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"Since 1919, John Brown University has educated students from across the globe in a...
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John Brown University

Siloam Springs, Arkansas

John Brown University is a private Christian university. JBU enrolls more than 2,800 students from 42 states and 40 countries. JBU is committed to providing quality academics within a distinctly Christian community and is a vibrant and growing university of the arts, sciences, and professions.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,231 undergraduate students
70% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
53% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
79 full-time faculty
146 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

66% of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 34% of students live off campus. Students that live on campus reside in one of the single-gender or co-ed residence halls, with dedicated wings for men and women.

School Location

John Brown University is located in the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area (Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers), with nearly 500,000 people living here according to the most recent census data. Consistently named as a top 10 place to live and do business by organizations like Forbes and the Milkin Institute, Northwest Arkansas is a superb place for JBU students to spend the college years of life. Northwest Arkansas is truly the best of both worlds — small-town friendliness with the amenities and economic engines that rival many large American cities.

Retention Fall 2014

84% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

61% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 3%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


NAIA Division I, 7 Varsity Sports: Men and Women’s Basketball; Men and Women’s Cheerleading; Men and Women’s Cross Country; Men’s Golf; Men and Women’s Soccer; Men and Women’s Tennis; Women’s Volleyball

Mascot: Golden Eagle
Colors: Blue and gold

Other Information

John Brown University is a four-year, vibrant and growing independent Christian university of the arts, sciences, and professions, founded in 1919.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Art & Illustration, Biblical & Theological Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child & Family Studies, Communication, Construction Management, Digital Cinema, Early Childhood Education, Engineering, English, English Education, Family & Human Services, Graphic Design, History, Intercultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Business, Kinesiology, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music: Applied, Music Education, Music: General, Pre-Nursing, Outdoor Leadership Ministries, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Pre-­Nursing, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Studies Education, Spanish, Worship Arts, Youth Ministries, Youth & Worship Ministries

More Distinctions

  • The John Brown University business teams won first and third in the undergraduate division at the 2014 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition.

  • A team of JBU engineering students has annually traveled to Kennedy Space Center, Florida to participate in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. JBU is one of only a handful of teams that has been a part of the contest since it started.

The educational programs at JBU are designed to stimulate curiosity and new discovery. Every day, JBU students are exposed to thought-provoking lectures and interactive projects that prepare them for life after college.


JBU encourages students to study abroad for a semester or summer because of its value as a life-changing experience. Students can study in over twenty countries, including Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Scotland, England, China, Guatemala, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Uganda. Wherever one goes— a JBU classroom, the Louvre in Paris, or the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England—JBU seeks to give each student every opportunity to grow and change through their academic pursuits. JBU provides opportunities that make its education the most pervasive and constructive it can be.

At JBU, professors are equipped to prepare students for life after college. Over 76 percent of faculty hold Ph. D.s or other terminal degrees in their fields of study from universities like Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Purdue, Stanford, and JBU itself.

Curious Faculty

Many of the faculty and staff are currently applying and expanding their education. Dr. David Vila manages an archeological dig in Northern Jordan every summer, typically taking students with him. Dr. Thomas Lamborn teaches English for the summer in Lithuania. Dr. Gloria Gale is conducting research in Washington, D.C. with the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Other JBU professors are working on research projects in Liberia, Ghana, Scotland, England, France, and Alaska, developing art exhibits on Christian practice in North American Indian tribes, presenting research papers internationally, speaking at national conferences and writing books.

Small Classes for Big Results

JBU has the highest graduation rate in Arkansas. 67 percent of students who enter the university complete degrees within six years, and 99 percent of JBU students obtain jobs or enroll in graduate school within 6 months of graduation. The success of JBU students is due in part to the 14:1 student to faculty ratio. Because JBU classes are small and professors have a contemporary understanding of their fields, classes become think tanks and discussion groups for all topics of study.

Professors at JBU are role models to the students not only in their academic pursuit, but also their display of moral character and devotion to Jesus Christ. Professors regularly invite students to their homes for dinner or meet with them in the cafeteria on a weekly basis. JBU professors make it a priority to know their students well.

New Facilities for Outstanding Education

In the past six years, JBU has raised over $117 million to build state-of-the-art facilities for students’ academic needs. JBU recently finished construction on the Berry Performing Arts Center, the Bill George Arena and the Balzer Technology Center, as well as the renovation for a second art facility and the restoration to the historic Cathedral Group buildings. Through these new and newly-renovated buildings, JBU students have access to cutting-edge technology which enhances their academic performance and pursuit.

