Hopkins doesn't require Chem but they also don't require '2 lab sciences' at the time of application. One of the students I talked to at the open house for Hopkins had only 2 pre-reqs done at the time of application. I have 4 pre-reqs done right now but only 1 of those is a lab science. I didn't realize that my old chemistry (I took a year of chem previously) would not count as one of my lab sciences . There just wasn't a way for me to get in another lab science by the application due date so I have to wait until Spring to apply. It is a shame because Shady Grove is about 5 miles away from me so it would been nice
As for Hopkins cost, they are expensive but it does look like there are scholarships
available based on your interests, your financial need and your academic record. Between my current salary (which will go to 0 when I start school) and my husband's salary, we don't have a financial need at least for the first year. The financial officer at Hopkins said we still might but I have my doubts. So I've been saving up for it.
What I like about Hopkins is their 'no nurse left behind' policy in that they work to make sure everyone succeeds and also their focus on the underserved populations. Now that is something I'm not sure I'd get at Shady Grove because well its Montgomery county. Not to say there aren't people in need here but Baltimore seems to have much more and those of a much greater need. Of course the answer to that would be to just go to UMD Baltimore but that would be a harder sell to my husband who would just tell me to go to Shady grove since it is there.