Johns Hopkins’ commitment to the undergraduate experience both in and out of the classroom was one of the key goals established by the Ten by Twenty. Since the report was first unveiled in 2013, the university has improved the quality of its undergraduate experience in a number of ways. Academically, undergraduates now have more opportunities to engage with their professors, thanks to smaller classes—nearly three-quarters of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students—and more engagement with world-class interdisciplinary scholars. This engagement spills out into research labs, too: Nearly two-thirds of Hopkins undergraduates now partner with faculty to conduct hands-on research in a variety of disciplines, often with funding support.
These improvements have been recognized by an array of external metrics. In U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s best colleges and universities, Johns Hopkins has risen from No. 12 in 2013 to No. 10 in the 2017 rankings, released in September 2016. The university has also been recognized as a top U.S. undergraduate destination in global university rankings, and has been highlighted for its focus on research and overall academic excellence. This progress is strong, but we are aiming higher still and will continue to strengthen undergraduate academics and student life.