Guest Speakers

At JBU, students have incredible opportunities to learn as a member of the JBU community and the greater Northwest Arkansas community. Over the years, JBU has hosted a number of internationally renowned guest speakers, including:

  • President Bill Clinton as Governor of Arkansas
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
  • Sam Walton, Founder and CEO of Walmart
  • Chaim Potok, American Jewish author and rabbi
  • Blake Mycoskie, founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS shoes

Artistic Exploration

The liberal arts departments at JBU have hosted a series of acclaimed artists for recitals, master classes, and gallery exhibits:

  • Christine Donahue, renowned soprano
  • Chan Kiat Lim, acclaimed pianist
  • Makoto Fujimura, founder of the International Arts Movement; acclaimed artist, writer, speaker
  • Charles Pearce, world-renowned calligrapher: “The Painted Word: Calligraphic Abstractions
  • Eudora Welty, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and photographer:  “Continuous Thread of Revelation”

Thriving Cultural Facilities

Students also attend off-Broadway productions and performances by top artists at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. The Crystal Bridges Museum of America Art houses some of the most valuable and well-known paintings by American artists, from Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter to Charles Willson Peale’s George Washington.


Educational Opportunities for All

JBU’s Student Activities Committee plans an extensive calendar of events like Anberlin, NeedtoBreathe, Switchfoot and Building 429 concerts, Mock Rock, and the JBU Talent Show. The school also offers a campus-wide retreat for students to get off-campus for bible study, teaching, and outdoor recreational activities.

Multiple university departments sponsor resume writing workshops; networking workshops; and dating, engaged, and married couple seminars. JBU faculty and staff often host documentary and film viewings for discussion and student development.

Student Accomplishments

JBU trains students to live purposeful lives both during and after college. In just these past few years, JBU students have accomplished some amazing things:

  • NASA invited five JBU engineering students to compete in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. The team won second place in the “Systems Engineering Paper” category, third in the “Outreach Award” category, fourth in the “Lunar Dirt Mining” category, and fourth place overall out of nearly 60 teams.
  • Ann Clipperton ’06 with the team at International Princess Project (IPP) opened a new PUNJAMMIE™ sewing center in Andhra Pradesh, India, providing work for 32 women rescued out of forced prostitution. Today, IPP provides work for 110 women freed from the red light districts of India.
  • JBU student Kevin Leon was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship to fund his research and implementation of “Juntos Podemos” (Together We Can), a program designed to reduce the National Hispanic drop-out rate.
  • Katie Sessler ’10 received a Discovery Scholarship from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia – one of the highest national honors for students graduating in Engineering – and is attending graduate school there.
  • Charles Greathouse ’10 – JBU SIFE president (09-10) and implementer of The Garden project in Siloam Springs, AR and St. Charles, MO – completed Walmart’s Merchandizing Leadership Program and now manages Walmart’s Cat food, treats and litter businesses for the nation.

Always Excelling

JBU Business students design and present a comprehensive marketing plan for a local organization or business enterprise. JBU Marine Biology students SCUBA dive in Florida during spring break to fulfill their lab requirement. Seniors in JBU’s Construction Management program coordinate and supervise a large-scale construction project in the area. Family and Human Services majors conduct formal psychological studies and submit their results to a professional organization of their choice in order to develop the selected organization’s services. Art students partake in internships where they can apply what they learn to the workplace, and they later develop individual portfolios of their work that they present in the Senior Portfolio Review to potential employers. JBU students studying Renewable Energy maintain a partnership Spanish company Sankyo Energy for collaborative research in wind-generated energy.

Liberal Arts for Well Rounded Futures

Because of JBU’s liberal arts education and the encouraging faculty and staff, students graduate with big dreams and practical, well-rounded experience. These JBU students work to meet the needs they see in their community and the world through inter-university competitions, new business plans, student development programs, social justice organizations, and medical missions. The options are endless.


Admissions Fall 2014

1,201 Total Applicants
838 Total Admissions
318 Total Freshmen Enrollment

69.78% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $22,552
Fees $1,036
Total $23,588
Room and Board (on campus) $8,468
Estimated Total On Campus $32,056


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
53% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$15,852 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,552 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Contact us

David Burney
Associate Director of Financial Aid

Admissions Process

We’re glad you’re interested in JBU! Here are details regarding the Admissions Process:

The cost of a JBU education is really an investment in your future. Students invest four years of their lives in an experience that will shape them and influence who they’re going to be personally and professionally. JBU’s financial aid staff goes above and beyond to help students afford JBU whenever possible. Before you say you can’t afford it, contact them to see what they can do for you. JBU awarded more than $14 million in scholarships and grants to 90% of our full time students last year!

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