History

The Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876, with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. "What are we aiming at?" Gilman asked in his installation address. "The encouragement of research ... and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue and the society where they dwell."

The mission laid out by Gilman remains the university's mission today, summed up in the phrase "knowledge for the world," a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman's own words:

The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.

Gilman created a research university dedicated to advancing both students' knowledge and the state of human knowledge through research and scholarship. He believed that teaching and research are interdependent, that success in the one depends on success in the other. A modern university, he believed, must do both well. The realization of Gilman's philosophy at Johns Hopkins, and at other institutions that later attracted Johns Hopkins-trained scholars, revolutionized higher education in America, leading to the research university system as it exists today.

After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Eminent professors mentor top students in the arts and music, the humanities, the social and natural sciences, engineering, international studies, education, business, and the health professions. Those same faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 attracted to Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university.

The university has 10 divisions throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. Together, Johns Hopkins University and Health System are Maryland's largest employer and contribute more than $10 billion a year to the state's economy.

At Johns Hopkins, we make a difference-now and in the future. You'll find unparalleled resources and unique opportunities to contribute to our long-standing tradition of excellence and our world-renowned reputation.