Wednesday, February 17, 2016

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your SAIS Class Visit

By February, many of us like to think the hard part of the admissions process is over. But in actuality, the most challenging part is just beginning. Soon admissions decision letters will begin filling your inbox, and you’ll be faced with the challenge of deciding which program to choose. One way to make your decision a bit easier is to experience the academic life at your top school firsthand.

Johns Hopkins SAIS is offering spring class visits now through April. Applicants, prospective students, and admitted students are invited to attend a class of their choosing. Search the class visit calendar to see what classes are available, register at least one week in advance, and review some of the tips below.

1. Prepare: Make a list of questions you want to ask, or topics you want to discuss with the people you’ll meet on the day of your visit. If the program coordinator sends you any classes materials in advance, make sure to read the materials and do a little research on the course topic to help put things into context for you.

2. Attend Admissions Open Office Hours: The Admissions Office is open for walk-in visits Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm. You can speak with an admissions officer or a current student.

3. Meet with a Current Student: While on campus, you might be interested in meeting with a student who was once in your shoes. If you would like to meet with a current student, email

4. Attend a Campus Event: Another thing to do your during visit is to attend one of our many on-campus events. While some events are limited to current SAIS students and/or alumni, many are open to the general public. To view upcoming events that you can attend, follow our “This Week at SAIS” blog series.

5. Meet with a Program Coordinator: Make an appointment to meet with the Program Coordinator of your intended concentration to discuss the program opportunities and highlights—including activities, courses, and trips—in more detail.

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