is activated, you will not have access to these services.
Access to various buildings and offices will be granted in one of two ways:
Students will receive access to buildings and offices as needed.
We’re excited that you have arrived and can’t wait to meet you! Before we meet, there are things to do. Select the tab appropriate for you for instructions.
Contact Mike to arrange for a Hiring Paperwork meeting.
You will receive your pay on the 15th and the last day of the month, or the nearest business day before those dates if they fall on a weekend or holiday. You have the option of receiving a check or having your pay directly deposited.
Once you apply for Direct Deposit, your salary will be directly deposited. Before then, a paycheck will be issued to the Whiting School.
Visit the MechE Top 12 – Graduate web page and go to the “Employment on Campus” section for instructions on how to view your pay statements (also known as “pay stubs”).
The dates have been established for the 2019 orientations. Incoming Spring students will meet with Mike Bernard for an informal orientation.
Also, some orientations are moving to an online format. As arrangements are completed, they will be announced here.
Announcing the Great Mechanical Engineering Baltimore Tour!
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 – 2:40 p.m. through the evening
You are invited to join us for the annual Great Mechanical Engineering Baltimore Tour! All graduate students joining the department in Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 are welcome.The department will take you on a tour of different parts of the city, all on us.
With the size of our incoming graduate student class, we will do the tour in two groups.
We will board buses immediately after the MechE Department Orientation. This is the current schedule, though it might be adjusted slightly.
Please reply to the Doodle Poll by August 22 so we know if you will be joining us! We cannot guarantee you a place if you do not reply to the poll.