Friday, April 7, 2017

Johns Hopkins SAIS Welcomes 2017's New Students During The Admitted Student Open House

Hundreds of newly admitted students gathered on campus
April 5 for the Admitted Student Open House
On Wednesday, April 5, Johns Hopkins SAIS welcomed hundreds of newly admitted applicants to the SAIS community during the annual Admitted Student Open House. Faculty, alumni, current students, and staff joined the new students for a day full of programming, which included information sessions, discussion panels, lunch with faculty, and an evening networking reception.

For our guests, the day began at 8:45 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast, followed by a welcome address keynoted by Dean Vali Nasr. In welcoming the new students, Nasr emphasized the need for globally-minded policymakers in today's increasingly complex world. "Who the policy makers are," he said, "is just as important as the policy we make."

Michael Vickers, SAIS alumnus and former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, joined Dean Vali Nasr on stage following the welcome address for a discussion and Q&A session on national defense and intelligence during the Obama Administration.

Michael Vickers and Vali Nasr discussed national defense during the Dean's Welcome
David Lampton moderated the faculty panel
After Dr. Vickers concluded the session, eight faculty took the stage to share why they chose Johns Hopkins SAIS, why they've stayed so long, and why they hope to see our newly admitted students in the Fall. Panelists included David Lampton, Eliot Cohen, Jessica Fanzo, Tanvi Nagpal, Jamie Marquez, Sarah Parkinson, and David Plummer.

At 12:30, guests broke to have lunch with faculty and students belonging to their intended areas of study before going on to participate in a variety of breakout sessions, which included panels on Financial Aid, Career Services, Diversity and Intersectionality, Academic Planning, and more.

To conclude the day, a panel of six alumni participated in an hour long discussion and Q&A session. Featured on the panel were Thy Ramia (MA'05, Booz Allen Hamilton), Brittany Minor (MA'11, RTI International), Margaux Fimbres (Certificate/MA'15/HNC'11, U.S. Department of Energy), Jeremy Reyes (MIPP'11, Leidos),  Zirra Banu (MA'15, World Bank Group), and Bruch Schulman (MA'98, NGP Energe Technology Partners). Afterward, the alumni panelists joined guests and current students for an evening reception.

Missed the Admitted Student Open House?

Attend April's virtual information sessions

We will host Virtual Information Sessions throughout April covering everything from Financial Aid to Career Services. Visit the admitted student portal (which can be accessed via your decision letter) for details. 

Speak with a current student

Email us at, letting us know you'd like to meet a current student. To expedite the process, include which degree program you have been admitted to and which concentration you are interested in pursuing.
Visit a class. The registration calendar can be accessed here. Attendees must register at least one week in advance.

Sit in on a class

Admitted Students can experience the quality of the school's students and professors by attending a class. Class visits are available during the academic year, September through May. To schedule a class visit, sign up via your MySAIS page.

View more pictures of the Admitted Student Open House here on our Facebook page.