Johns Hopkins University Logo

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The Johns Hopkins University logo demonstrates the university’s focus on its primary teaching and research goals. The emblem shows dedication to ideals and works for the good of the country.

Johns Hopkins University: Brand overview

Founded:February 22, 1876
Founder:Daniel Coit Gilman
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Johns Hopkins University is the oldest prestigious private university in the Western Hemisphere, located in Baltimore, with about 28,000 students enrolled in 400 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and high school programs. Health care, humanities, science, and engineering are major fields of study. The Johns Hopkins University logo links the university’s ten divisions in Maryland and campuses in Asia and Europe.

The university was founded in 1876 and developed thanks to the $7 million that businessman Hopkins set aside in a bequest to build a hospital, school, and university in 1883. The institution was the first institution in which instruction ran concurrently with research programs. Each year the government allocates up to $3 billion to them. Today, the university is a powerful conglomerate that includes the Peabody Institute, the Applied Physics Laboratory, and several schools in medicine, business, international studies, education, engineering, etc.

Meaning and History

Johns Hopkins University Logo History

The university is a model of consistency and commitment to ongoing goals. That’s why the institution’s logo is quite consistent. It has only been updated once since its inception.

What is Johns Hopkins University?

A large private research university in Maryland that is famous for its medical program. The competition for each of the 400 programs is 11-12 people per place, and the tuition costs $60,000 per year.

Before 2013

Johns Hopkins University Logo before 2013

Johns Hopkins University’s first emblem is simple enough. It is a name written in two levels in a translucent light blue tone.

On the upper level, in capital letters, are the name of the philanthropist to whom the university owes its discovery. The philanthropist was childless and quite religious. Having made his fortune in the railroad business, he bequeathed all of his funds to the field of education and medicine.

Highlighting the name of the philanthropist shows support for his goals and values. As a Quaker, Hopkins spent his life caring for his family and city, helping them thrive. And the university has the same goals: the well-being of the community and the students.

All letters of the name are capitalized. They affirm the seriousness of the programs and the high level of knowledge the students receive. They demonstrate the institution’s weight in America’s and the world’s higher education system as a whole. Thirty-seven Nobel Prize winners are associated with the institution. It ranks 13th in the world in educational attainment.

The word “university” is in the second tier. Its letters are thinner and smaller, but also all capitalized, which conveys the leading importance of university education to the country’s future.

The lighter colors suggest that the institution has lofty goals, and its activities are related to the high matter, the intrusion into the unknown. With its research, the university leaves a mark on history.

2013 – today

Johns Hopkins University Logo

In 2013, a visual sign in the form of a shield appeared at the head of the logo. It is a simplified copy of the element from the seal. It represents the protection and beliefs that guide the university in its policies.

The first element of the shield is the book. It is a symbol of knowledge and education. In the university, students learn and comprehend science. The second element is the globe. It demonstrates the position adopted by the institution’s first president, Daniel Gilman: to benefit the world through research and discovery. Besides, the globe reflects the international level of the university. There are branches in China, Singapore, and Italy.

On the third part of the coat of arms is the Baltimore flag to emphasize the connection to the community and service to the city.

Beneath the shield is the name of the university. It remains two-tiered but is written in a darker and wider font, showing the institution’s impressive legacy to the world over the years.

The seal

Johns Hopkins University Seal Logo

The university’s seal is stylized as a ship and synthesizes the heraldic marks of Baltimore and Maryland with slight modifications. The oval shape of the city’s coat of arms is taken as the basis. However, its ends, above and below, are elongated and form the ship’s deck.

In the center of the composition is a heraldic shield, placed in the form of a sail on the mast, visible behind it. In shape, the element resembles the coat of arms of Maryland. However, the lower part of the figure is flattened as much as possible.

The upper compartment of the “sail” is occupied by two open books and a globe in the center. Shows that the university prioritizes acquiring knowledge and studying history, geography, and the nature of the planet. It hints at the research orientation of the university and its worldwide renown.

The rest of the sail matches Maryland’s shield pattern with black and yellow squares and red and white crosses. It is a synthesis of the banners of Baltimore’s first baron George Calvert (squares), and his mother of the Crossland family (crosses). The choice is a tribute to the state and city in which Johns Hopkins University is opened and shows the patriotic spirit of the institution.

The entire deck of the schematic ship is filled with oak leaves with acorns. The tree signifies strength, monumentality, and fortress. Indicates the acquisition of fundamental knowledge. The acorns depict the fruits of learning, prosperity, and benefits that university graduates bring to the state.

Johns Hopkins University Symbol

The heraldic ribbon fluttering below, at the base of the sail, has an inscription in Latin: “veritas vos liberabit” (truth will make you free). The affirmation emphasizes the values of the institution: the pursuit of truth, the desire to discover and explain the incomprehensible, and the right of students to think freely and seek the truth.

On the ship’s sides are the name and year of the university’s foundation.

The image of the seal in the form of a ship carries a great deal of meaning:

  • the university is always moving forward;
  • knowledge is the way to progress;
  • the institution paves the way for the future;
  • the university is exploring the unknown.

The sign is like an invitation to everyone to go forward by climbing onto the deck of the university.

Font and Colors

Johns Hopkins University Emblem

The main colors of the logo are blue and white.

  • White represents the search for truth, research, and new discoveries. Behind the color hides pages of books and documents.
  • Blue means learning and education. The shade always conveys a business approach, seriousness, and orderliness.

Augereau SemiBold, elegant, with elegant serifs. Indicates the aristocratic roots of the institution. Because of the increased cost (25% higher than the national average), the university is predominantly attended by students from wealthy noble families (82%).

Johns Hopkins University color codes

US Air Force Academy BlueHex color:#004a90
RGB:0 74 144
CMYK:100 49 0 44
Pantone:PMS 2945 C