Founded in 1876 with a $7 million bequest from its namesake, The Johns Hopkins University established its reputation from the beginning by molding itself in the image of a European research institution. While renowned for its School of Medicine, the private university offers 50 majors and 40 minors spanning fields of study including arts and sciences, business, and international studies. 2010 fall enrollment was just about 7,000 students. Johns Hopkins, has about a half-dozen campuses in Maryland and Washington, DC, as well as international facilities in China and Italy. The student-teacher ratio is 12:1. The affiliated Johns Hopkins Health System provides health care from its three Baltimore-area hospitals.
The Johns Hopkins University opened its Carey Business School a few years ago with $100 million, $50 million of which came from trustee emeritus William Polk Carey, chairman of W. P. Carey & Co. Fittingly, the school offers graduate programs in business, finance, and real estate. The Carey Business School enrolled its first full-time MBA class in mid-2010.
Johns Hopkins is deeply engaged in research across a range of disciplines including health and medicine, social sciences, humanities, the arts, natural sciences, engineering, and technology. Projects include researching alternatives to animal testing, treatments for just about any disease one can think of, and chemical and biomolecular engineering research, among others.
William Brody is president of Johns Hopkins University, the 14th leader in the school's history. Notable alumni of the school include Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, and horror film director Wesley Craven.