Pre-Orientation Adventures

By mrandal5@johnshopkins.edu

photo: students whitewater rafting

Incoming students braved the rapids in Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park during the annual weeklong Pre-Orientation program fondly known as “Pre-O.” Facilitated by upperclassmen in the Experiential Education program, Pre-O is offered every August to help freshmen establish a network of peers as they transition into life at Hopkins.

Interested students can choose from among five outdoor experiences including backpacking, canoeing and hiking, rock climbing, multi element, and kayaking. Other offerings range from community service and leadership programs to Habitat for Humanity and an immersion into Baltimore’s film and culture scene.

By the Numbers

  • 21 years since the first outdoor Pre-O program
  • 92 first-year students took part this year
  • 39 student instructors this year
  • 14 outdoor trips this year