JBU Facts:

John Brown University, founded in Northwest Arkansas in 1919, serves over 2,500 students from 44 nations and 42 states. JBU is a Christian university committed to providing quality academics within a distinctly Christian community. The university has no denominational affiliation and admits students of any faith. JBU is a vibrant and growing independent Christian university of the arts, sciences and professions.


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To provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual, and professional lives.

John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 524 - 9500


Academic Programs

John Brown University is accredited by

  • John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, http://ncahigherlearningcommission.org, (800) 621-7440
  • The education preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE), http://caepnet.org, (202) 223-0077
  • The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program, including electrical/computer, mechanical, or renewable energy concentrations, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, (410) 347-7700
  • Construction Management degree is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), http://www.acce-hq.org, (210) 495-6161
  • All business degree programs of the College of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), http://www.acbsp.org, (913) 339-9356

John Brown University is approved by:

  • Arkansas State Department of Education
  • The United States Department of Justice has approved John Brown University for the education of foreign students.

John Brown University is a member of:

  • The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
  • Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS)

Program Offerings
Undergraduate Majors - 40
Undergraduate Minors - 47
Graduate Degree Programs - 10

Top 5 Undergraduate Programs By Enrollment

  1. Engineering - 143
  2. Graphic and Web Design - 105
  3. Family and Human Services - 85
  4. Early Childhood Education - 75
  5. Business Administration - 68

Graduate Degrees

  • Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.
  • Global Continuous Improvement, MBA (Walmart associates only)
  • International Business, MBA
  • Leadership and Ethics, MBA
  • Leadership and Ethics, M.S.
  • Higher Education Leadership, M.S.
  • Marriage and Family Therapy, M.S.
  • School Counseling, M.S.
  • Secondary Education (Standard Licensure), M.A.T

Associate's Degree Programs

  • Construction Management
  • Electromechanical Technology
  • General education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty

Full-time - 84
Adjunct -  72
Total =   156

76% of the full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree.

Student/Faculty Ratio – 15:1

Degrees Awarded July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013
Undergraduate - 466
Graduate - 150

Average Class Size: 19

Honors Scholars Program
JBU’s Honor Scholars Program promotes academic excellence in a community of highly motivated student scholars and faculty mentors. With a curriculum based in the Great Books, the honors program features a hands-on learning experience in addition to challenging coursework. JBU’s program has been a model for other Honors Scholars Programs worldwide.

Degree Completion Program
The Degree Completion Program allows working adults with prior college credit to complete their bachelor’s degree in organizational management, business administration and liberal arts (online). The program has educational centers in Fort Smith, Little Rock and Rogers, Arkansas. Classes are also held in locations throughout the Northwest Arkansas region.

Graduate Program
The graduate program allows working adults to complete their master’s degrees by attending classes in the evenings. JBU offers graduate programs in the areas of Business, Counseling, and Education. Classes are conveniently located in Rogers, Little Rock, Fort Smith, and Siloam Springs (counseling programs only).


Enrollment Statistics

2013 Enrollment - Total - 2,317

  • Traditional Undergraduate - 1,353
  • Degree Completion Program - 448
  • Graduate - 516

New Undergraduate Full-Time Student Enrollment - Total - 387

82% of fall 2012 full-time, first-time freshmen re-enrolled for fall 2013.

Graduation Rates
See: Student - Right - to - Know

Average high school GPA of entering freshmen
3.67 (Based on a 4.0 scale)

Average ACT score of entering freshmen

Average SAT scores of entering freshmen

Traditional Undergraduate
Men - 617
Women - 738

Degree Completion Program
Men - 186
Women - 263

Men - 174
Women - 336

Number of Resident Students
Traditional Undergraduate - 899


Student Population

Undergraduate Student Population
Top Ten States:

  1. Arkansas - 498
  2. Texas - 165
  3. Oklahoma - 101
  4. Missouri - 92
  5. Kansas - 85
  6. Colorado - 59
  7. California - 22
  8. Iowa - 22
  9. Illinois - 22
  10. Nebraska - 18

In 2013, students enrolled at JBU from 42 states and 44 foreign countries.

Ethnic Background
Traditional Undergraduate
African American - 25
Asian/Pacific Islander - 8
Caucasian - 1,046
Hispanic - 105
Not Recorded - 3
Non-U.S. Citizen - 114


Associated Centers

John Brown University has two endowed, associated centers that serve the university, community, and the nation by actively addressing two major areas of concern in today’s society: the need for strong marriages and families and the need for ethical business leaders.

The Center for Healthy Relationships
To have a major impact on marriages and families by providing Christ-centered education and intervention.
Executive Director: Dr. Gary J. Oliver, Ph.D.

The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics
To develop and equip world-changing ethical business leaders.




Honors and Recognition

  • U.S. News & World Report’s-ranked second and top value in the Southern Region.
  • The John Brown University business teams swept the undergraduate division at the 2012 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition held in Las Vegas, Nev. JBU teams were awarded a total of $52,000 in cash prizes.
  • For the forth year in a row JBU was one of only a handful of universities invited to compete in the NASA Senior Design Project.  The team travelled to Kennedy Space Center, Florida to participate in the Lunabotics Mining Competition.

Other Information

JBU’s 200-acre main campus is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. More than 60 percent of the buildings are new or have been renovated in the last 10 years.

Intercollegiate Athletics
JBU is a member of the NAIA Division I and offers the following intercollegiate 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

Information on this page was reported according to statistics in September 2013.