New Student Checklist

Welcome to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs.

To view the PowerPoint presentation from a recent on-site orientation, please click here.

1. Activate your Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory (JHED) log-in.

Forty eight hours after receiving your decision letter you will be emailed your JHED ID. JHED is a university-wide online directory of students, staff, and faculty. New students need to locate and activate their Log in ID.   The JHED ID and password gives admitted students access to a variety of JHU online resources, including online registration and online library services.  If you already have a JHED ID because you are a staff or faculty member at JHU, you will not receive an email.  For instructions on activating your JHED, go to this tutorial.

While activating your JHED log-in, first view your Profile.  Be certain to  check your Primary location.  It should reflect where you plan to take the majority of your classes.  Valid responses are Montgomery County Campus, Online, Washington DC Center or Homewood.

2. Set up your Johns Hopkins Outlook Live e-mail.

All AAP students are required to activate their Hopkins email address. All official communications from AAP and Johns Hopkins University will be sent to this address, including, but not limited to, class assignments, billing information and emergency notifications. For step-by-step instructions to activate your Outlook Live email and to learn to forward your JHU email to another address, visit the Johns Hopkins Information Technology tutorial.

3. Register for your first class. Please be sure to look at your academic program requirements on the program website before registering.

First, review your course options here. If you need help deciding on your first course, email your advisor. Your advisor is listed on your Admissions Decision letter.

When you’re ready to register for your first courses, use the Registration Wizard. (If you are a dual-degree student, you must register for courses offered outside of Advanced Academic Programs by using the registration form and faxing, mailing, or submitting it in person at our enrollment services office.)

For more information on online courses, click here.

Finally, PLEASE CHECK THE REFUND SCHEDULE.  Starting 8 days prior to the first class, you will not receive a full refund for any dropped courses.

4. Learn about your Financial Aid options.

Click here to learn about loans available to US citizens and eligible non-citizens through the FAFSA. Feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office to set up a consultation or ask individual questions: (410) 516-8028 or

5. Request your J-Card.

1) If you will be taking classes locally and require physical access to buildings on the Baltimore or Washington D.C. campuses, please visit jcardrequest to request your J-Card. Online students may also request a J-Card if they desire.

2) Obtain a J-Card with your photo by visiting the Baltimore office in person: Office of ID Card Services Johns Hopkins University 51 Garland Hall (located in the basement) 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218-2683, Tel: 410-516-5121 / Fax: 410-516-6494.

3) Obtain a J-Card with your photo by visiting the DC office in person: Office of ID Card Services, Johns Hopkins University, Room N418, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW (Nitze Building) from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Students must have a photo uploaded on their JHED profile before coming to room N418 for Jcard pickup.

To replace a lost/damaged J-Card, visit the ID Card Services here.

6. Visit the Library Website. Save this Library URL to your list of favorites for easy future reference.  Using your JHD ID and password, you will be able to access the library off-site, search for articles other electronic resources and place online requests for library books and DVDs. Please contact your librarians if you have any questions.

7. Purchase your textbooks.

Visit the MBS Direct online store to begin purchasing your textbooks.  The bookstore opens 4 weeks before the start of the semester/term. If your book is not listed at that time, no textbook information has been entered by the instructor. If that is the case, keep checking back as information is updated daily before the semester start. Orders can also be placed by phone 800-325-3252 or fax 800-499-0143.

Direct questions about your book order to the MBS customer service line at 800-325-3252.

8. Read the Academic Catalog and Code of Conduct, which includes a notice on plagiarism.

The Academic Catalog contains the academic policies under which you are held. The Code of Conduct (PDF format) effective June 2007. All students are responsible for knowing and adhering to university policies. Please click here for additional policy information.

9. International Students check-in with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

If you are an international student who has come to the U.S. on a JHU sponsored visa you must complete your visa paperwork with the Office of International Services (OIS). Their email address is

Look at the AAP International Students page for information on housing resources and medical insurance.

 10. If you are under 26 years old, you must send in a completed immunization form or immunization waiver form (if you meet the criteria for the waiver).

  • Immunization Form (for all students under the age of 26 unless you meet the waiver criteria – required before registering for first course)
  • Immunization Waiver Form (for students under the age of 26 who are in a fully online program and who do not live in the region surrounding Washington, DC)

Have questions?

See what other students have asked in Frequently Asked Questions. Also check the contact info web page for your specific academic program .

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