New Student Checklist
Welcome to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs. The intent of this web based New Student Orientation is to welcome you to the AAP community and guide you through administrative steps that will enhance your experiences as an AAP student.
New Student Checklist
Whether you plan to take courses at our Washington DC campus, at the Homewood Campus, at the Montgomery County Campus, or online, please check that you have completed the following important steps.
1. Activate your Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory (JHED) log-in.
Twenty four 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. For step-by-step instructions to activate your JHED Log in visit our tutorial.
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.
All students can register for Advanced Academic Programs courses conveniently online. For step-by-step instructions on registering for class, 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.
Semester course schedules are located online.
Make sure to review the academic calendar, which indicates registration dates, deadlines, semester start and end dates, and other useful calendar information. If you plan to take your first online course, we recommend you complete our online survey assessment to help evaluate your level of preparedness. For more information on online courses, click here.
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
5. Look for your J-Card in the mail two to three weeks after you register for your first class.
The J-Card is the University Identification card and also serves as a library card. With your J-card you can check out library books and add monies to the card to print from computer workstations in the library and the computer lab. NOTE: If you would like your J-Card to display your photo, you will need to have your photo taken for your J-Card at the Office ID Card services at Homewood Campus, Baltimore. For more information about J-Card or replacing a lost/damaged J-Card, visit the ID Card Services website.
6. Visit the Library Website.
To connect to library databases from home or from a remote computer, you will only need your JHED ID and password. An alternative method for connecting to resources is to use JHConnect. For instructions please visit the Library Services’ instructions on connecting from off-campus. Click here to visit the Johns Hopkins University library website. Also, with your JHED ID and password, through the Library’s online catalog, you can place online requests for library books and DVD’s and have those materials delivered to the campus closest to you. You can also log in with your JHED ID and password to view your library account and to renew items.
7. Purchase your textbooks.
Advanced Academic Programs is serviced by a virtual bookstore, MBS Direct. MBS Direct provides textbook information for students taking courses at all AAP onsite locations and online. The online bookstore offers competitive pricing, new and used books, and buy backs from their large distribution center.
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.
Textbook information can be found at Advanced Academic Program’s online bookstore, MBS Direct. The bookstore offers competitive pricing, new and used books, and buy backs from their large distribution center. MBS Direct opens 4 weeks prior to the start of each semester/term. Textbooks should be purchased and in hand prior to the first day of class, for both on-site and online courses.
8. Read the Code of Conduct, which includes a notice on plagiarism.
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 check-in with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) You may do this in person or online. Directions to their Baltimore Homewood office.
Look at the AAP International Students page for information on housing resources and medical insurance.
10. Have questions?
See what other students have asked in Frequently Asked Questions. Also check the contact info web page for your specific academic program to obtain contact information for the associate program chair and advisors in your program.
11. Learn about Student Services and Other Resources:
- Disability Services
- Career Services
- Library Services
- Housing Resources
- Student Health Insurance
- Financial Aid