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Watch a video overview of the 2011 Homewood Overnight programs »

Students in their final years of high school have much more on their minds than prom, pep rallies, and pop quizzes. There are also standardized tests, college visits, application essays, and admissions interviews to think about, all while wading through a seemingly endless sea of information to determine which college is the best fit.

Johns Hopkins tries to make the college search a little easier for high school juniors and seniors with its annual Overnight programs, which give prospective students a chance to learn more about the university and have some fun in the process.

Overnight visitors arriving at the Homewood campus on a recent Friday afternoon were greeted by a 30-foot tall inflatable Blue Jay flashing a wide smile and two very big thumbs up. The guests were treated to a cookout-style dinner at Mason Hall, raced across campus during an "Amazing Race"-style competition, and concluded the night by watching a movie. They spent the night with volunteer host students in the residence halls, then attended an Open House the following day.

Most importantly, the would-be Johns Hopkins undergraduates had the opportunity to explore the Homewood campus and interact with those who know the university best—its faculty, staff, and students.

"The Overnight and Open House programs are really about introducing prospective students to our campus and community in a welcoming environment," says Cheryl Vicente, Event Planner for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. "We provide all of the resources for them to connect with current students during the Overnight program, and our Open Houses allow them to learn more about academics, admissions, and campus services."

For many prospective students, a campus visit is an important component of their college search, particularly with application deadlines looming—the Johns Hopkins Early Decision deadline was Nov. 1, and Regular Decision applications are due Jan. 1. The hope is that the visiting students leave with a better sense of what Johns Hopkins has to offer both academically and socially—and that they had some fun finding out.

The Overnight and Open House programs are the culmination of a busy fall filled with events for prospective students on the Homewood campus, including special engineering tours, weekday overnight visits, and Saturday visits. Daily information sessions and campus tours are also available throughout the calendar year, and there are more than 60 recruiting events held annually across the country. For more information, visit apply.jhu.edu.

Video filmed and produced by Johns Hopkins students Jacqueline Morea, William Mason, and Peter Bai.

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